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Wedding season is upon us! If you’re engaged, you’re probably knee-deep in the planning stage, searching for the perfect venue, caterer or dress. April marks the beginning of the time of year when it feels like your inbox is overflowing with save-the-dates and you’re scrambling to find something appropriate to wear.

There’s plenty of advice out there on planning the perfect wedding, but when it comes to your special day, it helps to focus on what makes you — and your spouse — you. One of the perks for doing it yourself? You have total control, from the trend you choose to the décor you use. Find inspiration in the wedding trends you like, and isolate the parts that speak to you by putting your own spin on it.

Mix-and-matching trends is not only acceptable, it’s highly encouraged! With that, here are a few ideas (along with some new finds from HomeGoods) to help make your wedding your own.

1. Find a trend (or a few) that says y-o-u
The rustic wedding theme might be one of the most popular search terms on Pinterest, but you don’t have to stay inside the box. It’s your day! By incorporating shabby-chic wooden chairs, hand lettered signage and stationary, wildflowers and mason jars, all the markers of that vintage charm will be there.

But if you’re the kind of bride who marches to the beat of her own drum, you can make the rustic wedding trend your own by incorporating elements from other major wedding styles, like the cool, nautical vibe of navy and gold accents, or the sophisticated mood of luxe accessories, like crystal glasses and shiny metallic touches.

2. Welcome guests (and gifts) in style
One of the first things your guests will see as they arrive is the welcome table: a place to put the guest book, gifts for the bride and groom, seating cards and helpful signage to lead the way.

Everyone appreciates a handwritten, personalized touch. When it comes to planning a wedding, there’s a lot to think about, but take the time to create something special for your guests. We love the idea of adding a rustic, do-it-yourself element to create handwritten signs and placards. Keep your mix-and-match trend going by incorporating more metallic touches, like a gold bar cart or tray to hold gifts.

As you’re shopping for the perfect welcome table décor, you may come across some suitable gifts for the long list of events you have for others, too!

If you’re in the market for great gifts for the bride and groom, you can incorporate these wedding trends in your gift! Luxe silver or gold frames can make a great choice for displaying their favorite shot from their special day. Nautical themed navy pillows with gold accents or crystal glasses double nicely as a wedding and housewarming gift.

3. Find items you can use the day of — and for a lifetime after
You may want to build your wedding theme around one major statement piece, like a sweetheart table for the bride and groom, customized with “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs for the chairs.

This kind of statement piece gives you extra bang for your buck — it’s both functional and fashionable. One of our favorite things about it is that it’s not just for your wedding; it can also serve as a memorable décor piece after the big day is over.

These adorable signs serve as the perfect memento to hang in your home. Add them to a gallery wall that’s filled with all of your favorite wedding photos!

Incorporate pieces that you find at HomeGoods, like this delicate “just married” sign, as a personalized touch within a larger décor theme, such as your flowers. It’s easy to spice up any arrangement or floral piece at a wedding with decorative elements. Use it the day of, and then take it with you to create a meaningful touch in your home.

4. Mix-and-match your tablescape
A well-worn wooden table and wicker chairs pair nicely with some dainty china, silver or gold flatware and fancier, mixed crystal for glasses.

Let the beauty of the fresh flowers speak for themselves with clean white tablecloths and wooden placemats, but step it up a notch with crystal candleholders and shiny, metallic candles.

You don’t have to purchase 100 matching plates or napkins to pull a beautiful table together. Maintaining the same color scheme will bring an element of consistency, so you can have fun with other pieces, like different sized candlesticks and vases.

5. Elevate party favors and props
Your guests will appreciate a fun and thoughtful gift to take home, so why not make it something they’ll remember? Rely on the friendly party favor at each setting for that rustic look, but choose a more sophisticated favor, like macarons. Carry through the DIY theme with celebratory favors like confetti push pops or crafted props that would make a great addition to any photo booth.

HomeGoods is here to help you find pieces you love (at prices that keep you within your wedding budget!), so your big day is the perfect reflection of you and your spouse-to-be. From seating charts and floral arrangements to all of the decorative details that bring your theme to life, we hope these mix-and-match ideas help make your wedding all the more you!


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