Monday, July 20, 2009

The Non-Designer's Guide to Designing the Perfect Event, Pt.1

I've worked with enough brides to know that one of the most common, yet frustrating challenges in planning a wedding is coming up with a beautiful, cohesive design. And I'm here to tell you that you don't have to be a designer to create a gorgeous wedding or special event!

This week I'll be sharing some common pitfalls, tips and tricks to help you determine what will work best for you event. Today I want to talk about space. Specifically the space you have chosen to host your event.
"Consider Your Space"
Repeat this like a mantra. I'm serious. If you are getting married at a gorgeous, historical country club, please don't try to recreate an industrial/modern loft reception. Instead, consider your space. Consider the architectural details. Consider the carpet. Consider the chandeliers. Consider it all. Work with what you have and enhance it. Just don't try and turn it into something it's not.
For example:
You are having a wedding at the aforementioned gorgeous, historical country club. Perhaps it has a beautiful ornate chandelier, traditional floral carpets and velvet draperies. You can easily enhance the space with some yummy linens (shimmery satin, damask prints or nubby silk would be pretty), lots of candlelight (antique candelabras?) and some fantastic floral to finish the look.
And if you haven't booked a space, consider your personal style before signing the dotted line.
If you have your heart set on a bold/modern look, do some research and find a venue that would cater to this look.
More examples:
Resorts/Ballrooms are great for big and fancy. Each place will have it's own distinct style, though - so be sure to look around to determine if it's right for you.
Beaches are great for low key and casual events. They are also very versatile. You can do modern beach just as easily as you can do vintage beach.
Country Clubs tend to be beautiful and traditional. Not always the best choice for the "modern" bride. But they do serve as a terrific backdrop for the classic beauty.
Garden Weddings are great for earthy and traditional brides alike. Like a beach wedding, they can be more relaxed and casual. On the other hand, gardens can serve as a great canvas for extravagance.
Offbeat venues such as museums, parks or other cultural attractions allow for more free flowing design. Just about anything goes (within reason -- always make sure to check with the venue before taking it upon yourself to "decorate".)
Of course everything that I mention above is just my opinion. If you want to do a retro 50's themed wedding in the ballroom of a fancy resort, there's nothing stopping you. I just personally find that you suffer far fewer event-related headaches by tuning into your surroundings to make it work. (Thank you, Tim Gunn.)
What are you doing to "consider your space"? I'd love to hear all about it. Even if you are a major rule breaker. Go ahead and share with the class.

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