Planner Kate Franzen, of Glint Events, says professional lighting can transform a wedding or any other space or event. Roses, hydrangeas and greenery designed by The Proper Petal. Lighting by Choice Entertainment.
“An outdoor reception doesn't mean you have to let go of elegant elements. We used a mix of bistro lights and candelabras, as well as hurricane lamps and smaller votive candles for this garden dinner. The lighting only became stronger after sunset, creating a truly elegant mix of candle light, bistro lights and the natural light of the moon and stars." - Planner Adam Donovan-Groves, of Donovan-Groves Events. Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles, adds, "Tall, elegant candelabras towering over floral centerpieces create a dynamic feel to a table. Match the candlesticks to the floral vessel for maximum impact!" Florist: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Design.
Tables give you the opportunity to link your wedding decor, lights, and florals, says Isaac, of 100 Candles. "(Your cake table) will be a focal point, so make sure to plan for a design that complements the tablescapes to maintain a consistent look throughout the reception.”
“When pairing wedding florals with lighting, make sure to consider how your linens play into the overall look," says Jennifer Taylor, of Taylor'd Events Group. "Linens can add a level of texture to the table and there is a wealth of choices above and beyond the floor length white cover. Explore your options and have fun with it!” Roses, hydrangeas and orchids by Flora Nova Design.
Planner Emily Sullivan, of Get Polished Events, says mercury glass containers are one of the top wedding trends. "They add a touch of glamour without competing stylistically with the floral arrangements." Florist: Bella Blooms.
“LED string lights can turn an outdoor wedding into something magical," says Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles. "They provide enough light to illuminate tables, florals, and other décor, while still maintaining a whimsical atmosphere.” Florist: Weddings International.
To keep a wedding design cohesive, Kim Lettier, of Lettier Event Planning Studio, carries some elements of the focal point (here, it's a floral centerpiece) into other areas. "Accent pieces such as candles should complement the focal point but not compete with it," she adds. “The design of the vessel itself should also fit in with the overall look. In this case I wrapped moss around the vessels because its traditional look interfered with the organic and vintage feel of the design.” Florist: The Green Flamingo.
“Instead of sticking to simple pillar candles for centerpieces, opt for mixing and matching," suggests Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles. "Select assorted stemmed glasses or votive holders for a fun, clean look that will add character to each table.” Floral design by Intrigue Designs.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah transformed a cramped and damaged kitchen into a gourmet showpiece. A dividing wall was removed and converted to a beautiful and functional kitchen island with extra seating and storage. Antique white corbels and vintage wedding cake light fixtures add cottage-style elegance while a fun mosaic tile backsplash lends youthful charm to the bright space.
An exquisite wedding gown is showcased in a glass case at the top of the stairs in this luxurious two-story closet. Custom shelves for shoes and accessories along with LED lighting create the look of a high-end department store.
As seen on HGTV's hit show Cousins on Call, Anthony and John take advantage of the high Cathedral ceilings and highlight it with track lighting. The black leather seating helps to accent the neutral colors on the walls, which are decorated with the Pachuliks' wedding photos.
At a hot outdoor wedding, your guests will thank you for skipping the heavy, greasy meal options and providing a light, healthy snack option. These fruit bowls are easy to make, handheld and require no cleanup.
Rain or shine, renting a tent is always a good idea for an outdoor wedding. Consider mixing both round and rectangle tables to maximize space throughout. Here, gorgeous greenery vines and illuminating bistro lights hang from the tent ceiling to bring maximum chicness to an otherwise plain space. Photo: T&K Photography
Sand meets ultra-gorgeous flower for a DIY centerpiece idea that's truly just as easy as it is beautiful. Cluster a few flower-and-sand creations together; add in tea light candles and you'll have a dreamy summer centerpiece worthy of a dreamy beach wedding.