Most people automatically think rustic when they think backyard wedding. But the truth is, you can pull off any style, trend or color scheme you want. Here, soothing cool tones, like misty gray linens paired with an abundance of greenery create a serene, sophisticated, garden-esque reception space. Photo: Sergey Lapkovsky Photography
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.
"Uplighting can 'wash' a room in the color, or colors, of your choice, while pin spots strategically focus on the details you’d like to highlight the most," says Kate Franzen, of Glint Events. Floral design 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.
Cream roses, brunia berries, pine cuttings, Dusty miller, rosemary, succulents and white hydrangeas make up this elegant container arrangement for a winter wedding. Florist: Williamsburg Floral. Planner: Sterling Events.
We’re here to say that having a high-style wedding at home is possible! Short on space? Using long tables with family-style seating will free up room without sacrificing style. Top the tables with glam linens and bold glassware for eye-catching design right in your own backyard. Photo: The Ganeys
These wedding bouquets incorporate the rich, deep reds and snowy-whites of the season. Other wintery florals to consider using include pine boughs, cymbidium orchids, boxwood boughs, camellia buds, magnolia leafs and holly berries. Floral design: Blooming Gallery. Planner: Something to Celebrate.
'Give a nod to the season without being too over the top," says planner Resha Zazueta, of Something To Celebrate. "Florals with a hint of holiday coloring, sprigs of mistletoe, and a hot chocolate bar bring a lovely wintry feel without turning a wedding into a Christmas party.” Flowers: White roses, deep red calla lilies, deep red chrysanthemums, white hydrangeas, blush peonies, red amaranthus, white hydrangeas, white larkspur, white wax flowers, dusty miller, white tallow berries, greenery. Floral design: Blooming Gallery.
“Select a venue that already dresses up for the holidays," Zazueta adds, "and work their decorations into your overall design. Think outside of the box and, instead of traditional lighted trees, opt for more creative ways of embracing the season, like a snow machine, perhaps, or a candy cane-inspired signature cocktail.” Floral design: Blooming Gallery.
Take a boatload of stress off of yourself by hiring professionals along the way, like a party rental company for tables, chairs, tents, arbors, etc. If you’re looking to cut costs, though, consider a BYOC (bring your own chair) affair — a newly-popular wedding trend in which guests bring their own seat (preferably of the non-lawn chair variety) to the wedding. Photo: T&K Photography
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.
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.