I've had my eyes on these glowing branches for some time. Oh the possibilities...
I have to give credit to Lyndsi for developing my love of font and text. Not only can you spell cute things like "I Do" (please don't) or your names, but just appreciating how cool the image of a single letter can be is awesome. I want these for my house asap.
These are very goth chic cool. I love the color trio.
So Moroccan and I love the punch of color. Very different.
Lyndsi and I have a special place in our hearts for butterfly weddings. This theme was that of one of our very first events. We loved the natural flowy look. Not to mention we got to work with the coolest couple and it could not have been more successful. This image comes from martha...thanks Faye and Greer for the link to the big pic site! (bloggers dream) I thought this was such a cheap and easy idea. You can purchase those butterflies at any craft store and the chinese lanterns wholesale online. Love it.
This is the work of Rebecca Thus, a well respected Event Designer. Note the details and how everything seems to tie together. That is event design. An ED will create an overall concept for your event at the start of planning and should ensure that every visual detail works as a cohesive whole. This may include partnering with your florist and lighting specialist, or using one in house. Florists do flowers and can do some structural work depending on the florist. Event Designers, design events from top to bottom. So now you're may thinking, but I can do that myself. And you're right, you probably could. But the couples who hire ED's are very interested in creating a stunning and unique event. You're not hiring someone to go buy vases and tie bows. You're hiring a creative team for their brains. The same reason why artists can sell a painting for thousands of dollars. You aren't paying for the oil paint and canvas (bows and boxes), you're paying for the creativity that maybe you didn't have.
These pictures above are the work of RJ Balthazar, another event design firm. They happen to also do florals as well. You can see the creative touches though that go well beyond just flowers.
Clients who end up working well with event designers are those who value something different. A good event designer won't simply recreate what you saw in a magazine. They will instead take your ideas and create something that has never been done before (Or they should!)
Something now that couples are asking about is getting published in a magazine. Magazines won't just publish a wedding that was "expensive", they will specifically want to see original details. If the details aren't there, it's not worth sharing for them. (from the mouth of a well respected bridal mag editor).
These pictures are from Art Fool, another great ED firm. A few last pointers and insights about Event Designers.
Their job is to create something beautiful. They will charge for their concepts and time and bill for materials based on your budget or vision.
They generally aren't coordinators. They may partner with a day of coordinator if you think that is something you are looking for, but designers are different people than coordinators.
Please value their time as you would value a photographer's or a florist's time and understand that you aren't just paying for some linens and cute nick knacks.
Working with an Event Designer doesn't mean giving up all creative control either. Good ED's should partner with you! Find people you like and you can have fun with! We absolutely love everyone of our clients and are lucky enough to work with people we want to spend time with.
Yay for Event Design!
Not too long ago, we received a comment from a reader and she included a link to her wedding and to say we were impressed was an understatement. I have to say that the presentation of her wedding on her web page was just as beautiful as the event itself! She actually used the whirly candle holders from CB2 which we blogged about not too long ago. They look stunning behind her alter. Check out Yvonne's wedding web page as well as her photographer, John and Joseph Photography
Update, Yvonne is also in the wedding biz. Check her out! www.yvonne-wong.com
This image comes from HouseMartin in a store window. This image sparked so many ideas in my head. I generally hate the "bird cage card cage" thing at a wedding. I think it's been done 1000 times and if someone really wants to steal your cards they can get in that little cage of yours anyway. But this idea could be fab. I'm picturing a corner or a table just filled with all different birdcages in various sizes and colors, filled with candles like this. This would be great for a shabby chic type wedding. I'm seeing some hanging from the ceiling and some on different levels on a table with them moving to the floor as well. This could be incredible for a placecard table. I already found a TON on ebay and craigslist for as cheap as 2-5 dollars!
These are so pretty but to me, not worth the price ($50.00 for the set). But I think something like this serves as great inspiration for a DIY project. Simply purchase frosted votives and find your favorite paper to wrap around at different widths and levels. You'll have a surprisingly modern look! Stick with the same paper throughout to maintain consistency. Check here for the real deal . Thanks Outblush.
Lyndsi and I were just in the Swarvoski store to return something fug. We thought all we would see were scary little pandas and turtles that go in glass cabinents but we found some very cool stuff. One of my favorite things was this headband. This picture isn't the best, but in person, it's stunning! The black is actually my favorite, and for a chic bride this would be a show stopper! I can just see this with a beehive do behind it. Such a chic alternative to a tiara, which pains me to even write that word. Check it out. You would be surprised at the cool stuff over there!
I've always admired the work of both the photographer and event designer featured in these photos (Jessie Claire and R. Jack Balthazar) Obviously you all know I adore this color palatte. Take a lok at the blog when you can. It's interesting to see the room and how it was transformed. If you look closely you can tell this was a very traditional ballroom, with the rugs and the whole thing. This becomes a challenge to work with such a modern look. But they used architectural details and lighting to mask a lot of that and the event is stunning. Love this! Enjoy.
I've been hard on florists lately with all my talk of lighting. So I stumbled upon this gem of a florist and had to feature them. I actually shouldn't even call them a florist. They are more of a landscape design company who also does floral work and even deals furniture and lighting. There work is something fantastic! It's something totally different and I love their use of greenery which is probably inspired from their roots in landscaping. Any inspiration that can help us all think outside of the box is great. I'm loving that pink palette. If it were a hamburger I would totally eat it. Ok maybe I'm just hungry since that didn't make any sense. Check out Big Red Sun (PS their web design is stellar)
This one is great and also a great price!
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