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March 18, 2017

Destination Inspiration: Ireland

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The Emerald Isle, with its fabled stretches of coastal green landscapes, offers an evocative inspiration for an utterly breathtaking wedding. Ireland conjures visions of vintage Irish lace and Waterford crystal next to the warm brown of a wooden bar. This inspiration is ideally suited to a décor that leans to the nostalgic, especially with elements such as a wedding dress or motifs that have a more retro and old world elegance.

 

Jacob & Brittany - Intimate Cliffs of Moher - Ireland Wedding - via Epic Love Photography

Jacob & Brittany – Intimate Cliffs of Moher – Ireland Wedding – via Epic Love Photography

 

Whether you wish to honor your family’s heritage or because its majestic verdant beauty inspires the romantic in you, adding touches of Ireland to your décor will transform your event into an unforgettable destination wedding. Giving attention to the defining elements of your wedding will help to thread your chosen theme throughout. Focusing on these first, keeping in mind they should all flow together, then sprinkling in the details, makes for a cohesive design aesthetic.

 

 

Here are our favorite show-stopping moments:

ATTIRE: Here’s your chance to channel your inner Celtic princess. Get fancy. Think layers of intricately woven Irish lace or delicate details of sumptuous silks and sheer tulle. If your wedding date falls during a cooler month, flirt with a neckline detail, a lace sleeve or a full lace back. This aesthetic is perfect for playing with vintage looks made modern. If creams and blush aren’t for you – go blue! Pay homage to Irish traditions and wear a blue-hued gown. Irish brides, until the late 1400s, would wear blue as a symbol of purity.

 

 

For the groom, opt for dapper, very tailored suits or suspenders and dress pants. Irish linen or wool, depending on the weather, will keep your men in authentic fabrics.

That is unless you have a gentleman that is brave enough to bare his legs. In that case, a noble Tartan kilt, usually associated with Scotland but also popular in Ireland, is the utmost ensemble for a dashing man who wants to celebrate his lineage.

 

 

VENUE: Unless you happen to have a castle in your backyard, go for something a bit more abstract for your nuptial backdrop. A private estate with a sprawling lush lawn, the green field of a quiet forest, or a mossy knoll in your favorite park, any of these are reminiscent of the evocative scenery of Ireland.

 

 

If your wedding takes place indoors, choose a warm and cozy, wood-rich environment that leans towards the masculine. It will act as a perfect partner to the more feminine elements of your decor.

 

 

FLOWERS: Bells of Ireland immediately come to mind when thinking of florals for an Irish-inspired wedding, but many other blooms pay tribute to this bountiful land. Amaryllis, Easter lilies, roses, chrysanthemums and wild flowers are all beautiful choices for your bridal bouquet or centerpieces. Also, consider bringing touches of the landscape into your design by creating a green path down the aisle for your ceremony or a table runner of moss for the centerpiece at your reception.

 

 

TABLETOP: Antiqued and brushed metals add a vintage yet contemporary design for your tablescape. Add in touches where you want to illuminate intricate details like a golden charger paired with elegant china or a particular motif, like a gilded Celtic knot, that might double as a napkin ring. This is also an excellent opportunity to add in color! Opt for an emerald goblet or dark green taper candles held by candelabras.

 

Joyce & Patrick Wedding - Le Parker Meridien NYC - by Susan Stripling Photography

Joyce & Patrick Wedding – Le Parker Meridien NYC – by Susan Stripling Photography

 

COLOR PALETTES: By choosing Ireland as your inspiration and to our delight, you have been given the gift of using green, nature’s fabulous neutral! What an amazing color to work with, since it comes in so many gorgeous variations. Choose from emerald and teal, which are rich and jeweled, to forest and hunter, which are deep and velvety. Or use doses of all the greens your mind can imagine to give a tonal wave of color and add a modern twist. Layer in hints of limes, chartreuse, moss and of course, Kelly green. If you prefer a more tempered color choice, look to the season and venue for the best green and choose complementary hues.

 

 

FOOD: Beef. Potatoes. Whiskey. You could go with a menu this obvious (and it would be amazing, if a bit cliché), but you wouldn’t be taking advantage of the food renaissance that’s happening now in Ireland.

For the cocktail hour, a raw bar of ocean jewels, oysters, shrimp and clams is a must. And how adorable would tiny bites of shepherd’s pie, corned beef sliders and shots of Irish potato soup be? Take an elevated nod to hearty pub food and keep things compact and bite-sized. Doesn’t everyone love a gorgeous spread of artisanal cheeses? Pair cheeses with an offering of varietal smoked salmon and a display of traditional Irish soda breads. Ireland is ripe for tasty nibbles; showcase any of these for a delicious pre-dinner tease.

Definitely present a delectable cut as the headliner for the main course; there’s no substitute for a melting, juicy morsel of meat, but try a locally farmed lamb instead of the typically served beef. And don’t forget to honor the coastal landscape of Ireland. Highlight the land and sea by offering cod, Atlantic salmon or even lobster as an entrée.

 

 

DRINKS: Yes, you’re having a whiskey bar, even a whiskey tasting if you want, but don’t stop there. Incorporate Ireland’s love of tea as they consume more tea per capita than almost any other place in the world! Have fun creating a signature tea-infused whiskey cocktail like this Irish Whiskey Green Tea Punch.

A well-stocked wedding will be sure to have all the favorites: Guinness Stout, an Irish Whiskey (or two) and a tart and refreshing Irish Apple Cider will round out the bar and leave something for everyone’s tipple and tastes. For a vintage twist, serve any Irish socialite’s drink, a Black Velvet. This champagne + stout cocktail will look much more elegant than a pint in your bridesmaids hands.

 

 

WEDDING FAVORS: Favors are meant to be fun and whimsical, so let the Irish clichés run wild here…

It is an Irish tradition to ring a bell, a “makeup bell” as it were, to signal the end of a tiff. Wedding bells are popular symbols of nuptials, so why not mark each guest’s presence by a mini wedding bell. Horseshoes are famous for bringing the luck of the Irish. Gift your guests with tiny versions to carry home the well wishes and the eternal luck of your special day. For a lovely and unforgettable keepsake, gift all the lovely ladies with Claddagh Friendship rings (a ring with two hands clasping) and the gentlemen with Irish linen handkerchiefs.

 

 

TRADITIONS: Sharing cherished traditions is an intimate way to add an extra special meaning to your day. Some Irish traditions have been integrated into modern cultures and are recognizable around the world. We might say “tying the knot” as a cheeky way to say we’re getting married, but this term actually started with the Irish ritual of hand fasting. Hand fasting, or tying, is an ancient Celtic ceremony in which the couple joins in tying their hands as a symbol of eternal and infinite love. The ribbons are tied around the crossed wrists of the couple, and they are forever bound to one another.

 

 

Music: The Harp is an ethereal and unbelievably romantic instrument that adds a romantic touch to your ceremony with the sound of an angelic song. A national symbol of Ireland, a harp is traditionally played at times of celebration. Anything strummed on a harp sounds magical, so don’t be afraid to ask for your favorite contemporary song to be played as you walk down the aisle. While bagpipes are the more traditional and bold sounding instrument, they can be just as beautiful and graceful as the beloved harp. With his tartan kilt and unmistakable sound, the bagpiper adds a sense of royalty and is an exciting start to the processional as he leads your guests to the reception.

 

 

There are so many details from the Irish culture to draw from and these are just a few. Be sure to choose details and traditions that speak to you and don’t seem contrived. Incorporating authenticity and quality makes the difference between a chic and genuinely inspired event and a sloppy “Kiss Me I’m Irish” party that’s more like a bad hangover.

With such a wealth of romantic traditions and culture to draw from, you’re definitely blessed with luck if choosing Ireland as your wedding inspiration!

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March 10, 2017

Garden Tea Party Bridal Shower

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There are many reasons to be excited about planning a bridal shower in the spring. Warmer temps and sunshine means the season’s loveliest flowers are in full bloom. Make the most of spring’s splendor by taking the fête outdoors and hosting a garden tea party bridal shower. Delicate teacups, bountiful bouquets, vintage silverware, delicious sandwiches and desserts start a list of party-prepping details. From the décor to the food, the aim is to create a light atmosphere that is romantic and feminine. Now that you have the shower theme picked out, it’s time to get started. Here are ideas to guarantee that your bride has the loveliest afternoon bonding with her dearest friends over tea and shortbread cookies.

 

Spring Floristry - Rose Filled Pink Tea Pot - via Idei Dekoru

Spring Floristry – Rose Filled Pink Tea Pot – via Idei Dekoru

 

Décor and Set Up: When it comes to choosing décor, focus on soft pastels, vintage, florals, lace, and silver and gold accents. The tablescape is a great place to start. Impress the party with centerpiece floral arrangements placed in teapots or a bouquet nestled inside an antique birdcage. Take advantage of being outdoors by hanging lace umbrellas, glass vases filled with flowers, or white lights from a nearby tree. Gilded and whitewashed frames are a stylish way to display special notes to the bride, photos, and food and drink menus.

In addition to the main dining table, set up food and drink bars using shabby chic furniture like a vanity or dresser. Not just a great organizational strategy, these stations can be adorned with lace tablecloths and small flower-filled vases. We suggest reserving separate areas for refreshments, English tea inspired fare, and desserts.

 

 

Tableware and Serveware: To create a delightful atmosphere, set the table with vintage-style plates, bowls, teacups, and silverware. If you don’t have these dishes on hand, ask friends and family, or search your local thrift store and Etsy. See about renting options as a last resort. And don’t worry if the plates and cups are not the same – a mismatched table is unique and full of charm. Accent napkins with delicate lace or ribbon.

Spread savory food on silver and floral adorned platters and large plates. For a truly sweet presentation at the dessert buffet, arrange cookies and other delights on elegant tiered stands. A cake with pastel frosting looks just lovely on a milk glass cake stand. At the refreshments bar, have a teapot of hot water, tea, milk, and sugar so guests can fix their own cup of tea. Serve cold beverages in glass pitchers.

 

 

Food and Drinks: Plan the food menu around delicate, light fare that would have greeted the guests of Downtown Abbey. Offer afternoon tea sandwiches such as the traditional cucumber butter and smoked salmon with dill and crème fraiche. Pair with deviled eggs, tomato basil soup, and a spinach and strawberry salad with balsamic dressing.

Where to even begin with dessert?! Make it a shower your bride will never forget and present her with a cake decorated with romantic flowers. Round out the sweets with classic shortbread, sugar cookies with edible flowers, scones with jam and clotted crème, lemon bars, and an assortment of chocolate covered fruit. Stick with traditional teas and offer black, herbal, and an iced flavor such as lavender-mint. Water with fruit slices and lemonade are perfect springtime beverages. For a cocktail, we can’t think of anything more beautiful and appropriately named than the Blushing Bride Champagne Cocktail made with champagne, grenadine, passion fruit nectar, and seasonal berries.

 

 

Shower Favors: Say goodbye to your guests with a parting gift that they are sure to love. If the teacups are not of sentimental value, let each guest take their cup home along with a small tin of blended tea, or small delicious treats. Even inspire them to plant their own blossoms with a miniature pot of flowers or small planter and bag of seeds.

 

 

While hosting a bridal shower is a lot of work, it is also your chance to be creative, bringing together friends and family to celebrate a special woman as she prepares for her wedding day. Make it a most memorable affair by taking the party out to the garden to enjoy a spot of tea amidst the spring’s fresh blooms.

 

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March 1, 2017

Springtime Flowers Feature

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For those of us not fortunate enough to live in eternal warmth, spring often signifies the much-welcomed peeling off restrictive layers, heavy woolen wraps and full length casings that double as winter coats. We’ve traded our cumbersome snow gear for the tailored sophistication of a trench coat and kitten heels. We breathe again and our world is filled with the budding optimism of sunlight.

Spring weddings are much like the light that breaks through the dense, grey haze of winter. They are flirty and fresh, bringing the first pops of bright color after the long departed summer hues have faded. They conjure images of lush rolling hills just beginning to sprout with green carpets and cobblestones wet from a light spring rain. Flowers, just like fashion, change for the season, and springtime flowers are some of the most beloved around the world. They are colorful, fun and bring sunshine into your days. Here at Bride and Blossom, we have a few of our favorite flowers that we love to work with during springtime weddings.

Peony: The bombshell of spring flowers, peonies add instant glamour to any bouquet or arrangement. Full, lush and downy petals with a heady and intoxicating scent, these luxurious blooms are perfect with any color palette and come in a range of tones from white, light pinks and fuchsias, to sunny corals and voluptuous reds. Use en masse for an opulent décor statement.

 

 

Gerbera Daisy: Modern, fun and unexpected, the gerbera daisy is a perfect choice for the adventurous and eclectic couple. A favorite floral for pop art inspirations and installations, it is hearty and comes in a spectrum of saturated hues. This youthful and nostalgic bloom invites a playful pondering of He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not…

 

 

Cherry Blossom: At once structured and wild, cherry blossoms add an ethereal element to any wedding. One of the best reasons to choose a spring nuptial is the chance to wed under a canopy of fairytale-worthy blossoming branches. While its petals are delicate and tissue-like, the branches are sturdy enough to be shaped into structures for arches and chuppahs and also add much needed height to table arrangements for cavernous venues.

 

 

Anemone: Delicate and feminine, yet modern, the anemone offers a soft floral touch for the contemporary wedding. The almost wave-like petals juxtaposed against the black center of the flower pose a striking vision for a sophisticated and dramatic effect. Anemones are a favorite choice for a classic black and white wedding palette.

 

 

Sweet Pea: Innocent and ladylike, these ruffled petals are the ultra feminine bloom. Like the layers of a sheer gauzy dress, these flowers whisper the coming of spring. Best used in clusters, their frilly delicateness leaves one breathless with their beauty. Available in a bounty of watercolor hues, these blossoms are lightly scented with a sweet floral perfume.

 

 

Tulip: Tulips are the ultimate spring flower and are readily available in a full rainbow of colors, from muted pastels to bright intense tones. Reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s slender and sleek iconic beauty, the tulip radiates sophistication and elegance. Simultaneously modern and nostalgic, tulips are adaptable to a range of décor inspirations. The tulips’ malleable swan-like stems make them one of the only flowers than can actually be shaped and molded into artistic sculptures. In some cases, they appear to languish as if in a floral state of ennui, adding to their refined allure.

 

 

When choosing the right floral for your wedding, remember to consider a few key factors:

  • Each flower has its own personality
    Make sure you are choosing one that speaks to your own individualism and yours as a couple.
  • Speak the language of your venue
    Make sure your choices echo the design and décor of your chosen space and don’t compete or disappear like a shrinking violet.
  • Don’t fall in love with a bloom that isn’t available in your color palette
    Check with your event planner or florist for the best options.
  • Timing is everything!
    Some blooms, while coveted for spring weddings, are fleeting. Make sure the blooms you choose will be available for your date.
  • Let the flowers shine!
    Make sure you’re choosing the best bloom for the appropriate arrangement. Don’t use delicate flowers for a powerhouse job, like a chuppah. Save the heavy lifting for more sturdy, longer lasting flowers or blooming branches.

 

Some of the most evocative and romantic weddings are in the springtime. After a long and cold winter, we’re all ready to fall in love in the spring!

 

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February 27, 2017

Finding Wedding Flower Inspiration through Famous Works of Art

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Flowers have been the muse of artists for centuries. In Italian Renaissance painting, delicate botanicals bared symbolic meaning. The Impressionists painted blossoms to express their perceptions of the natural world. But you don’t have to be an artist to understand the innate power that a flower holds. Just think about the intoxicating beauty of a garden in full bloom, or how a rose is used as a gesture of emotion, communicating love or sympathy at times when words are hard to find.

The floral motif in art is vastly rich. For this reason, we thought it would be fun to curate a collection of artworks and explore how each piece can be used as inspiration for the bride-to-be who is in the process of choosing her wedding flowers.

 

Dutch Still Life Paintings of Flowers

Still-Life with Bouquet of Flowers and Plum - Painting by Rachel Ruysch

Still-Life with Bouquet of Flowers and Plum – Painting by Rachel Ruysch – via Wikipedia

 

During the Dutch Golden Age, artists showed their masterful skill creating still-life paintings, and flowers were a popular subject. Rachel Ruysch ran right alongside her male contemporaries, enjoying a successful career thanks to her distinctive style and beautiful flower paintings. Ruysch’s vibrant bouquets are rendered with exquisite detail, inviting the viewer to search for symbols and hidden surprises.

 

 

The expressive color palette, variety of textures, and unique flower combinations of the old masters form a springboard of ideas for wedding blooms. We love the idea of recreating the floral still-life as a table centerpiece, but with a modern spin. Mixing asymmetry with a natural feeling arrangement gives a nice juxtaposition to the overall design.

 

Georgia O’Keeffe, Calla Lily Turned Away, 1923

Calla Lily Turned Away - Painting by Georgia O'Keeffe - via Okeeffe Museum.org.

Calla Lily Turned Away – Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe – via OkeeffeMuseum.org

 

No other artist knew flowers better than Georgia O’Keeffe. Her up-close, abstract renderings of flowers captivate with sensual forms and soft graduations of color. One of O’Keeffe’s most famous works, Calla Lilly Turned Away, reveals the quiet beauty held by a single flower.

 

 

Elegant and sophisticated, the calla lily is a perfect flower for the traditional bride. A simple bouquet of trumpet-shaped blossoms in crisp white is timeless, yet chic. Cast a mood of modern romance with a sleek, airy tablescape that pairs the calla lily with white roses.

 

Henri Fantin-Latour, Roses in a Stemmed Glass, 1875

Roses in a Stemmed Glass, 1875 - Painting by Henri Fantin Latour

Roses in a Stemmed Glass, 1875 – Painting by Henri Fantin Latour – via Wikipedia

 

French painter Henri Fantin-Latour was known for his luxurious paintings of flowers, the rose in particular. There’s a striking duality to his works such as Roses in a Stemmed Glass, which wavers between technical precision and romanticism.

 

 

Forget the assumption that roses are too traditional or overused. Surprisingly versatile, the rose speaks the language of love in many different ways. Soft pink roses paired with chrysanthemums and greenery set an amorous tone in a table centerpiece. While a standard nosegay bouquet for bridesmaids gets a dreamy makeover by matching cream and pastel roses with sprigs of dusty miller.

 

Robert Mapplethorpe, Orchids, 1989

Orchids 1989 - by Robert Mapplethorpe - via Mapplethorpe.org

Orchids 1989 – by Robert Mapplethorpe – via Mapplethorpe.org

 

Defined by a balanced composition and high contrast between light and dark, Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs of flowers like Orchids exude grace and strength. Infused with a still, extraordinary beauty, the bloom’s transfixing power takes center stage.

 

 

For the bride who wants wedding flowers that are polished, yet exotic, white orchids are a wonderful choice. For dramatic elegance, emphasize the flower’s suspending curve. A cascading wedding bouquet of soft hued roses and white orchids looks absolutely divine going down the aisle. To create an atmosphere of spectacular romance, accent a tall table centerpiece with descending orchids.

 

Vincent van Gogh, Irises, 1890

Irises - Painting by Vincent van Gogh - via MetMuseum.org

Irises – Painting by Vincent van Gogh – via MetMuseum.org

 

Vincent van Gogh took comfort in painting flowers during his stay at the asylum at Saint-Rémy. A delicate serenity is sensed in his interpretation of the violet flower, which places an arrangement in a simple white vase against a faint pink background.

 

 

Irises are an ideal choice for the bride planning her wedding for late spring/early summer, when the flower is in season. White roses are a wonderful counterbalance to deep purple, producing a bridal bouquet that feels fresh and tranquil. A centerpiece of vivid irises accompanied with dianthus fashions a look that is stylish, yet refined.

The spellbinding allure of flowers is immortalized in many of art history’s most celebrated works. We hope this art-inspired guide helps the bride whether she’s searching for that special blossom that speaks to her heart, or in need of unique floral design ideas.

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February 20, 2017

Jewelry Inspiration for a Spring Bride

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Just like the dress and flowers, the jewelry a bride chooses to wear down the aisle is a reflection of her personal style. Finishing touches such as glittery earrings or a delicate bracelet are all that is needed to compete your wedding look. We love the idea of a bride wearing her great-grandmother’s pearls. But, this is also the perfect occasion for you to treat yourself to some gorgeous new pieces. When it comes to bridal jewelry, there are no rules. Bridal collections for Spring 2017 showed us a variety of new and stunning looks for the season. From understated to bold, there is something for every style and personality.

 

Bridal Look - Diamond Jewelry - via ModWedding

Bridal Look – Diamond Jewelry – via ModWedding

 

Classic

The classic bride considers Jackie Kennedy the ultimate fashion icon and has had her wedding colors of Tiffany blue and silver picked out since she was a little girl. Jewelry should be timeless and understated, yet unique just like the woman wearing it. Pearls are a given and the traditional single strand necklace will always be in fashion. For a personal spin on tradition though, consider wearing a double or triple strand pearl necklace. Make the classic look truly your own with an elegant pair of diamond stud halo earrings and diamond bracelet from Tiffany, of course!

 

 

Romantic

For the bride who has always dreamed of a fairy-tale wedding, accessories are a very important chapter in her story. The key is to not overdo it with sparkle. Rather, focus on one or two statement pieces and build around them. Accentuate the romantic look with radiant dangle earrings encrusted with diamond and pearls or a delicate floral motif headpiece. Like a sophisticated princess crown, a bejeweled headband looks absolutely charming with a topknot hairstyle. For a necklace, a frontal design ornamented with crystals and teardrop pendant will do just lovely.

 

 

Vintage

The vintage bride wants nothing more than to recapture the glitz and glamour of The Roaring Twenties on her wedding day. The jewelry philosophy here is more is more; you can never have too many diamonds and pearls. It’s finally your chance to wear a dazzling headpiece that would have made Daisy Buchanan envious. While choosing a necklace based on your gown, there are many looks and styles to complement different silhouettes. For example, accentuating a plunging V-neck with layers of decadent pearls or a stunning choker or shoulder piece looks divine on a bare neckline. Finish the look with a show-stopping cocktail ring. Again, consider your gown when deciding on a piece – a simple gemstone won’t complete with texture and beaded ornamentation; a luminous cluster looks fabulous with silk.

 

 

Modern

Out of all of this season’s bridal runway looks, you were most excited about the trouser trend. Maybe not for the aisle, but you’ll definitely be wearing a white pantsuit at the reception. You have a minimalist approach to accessorizing and gravitate toward designs that are simple and sleek with a little bit of edge. Bold, unexpected choices include statement hoops, earring jackets, an architectural silver cuff, or silver plate sash – all are pieces that speak to the modern bride’s fashion sensibility. When it comes to adorning the neck, a gold geometric Y necklace is a stunning complement to wedding white.

 

 

We hope this guide provides the inspiration you need to find beautiful jewelry that speaks to your heart in a personal way, as what truly matters is that your wedding jewelry and accessories make you feel beautiful in the moment. Years from now, you want to be able to look at each piece as a treasured token of the love and joy you felt on your wedding day, and always remember that your bridal look was all you had ever dreamed of.

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February 16, 2017

The Sweetheart Table

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Celebrating your big day with family and friends while being close to your newlywed is what makes the day so magical and fires up the romance of it all. As we know, wedding days can get a little hectic amongst the greetings, pictures, dancing and toasts. It can appear to fly by in the blink of an eye! We know how special this day is, how much planning goes into it and, at the end of the day, the bride and groom’s main purpose is to be with one another. At your wedding reception, having a special place for the two of you to catch up and enjoy each other during the excitement is something we find extremely special and essential. Creating a ‘Sweetheart Table’ for two is a great way to find your alone time while still being involved with guests and adored by all. This not only makes the sweetheart table a great concept, but it also adds another decorative feature to your venue. We have a few great tips and tricks on making your sweetheart table one to be admired by all and adding an extra touch of enchantment to your special day.

 

Sweetheart Table - Modern Style - Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

Sweetheart Table – Modern Style – Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

 

The first thing to decipher in the process of building your perfect sweetheart table is its type or shape. This tends to be the focal point of the room, as it is separated from the other guests’ tables. Sometimes, it is positioned across the dance floor, and other times it’s placed at the head of the room. There are many options to choose from and couples mostly lean towards a single round table or a rectangular shape for two. Many couples use their imagination to come up with outside-the-box ideas like a wine barrel or mirrored tables. While this is preference-based, we find that both shapes work well for specific styles and venues. Round silhouette works great in an indoor venue, one that’s romantic, classic and more ornamental. Rectangular tables work beautifully for an outdoor wedding environment due to their symmetry with nature, while also having a rustic or authentic look to them.

After choosing your table structure, the next step is to pick complementary seating. This is where you can really get creative and have some fun! There are many options, whether it’s two single chairs, a bench, a loveseat couch or even floor cushions. Depending on your wedding theme, using a funky seating arrangement can add that innovative feature and be a focal point statement. For example, if you’re having a vintage décor inspired wedding, incorporating two old-fashioned tufted velour chairs is a gorgeous option to play into the style. Yet, for a black tie modern affair, incorporating two straight lined black and white chairs would emphasize the sleekness and the ambiance. It is important to remember that these are your seats for the entire night and even though you want them to stand out as part of the overall design, you need to make sure they are comfortable enough for you and your loved one.

 

 

Since the first steps of choosing the table and chairs are now complete, it’s time to add the décor. The physical table is a design element on its own, yet incorporating details like linens, flowers, signage and candles can really make it pop! Deciding whether you would like to cover the table with linens or simply leave the wood or glass uncovered can create a design detail on its own. Many like to use luscious creams and white linens, while some add glitter, sequins or colorful options to make a statement. Having a wooden table is a beautiful feature for themed weddings and ties in charmingly with an outside setting. While thinking of adding florals to the piece, it is popular to feature one large arrangement at the front of the sweetheart table that sits perfectly between the two place settings. It is also common to use a floral or greenery garland that drapes from one side of the table to the other, often hanging onto the floor for a whimsical touch. If you feel like you would rather keep the table looking a little bit cleaner, adding flower arrangements to the bottom of the table and around the perimeter is another beautiful option. After flowers are all set, candles complete the look! Many don’t realize the vast variety of candles that can be used in wedding design. Including elements such as mercury glass votive, ornate candlesticks, raw candles and crystals always dresses up the table. For most weddings, mood lighting sets the tone, and this is a way to achieve a private romantic ambiance. A few other small touches include signage that reads “Mr. & Mrs.” or possibly a monogram or quotes. It’s a cute touch that makes it fun while adding personal flare.

 

 

Lastly, now that the table and décor have been decided, it is extremely important to choose your sweetheart table’s backdrop. For some venues, this is an easy fix as they have a gorgeous mantle to be decorated behind you or floor-to-ceiling windows with a water view. Sometimes, this is a perfect final touch without taking away from the design of your table. In other cases, if you’re having your wedding in a raw space, there may not be a pretty wall to line up along, so we have a few ideas for creating your own sweetheart table backdrop. One of our favorites here at Bride and Blossom is a flower wall behind the table. You can stick to neutrals or add pops of color for an enchanting scene. If you are looking for a country approach, building a shiplap wood wall with pictures and greenery could be the best route to take. Some more creative ideas include large hanging picture frames, flowered altars and handmade folding doors. Getting creative will ensure a picturesque scene for everyone to remember. Another small trick to finishing your complete look is placing the table on a small lift so that all of your guests can see exactly where you are and you get a better view of your reception.

 

 

Remembering that it is your day and making time for each other is our most important tip! Enjoy the company, laugh together and be swept away with the romantic ambiance of your perfect sweetheart table.

 

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