Bold, Vintage, Comfort : 2015 Let Interior Design inspire Wedding Decor
As we all come down off our chocolaty sugar highs from Valentine’s Day and the realities of just saying “YES!” start to sink in…let’s try to get a grip and slow the whirlwind. Deep breaths. Stare at your ring. More deep breaths. There you go!
Now what? Now begins a time in your life that will be exhilarating and stressful. There will be a lot of ups and downs. Maybe there will be some tears, but tons of smiles and accomplishments are on their way! Where to begin?
The overriding trend in events and wedding planning over the last 8-10 years is “personalization” – making your wedding day fully reflect you as a couple! As on shows like X-Factor and American Idol, the phrase “Make it your own” gets thrown around like a dodge ball. But, that is just so vague. So mysterious. So monumentally not helpful. In fact, many of our couples come to us overwhelmed at the unlimited possibilities and lack of an idea of where to start!
Whether we are planning a wedding al fresco, or our client has booked a stunning ballroom for their reception (hey, some do both!), the creation of “space and experience” begins. One place we like to look for inspiration when designing a wedding day is toward the trends in Interior Design. As Edina Monsoon from Absolutely Fabulous so wisely tells us, “What you can tell about a person, you can see on their coffee table!”
Trends in Interior Design are typically longer lasting than trends in fashion, as interior design decisions are usually quite a significant investment. It is much easier to buy a new dress, than change the sofa in your living room! Amiright?
In 2015 we are seeing design choices being made that speak to comfort, peace, and an “escape”. We’re also seeing attention on bold trim and accents (lots of stripes out there) and vintage, antique, and weathered pieces (real or faux). Let’s take a visual journey translating these interior design trends into a stunning celebration..
Trend #1 Comfort and Ease. The plush, overstuffed sofa and sectional are coming back in a big way this year. A focus on the home as a place to recharge the smartphone, the mind, and the soul has gained popularity in recent years.
So how does that translate to your wedding? For us, it is all about the fabric choice, flowers, and styling.
To bring that sense of comfort and ease to your wedding day, pick a dress with flowing fabrics (chiffon or silk) and you will begin to set that mood the very moment your guests see you. Hair should be easy, flowing. The formal lacquered up-do is going the way of the dodo bird: Let your hair down!
Strapless A-Line chiffon gown by DressDress2015.
Gorgeous boho-chic column gown by Rose & Ruby.
For the Gentlemen, let’s soften the look with rounded edges, simple lines, and go with a gray suit. Check out this heather gray wool suit by Allure Men by Jean Yves. Notice the rounded detail in the lapel. So sharp (pun intended). These small details make a big impact.
For floral treatments on your wedding day, the “floral garland” is making a statement this year. It absolutely adds a level of subtle, quiet beauty to any space. It is a rebellion against the traditional centerpiece table treatment. Of course the lush look can be used in the traditional sense, creating clouds of flowers above your tables.
Garland centerpiece photo by www.vickigraftonphotography.com
Floral wall garland from www.hellomay.com.au
Staircase floral photo by www.rebeccalindon.com
Tall centerpiece photo by www.weddings.torywilliams.com
Trend #2 Bold Trim & Accents:
In the home, painting your window frames a dark color and using big oversized stripes is gaining traction for 2015. As Details magazine explains, “a woman wearing eyeliner and mascara knows this fact: when you draw a dark line around something, you pay attention to it.”
Striped wall dining photo by Bludoor Studios.
Ombre stairs from www.welke.nl
To bring this to your wedding day, go for colorful wedding party attire, or bold linens. Contrast patterns with one bold tone in your flowers to keep things interesting, but not busy. To be totally on-trend for 2015, Marsala is a very romantic choice for a signature color. This deep red tone can be paired with soft pinks and greens in the spring and summer. For the Fall, complement the deep-red with patterned feathers in browns and tans for real drama!
Trend #3 Vintage & Weathered
This aesthetic has been around for a long time. There is however a surge in its popularity and application in the home. In a time when technology advances so quickly, we are starting to appreciate and long for pieces that have survived history. There are countless ways to bring this feel to any event.
Bring this idea into your wedding with mercury glass vases and candle holders. Shop vintage and junk shops for unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Old doors and window frames with a whitewash or crackle finish can be repurposed to create structure and architecture for an outdoor or tented ceremony.
Every interpretation will be different. What is it that you find comfort in? What is bold to you? However you end up answering those questions is what will help you live up to the “make it your own” mantra.
Now look at that ring, again. Breathe.
John & Nicole
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m not talking about the holidays, I’m talking about January & February… that fantastic time of year when newly engaged couples start emerging from their cloud of bliss to begin thinking, dreaming, and planning their perfect wedding.
Maybe you got engaged on a holiday. Maybe you or your other half popped the big question at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Maybe it just happened recently at a place and time that was meaningful to you. Whatever your story, November-January is the most popular time to get engaged and known throughout the industry as “engagement season”. January-February is our favorite time of year. As wedding planners, coordinators, and designers, we love being introduced to new couples who are happy, enthusiastic, and ready to embark on the journey toward their dream wedding.
If you’re planning your big day without the help of a planner, have no fear! We’ve put together a list of the top 11** questions we get from newly engaged couples – and we’ve answered each one, so you can stop worrying, and start getting the most out of this exciting time in your life!
#1. What do I say when people keep asking me what kind of wedding I want? I have no idea!
You don’t have to know right away! Simply say, “We are just enjoying being engaged right now and we’re not rushing anything. We are thinking we’ll start planning in (insert timeframe here).” You can say 2 weeks, 1 month, 6 months, or whatever feels right.
#2. What is the best time of year to get married?
Wedding season is typically March-November, but there aren’t any rules! Fall is becoming popular for weddings, and of course Spring & Summer are always beautiful. Winter weddings are special in their own way, so you really can’t go wrong any time of year!
#3. What comes first? Where do I start?
You’ll need to come up with your guest list first. Once you understand how many people you want to celebrate with, the process will be much easier to navigate. Having a guest list enables you to select venues that work for your guest list, and rule out those that don’t.
#4. How much is this going to cost?
Depending on what you want, you can make your wedding fun and enjoyable without breaking the bank. In New York, we’ve worked with budgets of $10K or less, all the way up to opulent events that cost $250K+. Decide what you’re comfortable with, and go from there.
#5. Can I ask my family and friends to help me plan?
If they’ve offered, of course! Ask them to help research, come up with ideas, and even craft with you. If you want to make sure you’re not asking too much first, say something like, “Since you’ve offered, I could really use help with XYZ. Would that be something you’d enjoy & have time for?”
#6. How do I ask my family and friends to STOP helping me plan?
Simply say, “I really love that you want to help – and I want this process to be enjoyable for everyone involved. Can you give me some time and space to figure out what I need the most help with?” Then, when you’re ready, refer to question #5 to enlist their help.
#7. Do I have to pick a color scheme that goes with the season of my wedding?
Not at all! When it’s done right, you can make any color work with any season. If you’re hiring an event designer, they’ll make it work for you!
#8. Do I have to invite everyone I know?
In short, no. In general, people understand that weddings tend to be expensive affairs, and many couples are planning and paying for their big day on their own without help from parents. “We’re keeping it small, mostly just family,” is all you have to say.
#9. I want a small wedding. How do I tell my big family?
You can simply say, “We would love to celebrate with everyone, but with the size of our families, that’s tough to do. What we want is a stress-free day for all involved, and while we’d love to invite everyone, we’d prefer to keep it small & intimate.” If it’s important to your extended family to be involved, you can invite them to the ceremony, or promise to post a wedding video online soon after the wedding.
#10. How long does it really take to plan a wedding?
We’ve planned weddings in as little as 3 months, and others in as long as 2 years. Whatever timeline is right for you, it’s totally possible! Wedding planners often make events with short timelines possible – they’re pros that can help coordinate everything for you, quickly! If your timeline is fairly short, that would be a great route to explore.
#11. How do I know when to book all my vendors and services?
It’s tricky to know the order of operations for wedding planning, but we have a great timeline tool that’s helpful! If you’d like a freebie PDF of it emailed to you, simply reach out to us at Nicole@EventsBySB.com or John@EventsBySB.com. We’ll send you one right away!
Whatever you’re planning, just try to keep yourself de-stressed and excited. Remember – being engaged is one of the best times of your life. Soak it up, enjoy it, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Happy Planning!
Nicole & John
Something Blue Events / Events By SB
**Why 11 questions? Why not just a typical top 10? Well, we’re not your typical wedding planners. First of all, 11 is a lucky number for us and second of all, we’re just the type who like to go above and beyond. So, you get 10+1 from us!
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Is it just me or do you find yourself falling more and more in love with the entire season once September approaches? The boots, the leaves, the apple and pumpkin picking, the seasonal decor and specialty foods – I LOVE it all! Being that I was a September bride, I was shocked that I went more for the rustic look and not so pumpkin-ish (which is one of my absolute faves.) Just recently, while browsing on Pinterest I came across some images that join together the rustic freshness and luxe elegance look to a fall-inspired wedding. Take a peek and don’t forget to follow our Pinterest page for more fall pin-spiration – why knot?!
Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner! Can you believe that the summer has flown by as quickly as it has? As a note for all ‘three-day-weekend’ wedding brides, try to consider these helpful hints to get the most out of your offsite, extended wedding weekend planning – why knot?!Read More»
How many times (daily) do you find yourself scrolling through your inbox which is slammed with store offers, advertisements or other useless emails you don’t have a minute to unsubscribe from? With the five email accounts I have, I find myself doing that more often than not during the day. However – just the other day, I was scrolling through and came across an email that not only touched my heart, but warmed my soul. An email I am so grateful to have received.
It was from Heather – a mom, a blogger, a fighter – a survivor. Heather had just given birth to her little girl when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer, mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is caused my asbestos exposure and this new mom was given just 15 months to live. With her strength and determination – Heather has beat the odds. Now eight years later, her email popped into my inbox. Her mission is to have bloggers post something they are thankful for and also bring awareness to this disease and her story. First off – let me say, I am thankful for HER! For someone whom I never met to share such a significant part of their life with others for the purpose of spreading awareness (and hope) is a beautiful thing!
As the holiday season is in full swing, one of my favorite things to do is give back! I participated in the coordination of a huge toy drive for a pediatric center near my hometown. This center is a rehabilitation resident facility caring for children, from birth to age 21, with a wide range of severe disabilities and complex clinical conditions. Today is the day we are delivering the toys. Last year, as we toured the magnificent facility, the children I met were so inspiring. Today, as I walk the halls of the center, I will walk now as a mother of a four month old, a new parent – whose heart is bursting with love for my daughter. To see the children of the center (infants to young adults) face their personal struggles each day with such will, is surely admirable. Their parents and loved ones are thankful to have a facility of this kind to care for these wonderful children.
So what is my grown up Christmas wish? To give hope. To give love. To give encouragement. You never know the battles or struggles others are facing or may face. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Accept each day as a gift and be a shoulder to lean on for those in your life. Sometimes an open ear and a warm hug can make someone’s day. Please keep in mind such inspiring and admirable people like Heather and the children of the pediatric center – for they have learned the meaning of life and appreciate all that it has to offer. I wish Heather and her family a healthy and happy holiday and to all the children at the pediatric center, the readers of my blog, and my family and friends – Merry Everything and Happy 2014.
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To find out more about Heather’s story and mesothelioma, please visit http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/
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After two weekends full of fall fun at local orchards, my love for pumpkin and cider ANYTHING was even stronger. This time of year, the smells, the tastes, the overall fall-feel from apple cider inspired food and drink truly make me fall even more in love with the season. Take a look at some of these cider-full wedding additions sure to be the apple of your eye.
Fall favor favorite – take home apple cider mix!
Signature drink – spiked cider
For the outdoor fall enthusiast
Please be seated – apple style
Apple Cider Donuts – the perfect to-go fall treat!
Have you seen a cider-inspired wedding fall favorite? Share below or on the Mrs. Why Knot Facebook page and stay tuned for a pumpkin inspired post coming soon – why knot?!
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So your Spring wedding is just around the bend. As you tick off each and every detail from your to-do list in record time, you find yourself scrambling for a creative way to doll-up your seating card table. Here are some fabulous and out-of-the-box ideas! Take a look and check off that final to-do before you say I do!
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Going on a date doesn’t need to break the bank. There are plenty of things to do in each of your neighborhoods that cost little or nothing and can turn a boring ‘what to you want to do’ day into something much more exciting (and doesn’t include racking up another huge expense!)
Local Concert (many are nearly free!) – Amateur Comedy Club – Sight-See in your Nearest City – Volunteer – Attend an Art Gallery – Minor League Baseball Game – Go for Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt – Go to a Neighborhood Fair – Trivia Night at your Local Bar – Try a New Ethnic Restaurant – Go for a Hike – Make a Picnic – Board Game Night at Your Place – Go for a Walk in a Nearby Neighborhood – Visit your Local Park – Make Breakfast for Dinner – Paint Together – Purchase Discounted Tickets for Broadway Shows in NYC at the TKTS Booth on Broadway (some may be up to 50% off or more!) – Blast the Music and have a Dance Off – Visit a Local Farmer’s Market – Check out your County’s Website for Upcoming Free Events – Visit your Local Library and Rent a Movie (for as little as a dollar!) – Play Wii or Playstation – Make Your Own Pizza Night – Visit your Local Pool – Check out a Second Hand Store – Ice Skating – Go See a Local Game/Sport – Grab a Camera and Take Some Pics on Your Day-cation – Go Rock Climbing at an Indoor Center – Go for a Walk with your Pets – Fondue! – Feed Ducks or Birds at a Local Lake – Drive Around and Attend an Open House (costs nothing and you get some great renovation ideas) – Try Out a Dance Class (many first times are free!) – Go Bike Riding – Go-Kart Racing – Clean! (I mean this is a last resort, but so much better when two people are working together!)
Here are just a few to get your list started. Feeling adventurous? Keep your eyes peeled for a ‘cheap’ date night giveaway this week! It will be posted to our facebook page. You won’t want to miss it! Two pairs of gift certificates for a super-fun date place will be given away to two lucky couples (in the Westchester area or those willing to travel.) Stay tuned! Why knot?!
As always remember – it’s not what you are doing but who you are doing it with that makes all the difference. That, ladies, is priceless.
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Happy FAT TUESDAY everyone! Love the bright and bold colors and theme of Mardi Gras? If so, then you will swoon over these pin-worthy images. Get creative for your upcoming big day and incorporate a theme sure to bring the party any time of the year – why knot?!
PS! Are you planning on overindulging today and the rest of the week? Get in on our giveaway for a chance to snag a FREE personal training session and help deflate after a sweet-spree week! Details here!