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 your BIG day just days away? It is starting to feel a bit surreal that after all the planning the day could actually arrive? (um, note to self: that’s what supposed to happen!!) Below is a list of helpful hints to glance through as you cross off your last to-dos before you say I do!
CONFIRM & RECONFIRM: No matter how many times you’ve ‘checked’ with your vendors, make a list and reconfirm full details and write any expectations down so you are all on the same page. Also create a sample timeline so you know who to expect, where and when! It takes the guess work out of the morning-of.
MAKE USE OF THE MAIDS: Grab your girls and get together! Finish up any last minute projects (ceremony programs, favors, menus, etc.) Also take a quick ride to drop off everything necessary for the reception. Feel free to bring a list so the person setting up knows exactly what you want. Everything done? Have a girls night in with some wine, sweets and sweats! Girl time is the best time.
SWEET DREAMS: Are you having nightmares of missing the ceremony? Waking up super late? Losing your wedding dress? Get into a routine before bed to keep calm and have sweet dreams. Try a relaxing bath, cup of tea or warm milk and some reading. Stay OFF your phone/computer right before bed (they super-stimulate your mind) and avoid any chocolate (it gears up crazy thoughts!)
LEADER OF THE PACK: Whether you are honeymooning right away, taking a mini-moon or staying at a local hotel suite – be sure to make a list and check it twice. Pack ahead of time and always add some extra outfits ‘just in case.’ Don’t forget something sexy for your wedding night too! Also – pack a go-to bag for the limo/party bus. Don’t forget a plain white sheet or towel to cover your gorgeous gown while heading to the reception. You’d be surprised how many things spill!
LOVE NOTES: Take five minutes to write a note to your future-hubby. Handwritten and stuck into his tux, or even a note in his phone you can remind him to check. It’ll be the perfect thing to wake up to on the big day. It is also a great keepsake!
DRESS TO IMPRESS: Finalize that dress fitting! As crazy as it sounds, you’d be surprised how just before your wedding you may gain/lose a few pounds. I actually wound up going the week of my wedding for one extra fitting! Be sure you are comfortable (literally sit, stand, dance and move around in your dress – test it out!) You will be wearing it for hours on end and you will want it to be PERFECT.
Most importantly – BREATHE!
Your big day is just moments ahead and you should make the most of each and every second. Dance, laugh, love and enjoy it! It goes way too fast and some of the best memories are yet to be made. Congratulations!
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