bold, vintage, comfort.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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.”

 

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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!

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www.cleverweddingideas.com

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www.elizabethannedesigns.com

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.

 

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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.

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www.rockmywedding.co.uk

www.atdusk.com.au

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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.

 

Happy planning!

 

XO,

John & Nicole

http://www.eventsbysb.com

sb event recap 2014.

*Tis the season! Check out this triple-dose of ‘real weddings’ brought to you by our guest bloggers & local wedding planners, Something Blue Events! Wishing you ALL a happy holiday and new year full of love, laughter and happily ever after – why knot?!*

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The 2014 Wedding Season was an exciting time for us! We worked with a wonderful contrast of people, ideas and concepts that provided us with unique opportunities as well as challenges to navigate. We want to highlight some of those challenges to help spark a thought about your wedding. Part of planning and designing a wedding includes identifying and overcoming challenges, working with what you have (or don’t have), and accommodating a wide range of people and their needs, which can be interesting and tricky at times.

Here are just a few of our 2014 events which had unique and interesting challenges, which we overcame to create beautiful, fun experiences for our clients.

Valerie and James – A sunset wedding on the NYC Harbor

Louis Valentino Park is hidden behind old abandoned warehouses on the NYC Harbor with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and the setting summer sun! This fabulous site presented two challenges to planning a perfect ceremony.

  1. Steady breeze off the harbor
  2. Bright glare from the sun

 

To take advantage of this natural breeze, we created a flowing shabby-chic backdrop by sourcing vintage-feel fabrics in champagne, ivory, coral, and glittery gold to tie the bridesmaids’ dresses to the shimmering harbor during sunset. We turned the fabric into strips, which danced in the harbor breeze during the ceremony, creating a sense of romance and calm. To work WITH the sunlight, we decided to rotate the orientation of the entire site so the sun was behind the guests. Doing this we eliminated the glare from the guests view, and bathed the entire ceremony in the best light for outdoor photos.

 

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Annie and Chris An evening Gala for a very fun couple in a Pre-War building just beyond the bustling and boisterous Times Square!

The loft boasts original wide-plank floors, built-in book shelves, enormous skylights, grand windows, and private access to the roof which sits just below the Empire State Building. Everything in the loft is painted white, which creates a blank space to do anything you want! The couple wanted to have a big dance-all-night party that was not the typical seated formal affair. Wanting to include everyone they loved, the layout of the loft and the couple’s wishes required some creative thinking!

  1.     Wide age-range of the guests
  2.      One big room to meet many needs

 

The bride and groom were caught between what they wanted and what the realities of combining family and friends into one party means. The couple’s wish to have a cocktails and dance party meant they did not want a sit-down assigned seating event. They wanted everyone dancing all night!

We created four areas within the one space that would cater to all needs.

For the traditional wedding experience, we set dining tables near the buffet for the “VIP” guests. The bar and dance floor were assembled at the opposite end of the space to keep the party going all night. The space between the tables and dance floor was set with cocktail tables for those who wanted to dance the night away, and preferred to eat dinner at a cocktail table between their favorite songs!

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Courtney and Tim – An autumn wedding on the family farm
The bride decided from the very beginning she did not want the traditional flower centerpieces, and did not want to assign seating. The couple wanted to create a relaxing fun family time on the groom’s family farm.

  1.      No flowers
  2.      No assigned seating
  3.      Last minute surprise for the bride from her sister

 

Since this wedding was to take place on a farm in the fall, we decided to go with wheat and organic English and French lavender (technically an herb!) for the rustic hand-tied bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Working in some farm-grown gourds and pumpkins with burlap accents and pops of orange and yellow against a base of blues, a truly romantic scene was set.
Allowing your guests to choose their own seats can be a thoughtful gesture, but once the first few groups sit with their “besties”, you’ll inevitably have one or two empty seats between those groups and the last few people to walk in (who will also want to sit together) wont have any seats to do so. To solve this problem, we suggest setting extra tables with at least 15% more seats than rsvp’d guests (ie: you expect 100 guests, provide seating for at least 115).

Lastly, two days before the wedding, the bride’s sister asked us to work an 11 minute photo montage into the reception.  After dozens of phone calls and emails, we secured a projector and screen rental, reworked the layout of the reception, and updated the timeline for the DJ and the caterer. Timing is everything!

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We believe your wedding day should be one of the happiest, most perfect days of your lives together. At SB Events, that belief is at the core of what we do, and we work tirelessly to overcome every challenge, clear every roadblock, free up every snag, and smooth every potential crease that may arise leading up to or during your big day, to keep it as perfect as possible. Even when your event is expertly planned and designed, someone must be assigned the job of “coordinator” to handle the inevitable issues that will arise on the day of your wedding. This includes handling any seating issues, vendor management questions, timing implementation, and of course, those last minute surprises that your bridal party may want to provide for you.

 

We’re here to handle it all, and love every minute of our jobs! As you’re planning your event, don’t forget the crucial step of selecting a coordinator who you can trust to handle any challenge that’s thrown their way. At SB Events, it’s what we do, and we love doing it!

 

XO & Happy Planning!

 

John & Nicole

Something Blue Events

it’s coming.

ONCE A YEAR – we offer a discount coupon code on Black Friday to be used on Mrs. Why Knot custom date art, bracelets and anklets.  How could we not? Mrs. Why Knot is a Black Friday shopping addict! {offer available on mrswhyknot.com and our etsy shop}

Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping with this BLACK FRIDAY discount code. No exclusions! The coupon will be announced on our social media outlets (facebook, twitter and instagram) sometime on Thanksgiving. It will be valid until Sunday, November 30th. Keep checking back because you WON’T want to miss this!

*AS ALWAYS, Mrs. Why Knot bracelets/anklets are delivered already packaged in an organza bag with Mrs. Why Knot tag attached. Mrs. Why Knot custom date art will be delivered already gift-wrapped! If you would like me to include a special gift message in any of your orders, just add it in when checking out or email mrswhyknot@gmail.com – why knot?!

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Also, here are a few recent custom date art gifts we shipped out. Remember, it is the perfect  personalized present to give and receive.

GRANDPARENT GIFT:

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NEW PARENT GIFT:

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GROWING FAMILY PRINT:

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WEDDING DATE PRINT:

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rustic luxe.

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?!

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LDWeekend weddings.

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?!

a9d9161d3c769b003f7a940d1fb35499EXTENDED STAY PUH-LEASE! Book a venue that offers accommodations for your guests that are interested in making it a true getaway for that particular weekend.

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double dose of a giveaway.

As your summer is off to a hot and sticky start – we’ve got a double dose of a giveaway from our friends at Punkwife.com and The Flip Flop Bitch which is sure to cool off two summer woes.

Aching tootsies which have been shoved in the highest of heels + beach book boredom are two problems SOLVED with this joint giveaway! Click the link to find out how you can be in it to win it – why knot?! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

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book review: the bitch’s bridal bible.

Bitch's Bridal Bible

Who would’ve thought nearly three years post-married, I would enjoy (and relate to) a book that focused on bitchy brides as much as I do! This is the perfect book for ANY bride to be. Whether you are…planning a 400 person wedding or a 10 person intimate reception, an over the top princess bride or a subtle more laid back bride, a fancy schmantzy planner or a fly by the seat of your pants kind of MRS., a super duper stickler to details or a whatever whenever procrastinator. Point being, so often these types of books are ultra narrow in their focus and if you do not fit into the cookie cutter audience then you find yourself throwing the book aside and looking for another.

Ali does a phenomenal job to draw her readers in, make them laugh and keep them laughing. Like belly laughing, ladies! Her book is a quick read and can even be used as a reference for a particular wedding planning phase (reception, photography, honeymooning etc.) The chapters are instead called ‘tables’ and the experience of reading through the book stems from working through the tables at your own wedding. Creative, catchy and keeps your attention – check, check and check!

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ask away: indoor wedding pics.

I couldn’t wait to share the ‘ask away’ post I received last week to ease the mind of the weather-worriers (ahem- including me!) about picture taking for your big day! Cause seriously – don’t you wish that the weather was something you can plan?!
She asked…
Hi Mrs. Why Knot!I was hoping you would be able to help me out! I am getting married in June, and although its a beautiful summer month, I am concerned about the weather. I am hoping to take my wedding pictures outside at my revenue but need a backup plan in case it rains. Do you know of any great inside locations or mansions that I can take my pictures?Thanks for your help!
Agnes
…Here’s my answer!
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in search of that moment. {dear bridal diary}

We are thrilled to have one of our bride-to-be’s as a guest blogger for our site. Months back, she had sent us her ‘falling’ into love engagement story and we are through the moon that she is going to be sharing many more of her experiences with our readers leading up to, and including, her big day! Welcome future Mrs., Daniela!

Read on to find out how Daniela felt while on the hunt for her dream wedding dress. She was in search of ‘that moment’ and when it came – the feeling was indescribable…

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westchester wedding destination unveiled {something blue events}.

Something Blue was recently given a private tour and exclusive planning rights to a brand-new wedding venue in Westchester – which we are excited to begin planning events in! This venue is so brand-new, the name and location have both yet to be announced – but Something Blue has the exclusive inside scoop on all it has to offer, including the very first photos and details of the venue, the grounds and the breathtaking views!

 

Located on the water, this stunning vintage mansion is sure to be the newest and most sought-after wedding destination for those who would like an intimate, private event with a rustic and hidden-away feel, yet prefer the convenience and accessibility that venues in lower Westchester offer.

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