Never underestimate the impact of a stunning bridal bouquet. Adding a pop of color and a style statement, a bouquet brings a seasonal, fresh, creative vibe to all weddings. These blooms oftentimes bring all the event colors and elements together to complete the look. At Warrenwood, we love to see how the bouquets changes with the season, style and setting of the wedding. The thirty-five bridal bouquets pictured below will give you some inspiration and eye candy.
** Scroll over each photo for florist and photographer information. Feature image by Lindsey McDonald Photography, Flowers by Carol Lynn Originals. **
As we discussed in our last blog post Wedding & Event Styling 101: The Basics, event styling is the artistic process of mixing shapes, colors, and textures to create a custom and cohesive event look. Once you’ve mastered the basics, these 10 event styling tips and tricks will keep you sane as you plan the rest of your wedding or event.
#1: Be Yourself!
Think about what will make your event special, different and personal. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel with any of your event design decisions, but you do want to have an event that you are proud of, represents you well and makes you happy! Is it bad that I love it when a bride walks in for a sneak peek of the reception we’ve styled on her behalf and cries because she loves it so much? Because I’m going to be honest, I love that reaction!
#2: Manage your expectations.
Pinterest, blogs and magazines showcase so many jaw-droppingly stunning events, but you have to be realistic about what works with your venue on your budget. Yes, Kim Kardashian’s floral ceremony backdrop was gorgeous, but it’s really not worth a down payment on a house to have one at your wedding. And yes, it is really cool to have your cake table suspended from the ceiling (love that idea!), but who will do all that work?
#3: Timeless is better than trendy.
It is easy to get sucked into the trends of the year. Everyone has something to say about what is so in or so out now. Since trends change all the time, don’t ignore timeless style options. You want to be able to look at your wedding pictures twenty years from now and feel good about the style decisions you made. If you do choose to embrace something trendy, moderation is key.
#4: Keep it simple.
Your wedding day isn’t about the flowers, linens or table runners. It isn’t about a curated guestbook table or an elaborate food display either. Focus on what really matters to you and forget the rest. Sure, Pinterest DIY projects seem easy, but the time, cost and planning add up to a stressful to do list. Keep all the “STUFF” to a minimum so you, your family and your friends can enjoy a stress-free celebration. Or, if those things are super important to you, make sure your budget allows for you to hire helpers.
#5: It’s not ALL about you.
Your groom may or may not be interested in the planning of your wedding day, but nonetheless don’t forget to consider him in the event design. Try to do at least one thing that he’ll get excited about. For example, we had four types of locally-made beef jerky at my informal, afternoon wedding reception because I knew my husband would love it! Also, don’t forget to consider what your friends and family would love too.
#6: Trust your vendors.
If you have carefully selected your vendors, they are probably really good at what they do. Trust them to handle the little details so you don’t have to deal with it. You have more important things to worry about than providing plates for the appetizers or grabbing lighters for the sparkler send off. Let the professionals handle it. Your vendors can also be great resources to help you make the best design decisions for your budget and style. Be sure to get them all the information they need to do their job.
#7: Use what you have, borrow what you can and rent the rest.
Don’t feel like you have to rush out and buy a ton of stuff for your wedding. Most likely you have things around your home that can be used for your wedding. For example, I used platters I had gotten at a bridal shower to display my reception food. Since I had registered for these platters they were items I really liked and I saved money by not needing to rent platters. I also borrowed and rented vases for my centerpieces. Renting items oftentimes allows you to have nicer items than you could afford to purchase. If you have to buy an item for your wedding, consider buying a used, refurbished or up-cycled option.
#8: Spend your money where it counts.
Prioritize spending on areas or items with the greatest impact on the look of your event or the experience of your guests. You don’t need to decorate every inch of the venue. Determine your event focal points by thinking about what will be photographed and what will be seen the most.
#9: Variety is the spice of life!
Things don’t have to be identical to go together. You can create a more interesting look by combining items with individual character. For example, it is fine to have all matching centerpieces, but for more visual interest you could mix bud vases, boxed floral arrangements and layered candles for a more complex vibe.
#10: Stay organized to stay sane.
Keep track of who will be doing what and when. Don’t underestimate the value of timelines, to-do lists, labels, floor plans, sketches and inspirational images.
I hope these tips come in handy! I don’t even pretend to know it all, so comment below with other wedding and event styling tips or just tell me about your event styling experience. I love hearing from you!
Event styling is the artistic process of mixing shapes, colors, and textures to create a custom and cohesive event look. It’s linens, florals, decor, and dinnerware. It’s table placing, table settings, sign hanging, bow tieing, candle lighting and so much more. Anyone can style an event, but it takes time and planning as well as a vision. It is important to remember that your event should be a reflection of who you are and what you care about. It’s really not as complicated as it sounds, so we’ve compiled some event styling tips to help you throughout the planning process.
Start by making a list of three or four words that describe the vibe or feel you want your wedding day to have. For example, my husband and I wanted a relaxed event filled with rustic charm and southern elegance. These terms make it easier to stay on target. With every decision you make ask yourself, “Does this fit the vibe I want?”
Sometimes the words we use to describe what we think we want aren’t actually what we want or aren’t nuanced enough for other people to understand what we want. To avoid misunderstandings try finding three or four inspirational images for each aspect of your event (ceremony, reception, cake, flowers, etc.). Describe what you do and don’t like about each image.
As an example, here are the inspirational words and images I used to pull together the floral design for my wedding. My inspiration words/phrase was, “Relaxed southern elegance with a hint of the farm!”
Next, decide on your venue and event date. Consider your venue and event date at the same time since venue availability is often limited and weather restrictions may apply. If you are dead-set on a certain venue you may need to be flexible on the date/season and if you are dead-set on a date/season you may need to be flexible with your venue selection. Every venue has characteristics that lend themselves best to a certain range of styles. For example, Warrenwood Manor is best suited for events styled with rustic, southern, vintage and/or traditional elements as opposed to modern, industrial or coastal styling. So, choose a venue that fits with your inspiration images and words. The further a venue is from your desired style, the more money and time you will have to spend to make it something that it isn’t. Additionally, the date of your event will determine whether or not events can be held outdoors which in turn can narrow your options for certain style elements. For example, you would want to host a earthy woodland style event outdoors, but a modern, fine-arts style event would be okay indoors anytime of year.
Your event color palette is the final foundational element of your event design. The season and venue you choose can help guide this decision. Pastels for spring and jewel tones for fall aren’t steadfast rules, but they are common choices since they compliment seasonal surrounds and are readily available for floral design. When selecting the colors for your event you should also consider what will look good in your venue, what looks good on camera, what looks good on people, what makes food look appetizing and what will make your centerpieces pop. Once you have a color palette, you’ve laid the foundation for your event design. Below you’ll find some great examples of weddings that were styled based on the season and be on the lookout for our next blog post: Wedding & Event Styling 102!
Event Styling: Real Wedding Examples of Seasonal Color Palettes