Archive for January, 2010

I stopped by the Ikea bridal event toward the end of the evening last night and was pleasantly surprised! For some reason I was expecting haphazard tables of DIY projects, but that was far from the case. They had set up about ten different tablescapes, all using 100% Ikea products and nothing else. Each table was completely different… some of them I really loved, some definitely did not match my personal style, but even if you did not reproduce the settings exactly, there was an idea to take away from each table.

Below are photos from some of the tables (they were taken on my phone and under Ikea warehouse lighting, so most of the colors are not true to life), and a few tips on the overall themes and ideas I took away from the event. Each table had a sheet listing all of the products used to create the look, with their tag line “simply perfect, simply affordable”. Are some of the items used and ideas proposed a good value? absolutely. But others? in my opinion, not so much. I promise to elaborate on that in tomorrow’s post. But first – the wedding décor ideas!

Ikea Tables

1. Don’t be afraid of patterns. Incorporating a pattern into your wedding décor will give your reception instant personality. If you feel like patterned linens on every table is too bold for you, consider dressing up just one table: the head table, cake table, escort card table, etc. are all good options to stand out. Or, you might consider a simple patterned ribbon or fabric wrapped around the vase for your centerpieces, a patterned napkin at each place setting, a bold pattern on your cake, patterned lighting on the ceiling or walls… the list goes on.

Ikea Wedding Decor

2. Play with layers and height to add drama and interest. You could be as tame as simply adding an overlay on top of your main table linen (perhaps something in a pattern? or even a simple sheer), or you can use multiple centerpieces of varying heights, candles and frames and other objet d’art to create visual interest on each table. Using a charger (or even a woven or brightly colored placemat or a large plate) under each place setting and/or hanging lanterns, etc. in key spots in the room, will add further interest and more pops of color for a very festive atmosphere.

Ikea Wedding Decor

3. Use things in an unexpected way. One of my favorite things was a really fun, oversized picture frame that was hanging behind the “head table”. Instead of a photo, it framed an imaginary couple’s monogram. So simple, but still so unique. Also, instead of hanging paper lanterns from the ceiling, they stacked them to create tall lighted pillars on each side of a table. That could also be a great way to frame an entrance from one area of a reception to the next. And perhaps the boldest table had no linen at all – it was created by combining six brightly colored side tables, with large pillows for seating. Each of the above are fun and unexpected, and definitely make a statement.

Check back on the blog tomorrow – I’ll run through some of the costs of the items that were used and give my take on whether or not they are a good value. Also, I really couldn’t do three posts in one week on Ikea without including the recipe they shared for Lingonberry Parfait :)

An Ikea Wedding?

January 25, 2010

Ikea Bridal EventYesterday I went to Ikea with high hopes of leaving with a detailed plan and budget outline for our upcoming kitchen makeover. Sadly, that part of the trip didn’t go too well (I am not at all a fan of their in-store kitchen planning software) but as we went to grab lunch in the restaurant, something caught my eye… a wedding dress. It was very out of place amongst the wayward toddlers and trays of swedish meatballs, but I was so cranky about my failed cabinet planning expedition that I didn’t investigate.

Once I was back home (and done pouting about my lack of kitchen progress) I remembered the oddly placed gown and went to Ikea’s website to investigate. It turns out that the West Chester location is having a “bridal event” tomorrow that they are calling “Simply Perfect, Simply Affordable”. They’ll be sharing “wedding decoration inspirations courtesy of Ikea” and on the site they leave a kind reminder that “the more money you save in decorating your reception, the more money you’ll have to invest in the dress!”

Even better, they are asking attendees to bring gently used formal gowns to the event for donations to Kenzie’s Closet. As a founding co-chair of the Bitter Bridesmaid Bash, Kenzie’s Closet is an organization that is near and dear to me, and I love hearing about any event that furthers their cause.

If you are interested in learning about the wedding decor ideas Ikea West Chester has to share, stop by tomorrow – Tuesday, January 26th, from 4pm to 7pm. There will be complimentary appetizers from the Ikea restaurant, and a chance to win an Ikea gift card! More details are available on their website.

I am so curious what ideas they will be sharing! I am going to do my best to attend and hopefully will have some projects to tell everyone about afterward.
(Anyone care to join me???)

Pink and White Cincinnati Wedding

When Ana first contacted me, she was living in Michigan and her now-husband Jack had just moved to Cincinnati. Ana’s family lives in Moldova, Jack’s family lives in Texas, and since Ana would not be joining Jack in Cincinnati until about one month before the wedding, she had no doubts that she needed a wedding planner! The first time I met Ana in person, I picked her up at the airport and we spent the day together finding her dress, talking with her florist, Courtenay Lambert, and just getting to know each other! From then on, most things were planned via e-mail and phone, with a few short visits in between.

Wedding Ceremony at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Clifton

Ana had never been to an American wedding, so she wanted to make sure she did all of the American traditions.  It was such fun to explain to her things like saving your top layer of cake for your anniversary and having a bouquet toss. I learned about many Moldovan traditions as well, such as the fact that having flowers in an even number is bad luck! (That was one we were sure to relay to her florist). To make sure Ana had the American wedding of her dreams, we worked with her florist (Melissa at Courtenay Lambert Florals), invitation designer (Kristen at Poeme) and catering manager (Robyn at the Hilton) to come up with a beautiful, classic and traditional wedding.

Ceremony at Immanuel Presbyterian in Cincinnati

Ana and Jack’s wedding ceremony was held at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Clifton. I’ve driven past it many times, but had never been inside. It is such a charming and beautiful space! Perfect for small weddings. Pro Art Music provided the ceremony music, and the bridesmaid’s dresses are from J. Crew. Ana’s beautiful gown was designed by Anne Barge, and was the first she tried on at Bridal and Formal in Reading. The darling flower girl and ring bearer are Jack’s niece and nephew, and they are twins! They were seriously adorable.

Wedding photos by TM Photography

Following the ceremony, Ana, Jack and their wedding party went around Clifton with their photographer (Tine of TM Photography) to get some fun shots around town and in the park. Then it was back to the Hilton Netherland Plaza for the reception. The cocktail hour was held in the Mezzanine, and the reception was held in the Continental Room. Ana had custom-designed menus from Poeme at each place setting (to match her beautiful invitations) along with a pearl napkin ring from All Occasions Event Rental.

Wedding Reception at the Continental Room, Cincinnati

The cake was from Bonbonerie; we combined two of their classic designs and added a monogram in icing to get the look that Ana wanted. Greg Lee performed at both the cocktail hour and the reception and had EVERYONE out on the dance floor! At one point in the evening, one of Jack’s groomsmen got behind the mic to perform a song for the bride and groom – it was, in a word, awesome.

Dancing in the Hilton's Continental Room

I loved working with Ana and Jack – they are such a sweet couple! Their wedding was a great way to introduce their families and friends (who had traveled from far and wide!) to their new home city of Cincinnati.

All photos © TM Photography. Makeup by the hilarious (and uber-talented) Mollie of Brideface.

Local event rental company All Occasions is having a warehouse sale tomorrow and Saturday! They are opening their warehouse to clear out items that are gently (or enthusiastically) used, slightly damaged or past their prime. All items are sold “as is” and merchandise is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Selection will include linens, flatware, glassware, serving equipment, trays, tables and chairs, decor, accessories and other rental equipment. They will be accepting cash or credit cards only (no checks) and all sales are final.

The sale will take place on Friday, January 22, from 8:30 AM to 5 PM and Saturday, January 23, 8:30 AM to 12 PM. All Occasions Event Rental is located in Evendale at 10629 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241.

Wedding Trends for 2010

January 20, 2010

Nearly every blog, magazine and wedding-related tv show is happy to tell you all about the hottest wedding trends for 2010. But when you look back at your wedding photos in 50 years, do you want to think “Wow, that was so 2010″, or “Wow, that was so us“.

What I want to get across, is to take the trend forecasts with a grain of salt. If a trend is something you love, then go with it, but if it’s not, don’t try to incorporate it into your wedding just because it’s “in”. To find inspiration for your wedding, you can look to the wedding magazines and blogs for images you like, but you might come up with something that’s even more you if you turn to unconventional sources of inspiration.

Living in Gosford ParkFor example, the “Living In” series on Design*Sponge does an amazing job of using movies and television to create style boards for interior design. This approach could very easily be applied to wedding design – recreating the atmosphere of your favorite movie or book will definitely create a very unique and personal style. How beautiful would a Gosford Park inspired wedding be in a venue like Peterloon or Greenacres? (Um, minus the air rifle and poison bottles, of course!).

Look around your own home and closet. Is Dress my Nest still on the Style channel? I adore Thom Filicia. And I adore his approach to interior design as well – he would ask people to choose their three favorite style items from their closet and three personal items as launching points for his room re-designs. The results were beautiful and most importantly personal. The rooms simply “fit” with the homeowners personality, and the style felt comfortable to anyone who entered. That is how you want your wedding to feel – not a cookie cutter design ripped from a magazine page, but a design that is an extension of you. When people walk in, you want them to see that it’s your wedding – not just anyone’s.

So yes, look at the magazines and blogs (really, where else will you find boutonniere examples) but mix it up with some unconvential sources as well. Look to travel and design magazines, rewatch the movie you saw on your first date, cook your favorite meal – then take note of how those things look, how they make you feel, and try to recreate that atmosphere and aesthetic in your wedding design.

What is your favorite source of wedding inspiration?

Photo via Design*Sponge

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