wedding decor

Wedding Chill Out Zone

Having a dedicated lounge or chill out zone at your wedding reception is a wonderful idea. It does depend on your venue of course, but many offer the use of more than just the main reception room and if you have an area be it indoor or outdoor, that you can section off and transform into a super relaxing area for guests to enjoy, you really should consider it for a number of reasons.

First, it is a great place for guests of all ages to take some time away from the noise of the band and dancefloor and just have a chat over some nibbles and drinks. Second, it allows you to have a bit of fun in terms of décor and use some furniture and furnishings you may otherwise have not considered using. Finally, if you do have a very large space, such as a ballroom or large marquee, a lounge or chill out zone is the ideal way to break up the space and make the most of it.

If you’d like to discuss this or any aspect of your wedding day planning, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

 

Tie in With Your Theme
A lounge area is a great way to reinforce your chosen wedding theme. Be it vintage, modern, glam, rustic, etc. Try and source furniture and little décor touches that reflects your chosen theme and don’t be afraid to have some fun with it and use pieces you may not have otherwise considered using in your decor.

 

Outdoors
If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor section available to you with your chosen venue, then don’t be afraid to use it for the lounge area and if it’s got some sort of partially roofed area, like a terrace, decking or tented section then you can feel totally at ease in terms of being covered for all weather situations. Don’t forget to think about leaving out nice rugs or blankets, as well as some gas heaters to keep guests snug as they chill out.

 

Mixed Furniture
There’s no rule to say you can’t mix and match the types of furniture in your lounge or chill our area and indeed a mixture can look fantastic. Think about mini couches, a chaise lounge, oversized cushions, even bales of hay for outdoors and don’t forget if you’ve got kids at the wedding try and have something with them in mind. The oversized cushions would be an ideal attraction for them.

Little Touches
Don’t forget to add some little touches as well as the furniture itself. Think about some carefully chosen lighting options, as well as lots of candles and lanterns. Draping is another must, as are cushions and nibbles and consider board games and if you’ve got access to an outdoor area what about a fire pit too?

Alternative Table Setups

There’s no right or wrong way to set up your wedding venue’s tables on your big day. While the norm tends to be for round tables that seat approximately 10-12 guests and a long rectangular top table, there’s no reason why you have to go with this formation. Indeed, today many brides and grooms are choosing to set up their rooms differently to reflect their own personal style and taste and to better suit their individual wedding and its needs.

When thinking about the table formations, there’s lots of factors you should consider. First, take into account the size of your wedding and how you’d like to best make use of the space available in your venue. Also make sure to ask the wedding co-ordinator or your wedding planner if your venue offers an alternative to round tables or will you have to hire them in and the associated costs. Next consider who will be at the tables. If you’re likely to have lots of small groups of people who don’t know each other and want to encourage them to break the ice easily or you will have a wedding where almost everyone has already met, then this can have a bearing too. Finally, never underestimate how the table formations will make the room look and feel. You and your partner need to both be happy with the overall look the table arrangements will give the venue. Consider if you’re getting any photos from above, such as from a balcony in the room and how the tables will look.

Here’s a rundown of some of the more popular styles of table arrangements and formations to think about. In the meantime, if you’d like to discuss this or any aspect of your wedding day plans with me, please feel free to get in touch.

 

Dining Room Style Tables
There’s a reason most of us have tables like this in our houses, it’s because they work really well in terms of socialising and eating an enjoyable meal at. They can also make your reception feel really intimate, but bear in mind these tables may have to be hired in which will mean an extra costs, as well as the linens.

 

Single Long Rectangular Table or Tables
These tables have become really popular with barn style and rustic weddings in particular. They are also fantastic for larger numbers. Family style food or sharing plates tend to go really well with this style of seating too and where round tables can tend to take up a lot of space and lead to wasted space, long rectangular tables tend to make the most of the space.

 

U Shape
This is a more unusual style of seating and can look truly stunning. It’s almost akin to an old world banquet and will look superb in photos. It also means that no one will have their backs to the top table, which can be awkward when it comes to the speeches.

 

Mixed
There’s no rule to say you have to go with just one style of seating. In fact having a mix of square, rectangle or round tables can work incredibly well, both in terms of seating different cohorts of guests and with the aesthetics of the room. Just clarify with your venue where they stand in terms of the different table shapes they have available and hiring in tables before you go ahead and book with them.

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding

Getting married around the time between Christmas and New Year’s is becoming increasingly popular with couples for a number of reasons. Rates and availability can be much more favourable, as well as the fact that many people are already off during that time or indeed home if they live or work abroad, so they should be able to freely attend the big day.

If you are getting married around this time, especially on New Year’s Eve itself, then consider giving the day a theme, as at this time of year weddings are crying out for a theme like no other time. In particular, a Great Gatsby style theme is hugely popular, thanks to the recent Baz Luhrmann film adaptation of the classic book, that brought the lavish opulence of the story to life in vivid colour. The gold, the glitz, the glamour and the lavishness of the Great Gatsby is a match made in heaven for New Years’ Eve and with a few small steps using the best of art deco décor, you can transform your reception into a party Daisy and Gatsby would be proud of.

If you’d like to get in touch to discuss how I can help plan any aspect of your day, then please get in touch.

 

Invites
Start how you mean to go on and send your guests an elegantly designed invite with a nod to the Gatsby era. Look out for fan details, golds, black, deco fonts and laser cuts to let your guests know what to expect in terms of your theme. Also don’t be afraid to let them know if you want them to dress in the 20s era attire, or even black tie.

 

Attire
If you really want to bring the theme to life, then don’t be shy about bringing it through into your attire. For the brides this means looking for 20s style dresses with their unique fit and shape, as well as Juliet caps or sparkly headbands. Don’t forget the bridesmaids and think about fan style embellishments as well as daring golds or black to contrast your dress. For the grooms, think pocket watches and bow ties or have them go all out in a white tux. Finally, why not leave top hats and flapper style head bands and feathers for your guests to enjoy as favours.

 

Cake & Champagne
It wouldn’t be Gatsby without champagne or some kind of bubbly drinks, so why not serve you guests some bubbles in retro glasses on arrival? Think about dipping the rims in edible glitter and have fizzy drink versions for the kids. When it comes to the cake, think about Rockefeller inspired art décor designs to really channel the theme.

 

Table Décor
This is where you can get really creative. The era and the film were defined by pearls, feathers, glitter and glam, so think about incorporating those elements into your table. Why not go for a feather centrepiece instead of flowers, or use glitter table clothes? The contrast of black and gold works really well too.

 

Photo Props
Finally don’t forget your pictures! There’s no point in going to all that effort to channel the Gatsby theme on the day if it’s not reflected in your photographs, so make sure to have some related props on standby. Have the guests throw glitter and sparkles and have some streamers ready for an action shot and if your budget and venue allows it, fireworks would be the Gatsby style icing on the cake and perfect for the chimes at midnight!

Wedding Decor – Bring The Outside In

The Irish climate doesn’t often lend itself to having both your wedding ceremony and reception outside, but that shouldn’t mean that you can’t bring the essence of the outdoors in. With a few simple steps no matter what the season, your wedding day can have that unique woodland, garden feel even though it’s indoors. Visually stunning, this theme can be as subtle as having an arrangement of carefully chosen forest sticks and branches in vases for your centrepieces or as vivid as having stand-out floral backdrops and star themed lighting.

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve helped many couples to bring this sumptuous theme to life for their big day. If you’d like to discuss how I can help with your wedding planning, please get in touch.

 

Secret Garden
Think big bold florals mixed with intense greenery presented in a variety of ways for maximum impact. Wind both around chandeliers and candelabras or even hula hoops covered in greens and blooms for unique hanging table décor. Consider having a grass style aisle runner at the ceremony and blooms scattered for your pew ends. Don’t forget to wind greens and florals around any staircases or balconies for a visual feast for your guests.

 

Starry Night
Bring the feeling of an outdoors summers night to your wedding reception by using GOBO lighting to project stars or small dots of light to give that start sky effect. Think about dark blue uplighters to give that night sky feel. Use lanterns hanging from the ceiling with warm yellow lights inside to give that night-time glow effect or an array of hanging tea lights would give off that starry night atmosphere wonderfully. Draping and fairy lights would also be a wonderful addition.

 

Woodland Wonderland
For lovers of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, this woodland inspired look is the perfect fit. Think trees of varying sizes adorned with full green shoots and leaves, wrapped in fairy lights placed around the venue and even suspended over the tables. Use miniature tree centrepieces, covered candelabras in moss and dot around wooden accents. For the ceremony, place super-green potted ferns as pew ends or tall pew ends with branches and moss.

 

Outdoor Style Backdrops
Particularly handy for your photos, having a few carefully placed backdrops can also look stunning in your venue too. Think of green backdrops dotted with butterflies, posies or birds. Go for full on floral backdrops or accent them with woodland features, or indoor props like mirrors or birdcages for a modern twist.

Glitter Wedding Decor

Let’s face it, winter brides and grooms to be can afford to be liberal with the glitter. At this time of year, more than any other, you can really go all out and inject lots of glitzy accents and glitter wedding decor into your day. While summer has its obvious charms, there is just something about this time of year that makes for a uniquely beautiful atmosphere and with the festive season on the horizon, winter weddings just naturally lend themselves to a touch of glitter. And it’s also quite amazing how the right balance of colours and glitter can make a room feel warm and cosy when it’s cold outside! Never forget glitter doesn’t just have to be gold!

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve helped dozens of couples to bring their winter weddings to life with a touch of seasonal glam. So if you’re a total glitter-fiend, then this post is for you, as we look at lots of amazing ideas for décor, centrepieces, photo props, table plans and much more to whet your glam-loving appetite. In the meantime, if you’d like to chat about how I can help with your big day plans, then please get in touch.

 

Ceremony
There’s no reason why you can’t add a touch of glitter to your ceremony, be it in a church or another venue. Just check in advance if the venue are happy with the glitter aspect as it may require some clean up. Think about glitter aisle runners, or just glitter sprinkled on the aisle or to the side near the pews for a more affordable option. Glitter frosted pine cones and winter flowers make for ideal pew ends, as do sparkly chair covers or even glitter stars to adorn the aisle.

 

Table plans & Escort Cards
When it comes to table plans and escorts cards and glitter, the sky is the limit for how creative you want to get. Everything from a straightforward glitter dusted table plan, to feathers dipped in glitter for escort cards, glitter pegs with guests names attached and even some fake fruits such as pears, sprayed with glitter make a stunning impact. There’s not much that glitter can’t make better!

 

Centrepieces & Table Décor
You can really go to town with the glitz and glitter when it comes to your table décor. For some budget friendly DIY options, why not vamp up some winter branches with glitter? They’ll look stunning in a large vase. Sprinkle glitter of varying sizes or sparkly shapes on the table itself, dust birdcages, mason jars or candle sticks with glitter for an eye-catching centrepiece, or if you really want to make a splash, why not use a glitter ball for the centrepiece or some glitter tablecloths!

 

Foodie Favors
Nothing brings a smile to someone’s face like an edible treat dusted in glitter. It makes for a really fun effect and once you get your hands on some edible glitter, the world is your oyster. Think doughnuts, cupcakes or cakepops which make perfect foodie favours, or indulge your guests with a mini bottle of bubbles at their seat covered in the glitter of your choice.

 

Photo Props
Finally don’t forget to capture the beautiful glitter effect in your wedding photos! Have cones of glitter for guests to throw when the camera is shooting, prepare a glittery backdrop for a photobooth, or glitz up some fun photobooth props too. Use some glitter dusted LOVE or initial signs and don’t be afraid to get creative and maybe have the bride or groom take off their shoes and walk in the glitter to make some really creative shots. Chat to your photographer in advance and they’ll have lots of ideas on how to maximise the glitter effect.

Reasons to Love a November Wedding

For many couples the months of July, August and September are the most popular times to get married. However, it can be difficult to secure your preferred dates and venues during those months due to the popularity. Getting married in the so-called off peak winter seasons, such as in November bring with it lots of positives you may not have even thought about. Rates will be significantly reduced and the availability of everything from bands to venues should be much easier to secure. It’s also a time of year when people won’t be away on holidays and so you don’t have to worry about your close friends being away when you say ‘I do.’ The winter landscape can also look truly stunning in your photos and who doesn’t love the crackle and roar of a cosy fire as you toast to your new life together with family and friends.

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve helped to put together dozens of beautiful November weddings. If you’d like to discuss any aspect of your big day, then please get in touch.

 

Reduced Rates & Availability
This is a key factor for choosing an off-peak wedding, such as in November, especially if you’re a little short on planning time or are keeping to a particular budget as you’re likely to make big savings on everything. You’re also likely to get your first choice of venue, church, band, photographer and much more.

 

Winter Décor
Don’t worry, winter decor doesn’t automatically have to mean Christmas decorations. In fact, there are so many amazingly beautiful ideas for winter décor that don’t have anything to do with Christmas! Banish thoughts of red and gold and instead think of chic palettes of greys and purples, offset with winter pinks for a really modern look. Plus candles can really come into their own for a truly stunning effect, as well as things such as hanging tealights and chic fairly light backdrops etc. And let’s not forget the cosy appeal of a roaring fire which will look amazing in your pictures too.

 

The Weather… Yes Really!
When it comes to planning a wedding in Ireland, you just cannot tell what the weather is going to do. Let’s be honest, you are as likely to have monsoon style weather in June, as you are to have a crisp sunny day in November. That said, you must still bear in mind that November is winter time and it is possible it could be snowing too! But for many couples the idea of a winter wonderland also has its own appeal. Finally, if you’re a bit of a sweaty Betty at the best of times, then consider that shimmying through the day in a big gown etc, on a warm summer’s day could be a disaster.

 

The photos
The natural beauty of the winter landscape is not for everyone, but if you and your partner are happy to take advantage of that, then you are guaranteed to get some stunning shots you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get in summertime. Talk to your photographer in advance about the time of year and how it will affect your pictures and if he or she has shot at your venue in the winter, then check out their previous work for some great ideas.

Burlap Wedding Decor

If you’re looking to give your wedding day that signature rustic or even vintage feel, then prepare to make burlap your new BFF. The handy material can be used in a myriad of ways and is a DIY décor lover’s dream. It’s also relatively cheap and makes a fantastic impact. Think about incorporating it into your pew ends at the church or ceremony venue, your table décor, your table plans, even in your bouquets and buttonholes.
As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve seen burlap used to great effect over the years and here are a few of my top tips on ways to use it in your big day décor.

If you’d like to discuss how I can help with your wedding, then please get in touch.

 

Pew Ends
Burlap is the perfect match to lavender and gypsophila. Make little cones to hold the posies, or use it to make oversized bows mixed with ribbon and lace. Tie it around lanterns or candles or use it to hang mini hearts too.

 

Buttonholes & Bouquets
Tying burlap around your bouquet and the bridesmaid’s bouquets is a subtle way to add a touch of the material to your big day. But if you want to ramp it up a bit, why not pop in some burlap flowers into the bouquets too? And don’t forget the guys! Burlap wrapped around the groom and groomsman’s buttonholes is a lovely way to accent the look.

 

Table Décor
Your table décor is one of the big things to consider on your wedding day and if you’re keen in get that rustic chic or vintage look across then this is the ideal time to roll out the burlap! It looks amazing wrapped around mason jars accented with lace, for example. Table runners are another really show stopping look. For little pops why not have the cutlery sitting in burlap or dot the table with wooden and burlap accents.

 

Favors
Have fun with your favours and if you’re a bit of a wedding DIY buff then this is where you’ll come into your own! Why not wrap some retro sweets in burlap wrap? Use it to cover the lids of homemade jam jars? Wrap some lavender soaps, or coffee beans or use it to go around the pots of mini plants or cacti? Also wrapping some dried lavender or potpourri in burlap is a lovely favour guests can put into their wardrobes or drawers as a scent.

 

Bunting & Pompoms

Another great way to highlight burlap is with bunting or pompoms. Think about stringing bunting from any balconies in the venue or on the cake or dessert table. Hang pompoms from the celling or dot them on the table for a stunning look. They can both also be used to great effect in your pictures.

 

Autumnal Wedding Flowers

The autumn season is upon us and it’s a really special time of the year to tie the knot. The changing leaves and the hopeful promise of some mild weather still to come has made September and October increasingly popular months to say ‘I do’ in recent times.

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve helped countless couples put together their dream autumnal wedding day, drawing on the palettes of the season. One of the most practical ways to inject some autumnal flavour into your day, is by using some carefully chosen seasonal flowers, which you can use in everything from your boutiques to pew ends and even your table centrepieces. Here’s some of my top seasonal inspiration for achieving the look. If you’d like to chat in more detail about your wedding day, then please get in touch.

 

Bouquets
You don’t have to go over the top with the colours of autumn to get the seasonal feel across. Think of using just a few vibrant dashes of yellows, burnt oranges and greens within your bouquet. The contrast of the pop of colour with the lightness of your dress will be impactful and beautiful. Also think of adding in hints of gypsophila and even some leaves into your traditional bouquet for a unique take.

 

Headpieces
If you’re not keen on using seasonal flowers in your bouquet, but still want to channel the theme, then why not go for a headpiece? It can be a simply beautiful and easy-to-do look. Think about winding branches, burnt orange leaves, berries or posies together for a full headpieces or just an accent you can pop into your updo? Works just as well with your hair down too. You can also extend the look to your bridesmaids and flower girls.

 

Pew Ends
Your church or ceremony venue is the first thing your guests will see of your wedding day, so it’s important to make sure you have it looking the way you want it. Pew ends are always a wonderful way to make a stunning impact and injecting them with a season autumnal feel makes for a total showstopper. Think about adding a bit of drama with mini hollowed out pumpkins with floral arrangements coming out of the tops, or a scattering of season leaves.

Centrepieces
You can really have a lot of fun with your autumnal centrepieces and if you want to ramp up the drama and impact, then go for a vibrant mixture of burnt oranges, yellows, creams and browns in a variety of florals. Add in hints of strong green, as well as twigs, branches and crisp leaves for a really rich look. Pop in lanterns, tealights, wooden décor and even mini pumpkins to complete the look.

Travel Themed Wedding

While not every couple chooses a conscious theme for their big day, it is a nice touch to try and include your shared passions in some way. Why? Well for one thing, it will make the day feel more personalised and special, as it will reflect both of you as a couple. Many couples have a love of travel, for example, and indeed this theme is one of the most popular I see as an award-winning wedding coordinator. It’s popular for some many reasons- You may have taken a year out travelling the globe together, or indeed met while you were away. You might both be from Ireland, but live abroad in places such as Australia or Canada and have come home to say ‘I Do’.

Here are some of my top tips for travel related décor in your wedding day. If you’d like to discuss your wedding day needs in more detail, please get in touch.

Stationary
Giving your wedding stationary a bit of a wanderlust makeover is a simple way to inject a bit of personality into proceedings. Think about having mini passport style save the dates or boarding card invitations, travel themed menus or even orders of service for the ceremony.

 

Table Plan
The table plan really allows for some fun, no matter what your theme is. But when it comes to a wedding theme you can ramp up the cute factor with all sorts of maps related seating plans, globes and luggage tags galore.

 

On the Table
Small things done well can really bring the wow factor to your wedding and a travel theme is no exception. Simple centrepieces of your favourite travel books, mini globes, postcards from your favourite destinations as table names, and real luggage tags as place cards can look stunning and be a bit of a fun ice breaker for the guests too.

 

Food
Your wedding cake is always going to be something of a centrepiece that most guests take the time to have a look at. So why not make it a cornerstone of your theme? Think tiers of suitcases, globes, cruise ships, planes, the Eiffel tower, the Sydney opera house and anything your imagination can think of! And don’t forget your canapés. If you and your partner adore sushi from Japan, or can’t get enough of American BBQ why not reflect this on your pre-dinner canapés or your midnight snack?

 

Photo Props
Finally, using props in your photos is a lasting way to include a travel theme into your day. Think about using vintage suitcases for some of the pictures or have guests throw plane shaped confetti!