Asked by Anonymous
I always recommend finding an inclusive venue - a local house that is rented out for events, maybe. There’s usually a site fee based on the season and day of the week, and that goes towards renting the space and usually equipment like chairs, tables, place settings, etc. The advantages of a place like that is that you save money on renting all of those things for your reception. They usually have all the amenities you need for a big event - a kitchen, restrooms, parking, etc. to accommodate everyone.
My best friend has always envisioned getting married at her parents’ house, which is truly beautiful. It’s also the location I used for my Garden Spells shoot! I cautioned her that she would need to rent tables, chairs, linens, flatware, glassware, or find a caterer that includes those items in their service. She would also need to organize parking, maybe even hire valets, not to mention bringing in portable restrooms to accommodate everyone. A few years ago her parents put in an awesome jungle gym for her nephew, which didn’t exactly suit my friend’s idea for her future wedding. Not to worry - I told her we could have a rental company drape it and turn it into a photo booth backdrop or something unobtrusive and beautiful. I say this because using a non-inclusive venue can often be MORE expensive than a place that is equipped for events.
This gentleman has an impressive technique for the plate & glass stack - help out less coordinated guests by renting a handful of standing cocktail tables for them to set their glass or plate of hors d’eourves on during Cocktail Hour.
The pattern on this cake pairs perfectly with this delicate basketweave linen. You can find it at specialty linen companies like La Tavola (but be warned - you should lay down an ivory linen underneath, as the basketweave leaves the table visible underneath)
This sweet & simple cake is elevated by an ornate cake riser in more ways than one - the unadorned buttercream cake with a fresh peony topper definitely falls in the low end of the budget spectrum, but rent a silver riser and it becomes a showpiece
I’ve talked about the genius of using your aisle decor as centerpieces before, but I wanted to share this nifty twist on the usual iron stanchions holding aisle arrangements. These are shaped like roots and branches so it looks as though the flowers are growing from the stand!
Here is a perfect example of working with the ambiance of a place for a stunning event - the chandeliers and draping dress up a space that could skew industrial, while the mahogany chairs suit the exposed brick and wooden rafters far better than dainty chiavaris would. I’d love to see some deep blues or wine hues to accent the ivory linens and dark wood, but I love the way they worked with the natural beauty of the space. That light curtain by the dance floor is incredible!
Beautiful blue pads on these chiavari chairs. Rental terminology can be confusing: These chairs often have a detachable cushion that is velcroed or tied on to the chair. Some cushions can be customized by caps, which are like slipcovers for chair cushions. The more you know…
I like that the swoop of the napkin echoes the draped lights along the ceiling, but I have NO IDEA how they folded the napkin that way, let alone got it to stay! Can I interest you in a lily fold? That’s as fancy as my napkin skills get.
(also satin napkins are useless - not even a little absorbent. Poly/Cotton is the way to go!)