Archive for July, 2013

Jul
31
The New Project Wedding Is Here! Step 1: Discover
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Announcements, Things We Love

The new Project Wedding is here! It’s your one stop shop for all of your wedding planning idea and inspiration. The new layout and features will make it easier for you to discover, collect, and share photos and ideas from editors, experts and other couples planning their weddings.

Start by browsing through thousands of wedding inspiration photos, from real weddings to fashion, decor, DIY projects, and lots more! Our “Browse” navigation makes it easy for you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Use the filter bar to find photos by category, style and color. Plus, if you’re looking for expert advice on wedding planning, booking your honeymoon, or trying a DIY project, read articles written by our Editors to guide you through your wedding planning adventure.


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Jul
26
Matching Your Centerpieces to Your Table Shape
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Good Advice, Wedding Inspiration

By: Alex Merriman

When choosing your centerpieces, it’s important to consider the size and shape of the tables you’ll be using at your reception. While centerpieces serve a primarily aesthetic purpose (to reflect your wedding style and tie decorative details together), they shouldn’t get in the way of celebrating. That towering vase may be beautiful, but if its presence means guests must strain and maneuver themselves to talk across the table or watch the best man give his toast, it doesn’t make for a pleasant dining experience. Same goes for those giant floating candle bowls, which look fabulous but require dinner plates to practically balance on the edges of round tables.

Striking a balance between decorative and practical elements is key. To help you determine which centerpiece styles work best for your wedding reception, we’ve rounded up our favorite ideas for three popular table shapes.

Square Tables 

Photo by Happy Confetti Photography 

Instead of anchoring a square table with a single item, try clustering several smaller pieces together. Mix various heights, shapes, and textures for a more dynamic, visually interesting arrangement. Odd numbers tend to draw the eye, so instead of grouping four items together, consider taking it down to three. Make sure your objects are relatively narrow so as not to dwarf the table, and that they do not exceed 12″ in height—any taller and they’ll obstruct your guests’ line of vision. You might also consider displaying your items on a square tray or platform to mimic the shape of the table.

Round Tables 

Photos by Michelle Warren Photography 

When working with round tables, your centerpieces should be visually compelling from all angles. Round tables are space-efficient and thus allow for larger centerpieces. If you’re working with a tight budget, choose something relatively wide so it fills up most of the center. Add some extra flair by surrounding one main piece with smaller accents. If you want to go with something tall and dramatic, like a topiary, make sure it is narrow and unobtrusive at the base, and fills out well above eye level (usually around 18″).

Rectangular or Oval Tables 

Photos by Eli Turner and Luna Photo  

Play up the length of rectangles and oval tables with a series of centerpieces running down the center of the table. For shorter tables of this shape, the pieces don’t need to extend all the way to either end. In this case, a short row of pieces in the center of the table or one large piece flanked by smaller accents works nicely, as everyone at the table will be able to see them. For banquet style seating, however, spreading items along the entire length of the table looks best. This can be done with uniform pieces like a series of matching floral arrangements or by mixing in different decor elements, such as candles.


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Jul
26
7 Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Reception

By: Caitlin Zentgraf

Don’t forget about illuminating your wedding decor! Good lighting is key for evening wedding receptions, and you don’t have to completely rely on your venue to achieve your desired effect. Get inspired by 7 of our favorite ideas.

1. Mason Jars. Mason jars filled with Edison light bulbs add to the rustic ambiance of a barn venue.

Photo by Sarah Kathleen Photography

2. Glass Chandeliers. You’ll find these elegant fixtures in old historic homes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rent one (or two) to add vintage charm to the venue of your choosing.

Photos by jHenderson Studios and Rae Marshall Weddings

 3. Branch Chandeliers. These nature-filled branch and twig chandeliers bring the outdoors in to your rustic venue.

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Jul
25
Trendy Pastel and Glitter Bridal Shower by Jillian Lee Photography
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under bridal shower

Secretly wishing for an extra-feminine wedding but don’t want to overpower your spouse’s wants and needs? Go all out for your bridal shower instead! We’re majorly inspired by the gathering photographer Jillian Lee threw for a good friend. Filled with confetti, sequins, and plenty of pops of coral, mint, and gold, this celebration is perfect fodder for a design-conscious bride. Enjoy!

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