20 inspiring expert wedding ideas
Prismatic glass lamps
For a romantically draped wedding tent Mindy Weiss hung dozens of stunning prismatic glass lamps. Each lamp was slightly different than the next, which added serious character and visual interest to the ceiling.
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For another unexpected twist, thick rope was a deliberate solution to otherwise unsightly lamp cords. The juxtaposition of these creative lights paired with lush florals, long farm tables and vintage mismatched chairs made it all the more dramatic and beautiful.
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By Simone Hill
A courtyard cocktail bar
This cocktail bar is as refreshing as an ice cold drink! Despite the casual outdoor setting for this daytime cocktail hour, Todd Fiscus added elegance to the open space with a custom bar accented with a petal covered focal point and tons of purple and blue hydrangeas. Just add a bartender and this chic bar makes the perfect recipe for a stylish summer affair!
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Golden velour draped reception chairs
These ultra luxe velour chairs literally stole the show at this reception planned by celebrity designer Yifat Oren.
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To pull off the Hollywood glamour vibe and make this reception truly red-carpet ready Oren added Art Deco-inspired mirrored tables and simple all-white centerpieces.
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Dramatic red draping
Gauzy white fabric is the standard when creating a dramatically draped room, but swap the fabric color to something darker like red, and you get an incredibly intimate and dramatic effect. Celebrity wedding planner Preston Bailey took it a few steps further with flower-accented lanterns, soft lighting and textured red table linens.
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The green monkey (yep, you read that right!), rabbit and elephant topiaries were made entirely out of moss by Barb Salzman, founder of Hatch Creative Studio. The topiaries added a playful vibe to an otherwise elegant escort card table. “While the overall design of the wedding created with flowers, candles and textures creates the general feel of the event, it’s the details that make it personal and unique to each couple,” Salzman explains.
A pretty white lounge
Celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss took advantage of a garden trellis that was already on property and transformed it into a pretty lounge space. Simple white furniture and a mirrored coffee table was all she needed to complete the look.
A Moroccan-style lounge
Alison Hotchkiss’, founder of Alison Event Planning & Design, creative design incorporated a specialty star-ceilinged tent and overlapping orange batik printed tapestries in a rich orange hue. Long and low, yet modern seating added a chic vibe to the space and Alison added plenty of pillows for comfort to create the ultimate relaxing, yet stylish lounge space.
A bright red amaryllis centerpiece
Liza Lubell, founder of Brooklyn-based Peartree Flowers, gave the usual red and orange fall color palette a serious update with bright reds and berries. By incorporating fresh flowers like amaryllis, jasmine vine, tulips, ranunculuses, gladiola and carnations and spreading out these large organic pieces on long tables, the florals added a cheery natural element.
A tree bar
For the outdoor cocktail hour at this Sonoma Valley wedding, an enormous tree became the unavoidable focal point because of its location at the venue. Instead of avoiding the large tree, Alison Hotchkiss constructed a custom bar around the base to create a stunning backdrop. The tree also provided plenty of shade for daytime pre-ceremony cocktails and a perfect vantage point to watch the sunset at the after the ceremony.
Repurposed home décor escort cards
Sourcing items like drawer knobs and door knockers — like this brass lion head — into an escort card design puts an unexpected twist on the classic wedding detail. Southern event planner Tara Guerard didn’t stop with the escort card display though. She added the same lion head motif to the menu cards and even incorporated it into the couple’s custom monogram, for a seriously regal look and feel.