Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Here is a view of the olive wood chair and canvas covered banquet table set-up. Imagine two of these end to end "banquet style" in about 5 rows surrounded by concrete floors and navy blue curtain separators. Now welcome, you have entered into my decorationally challenged personal hell. My head is swimming with way. too. many. ideas.
What to do? How to transform this mess into something that is:
2) Relaxed but elegant
3) Deserty without being cactusy
4) Personal and sentimental
5) Cohesive in style
Oh internet, you are my friend! Here is what I have spied while perusing the "long banquet table decor" tab of the interwebs. From centerpieces to runners to table numbers to chargers, I am trying to piece together something unified.
I know this is not a banquet style set-up but it is pretty much perfect in my book (except maybe the candles on a cake stand, that's just weird). This is my ultimate aim, only paired down. The green baby hydrangea with pink peonies and the ivory candles not only fall into our color palette but their arrangement is so simple and effortless looking, I am truly loving this. Ok, off to a great start but still not the right type of tables!
Hello, candles!!! This is truly beautiful and simple. So far, the sum of my decoration purchases have been candle holders; LOTS and LOTS of candle holders. Anyone know a good, inexpensive wholesale candle broker?
Next, this is taking into account the "greater picture" if you will. I like all of the hangy balls, and I really like the different colored muted table runners. I am having a really hard time deciding on our runners. Part of me wants a nice soft green patterned fabric that will look nice over the canvas and part of me is thinking something with more texture like a soft green linen (or a subtle burlap?) will look more elegant and less backyard bbq.
One of my other concerns is that our food will be served family style on big platters, taking up most of the tables. Does that mean I should aim for smaller centerpieces? Or should I still decorate as I normally would and just assume they will remove the centerpieces if there isn't enough room for food?
Whew! One reason that I blog is to air all of the ideas running around in my head, and this definitely got them out! I have a much better idea of what I am planning to use for table runners now and I know I want candles, candles, candles. Still working on the florals and how to incorporate palms into the mix... Stay tuned!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Annie Girl Plays Dress Up is a really fun site for picky little flower girls that know exactly what they want. The site starts you out with a basic dress silhouette in white or ivory and then you can pick and choose your own flowers and sashes in a variety of colors and materials. The dresses are a bit on the pricier side, but if you can't find exactly what you want elsewhere, it's good to know you can start your little lady out getting EXACTLY WHAT SHE WANTS from a young age. :)
Another more cost effective flower girl dress shop is The Briar Patch. They have such a large range of dresses and their prices are incredibly reasonable compared to most. These were my favorite as my flower girl has demanded she MUST HAVE A FLOWER on her dress...
Monday, October 26, 2009
Cute little wiggly toes? Nah. Contagious and unwarranted giggling? Nah. A small bundle of warm wonderful love? Nope!
Mostly I just want to have little babies asap so that I can dress us both up in Lilly Pulitzer Mommy and Minnie! I know some people might think that dressing up as twinsies with baby is kind of horrifying in an overtly WASPish way, but I find it endearing. Plus it's Lilly! You know you love it.
Is it creepy if I buy a matching set right now? I mean, they're probably going to sell out of some of these design pretty soon, let alone have them in a few years! I'm eyeballing this first set hard.
Wouldn't that ivory little girls dress make an adorable flower girl outfit for a winter wedding?
Friday, October 23, 2009
Namely, we decided to go with a lighter look for the fellas. As we are having a spring wedding in the dessert and have a fairly soft color palette we decided tan or light grey. But alas, finding a tan/sand/khaki/light grey suit during fall and winter is turning out to be a bit of a challenge. Let me re-phrase that... Finding an appropriately semi-formal sand colored suit in a material other than linen or cotton is turning out to be difficult.
I particularly like this look. I think this guy is pulling off semi-formal relaxed elegance in a super way. Although this may in fact be a cotton summer suit, nothing about this reads: I may wear this suit coat over my jorts at the fair later.