Every event designer has their own tricks for making a space feel inviting, but we’re here to take some of the guesswork out of wedding styling so you can create a setting your guests will love.
While details matter, we’re all about the big picture too. To create a wedding atmosphere that makes people want to relax and enjoy each other’s company, here are some of our favorite styling tips that we come back to time and again.
if a space feels too plain, create a styled backdrop
If a space feels cavernous or too plain, we try to create a visual point that makes the atmosphere more interesting. This can be a conversation piece, an unexpected floral installation or a backdrop for guests to take photos in front of. In some cases, we’ll have a backdrop that evolves over the course of the events — maybe what starts as the backdrop for a seating chart evolves into a lounge backdrop later in the evening.
Opt for intimacy, regardless of your guest count
Whether we’re planning a wedding in a spacious venue that’s just a little too big for a couple’s guest count, or we’re planning a party with a huge guest list, we always strive to create little nooks and candlelit lounges that give guests a sense of intimacy. We want guests to always have a cozy place where they can quietly sit and have a one-on-one conversation while taking in the setting.
Book a tent if dining outdoors
We love bringing tents into outdoor spaces! There are many options when it comes to tenting, and this is one of those elements that can easily take your venue from casual to formal with the right draping, lighting and setup. If a venue is perfectly suited for dining indoors, we’ll sometimes bring guests back outside after dinner for dancing in an open-air tent with a clear span ceiling.
Draw attention upward
The right combination of lighting, drapery and hanging plants can create an ethereal look that draws the eye upward and makes the most of a spacious venue. When we’re working in a venue with very high ceilings, we love to play with different design ideas that create focal points above the dining space or dancing area.
Think beyond dishes for your tabletop
We’re big believers in telling a couple’s unique story through their wedding design. Because we’re suckers for a good tabletop, we often turn to companies like Casa de Perrin (a California based tabletop rental company) or Table Manners (a newbie Austin wedding vendor) to see what the latest table accessories are. We don’t just look at plates and glassware, but bring floral arrangements, table numbers, candle holders, vessels, paper materials, linens, and more into consideration in a way that completes the story we’re telling through styling and design.