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Innovative Inspiration: The Kiss

Welcome back to the Innovative Inspiration. In this blog series, we  explore unconventional media which can be used to inspire your wedding. In week 1, we saw Viktor & Rolf’s “Flowerbomb” fragrance inspire a beautiful wedding. Meanwhile, last week, we saw a wedding inspired by the Pixar hit Finding Nemo. For this week’s inspiration, I have chosen a piece of art by Gustav Klimt called “The Kiss.” This work of art very appropriately pictures a male giving his female lover a kiss on the cheek. Shown in gold, these lovers are enjoying a date in a field of flowers. Be sure to check out the Pinterest board and enjoy! 

https://www.pinterest.com/Accentonevents/innovative-inspiration-the-kiss/

Venue | Because this painting encompasses a very rich color palette, I picture this to be an autumn wedding. So, I would imagine this wedding’s ceremony to be held in a long-standing church with stained glass windows. The reception would be held at a country club in a room with a view of the color-changing landscape.

The ceremony space for this wedding needs little modifying; it will be complete with a simple aisle arrangement, placed at the edge of each pew to bring in not only the autumn colors, but also the easily usable autumn-esque items such as pumpkins and other gourds, cinnamon sticks and multi-colored leaves.     

The reception space for this wedding, unlike the ceremony space, has more room for extravagance. An open country club space calls for plentiful autumn decorations and rich golds and greens from the painting. I picture the space to be dripping with gold, cinnamon and roses to pay homage to Klimt’s piece.

Floral | Although this painting is simple, with a minimalist color palette, that doesn’t mean that the floral arrangements will suffer. One of the first things to consider when putting together a wedding’s floral scheme is the season, which in this case is autumn. So, for this wedding, I would use red roses, baby’s breath, chinaberry, red alstroemeria and rowan berry. This warmly colored floral scheme will pair perfectly with autumn items such as pumpkins, gourds, cinnamon sticks and multi-colored leaves, as mentioned above.

 So, for the actual arranging of these flowers I would choose tall centerpieces in gilded gold vases. In these arrangements, I would place cinnamon sticks among the flowers and scatter miniature pumpkins and various other gourds around the table. This arrangement would perfectly complement the table settings, as discussed in the next section.

Table Settings | Thus far, the planning choices of this wedding favor a complex tablescape; with rich colors such as gold and cranberry, this wedding’s warm and inviting colors will give birth to some of the most pleasant and fond feelings and memories for your guests.  

I would use gold table cloths with a cranberry-colored tulle overlay to foster a warm, autumn environment. Atop this linen scheme, I would set a beautiful table-setting complete with crystal drinkware and utensils. I would use gold opera chairs and weave cranberry-colored tulle through the slats in the backs of these chairs.  

As I can’t discuss every piece of inspiration in depth, I have created a Pinterest board, as mentioned earlier, with both ideas discussed in this blog and new ideas. I hope you have enjoyed this post and seen some new ideas. And keep in mind, this is just one idea way to inspire your wedding day! Stay tuned for more!    

~ Best

Emily

Inspiration Boards

Innovative Inspiration | Finding Nemo

Centerpiece

Hi! Welcome to the second installment of Innovative Inspiration, a blog series that explores various mediums which can be used as wedding inspiration. This week’s installment is based on the movie Finding Nemo. When it was released in 2003, this Pixar movie quickly won the hearts of adults and kids alike. The movie includes a color palette as bright and cheery as its characters, including shades from cobalt blue to electric yellow and all colors in between. Please enjoy the post, check out the Pinterest board (https://www.pinterest.com/Accentonevents/innovative-inspiration-finding-nemo/) and be sure to check out the first blog in the series if you haven’t already done so. Pinterest BoardVenue | With this wedding, the perfect venue is very important. Given that this is such a bold color palette, I would tend to lean towards (1) an outdoor ceremony and reception overlooking a lake or (2) an empty warehouse space. An outdoor ceremony and reception overlooking a lake is still, and may always be, the go-to option for peak wedding season. With this option, our Finding Nemo inspired wedding automatically inherits more colors and objects to use as inspiration. For example: incorporating trees into décor or finding a new color to include in the wedding’s palette (i.e. a native flower or the bark of the trees).

 Yet, an indoor warehouse space provides more of a “blank slate” to create within. With an empty warehouse, I believe that the colors would come alive in the room and really pop. And when gorgeous uplighting in hues of orange, pink and subtle blues is factored into the equation, I can only picture the space as a scene from a movie—which suits our inspiration.  VenueFloral | Since Finding Nemo includes so many colors, this realm of wedding planning is bound to be fantastic. The first question I was struck with when picturing this wedding was how to properly convey the personality of the movie without being—for lack of a better word—cheesy. Well, in my opinion, a wedding’s floral scheme is the area with the most permission to be loud and showy. So, the scheme that I envision for this wedding includes primarily pinks, blues and oranges with minimal “buffer” colors.

I chose pink spider mums as a nod to Nemo and Marlin’s home—a sea anemone. To complement the pink spider mums, I believe that orange roses are best, as the classic silhouette allows the spider mums’ shape to shine through despite being surrounded by other bold colors. In my mind, blue delphiniums are a MUST for this theme because of their unique shape and rare color. But, the best thing is that since there are so many other colors in the movie, such as purples and greens, the floral arrangements will tend to vary in colors, flower types and size of arrangement, so there is plenty of wiggle room!  Bridal BouquetTable Settings | For both venue choices, I favor a simplistic table setting; clear chargers, a simple napkin fold and ghost chairs are best. And trust me, you’ll want your vivid colors and to be the star of the show!TablescapeFor table cloths, there are two options speaking louder in my mind than any other. The first being a cobalt blue cloth with an orange tulle/ lace overlay, and the second being a cobalt blue table cloth with a fuchsia textures overlay (see Pinterest for reference photo); cocktail tables should follow this same scheme and be cinched with crystal embellishments.

Lastly, as previously mentioned, there is a lot of creative freedom to be had with the floral arranging for this wedding, so I would recommend going with a mix of tall, mid-sized and short centerpieces.CenterpieceAs I can’t discuss every piece of inspiration in depth, I have pinned many reference photos and extra inspiration to the Pinterest board mentioned earlier. Keep in mind, this is just one idea wedding inspirations, stay tuned for more!    

~ Best,

Emily

 

Photo Credits:

Venue: Unique Design Studios

Flowers: Boella.com

Tablescape: wmrentalco.com

Brides, Weddings

Winter Wedding Ideas

Drinks

Hi there! My name is Emily Palmer and I am currently in the second semester of my senior year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I am majoring in Recreation, Sport and Tourism with a focus on Tourism and Event Planning. I am beyond excited to be joining the Accent On Events team for the next few months as an intern. So, here is my first blog. I hope you like it! A couple’s wedding day is their chance to celebrate their personal love story with the people most important to them. And, with the recent snowfall I thought it the perfect time to blog about wintertime weddings!

Of course summer weddings are insanely popular, but I am here to tell you that winter weddings are equally as beautiful. While some couples know their date months—and sometimes even years—in advance, others do not. And that’s perfectly OK because every couple is different and unique. And while some couples are able to wait for a special date, sometimes love just can’t wait for the summer! Or, perhaps the season that many of us dread, winter, has a special significance to a couple.

But, what about the cold?

It is of course winter, so cold weather is—for the most part—inevitable. However, instead of trying to beat the cold, I recommend embracing it! This is the perfect opportunity for guests to be able to mingle with each other and catch up with old friends in a warm, cozy, indoor environment.DrinksThere are also other perks to winter weddings, one of which being the freedom to serve hot beverages. Think about it: hot chocolate, eggnog and coffee are beloved winter beverages and are easily made adult by adding yummy liqueurs such as Bailey’s Irish Crème, Kahlua, amaretto or even Grand Marnier.

But, not all beverages have to be hot to embrace the winter theme…I’m talking about peppermint. This holiday staple is a universal hit—it’s perfectly mixable in both kid-friendly and adult drinks. And hey, it would be pretty silly to serve peppermint flavored drinks at a summer wedding, right?

But, what about the snow?

Well, winter weddings provide gorgeous natural décor and multiple gateways to bring a wedding to life. The key to a successful winter wedding is identifying these things and using them to your advantage!Tablescape

There are many creative ways to embrace a winter theme across many traditional aspects of a wedding. Photos can be directed and styled to reflect the weather. Cakes, cupcakes or even cake pops can be beautifully embellished with snowflakes. Lighting displays can be assembled to create a reception environment reminiscent of the holidays or winter landscapes. And table settings can be customized to reflect winter in whatever way a couple desires.  

But, it is important to remember that at the end of the day, a couple’s wedding should reflect who they are as people and pay homage to their personal love story. A certain season coupled with wedding norms should not dissuade a couple from tying the knot during a particular time of the year because every wedding is beautiful and unique, just like each and every couple.        

~ Best,

Laura and Emily

Weddings

Gifts You Give

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There are many special people who help make your wedding day a success.  It is a nice token to say thank you for their help or their presence.  Brides ask us for advice on what to give members of the bridal party to families and to guests.  Here are some of our guest gift favorites.

Some of the most popular wedding favors are edibles.  Wrapped chocolates or truffles in an attractive box that is imprinted with the couple's names and date are a big favorite.  Also popular are chocolate covered pretzels, nuts, fruits as well as chocolate hearts.  In many areas, couples choose to give cookies frosted in wedding colors and packaged in tulle or color matched gift boxes.  Some brides have chosen to give small wine bottles with personalized labels with or without wine charms that bear the wedding date and/or names of the couples.

Couples are also giving items that bloom and grow like your marriage.  Weddings with garden motifs, environmentally themed weddings and ceremo9nies in outdoor or rustic settings choose favors like potted plants, seedlings, flower seed packets and miniature bamboo shoot plants.

Other brides prefer a permanent keepsake that is both useful and attractive.  Some of the favorites are picture frames, candles and candleholders, glass bowls filled with colored sand or rocks, small books or albums, CD's with favorite songs, ornaments for Christmas weddings, coffee mugs with coffee or hot chocolate packets tucked inside.

Some couples are choosing to make a donation to a favorite charity rather than provide a gift item.   In that case, a printed card is included in each place setting which informs the guest of the donation.

Be sure that each item has a thank you note attached.  They are likely to be printed although hand written notes are lovely as well.

The placement of the favors depends on the space available.  Many brides have the favors arranged on a separate table near the exit for guests to make their own selections.  Or you can have your wedding consultant help with the distribution as guests leave the party.

~ Best,

Laura