When we sat right down to design this wedding I desired to help keep the attendees guessing along with the surprises coming through the night. And then we took each element, the ceremony, the cocktail hour, the dinner as well as the party and treated it its event, and every event was revealed on the guests because night progressed. This kept the element of surprise to a maximum and yes it kept them guessing what can happen next.
The ceremony occured at a longest rooms I've ever stood in. What i'm saying is it should are already a great 65 feet or even more. It turned out funny hearing the bridesmaids comment on just how long their aisle walk was. The room had full windows behind the pair having a full view of the lake. I needed the hotel eliminate the curtains and sheers hence the view was totally unobstructed. We also didn't use an excessive amount of d�cor with this room because with views that way, you truly don't have to. We did then add candles and floral arrangements towards the aisle. We created a fake fireplace, which we stuffed with candles (battery operated) additionally we placed all-around 200 additional candles around the fireplace, of the question sills plus some on the frames. They were all real and gave the room a fantastic glow. It absolutely was simple, romantic and classically elegant.
The Cocktail Hour
The cocktail hour occured within the room between your ceremony and the dinner area. There were to move the chairs in the ceremony on the dinner and I didn't desire to interrupt the cocktail hour in addition, additionally we had earned winter trees that have glass ornaments on them that were the place cards but we didn't want those unveiled until later. We set up pipe and drape curtains like a fake wall to disguise the chair movement and we placed the trees behind the drape as well.
30 minutes before dinner, we took on the draping , revealed the trees and asked everyone to discover their place cards and please take their seats for dinner. The best place cards were connected to the glass ornaments and strung alphabetically.
Additionally we rented a classic photo booth to put a spin on the guest book tradition. Guests popped in to the booth, took several pictures, then they could drop them off in a vase for that couple or you can keep them, it didn't matter, we were holding free and that means you could take as many as it suited you. It was the highlight from the cocktail hour combined with beautiful ice martini luge that have snowflakes etched in it.
We took the dinner space and utilized the dividing walls in the ballroom. In short, we kept an area closed. The guests were seated and dinner and speeches ensued. There is an excellent window view of the mountains, and also the hotel had lit the trees outside too. So we introduced our personal trees (that we built onsite) to bring the exterior in.
We changed in the head table a little so it was feasible for the wedding ceremony party as well as the guests to speak to each other. I'm so uninterested in the long head table...another tradition I feel has to disappear, and we all caused it to be a wide open rectangle.
To the lighting we used a purple gel to improve the marriage color and make up a wonderfully romantic atmosphere. The centerpieces also used branches to remain the outdoors theme so we lit these with miniature LED lights for the wonderful glow at each table.
It's Party Time
In the event the speeches were completed and dessert ended up served, we'd the MC announce that this Bride & Groom would now be leaving. Without any explanation on the crowd, the Bride & Groom woke up and left the space. This really got the area buzzing. There was no DJ or band positioned in the diner, there wasn't even a dance floor.
Just what exactly now?
Well, as the wall divider was pulled back, the 13 piece band started up as well as the couple is out on the party area. Everyone looked to understand the ultra lounge there was created and kept hidden so far. It had been party serious amounts of this was the best place to party. The band was setup around the stage, there was clearly a different bar with tall cocktail tables, a tremendous dance floor, and over the oasis was my lounge. We earned modern, white leather furniture and designed a lounge method to relax and chat if the guests weren't dancing. In addition we had glass top coffee tables and white leather benches to raise the conversation area. This became also lit from the purple hue in order that it remained consistent with large theme with the wedding.
Simon's Wedding Design Advice
Bring your big day and break it into mini events. You need your friends and relatives to be referring to the wedding for a long time also to compare another wedding each goes to, to yours. You want to keep them guessing so you desire them to be surprised. So treat each section of the day as if it were a unique event. Weddings may become boring and predictable, I dislike those weddings, and that i see pointless why you should be happy with one of "those" weddings.
Ensure you use a theme that carries through the entire whole day. This can be a color scheme or in our case, bringing the outdoors in even as we did by highlighting the outside view, placing winter trees within the cocktail area, and strategically placing trees inside the living area and the lounge. Be sure you have something to tie your mini events together or it can get really messy and also the atmosphere and ambiance can get lost...so you wouldn't like that.
I enjoy keep your guests guessing, don't lay everything out for the kids. Keep a few tricks the sleeve to WOW them later in the night. Nobody likes predictable, I am aware I hate it. So if you involve some details hidden away to be revealed later, it is going to create a buzz space, and also have people speaking about your wedding reception for years to come.