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Bar Tips From A Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by McCardell Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

 

Open bar, cash bar, no bar… Alcoholic beverages can quickly become one of the most expensive components of your wedding planning, sometimes even rounding out to be more per-person than your food! Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner, is here with some approaches to the wedding bar that you may want to consider before you write that check:

 

Open Bar

On the more expensive end, the open bar is the most popular choice for weddings. Many couples will often say things like “my family doesn’t really drink”, and while that may be true, there’s just no telling how people may react to the word “free”. The best way to tackle this is by selecting exactly what you would like served at your bar, only go top shelf on the really important drinks (i.e. dad’s favorite bourbon), and set specific hours of operation for the bar so your guests don’t get out of hand. You may even think about coming up with your “signature” drink and then rounding out the bar with more traditional offerings of just beer & wine.

 

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Photo by Mabyn Ludke Photography

 

Cash Bar

Less popular but a more budget friendly option: the cash bar. It can save you a lot of money in your budget, however, fair warning: many guests often come to a wedding expecting to drink, so the cash bar can be an unfavorable surprise for some. However, when given an appropriate heads up, many guests are fine with the idea, fully understand, and come prepared. Another alternative is giving your guests drink tickets to ensure everyone gets enough. You can even get customized tickets from a calligrapher with your new name and wedding date! (Note: The option of having a cash bar depends wholly on your bartender/caterer/venue and whether they are allowed to sell directly to your guests. Investigate early!)

 

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Photo by Stephen Thrift Photography

 

Alcohol Free

Dry weddings, while rare, do occur more often than one would think. Besides the obvious financial reasons, it’s also a surefire way to know that all of your guests are getting home safely! However, a beverage list of only soft drinks can leave a party feeling a bit dull. Consider having specialty mocktails concocted and make a special drink list for your guests. You can personally design the names and have them passed around on trays for a fanciful feel! Side note: Adding edible blooms to your drinks is a personal fave of this florist. 😉

 

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Photo by Jocelyn & Ryan Photography

 

Always remember to serve some kind of food whenever you serve drinks, just to err on the side of caution. (Many bartenders require it.) Even if it’s just cocktail hour, have a tray of cheese and crackers available to get something in your guests stomach before they start to drink. That’s a start! Now, contact Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh wedding planner & florist, and we would love to help you out with planning and designing your drink options.

 

XO,

Britany

Wedding Celebrations: A Raleigh Wedding Planner’s Guide

Feature photo by  Stephen Thrift Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

The wedding isn’t the only celebration that a bride needs to prepare for in the journey to marital bliss. There’s also the engagement party, bridal and/or household shower, bachelorette party, bridesmaids luncheon, and rehearsal dinner that need the same level of attention and planning to make them truly spectacular! Not everyone chooses to host these events for various reasons, sometimes only because they’re unsure of their purpose. So Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner & florist, is here to help and explain a few of the more important ones…

 

Engagement Party

This is your opportunity to make a grand announcement to friends and family that something special is just around the corner! Engagement parties let your guests join in on the excitement for the coming nuptials and also allow your relatives time to consider how much they can assist with the wedding.

 

Photo by Krista Joy Photography

 

Bridal Shower

The bridal shower (not to be confused with a bachelorette party) is when all your ladies get together for light cocktails and gifts! This is the party that Grandma gets invited to, so it’s usually a bit classier.  By the time of the bridal shower,  you want to have your bridal party selected and ready, because they can help with things like sending invitations, sorting your gifts, and arranging for food and drinks. The bridal shower is your cue to sit back and relax, knowing that your wedding is just around the corner and and all your favorite ladies are there with you!

 

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Photo by Mabyn Ludke Photography

 

Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal is perhaps the most important pre-wedding event, since it prepares everyone involved in your wedding party and lets them know exactly where to be and when to be there! That aside, these are some of your closest friends and family that have perhaps traveled and taken time off work just for you, so it’s important that you treat them to a nice evening afterward to show them how much you appreciate their investment to making your wedding perfect.

 

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Photo by Riley Maclean Photography / Food by Durham Catering Company / China from American Party Rentals

 

I know preparing for your wedding can seem overwhelming at times, which is all the more reason to allow yourself these extra chances to relax with your loved ones (and open some presents!) before you say “I do”. A great point to remember in this journey is a great planner is happy to take care of every little detail, from your engagement party to your reception, to ensure that your entire wedding experience is nothing but joyful!

 

XO,

Britany

 

A Raleigh Wedding Planner Spotlight: The King’s Daughters Inn

Feature photo by McCardell Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

There are a lot of fantastic wedding venues in the triangle, but The King’s Daughters Inn has captured our attention with its nuanced aesthetic and historic charm!

 

About

The King’s Daughters Inn makes a great first impression, being utterly stunning inside and out! However, this beautiful venue isn’t superficial; it has some wonderful philosophies that you can feel good about when you book! Since 2009, Colin and Deanna Crossman have run the Inn with the same core values:

  • Protect and restore the historic architecture for future generations
  • Respect the environment
  • Incorporate the most current technologies available

 

Reception Venue Shades of White and Light

Photo by Ginny Corbett Photography

 

The Difference

This historic location includes some uniquely beautiful features that won’t be found anywhere else! The rooms all differ, and from bed frames to wall color, each one possesses its own charm. Being conveniently located doesn’t hurt either! The King’s Daughters Inn is right near downtown Durham, which is home to the Durham Performing Arts Center as well as several wonderful restaurants, giving your friends and family plenty to do during their stay!

 

Gold Geometric Centerpiece

Photo by Thirteenth Moon Photography

 

Packages

The King’s Daughters Inn has 3 event rooms to choose from:

  • The Dining Room: perfect for a family breakfast, bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, or tea party
  • The Parlor: this is a great room to host an intimate wedding ceremony, cocktails, or afternoon tea
  • Brodie Duke Hall: the ideal space for a night of dancing, bridal party yoga sessions, or even a room for the groomsmen to hang out before the wedding!

 

If you decide to book the entire inn, there are definitely some perks involved!

  • Exclusive use of the inn – 20,000 square feet including 3 event spaces and 17 luxury rooms and suites
  • Overnight accommodations for 46
  • Gourmet breakfast for all overnight guests
  • Great vignettes for unique wedding photos
  • Complimentary use of tables, chairs, linens, glassware, and setup
  • Full commercial kitchen available to your choice of licensed caterer

 

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Photo by Ultimate Images

 

With so many wonderful amenities available to brides, it’s no wonder why The King’s Daughters Inn is the recipient of so many prestigious awards, including, the AAA Four Diamond, the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Sustainability, and the Golden Leaf Award! Definitely consider The King’s Daughters Inn for your wedding or events of any kind!

Need help finding the perfect venue in the Raleigh, Chapel Hill, or Durham area? Call us here at Knots ‘N Such for custom recommendations!

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator

 

Winter Wedding Trends: Tips From a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by Krista Joy Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

There is finally a chill in the air, and winter is quickly approaching! These 2017 trends are sure to win any winter wedding!

 

  • Leather Jackets: edgier brides will enjoy the leather look this season, being both sensible and statement making!
  • Velvet: this material has been making a big comeback lately, but it’s especially popular with colder days ahead!
  • Two Groom Looks: this winter is the groom’s time to shine, with his own flashy wardrobe change from ceremony to reception!

 

Groom wearing boutonniere

Photo by JB Haygood Photography

 

  • Faux Fur: adorn your bridal party in fancy faux fur, or even offer guests their own blanket as a gift!
  • Neon Signs: this is always a cool statement piece, but especially for the trendy 2017 bride who wants a unique way to showcase her wedding hashtag or new name!
  • Dark Florals: bridesmaids have their own winter trend! Darker floral patterns on gowns is huge right now, especially in colors such as burgundy, purple and navy!

 

Other Floral Services

Photo by Jocelyn & Ryan Photography

 

  • Metallics: a clean look like this can pair with most other decor, making it a versatile choice!
  • Jewels: gems can be used in so many ways! Try bedazzling your bridesmaids’ arms or hair, or the handle of your bouquets!
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Photo by Cachet Weddings

 

Winter weddings are always beautiful, but these hot trends are sure to make for a cool wedding this season!

 

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator

Memorable Moments: Tips From a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by Ginny Corbett Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

Your wedding reception is the event you’ve been dreaming of for as long as you can remember, and there are some special activities involved that require special attention! Your first dance is a memorable moment for you, the bouquet toss is a memorable moment for your girlfriends, and photo booths are a great way to make capturing moments memorable! Here are a few tips from a Raleigh wedding planner on how you can make these special moments flawless!

 

First Dances

Most often, the first dance will start with the bride and groom, then move to father of the bride with the bride, then mother of the groom and the groom. These are such special moments, and it’s important to pick out special songs for each. If you’re having a tough time picking a good one, some commonly used songs include “You and Me” by Lifehouse, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder, “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones, and “At Last” by Etta James.

Also remember, if you get everyone going dancing right after you’ve had your first dance, it can be tough to get them back out there! For this reason, we advise waiting to open the dance floor until after the cake is cut (which also allows your guests to get a quick sugar rush before they start dancing!)

 

Bridal Party Bubble Dance

Photo by Casey Rose Photography

 

Bouquet Toss

This is a super fun tradition that I’m hoping never goes out of style! All the single ladies get together to push and shove each other in a lively attempt to catch the highly coveted bouquet!

Song choice is also important here, with some of our favorites being “Ladies Night” by Kool and the Gang, “Where Dem Girls At” by Nikki Minaj, and of course, “All the Single Ladies” by Beyonce. Make sure you pick a fun song and a good time of night that will have your girls pumped up to jump for those flowers! We recommend closer to the end of the night when your guests need to clear the dance floor. We typically schedule it just before the last song of the night.

 

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Photo by Amir Luna Photography

 

Photo Booths

While photo booths may not necessarily be new to the wedding world, there are a lot of different ways to incorporate this activity into your wedding! Some brides have gotten very creative and set up a photo corner, complete with props and a backdrop! Guests take photos then share on social media using the wedding hashtag!

I’ve also seen photo-booth-style guest books, made by placing a Polaroid camera beside the book, along with some props and crafting tools. Guests are directed to take photos of themselves then tape the image into the book with their signature and some fun doodles!

There’s also a variety of professional photo booth vendors that can do amazing things for your wedding, like slo-mo videos, gifs, screen savers, and even custom mugs and other items that can be used as wedding favors!

 

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Remember to make your wedding memorable for its uniquely you qualities, and you and your guests will have a night you’ll never forget!

 

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator

To Invite or Not to Invite: Tips From A Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by Riley Maclean Weddings. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

 

Let’s be honest, weddings can get really expensive really quickly! There are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration, all with the budget in the front of your mind. A good wedding planner will do their best to get you everything you want while being budget-friendly, but the best way to cut back on costs is to cut down that guest list!

There is a huge difference between a wedding fit for 20 people versus a wedding fit for 200 people! When considering guests, be they friends or family, ask yourself these questions to see if you may be able to drop a few names and save a few bucks!

 

Bride Groom Toast Sweetheart Table

Photo by Danell Beede Photography

 

Friends

First things first, you need to understand the difference between your real friends, the ones that might as well be family to you, and everyone else!

  • Coworkers: sometimes we build good relationships with those we work with on a daily basis, and if you feel that close to your work buddy then by all means, invite them! But remember not to turn your wedding into a networking event by inviting anyone and everyone in the office!
  • Acquaintances: their go-to line is “we should meet up sometime” but the simple fact is that “sometime” may not ever come. If you still haven’t made a true connection to this person, feel free to keep holding out hope that a good friendship is over the horizon, but don’t send out that precious wedding invitation!
  • Old friends: the classic “we go way back” can either be really good or really bad, with no in between. Make sure if you’re inviting old friends that they are in fact still your friends, and not people that you simply forgot why you stopped being friends. I can almost guarantee you’ll remember once it’s too late to get that invitation back.

Your real friends will shine through, and you’ll know you made the right decision when you see them smiling at you from the crowd.

 

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Guests

Photo by Danell Beede Photography

 

Family

In a lot of different cultures, when it comes to family events, it’s essential to invite every relative you have. Unfortunately, not everyone’s budget is extended-family-friendly, and some people simply won’t make the cut. The easiest way to cross people off the list is to remember the last time you spoke to each person. If it’s been far too long, they will most likely understand not getting an invite.

You do, however, want to inform your relatives of your new union, and potentially your new address, so consider sending a letter to your extended family with a brief note letting them know, or a traditional wedding announcement after the big day. If they want to meet up to look at photos and meet the new person in your life, at least they’ll know how to reach you and that you thought of them.

 

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Photo by Catchet Weddings

 

Keep in mind, someone may feel left out if they don’t get an invite to your wedding, but it is ultimately your wedding! The key here is never to invite anyone out of sheer obligation, but because your wedding would be lacking their presence! You don’t want to look at your photos 20 years later and think “What was that person’s name?!” Make sure that after you say “I do” and turn toward the crowd, you see only true loved ones.

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator

A Raleigh Wedding Planner Spotlight: Gilded Bridal

Feature photo by Live View Studios. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner.

 

Wedding dress shopping is quite possibly the most important, and most difficult, part of your wedding planning process. So, just how does the average bride find the dress of her dreams? I recently met with Susan, owner of Gilded Bridal, to answer this and other dress shopping questions!

 

About Gilded Bridal

Gilded Bridal is the hottest new bridal boutique in Raleigh, but Susan is no rookie! She’s been dressing her friends and family for their weddings and has always stayed current on the latest wedding fashions! Gilded Bridal’s key difference is that they work directly with small, independent designers to bring you uniquely stunning gowns! Aside from their connections, GB has a track record of maintaining a fun, relaxed, and accepting atmosphere where every bride can feel special! As Susan says, “Wear what makes you feel like you,” and we couldn’t agree more!

 

Photo by Live View Studios

 

Basics of Dress Shopping

I asked Susan if there was anything in specific that brides should know going into their appointment. She advises that brides always buy for their current size, because dresses can easily be taken in, but they are more difficult to let out! Susan also suggests dress shopping sooner, rather than later, as it may take up to 6 months for your dress to come in!

This can be a very stressful time for a bride, but for expert dressers like Susan, the more detail you give her about what your dream dress looks like, the easier it is for her to find it for you! As a Gilded Bridal bride myself, I simply told her what I was looking for and the first dress she brought me was my dream dress!

 

Photo by Live View Studios

Dress Trends

When it comes to trends in the wedding dress business, Susan knows it all! However, while things like colored dresses, including hand painted watercolors, are big for bridal fashion at the moment, the Raleigh bride has other looks in mind.

  • Keeping traditional, Susan’s brides tend to stick to white dresses, but of course classic colors like cool grays or light blushes are always acceptable!
  • Fitted dresses that show off a bride’s beautiful figure are still in, including mermaid, trumpet, and anything in between!
  • Plunging necklines are a dramatic way to capture an audience’s (and your groom’s) attention!
  • Decorative backs (or no backs at all) on wedding dresses have proven that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!
  • Sleeves on wedding dresses have been making a beautifully boho statement that Raleigh brides can’t seem to get enough of!
  • Capes have been very popular as of late, and are especially lovely for Fall or Winter weddings!

 

Photo by Live View Studios

 

If you are still looking for your dream dress, say yes to dress shopping at Gilded Bridal! With their expertise, network of designers, and fun atmosphere, you’re sure to find “the one”!

 

Happy hunting!

 

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator

 

DJ vs. Band: Tips From a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by Danell Beede Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner and florist.

 

One of the biggest questions I get asked by brides is whether they should go for live music or a DJ, and there is really no clear answer! There are a lot of things to consider before you decide which music choice is right for your event, such as your audience’s taste in music, what you and you fiance would like to hear, what type of ambiance you want your event to have, etc. Here is a bit more information on your options that will help you make a decision!

 

Bridal Party Bubble Dance

Photo by Casey Rose Photography

 

Disc Jockeys

Having a DJ at your wedding has a lot of great benefits, one of which being that you’ll get someone to guide the crowd and tell them what they need to know. You certainly have more control when you go with a DJ, because you get to talk to them about exactly which songs you would like played and when.

 

Consider:

  • Cheaper: prices can range anywhere from $1000 to $1600
  • Variety: the music styles are way more diverse with a DJ
  • Requests: DJs can be interactive, allowing you and your guests to make special song requests
  • Direction: it’s nice to have someone there to tell the guests what’s going on where, like announcing your entrance, for instance
  • Constant music: the music will play from the start of the event until the end, even if the DJ needs to step away for a moment

 

Questions to Ask

Can you play/not play these songs?

What type of songs do you usually play?

In which order?

Can I listen to you live first?

What is your usual time frame?

Can you censor some songs?

How long is set up/strike?

Do you have wedding experience?

 

Bride Groom Reception Venue Entrance

Photo By Thirteenth Moon Photography LLC

 

Bands

The appeal of having a live band at your wedding is pretty obvious, especially if you know which style of music you and your fiance both want to hear all throughout the wedding. They are amazing at keeping a party alive and full of energy, and they also bring the wow factor! However, the more popular your wedding band is, the more expensive they will be, so it’s important to do a lot of thorough research first.

 

Consider:

  • Pricey: bands can cost anywhere from $4000 to $10,000 depending on who you book
  • Less variety: typically they will have a few genres that they are most comfortable playing
  • Ambiance: bands can really liven up a room with their high energy and stage presence
  • Breaks: the performers will need a break at some point depending on how long the event lasts, which can mean a gap in music

 

Questions to Ask

What are your break times?

Can I listen to you live first?

How many songs?

Can you play/not play these songs?

How long is set up/strike?

Do you have references?

 

Wedding Toast

Photo by Danell Beede Photography

 

It’s important that you read your contract carefully before you hire, and remember, a good wedding planner is always happy to take care of selecting great vendors and reviewing their terms for you!

 

XO,

Ivana

KNS Coordinator

Popular Floral Trends: Tips from a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by Lauren V. Allen Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

I understand the importance of floral trends and how they change each year, and the countless possibilities! Traditionally, people believe that certain trends are too “outdated” to work with a more modern bride; however, many of these old traditions are coming back in style! The “Rustic Movement” is giving way to a more modern aesthetic, while holding fast to some classic elements like floral selection. Instead of barn-wood, brides are gravitating toward more metals and glass this year.

So how does the modern bride get the best of both worlds? Every bride wants to be unique, and these five classic trends are a surefire way for her to achieve that originality in a traditionally beautiful, yet modern way.

Pink & Peach Bride Bouquet

 

 

Floral Colors

One could say that color is trending this warm season for weddings; however, the latest craze is all about combinations.

  • Go bold: Make a statement with bright bold hues such as pinks, oranges, and lime greens.
  • Muted colors: Go for a cohesive and blended tone with muted tones in the same color family (rose, peach, soft browns, etc.)
  • Bright burgundies and reds: What is more classic than red? These gorgeous hues and shades offer a vibrant pop with a visual impact. Don’t forget to add some dainty pink tones in as well!
  • Whites and greys: Forever a bridal favorite, white is classy and elegant.  This time, ladies, try incorporating lush foliages that also come in this grey hue.
  • The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, is also very popular. However, think subtle, nontraditional, rather than literal uses of this classic shade. Greenery can be used in creative ways such as garlands, wreaths, and table runners.

 

What’s Old is New

Heirloom varieties such as chrysanthemums, antique carnations, and deeply textured blooms like scabiosa-flowered zinnias, are taking the wedding world by storm. Another fan favorite is Queen Anne’s Lace, which is taking diversity to a new level. These reasonably priced flowers are making a startling comeback in the wedding circuit, being incorporated with higher end flowers and greens. New flower cultivars with bold shapes, colors, and forms, are proving to be must have statement pieces this year. These sought-after seeds are in high demand and local farmers and florists will be fighting to claim these luscious florals.

  

 

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Cascading Floral Wedding Bouque

Cascading floral arrangements are hot this season as they offer a lush, romantic feel to any wedding. You may opt for a smaller cascade if you wish to go for a simpler look.  One thing is for certain, no one could ignore the appeal.  Brides are gravitating towards this look as it offers a more tailored look to an otherwise large bouquet, giving off a more organic and natural feel.  The updated designs of these bouquets complement the bride in every way, while not detracting the attention from her.

 

Special Request Flowers

Recently, there has been a swarm of brides entering floral shops armed with images from social media, asking for more obscure flowers for their bouquets. Some of these long-standing favorites include roses and carnations, but more recent requests have grown to include dahlias, peonies, and eucalyptus..  These requests can be a challenge – and an opportunity – to explain seasonal nature and availability of certain flowers.

Beautiful Flower Crown for Bride

Danell Beede Photography

 

 

Stylish Floral 

Accessories 

Move over big, bold floral crowns! Make way for subtle, floral hair accessories. This year, we will see more half halos, floral hair “combs,” and simple sprigs of foliage woven into hairstyles than any year past. Another huge trend that is on the rise is the cuff wrist corsage which offers a more elegant alternative for mothers’ corsages, as well as giving the look and feel of jewelry.  For guys, this will mean mixing more interesting textural elements, such as pods and berries, alongside grasses and focal flowers.

My mantra includes taking traditional elements and modernizing as I’m inspired by the couple themselves! To see my work, visit the Knots ‘N Such Gallery. Interested in what I can do for your wedding? Contact me here!

9 Ways to Illuminate Your Wedding Day – Tips from a Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

Feature photo by Thirteenth Moon Photography . Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist.

One of my favorite wedding elements has to be lighting. There are so many beautiful and creative options to choose from….Each as unique and symbolic as the love being expressed. In this week’s blog, we’re putting a spotlight on 9 ways to illuminate your wedding day. 

1. Sky Lanterns

Floating Lantern / Sky Lantern

Photo by KNS

At #1… Sky lanterns are a symbol for play and festivities in Asian cultures. So how do these beautiful floating symbols actually work? They’re typically made of a very thin paper on a light weight frame. A small flame from a candle or other flammable item heats the air inside the lantern causing it to rise into the sky, sorta like a hot air balloon. What a lovely way of symbolizing the beginning of a marriage!

 

2. Floating Candles

Wedding Table Setting with Floating Candles and Flowers

Photo By Natalie E. Photography

Taking the #2 spot is floating candles. Floating candles of all sizes and shapes are now on the market. They also come in a variety of colors. My favorite is classic white or ivory in a clear glass vessel. Such an inexpensive but elegant way to create a romantic ambience for your reception!

3. Pinspot Lighting

Ever thought of illuminating your cake and centerpieces? This is known as pinspot lighting, #3 in our list. Think of how much you pay for these gorgeous creations. Then think of how they fade into the background when the lights are dimmed in the room! Using pinspot lighting, you can make them stand out and show their beauty all evening. You’ll notice most of the high end venues include pinspot lighting in their ceilings, but for any venue, you can bring in a professional lighting company to provide this.

4.  Twinkle Lights

Bride & Groom Photo with Cascading Bouquet

Photo by Casey Rose Photography

Coming in at #4… Twinkle lights litter Pinterest, right?! There’s a good reason for that. They can make nearly any item shine and look amazing! I’ve decorated trees with them, put them inside vases, bottles, jars, and cloches, and wrapped tables and columns with them! The only limit is your own imagination on this one. I particularly love wrapping posts or columns with them and adding drapery over it. Oh la la!

5. GOBOs

 

Taking the spot at #5 is GOBOs. Funny word for a not so funny decor element! Your lighting company or DJ can provide a variety of shapes and designs through which to shine light onto your dance floor. They can also create a custom shape for you. Most popular is the monogram. How special to have your new family monogram in the center of the dance floor or above the cake table!

Wedding Bubble Exit

Photo by Casey Rose Photography

6. Chandeliers 

Who doesn’t love a romantic chandelier in nearly any kind of space?! Number 6 adds instant class and elegance to your wedding, whether you use them under an arbor for the ceremony, in the ceiling of a tent, or over the dance floor!

7. Hanging CandlesGold Vase Elevated Centerpieces

That’s right, you can hang candles these days! I have the cutest little holders that just beg to be used anywhere and everywhere! I’ve used them on walls behind cake tables, on manzanita trees lining the ceremony aisle, and under pergolas for cocktail hour! They’re amazing and add a simple and gorgeous touch!

8. Uplighting

Your DJ is your ultimate source for uplighting, #8 on our list. And don’t think that means it’s only bright flashing dance lights. Continuous uplighting in a white or amber on the walls is elegant and classy around the perimeter of your reception room. Many venues are including these as well, which makes their rental packages so enticing!

9. String Lights

Reception Venue, Barn at Valhalla

Photo by Chris Harburg Photography

The #9 spot goes to a wide variety of string lights.  Some popular forms include xmas lights, market lights, fairy curtains, lighted garlands, and Edison lights. Many of these lights also can be found in nearly every color imaginable. String them around your tent, over your deck, over the dance floor, around the arbor, or anywhere you can imagine!

To see my work, visit the Knots ‘N Such Gallery. Interested in what I can do for your wedding? Contact me here!