Deciding on Decor – Some basics to Start With and Great Effect of Nuances

As promised my series has begun on tips from professionals for planning your wedding (or other event). Happy to say I am excited about those who have agreed to sign on and contribute their thoughts in other fields as well as  some guest florists .

I have put together a few basics for when you start thinking about decor. A sometimes overwhelming aspect for some. To start I highly suggest creating a pinterest board or collecting photos from magazines.  Even if you don’t know where to begin, especially if you don’t, you or the vendors you meet will begin to see similarities and your style will begin to take shape as you collect visuals.

Think about how you want to feel that day and what colors make you feel that way, lighting you like to be surrounded by, fragrances , favorite flowers, fabrics that feel good to touch …as well as those you don’t.

Consider favorite environments, restaurants and hotels and what are the decorative elements that most appeal to you. You can try to recreate those feelings on your wedding day.

While important the decor should seem seamless,  don’t take to coordinating and matching to such a strict extreme, I often hear clients stressing over matching decor with the bridesmaids dresses, you have 20 tables and 3 bridesmaids and your bridesmaids are not laying across the table …..those dresses disappear amongst your 200 guests and the overall environment. More important think about the space you are in .

Work with the space you are in.  Know the elements you MUST keep and consider that when selecting colors, textures and style.

When you select the venue  think about the evening you want. If you want Palace of Versailles think about the blank loft space you also like so much. That loft can be changed to look like Versailles but only  with a hefty budget.

Edit your ideas into a basic direction. Mixed styles can work well together but there should be something that pulls all those styles together like color palette or shapes.

Lastly for today those nuances can really make a difference. As shown below we selected this candle from Cire Trudon not just for its phenomenal fragrance that worked with the sensibility of this rehearsal dinner but also because it looked great on the sink. Those little nuances show big overall in your event. Little touches that express the couple or hosts.

Below you will see, elephants are good luck in Indian culture and while client did not want big elephant at their wedding it was perfect for rehearsal party greeting guests as the entered, putting a big smile on everyone’s face the minute they entered the room.

The bride had us make this pillow to put on the groom’s chair the night before their wedding….so sweet.

And lastly a side table with a gorgeous large bloom focused alone in a small vase…. it really stood out .





Photos all taken at Bowery Hotel

About cornucopiaofbeautifulthings

Dorothy Pfeiffer is owner and Creative Director of Cornucopia since 1995. When she first bought Cornucopia in 1995 it was a retail flower shop on the Upper East Side. Since, Dorothy has moved Cornucopia to a studio space in the heart of the flower market and has expanded the business to include all aspects of event design and recently has developed an added Interior Design for Coporate and Home to the services offered at Cornucopia
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