Idea of the Week

Idea of the Week
Purses and Clutches by Ikestaedt

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ideas Straight from The Special Event 2008

The Special Event is an industry conference and tradeshow where special event and wedding professionals come together to share creative ideas and learn about new products. Below are some beautiful tables designed for the show. Each table can inspire something for your wedding - even if you can't afford (time or money) to replicate an exact design, let yourself be inspired by some of the ideas that you see here.

Golden Beach theme with a sweeping umbrella overhead. The umbrella has mosaic green and white tile on it, which look like sea glass (it is reminiscent of sand, but a whole lot prettier!). Shell accents are on the charger plats and the backs of chairs (if you have a color scheme other than gold, you can paint shells pure white or another matching color - even write "Bridesmaid, Bride, Father of the Groom" on your shells and use them as place cards).

Hanging from the umbrella are thick wire "baskets" surrounding a circular glass vase. The vase holds water for the flower arrangements. You could play around with this depending on the theme of your wedding. You could test it with candles (be sure the flame is low enough so that the rope won't catch on fire!) or LED candles and flowers (you can get LED candles that can be submerged in water). You could also use wicker balls or moss balls available at Jamali Garden if your wedding has more of a garden theme.

You can see the base of the umbrella is covered in a sea glass-like mosaic. Beautiful white and gold shells (if you can't find them, paint them!), frosted gold filigree candles are on a thick wooden base. Flowers are tucked in all of the nooks of the shells and wooden base.

This beautiful floral sculpture was created to look like the base of a birch tree with silvery roots with crystal beads floating onto the table. Cascading branches and white flowers create a magnificent tree (use this idea as a focal point in the room, but unless you are having a reception in a massive Gothic cathedral - avoid putting these on even half the tables - it has just as much impact in one spot!).

Beaded napkin rings add a bit of silvery shimmer to match this table. The menu cards have a birch-like frame, and the chargers are frosted square glass.

Antique containers hold a floral topiary. Bright flowers (they look like tulips, but I can't be certain) surround a wire base. Great ideas for the altar, flanking buffet tables or at the entrance to the reception.

This wispy display is set for an escort card table. Long branches are in a square floral base while pomander balls of varying romantic flowers are attached to the branches. You can use this idea on a smaller scale. A display of branches can hold a few pomanders (round flower balls) and candle lanterns on each table.

Hanging from the ceiling, this chandelier-like centerpiece holds flowing strings of orchids in varying colors. You can vary the length of the strings to help with site lines. A few strings fall all the way to the table and into the beautiful gold and mirrored centerpiece (see below).
An octagonal mirror base holds 8 gold candle candle holders have glowing tealights in different positions. Against a bright colored-linen this centerpiece will really glow! Not pictured are square gold chargers with orchid accents on the napkins.

More to follow!

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