Whether you’re with the bridal party or part of the guest list, you can’t deny that wedding receptions are some of the most beautiful expressions of design, whether it’s classic, romantic, modern, or bohemian. Executed by professional event stylists or talented DIY-ers with an eye for creativity, there is much to learn about putting together various colors, motifs, and decorative elements to create a unified whole. As such, wedding receptions can serve as style inspiration for one’s home. Take cues from the most picture-perfect parties to create a stunning space you can proudly call your own. Check out these easy tips:
Work around a unifying theme
The wedding theme is one of first things that the bride and groom must think about when it comes to planning the aesthetics of the wedding reception. It is dictated not only by specific color combinations, but the personality of the couple. For example, traditionalists love a classic look with neutrals and a romantic vibe; a crafty couple may integrate fun colors with a rustic feel; while an art deco theme in an industrial venue tends to suit an artistic pair. Apply the same rules to styling your home. Ask yourself: what colors do you love? What styles appeal to you? If you don’t know where to start, check out shelter magazines and books, design websites, or Pinterest. You can also look into travel destinations, fashion glossies, and even fabric swatches for more design inspiration.
Create Beautiful Centerpieces
Tablescapes are one of the most eye-catching elements in a wedding reception. After all, guests spend most of their time here. Create vignettes throughout your home—on coffee tables, consoles, kitchen counters, work desks, bedside tables, and even storage shelves. Combine floral and plant pots with free standing pictures frames, and vases in varying heights. For a more personal touch, add treasured items like old books and family heirloom pieces.
Create atmosphere through mood
When stepping into a wedding reception, one can’t help but notice the romantic and relaxing mood. Re-create this through lighting from carefully placed sources in various points of the room. Don’t forget to fill the air with relaxing scents using oil diffusers or scented candles (just make sure not to leave a lighted candle unsupervised).
Serve Meals in Style
On special occasions at home, treat guests to a beautifully plated meal, similar to those served at a sit-down wedding reception. Whether you choose classic white, printed, or solid bright dinnerware, lay out a full dining set complete with a full-sized and salad plate, soup bowl, cutlery set, napkin holder, a table cloth and runner, and of course, decorative centerpieces.
Punky Dario-Villena loves playing with cats, whipping up home-cooked meals, and decorating the rental apartment she shares with her husband. She documents the joys of domestic life on her blog, Punky Plays House (https://punkyplayshouse.wordpress.com/). When she's not doing DIY artwork, Punky occupies herself with her work in advertising and real estate brokerage.
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