When I design a wedding, it all starts with an idea.
Sometimes the idea is small and based on some tiny bit of inspiration. Like a color, a photo or an item.
Sometimes the idea is big and is a based on a feeling or a concept. Like garden party meets rock band or global bohemian.
The idea always stems from the couple who are the ultimate inspiration.
And it’s this that ensures that the design won’t be trendy, but always in style.
Because it’s a design that’s unique to the couple. And you are always in style.
People talk a lot about trends in this industry. What’s in and what’s out.
And yes, there are definitely trendy things right now that will fade.
But it’s only trendy if it doesn’t reflect you or have meaning for you.
If it does, when you look back on it, you’ll just see you.
So, a few years ago, I was asked by Pottery Barn to create a wedding table centered around a concept. The concept was “global bohemian”.
Outside of using Pottery Barn items in my design, I was free to take the concept and create.
Which is always super fun for a designer!
When I design, I always design with a couple in mind. Because it makes it more real. It adds a human element.
A story behind the design.
It’s not just creating something pretty for pretty’s sake.
Anyone can do that.
It’s about creating something for someone. Which means it’s both inspiring and inspired.
So, for this design, I actually took a couple I know (we’ll call them Natalie and Chris) and used them as the inspiration.
So, Natalie and Chris are travelers. They’re the kind of travelers who really get immersed in a culture.
They don’t just hang at the resort or go to see the major highlights of a place.
They go on adventures. Even if it’s a little dangerous (or off the beaten path).
While they enjoy revisiting places they particularly loved, they really enjoy going to new places.
Because they love to explore and experience something new.
They’ve been almost all over the world.
And with each new place they buy something for their home.
Which means their home is eclectic. A combination of styles and colors and elements and don’t match, but work together.
This eclectic wedding design was created with them in mind.
Bringing together multiple styles, colors and elements that maybe wouldn’t normally work together, but does for this couple.
I started the eclectic wedding design with a bright orange linen with little dots which gave the table texture. It also gave it a little bit of a southeast asian vibe.
Then, I purposely chose these funky chairs because I could see Natalie and Chris laughing and having fun with these.
But, the eye catcher is the hanging lantern. Part plant, part floral centerpiece and part history.
Inside the lantern are bits of beach glass, stones and other little collectibles from their travels.
The flowers add a pop of color and the greenery is part of a living plant.
The mixed china showcases the different styles and design they would have picked up and fell in love with from different places.
Hammered flatware give a slight industrial vibe and fun goblets make any drink more fun.
I kept the centerpiece purposely simple.
An upturned candle holder with colorful flowers placed on top adds interest and works with the hanging lantern.
But, doesn’t take away from the interesting pattern and textures of the china, napkins, chairs and votives.
Mis-matched napkins in different patterns work with the patterned china and orange linen.
Vintage keys collected over the years are used as place cards which also serve as favors.
Guest names are written on torn edge paper and tied with string.
And lastly, an assortment of votives in different colors add additional warmth to the table. Along with animal figurines all inspired by the couple’s travels.
And although this eclectic wedding design wasn’t created yesterday, it’s still relevant. It’s still unique and fun. Because it all stemmed from them.
And let’s be honest, everyone’s tastes fall to the eclectic. Because you like more than just one thing (just look at your Pinterest page as proof).
And that’s ok! It’s good even.
Because creating your design is just about making your eclectic mix work together.
So, let us help you! Contact us today, we’d love to create a wedding design just for you.
Photos: Milou and Olin
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Pottery Barn
Decor: Pottery Barn
Flowers: Petite Petal Co.
Design: Yours truly!