DESIGN TIP: Play with Shape When Planning Your Wedding Reception
Design Tips from Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito
Hello, hello and Happy Wedding Wednesday.
When you think about wedding planning, you think about the pretty. Couples and wedding professionals alike tend to focus on how the weddings look and feel. It’s about taking a space and filling it with things that matter. Today, we are talking about design, and I’m sharing a tip that involves shapes.
Let’s start with the space that houses the reception. In Las Vegas, luxury weddings are typically produced in a ballroom. The ballroom is a box. Square, rectangular, and angular. The standard, hotel issued table is a circle. These circles dot their way throughout the box. Sometimes, we see long, thin banquet tables. Again, another rectangle in the space.
How we use these shapes can dramatically change the look and feel of a room. You can mix and match these two base shapes into any pattern that you would like. A room filled with round tables conveys tradition, and a sense of equality. Some cultures require round tables, while others value something more unique.
Modern but romantic couples can employee something literal. In the past, we’ve created X’s and O’s with both long and round tables. For an elegant look that lengthens and draws the eye while leading guests in, we have lined the center of the room with long banquet tables and placed a runway style aisle down the center. Long, winding serpentine tables, however, are whimsical ad modern. They can feel a little bit retro (think 80’s not the 50’s) and so they need things like metallics, a high gloss finish, and traditional table top pieces to add a little weight and gravitas to the space.
Centerpieces can be round, or oval. They can be tall and cylindrical, or short and stacked. What shape of glasses will you use? Do you plan to set up chargers? What about menus? You can place a round menu on a round charger, or you can lay a long, skinny menu diagonally over a free formed charger with a napkin laid organically across the top?
After you establish the shapes of the tables and what will go on them, I suggest you look up and down. What (if anything) will you put in the ceiling? And what will you put on the floor? Do you want a square dance floor, or a round? Will you use stripe on a rectangle?
There is a whole psychology behind shapes. Behind with your base, and then layer different shapes until you find something that is interesting. Think about a shape you don’t see very often. Ovals are not often seen, and so they would make a dramatic statement as a dance floor or a menu. Diamonds are rare; figuratively and literally. Setting a menu off center as a diamond would be a unique touch that no one would see coming.
Don’t be afraid to mix things up in your demo. Take a few images close up, and then pull back. Sit at a table and see how the space feels around you, and then stand off to the side and see how you feel as your eye moves over the entire room.
As someone who believes in being both timely and timeless I recommend that you start with the classics and then bring in a few unexpected items that really speak to you. Mix and match shapes that speak to you until the room is filled in - almost like a pencil sketch. Then, you can begin to color.
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