We are so lucky to have some tips from a pro event designer like Christina with Glow Event Design, and even better is that she was a REAL Northstar bride last year! Guess she knows what she's talking about then huh? Read on...
What was your favorite design element at your wedding?
My favorite design element to our decor was that everything we used was natural - nothing plastic or fake. I was really inspired by the beauty of Tahoe, and I wanted our day to reflect upon the beautiful plants and trees around us. For an aisle runner, we used flower blooms and pine cones to fill glass hurricanes placed at every-other seat. We brought in aspen trees and a wooden archway to decorate the ceremony site. Our tables were named after ski resorts we'd been to, and we placed the table name signs in wooden frames at each table. Probably my favorite decor item was the escort card tray which we filled with split green peas. We also used the peas to fill mini hurricanes with tea lights placed on the cocktail tables.The peas were actually the inspiration for the green in our color scheme.
Did you have a theme?
I called it "Mountain Chic." We wanted everything to be authentic and natural, but still very upscale and sophisticated.
Describe your color palette.
Our main colors were green, cream and chocolate brown. We added accents of coral for a pop - and also because coral tied in with the existing orange color on the outdoor patio furniture!
What would you have done different?
We got married in August and had prepared for extreme heat during the day. We rented extra umbrellas, had a cold drink station, etc. Unfortunately, a cold-front blew in the day of, and it was actually FREEZING! We had purchased a few blankets to place around the fire pits at night, but not many. If I could do it all over again, I would have made a contingency plan for the cold weather and stocked up on fleece blankets to give out to guests, and added a warm drink to the bar menu (like a spiced wine, hot chocolate, etc).
Any other words of advice?
Relax and enjoy your day! Don't stress about last minute details - none of your guests will know if the napkin is folded wrong, or their place card is crooked. The day goes by in a flash, so make sure throughout the night you take the time to look around and savor the moment.