friday favorites – best event ideas of the week

I know we were off last week but today I’m resuming my Friday favorites! Let’s get started!

#5 – Salt shaker table numbers

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I think this is cute. Instead of numbers or table names, this bride and groom had different salt shakers which represented famous pairs – Mickey and Minnie, two cowboy boots, a burger and a drink, etc. The salt shakers were incorporated into the centerpieces and guests had to find the right shakers for their table. Sure, it’s a little kitschy, but it’s fun. Photo by Fete Photography via Mountainside Bride.

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(mis) matchy matchy seating for weddings, events and even conferences

mismatched seating

Mismatched seating is all the rage right now for weddings – it’s part of the rustic motif. Everyone wants their wedding to look like an elegantly styled barn fete. But while I like the mismatched seating look for aesthetic reasons (I hate anything to matchy matchy – as they used to say), I love it for another reason: it gives your guests choices. And giving your guests a choice isn’t just great for weddings – it’s great for all events.

Some people love to sit in lounge furniture. Some people love high top cocktail tables and chairs. Some people like standard banquet chairs or chiavari chairs. Some people like chairs with arms. Other people prefer armless.  By having different options, you create different experiences for your guests.

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why aren’t we setting wedding ceremonies in the round?

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Theaters in the round are becoming more and more popular with meeting planners and event designers, and for good reason: by placing the speaker (or entertainer) in a stage in the center of the room and placing the chairs around it on all sides, everyone gets closer to the speaker, everyone feels more involved, everyone feels more engaged.

Let’s do this with weddings as well. Obviously this depends on where the wedding is being held. A historic church with a traditional sanctuary might not be able to accommodate such a request, but an outdoor venue with room to innovate, or an otherwise large room might be perfect.

Sure, everyone has a better view. That’s certainly important. No one wants to be behind a dark tower (remember the opening scene in The Wedding Planner when J.Lo realizes that a wedding guest’s large bouffant hairstyle is blocking a camera angle, and she asks her assistant to take care of it by reseating the guest in the VIP pew? “Dark tower demolished.” Maybe I’ve seen that movie too many times…)

At the end of the day, a wedding is about the bride and groom making a commitment to spend their lives together with the support of their friends and family, and sharing that special day with the people who mean the most to the couple is incredibly important. There are so many ways to make the wedding meaningful for guests, so many ways to bring the guests “in” more.

Setting the ceremony seats in the round isn’t the only way to do this, and it’s not always appropriate, but when it is, it makes the ceremony feel more intimate, more personal.

What do you think? Yea or nay on circular wedding ceremony seating?

Photo via Rachel Events