Decor and Design

Creating a Classic Wedding

You may ask, what is a classic wedding, and do I want one?

Most of our clients tend to have weddings that are more traditional/classic in style, with a few modern elements thrown in. If you are looking for trendy, we’re probably not the planners for you.

I explain it this way. My parents were married in 1972. My mom’s wedding dress was an empire- waisted, Juliette-inspired fashionable dress accented with little white daisies. The bridesmaids wore hideous floral print, floor length gowns. And while these styles were all the rage in the 70’s, their photos look clearly dated.

When I got married in 2001, I think I did a better job selecting dresses. After trying on my mom’s gown (which was way too short for me anyway, even if I had wanted to have a 70’s themed wedding) I selected gowns for myself and the bridesmaids that I thought would stand the test of time. And for the most part, they have. The elbow-length gloves that we wore, however, were not a great choice. Nor was the super-poofy ultra-Southern hairdo I chose.

So what makes a “classic” wedding? In my mind, the most classic, iconic wedding that comes to mind is that of John Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier. Yesterday would have been their 60th wedding anniversary, so let’s revisit some images from Life Magazine’s coverage of the big day.

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A timeless ceremony – white aisle runner, simple pew markers, and gorgeous long veil

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Jackie’s dress was certainly stylish, but in a classic design. I could picture one of our bride’s wearing this style at an upcoming wedding!

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Other than the abundance of greenery on the table, this photo could have been taken today!

So what’s the moral of the story? Think about showing your wedding photos to your children, or grandchildren. Will you be proud to show them how great everything looked? Or will it look like a mustard-yellow applianced kitchen?

Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour

We had a great time last Sunday participating in the first Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour, hosted by our friends at The Wedding Loft. The premise is that brides and grooms visit four venues, all set up as they would be for a wedding, and they get to enjoy food and entertainment while meeting great wedding professionals. It’s like a bridal show on wheels!

We were at The Carling, which is an interesting historic venue in Downtown Jacksonville. The building was formerly the Carling Hotel/Hotel Roosevelt, built in 1925; now it’s home to gorgeous apartments! Restored architectural features include Palladian windows, terrazo floors, and a beautiful marble staircase to the private event space.

Thanks to J’Adore Studios for the fun photos! To see more photos from the tour, check out Liz’s blog post.

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The Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour attendees on the bus!

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At the entrance to The Carling

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Design and florals by Blush 129

Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour

Cake and cupcakes by Choux Bakery

Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour

Food by D’Vine Cuisine

2013 Wedding Trend: The Great Gatsby

I remember reading The Great Gatsby for the first time in high school. I was in love. The imagery is still so vivid in my mind, and I re-read the novel at least once a year. So it’s safe to say that the day the new movie staring Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, and Carey Mulligan opens on May 10th, I’ll be there. But I’m also loving the 20’s inspiration we are seeing in fashion, decor, and yes, weddings.

It’s easy to take a theme too far in a wedding, and the wedding ends up looking like a costume party. But there are ways to incorporate touches of a theme without making it too “theme-y.” Here are some examples:


A classic lace dress, embellished with a vintage (or vintage-inspired) belt, flower or other accessory.


And speaking of accessories, how about some beautiful chandelier earrings? And these feature Emerald, the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year.


Touches of gold, silver, crystal, diamonds and pearls – playing up the decadence of the era.


This cake could be very modern, but the gold accents play up the Jazz Age feel.


These gorgeous linens, lit underneath the table, add texture that is reminiscent of 20’s fashions. And the dangling crystals… need I say more?


This ceremony area is definitely a statement! Without the chandeliers, this could take on a number of styles. But the gold and crystals really add opulence.

Adding feathers and rhinestones to your bouquets is another nod to the Jazz Age influence, but these additions look beautiful in many styles of bouquets.

For more inspirational photos, and for the sources of the photos featured in this post, check out our Great Gatsby/Jazz Age/Roaring 20s Inspiration board on Pinterest. And if you haven’t read the book, get thee to a library or pick up a copy for your Kindle on Amazon!

Customizing Your Wedding With Monograms

Monograms sure have changed in the past few years! No longer are they just the traditional 3-letter merging of your names. In fact, many couples choose to “brand” their wedding using their full names and wedding date. Here are a few fun examples from our new collection, available for our full-service planning clients to use:

If you want to design your own monogram, remember that traditionally, the woman’s name comes first. Also, you may want to consider a style that you can use after the wedding.

Lastly, it’s still considered taboo to use the couples’ new surname on any printed materials until after the wedding – so if you will be using your “branding” on save-the-dates and invitations, use only your first initials or names. If you want to add your last name, leave it on the reception items only.

Pinterest and the DIY Wedding Movement

For a little over a year, Pinterest has been the hot new concept in social media. We wrote a blog post back in February about using this site as a tool for planning your wedding. Now that it has been a few months, we’re starting to see some of the creativity found on Pinterest actually show up at real live weddings. Here are some things to think about as you use Pinterest or other tools to create your DIY wedding.

  • Things don’t always go as planned.  Be sure you allow plenty of time to create your decorations, try out your hair style, or make your bridesmaids’ gifts. And by “plenty of time,” I mean a few months. Not the week of the wedding! Things don’t always turn out the way you think they will on the first attempt – if you don’t believe me, check out blogs like Pinstrosity, CraftFail or PinterestFail for proof.  (photo from CraftFail’s blog post, “Enter The Pom Poms of Sadness”)
  • Designate someone to setup your creations. You don’t want to be hanging your moss-covered initials while you are wearing your wedding gown. Find a crafty friend that can get to your venue early to put everything in it’s place – you’ll want to give your friend a very detailed diagram of where things go, and the freedom to fix things if they don’t work exactly as you’ve planned.
  • Realize that you may not save money. When you need to buy vases for your flowers, or all the paper to make your invitations, the costs can add up quickly. Not to mention that you may need to invest in other equipment to complete these projects. If saving money is your top priority for DIYing it, be sure to look at all the costs before starting a project.
  • Styled wedding shoots are not real weddings. Many blogs and magazines feature photos of tablescapes or other decor elements that were created just for a photo shoot. While they are beautiful, they may not be 100% practical for a real wedding. The photographer may have shot 100 images to get one or two that look “perfect.” The Martha Stewart version of the tissue pom poms shown here may have been completely flat on the other side. The magazine layout won’t care, but your guests will.

If you are a crafty or artistic person by nature, then by all means add some hand-crafted touches to your wedding. Otherwise, find a designer you can create the look you want.