In Decoration, Photography, Uncategorized on May 27, 2009 at 11:04 pm
Wedding guests are a little like small children who ignore their birthday present and spend hours playing with the cardboard box it came in – their interest is often not in what you’d expect. It’s the little, often inexpensive things that are remembered. You spend thousands on an expensive venue, and then people just remember that sweet thing you did with the hat clips or the seating plan board. Damn them. Unless, of course, you’re flat broke, have a cheap venue, cheap dress and cheap eats, in which case you’ll be happy they’re so easily pleased.
Here’s five ways to distract them with details:
1. Crazy table naming – do something special with your table names. Be it giant numbers, the names of your favourite films or, perhaps, all the places you had your best shags (“So daughter, why is our table called The Back of The Nissan Micra?”)
Giant table numbers
2. Giant balloons.
Giant white balloons fade any bouquet into paltry insignificance.
3. Chinese paper lanterns – each guest lets their off at the end of the evening. Watch them float away over the countryside (and hopefully not land in a tree, start a fire and land you in the dock on arson charges).
Fly me to the moon
4. Windmills, masks and fake moustaches. All are amusing when discovered at table settings, after a couple of glasses of bubbly. Then again, most things are amusing after a couple of glasses of bubbly.
5. Guest-generated photography. Disposable cameras on tables or a photo booth will create equal amounts of genius and terrible shots as well as the occasion rude photo of genitalia.
6. Sparklers – Even adults go gooey-eyed over sparklers
In Decoration on April 23, 2009 at 6:00 am
It’s the interior designer’s most famous secret – you can turn any interior into a haven of chic with some decent mood lighting. Turn even the most grim of village halls into welcoming place with some clever lighting. Here’s how:
1. Sack off overhead lighting. It makes everyone look ugly and no one wants to feel like they’re in a Topshop changing room.
2. Fairy lights work wonders. Make your own DIY flower fairy lights here.
Cherry blossom fairy lights could replace flowers at tables for evening weddings
3. Tea lights are cheap as chips and far less calorific. Hang them in jam jars outside for a higgedly piggedly country knees-up effect.
Cute AND wind-proof? Whatever next.
If wind is an issue, you could even go for LED fairy lights and make pretty covers for them, like this.
Make your own tea light covers (involves putting glued thread in the microwave)
4. Church candles at every table create a feeling of opulence. Find them at online bulk discount stores like Candles on the web, Covent Garden Candles or for the Americans, Barn Loft Candles, though watch out you get decent ones not spluttery ones with wicks which burn too fast. Read the Independent article on church candles here.
Pillar candles at different heights. And a birdcage. It's lighting nirvana.
5. Paper lanterns create soft, warm lighting, and are financially-friendly, easy to put up and even easier to take down afterwards.
Pack the ceiling with paper lanterns for a many mooned feel.
6. Sparklers are a perfect end-of-the-night treat and create cutelicious photos.
One, two, three, aaaaaaaaaaaah.