Decorating weddings and special events over the years, I've often helped clients with other aspects of their events besides the decorating. I want to share that information and advice with you. I also want to highlight other event vendors whose work I like and different local venues. I invite you to ask questions as well.

Sunday, September 30, 2012


I love the Fall! I love the slight chill in the air, pulling on the first pullover of the season and the homey scents of fireplaces, apples and fallen leaves. I also love decorating events using rich autumnal colors - fiery Reds, Deep Burgundies and Purples, vibrant Oranges and Yellows and even Naturals and Browns. Yes, you can still decorate your wedding in light pink if you wish. But if you're inclined, embracing some of the colors of the season is also very pleasing.

Classic flowers we utilize throughout the year - Roses, Calla Lilies, Hydrangeas - in autumnal tones can lend themselves to a more more refined or lush look, especially in combination with beautiful Damask linens and sumptuous candlelight. Or you can have a more homespun feel by incorporating flowers such as Dahlias, Sunflowers and Mums, perhaps in vintage pitchers or mossy Terra Cotta pots.

Also, not to get too kitschy, but it's sometimes fun to tastefully incorporate pumpkins or gourds into the decoration. Maybe not necessarily with each centerpiece – although we have done arrangements in actual pumpkins! But utilized as groupings with column candles on window sills, with votive candles on cocktail tables or around the base of a Place Card Table arrangement can work well.

For more interesting textures a nice touch is to include some pretty, little Seckle pears, Persimmons or Berries into arrangements or as accents. Naturally colored Oak leaves, various pods and Rose hips can also be unexpected and attractive additions to the mix. Although, I might not use all these elements at once. One or two in a few key places gives a nod to the season without being overwhelming. And I would definitely take pause with corn husks, bunches of Indian corn and bales of straw - unless your party's theme actually is a hoedown. Then by all means, dosey doe!