LIGHT UP YOUR NIGHT
When it comes to creating the perfect environment for your event, lighting can be an afterthought. Depending on the time of day for the event and the time of year, your event might start in full daylight and end under the stars. Adding ambient lighting as part of the party décor can create a magical transformation to the look feel of the party space. Here are a few of our favorite ways to add some glimmer and gleaming light to your next event!
CENTERPIECES WITH CANDLES & LANTERNS
It may seem too simple but a small votive, lantern, birdcage, jar or hurricane vase with a real flame or LED candle is the perfect accent that looks great during daylight hours, and can transform into more of a focal point with a warm ambient mood at nighttime.
MANTLES, SHELVES AND TABLE DÉCOR
Indoor events at Willowdale Estate are known for their warm glow coming from the chandeliers and wall sconces but we also add twinkle lights outside in some winter months, and decorate our iconic Great Room mantle in the month of December. One trick we have used for multiplying the appearance of reflective light is by using vessels with mirrored or metallic surfaces. This will not only give off light from within, but reflect the light coming from other candles or lights in the room.
BISTRO / STRING LIGHTS
For outdoor events in our Garden Courtyard or Sperry Tent, we love the use of paper lanterns, bistro lights, colored uplights and more modern installations like chandeliers, grapevine spheres with twinkle lights, pinspot lighting, and a patterned lighting design on the tent canopy or a monogram on the dance floor.
So take a moment to consider light before hosting your next event- and if you need more suggestions or inspiration check out our latest pins from events in all seasons here: Willowdale Estate on Pinterest
DECOR IDEAS – Holiday Season
You’ve planned the food and drinks, and invited your guests but what about décor? Sometimes setting the mood at a holiday party can be an afterthought so we’ve rounded up a few simple décor ideas that look great from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Try them in your home or at your next event!
AT THE DOOR
Set the tone right at the door with a seasonal wreath! At Willowdale Estate a wreath on the door looks great in any season but we especially love a holiday wreath adorned with ribbons and ornaments. There are many local farms that specialize in creating custom wreaths, or if you are looking to have some input on what the finished product will look like you can order one from a local florist or attempt to create one yourself!
ON THE TABLE
The holiday season is the perfect time to bring out special place settings, cloth napkins, and china. Even the smallest detail can elevate the experience for your family and friends to make your gathering memorable and special. We love the addition of a small token for each guest like a place card, or a sprig of rosemary on each napkin.
One easy table centerpieces is the candle or lantern centerpiece. Customize the candle with berries, pine cones, or greenery. The candle glow will create a warm ambiance later in the evening. Check out your local decor or craft store like Home Goods, Christmas Tree Shop or AC Moore for some great vessels for your candle of choice- that way you don’t have to worry about wax on the table, or guests getting too close to the flame.
MANTELS AND SHELVES
In many homes there are a lot of other surfaces that could be spruced up with seasonal décor. In order to make things look cohesive- mimic your table centerpiece around the room- if you decorate with candles on the table, try using smaller votive candles on the mantle or visible book shelves or tables near where your guests will gather.
If you want to see our 2016 Holiday Decor please sign up for our monthly newsletter where we will have some photos and a write up on December 4th!
Scott Zuehlke Photography (front of house)
Zev Fisher Photography (red door & mantle photos)
Annmarie Swift Photography (farm table)
Caroline Talbot Photo (candle centerpiece)
Jamison Wexler Photography (lantern)
Paul Robert Berman Photography (shelves)
FALL WEDDING STYLE
The Autumnal Equinox was on September 23rd marking the official start of fall so we thought we could give you a look back at a wedding that was almost exactly 1 year ago. Ali and Andrew’s wedding day style is rustic and romantic, using pretty details like lanterns, burlap, and lace.
Ali’s wedding day look is the definition of pin-worthy. A loosely braided chignon with the elegant neckline the lace trimmed Romona Keveza wedding dress. The intricate textures and unique blooms featured in the bride’s bouquet from Dogwood Floral Design are lovely, and we loved how the natural ivory bridesmaids’ dresses helped the pops of color in the flowers to jump out. This burgundy color is very close to the pantone color marsala and we love these deep reds for autumn weddings– it really is a perfect fall color!
COCKTAIL HOUR DÉCOR
The personal style of the wedding party worked with the décor perfectly. As guests entered the house they saw a tall floral design with ceremony programs and a welcome sign. The handwritten sign, escort cards and details around the house were made with help from Ali’s mom! Guests enjoyed His & Her Signature Sips and a selection of passed appetizers and our curated cheese and crudités display.
Our sperry tent was lit with bistro lights hanging from the center poles and a collection of large lanterns and votives with real candles. Using a mixture of farm tables with burlap and ivory runners, and round tables with ivory linens the tent looked perfectly romantic and effortlessly rustic. With just a touch of flowers, some pretty white pumpkins, and birch table number holders this table is both interesting and elegant.
Lantern Love On Your Wedding Day
Lanterns are a great non-floral décor piece that can be used throughout your wedding day. Using lanterns with pillar candles to line the aisle during your ceremony adds a romantic glow for the exchange of your vows.
Another great way to incorporate lanterns into your big day is to use them as centerpieces for your reception tables or even for smaller display or cocktail tables which will create soft lighting throughout the event space.
Looking for your bridesmaids to carry something non-traditional down the aisle? Instead of a floral bouquet, lanterns with LED string lights are a great alternative that is sure to impress your guests.
Are you recently engaged? If you decide to get married at Willowdale between the months of January through March 2016, we are offering a WEDDING SPECIAL you have to hear about!
Willowdale Estate is an all-inclusive wedding venue with charm, decor rentals (including a variety of lanterns), on-site catering and a planning team to help execute your big day! Contact Willowdale and schedule a tour today! firstname.lastname@example.org
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