Burlap, Brooches, and Bling | Reception Tent as Outdoor Art

If you’re recently engaged (hello, Valentine!), perhaps you’re already considering what type of wedding venue will best accommodate your vision, your budget, and your guests on your big day.  We love the versatility of tented receptions, and we can’t wait show you how Tamara Wendt Design brings this neutral, natural look to an elegant indoor-outdoor reception.

As you can see in the photo above, Tamara softens the angular lines of the tent by adding swags of sheer white fabric draped from the ceiling.  These clever additions help make the structure of the tent disappear, while leaving the neutral background and the light that are among a tent’s best features.

High florals combine cascading blooms with tall branches for an appealing display that fills the large space, while burlap runners and table toppers combine with lower centerpieces, votives, and lanterns for a layered affect that pulls the room together without breaking the bank.  We love the look of burlap and brooches to tie the blingalicious votives together with the natural vibe of the florals and table linens.

This view of the reception tent shows what light strands and a well placed stunner of a chandelier can do to complete the tent’s transformation, and also the power of complementary centerpieces to unify the space without being too matchy-matchy.  The lanterns are a great design staple that your wedding planner has (or can add) to his or her stash of reusable decor pieces.

We have to show you how amazing this tent looked after the sun set.  The light strands and a single showstopper of a chandelier give the effect of a night sky.  We often see and admire long rows of chandeliers, but this look is also very effective at less cost.  Carefully arranging the light strands to draw the eye toward the main chandelier is an effective way to get the most out of your decor budget.  Another gorgeous wedding by Tamara Wendt Design.

Tent ceiling showing light strands and chandelier in bwSource:  Joshua Ford Photography

Tent transformations are among the most striking work that designers do, just because everyone has seen what a bare tent looks like, and so can appreciate what a talented designer like Tamara Wendt have really done when they completely transport you to another place and time inside a formerly plain white tent.

If you’ve loved this look but are at a loss to know where to start, call our super helpful, real, live customer service representative at 928-855-6075.  They are based in our warehouse, familiar with our inventory, and can recommend products, help you calculate how much you need of each “thing,” and generally help you get the look that you need on the budget that you’re sticking to.  Best of all, our products are in stock and ship directly from our warehouse, so once you place your order, you’ll know just when to expect all of your delicious goodies to arrive.

Beads Bring Fresh Look and Functionality to Luxury Events

We’ve admired Fauxcades for years, and we’re dying to show you a little behind-the-scenes awesomeness direct from some of Fauxcades‘ premier events.

When you’re planning an event in Texas, and especially if you’re designing for the Cattle Baron’s Ball in Dallas, it really is a go big or go home kind of thing.  I mean, when you’re supporting the American Cancer Society and your headliner is Kenny Chesney, you kinda need to be awesome.  Be awesome ~ check.

bead curtains at luxury event

Source: Fauxcades

The scale of the Cattle Baron’s Ball is a little hard to imagine if you haven’t been, and the sheer number of Texans who come out to support it is huge.  Fauxcades created these signature seating arrangements that take up relatively little space (you need those hardwood floors for dancing, y’all) but bring plenty of the wow! factor that Fauxcades is known for.   Using oversized banquettes and our bead curtains arranged in pairs, these vignettes break up the space without taking it over, and we are pretty much in love with them.  What a great way to add interest to the lounge areas without taking up more square footage ~ with reusable bead curtains that just happen to make great backdrops for pictures, too.

And speaking of beads…

chandeliers at open house

Source: Fauxcades

One of our favorite things ever is a good set of process photos, and these images really show how a composite chandelier can be created from standalone chandeliers in a variety of styles and sizes.  Shown here behind a low sofa at Fauxcades‘ open house, this statement piece is a striking backdrop for the low sofa, and it would serve so well as a scene setter at a large venue or as a focal point in a more intimate space.  We are even seeing dramatic wedding cakes suspended over chandelier arrangements like this one, created with a combination of chandeliers and crystal columns.

Here’s a closeup of that fab composite chandelier ~ see the crystal columns, swirl chandeliers, and column chandeliers?  Best of all, these chandeliers are staples as standalone pieces *and* as elements in larger composite arrangements.

crystal columns and bead chandeliers

Source: Fauxcades

We can’t resist slipping in one last shot from another Fauxcades event.  What a cool combination focal point and photo backdrop for this event entrance.  The industrial feel of the scaffolding balances nicely against the metallic spangle bead curtains for a look that is hip and modern without being cold.  And as with most of our pieces, the bead curtain is easy to transport, simple to hang, and efficient to store ~ because you *will* want to use it over and over, and our quality makes that possible for years to come.

mirror bead curtain

Source: Fauxcades

Our thanks go out to Fauxcades for sharing these images.  We look forward to featuring more of their work in the coming months ~ be on the lookout for one *amazing tent transformation* for a gala event.  When you have a designer with real creativity and a warehouse of design staples to work with, the sky truly is the limit for realizing your unique vision.

If you love these looks but aren’t quite sure which pieces you need to get started, or if you have a base of staples but need to take it to the next level with some fresh new pieces, pub-lease take advantage of our real, live customer service representatives.  They work within walking distance of our products, so they can help you figure out what you need, how many to order, and how many days it will take for everything to arrive at your location (usually in days, not weeks ~ an advantage of shipping directly from our gigantor warehouse).  Call us at 1-928-855-6075 and let us help you get just what you need to make your next event fabulous.


Our Chandeliers Featured at The Special Event 2015

We had such a fab time at The Special Event 2015! It’s always a great conference and a chance to see what’s hot in event design, to connect with many of the best event designers in the industry, and to continue to improve our customer service by seeing exactly what designers and planners are looking for in the new year.

This gorgeous simulated wedding reception hall showcases gorgeous silver chair covers, mirrored and metallic furniture, and dazzling square chandeliers.  This reception setup is exactly the type that is so flexible in terms of color and mood, too.  Lighting can completely transform the look, from event to event or even from moment to moment during the same reception.

We love seeing how fabulous event designers use our products in outside-the-box ways.  The large chandelier on the right side of this image is actually constructed of four white string curtains.  This image shows how color can transform an area completely, and why large, reusable pieces in neutral colors ~ like chandeliers and string curtains ~ pack such a powerful design punch.

We’re so proud of these exclusive new pieces ~ collapsible chandeliers that work equally well as hanging chandeliers or as inventive, reusable centerpieces.  They come in super versatile clear and also in vivid colors.  For brides who want a whimsical centerpiece that can be embellished with florals or stand alone, these are just hard to beat.  You can use them as building blocks for elaborate focal points, or as a great way to stretch your floral budget.

This fuchsia chandelier turned centerpiece is really a showstopper.  Again, we love the addition of a few florals, and we can think of so many ways to incorporate these at weddings and events.  And did we mention that they fold flat?  We’re still kind of marveling at that, tbh.

One of the most commented upon areas in all of this year’s conference was this outdoor bar.  The swagged chandeliers were a total wow, and the layers of light from chandeliers, candles, and mirrors combined a clean modern feel with just the right amount of romance.  And of course, you can’t go wrong with calla lilies and a few oversized engagement rings sprinkled around an open outdoor bar.

Whether you are looking too add to an enviable collection or to start your event design warehouse from scratch, The Special Event 2015 showcased some of the most versatile pieces in an event designer’s bag of tricks.  The knowledge and networking at the event are second to none, and the chance to see and touch décor pieces is one of our favorite little perqs.

If you are wondering how to get the most design from your dollars, our customer service reps would love to talk to you about our high quality, reusable, and, um, **fabulous** event pieces.  We ship from our huge warehouse of in-stock products, and we pride ourselves on getting you just what you need (even if you’re not quite sure what that is!) when you need it.  Give us a call at 1-928-855-6075 and let us help you translate today’s hottest trends into your next event plan.

Inside Oprah’s “Legends Who Paved The Way” Gala Designed by Colin Cowie

Colin Cowie just let us in on this December gala that he designed for Oprah.  That Oprah.  Swoon.

Who could do a better job of explaining how a gracious hostess thinks about her event planning than Oprah?  We think that she has it just right ~ a fabulous event starts with the Golden Rule.  Put yourself in your guests’ shoes and craft a gala that you would want to attend, and you’ll leave every guest with a sense of hospitality, graciousness, and love.

Watch this two-minute walk through ~ a true insider’s look at the planning of Oprah’s “Legends Who Paved The Way” Gala at the Bacara Resort and Spa to see how she and Colin Cowie work together to plan a landmark event:

(Don’t miss the custom chandelier that Colin Cowie created with our bead curtains ~ you can see it at about 00:48.)

bead curtains and custom chandelier

Custom Chandeliers and Beads Bedazzle Patrons at Lyric Opera of Chicago Wine Auction

We often have the pleasure of being blown away by what our customers create with our products.  Many worthy organizations kick off the new year with lavish events, and we haven’t seen many that are more fabulous than this recent Wine Auction supporting the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

We are honored to help designers bring the bling for galas and major events like this one, and we just LOVE seeing a win-win finished product:  an elegant event for patrons and a successful event that supports the arts.

You might wonder how much “stuff” it takes to create an event on this scale.  Many designers work their entire careers to get to this level of event, and when they do, it makes for some really fun bling shopping.  Because to set a scene like this…

It takes some serious decor.  The team that transformed this (already amazing) space into the gala venue that you see in these gorgeous photographs worked with something like….

We can fill orders on that scale (and we do it all the time) because we have a real, physical warehouse with tons of in-stock products and real, live customer service folks who love beads as much as you do.

So we provide the hassle-free bead and decor connection, and you’re free to create custom chandeliers like this unbelievable one that serves as a focal point for the entire affair.  Or, you can choose from our huge range of in-stock of chandeliers that are ready to jazz up your event on a moment’s notice.

Because when you can create show-stopping stages like, um…  Well, like this one…  You want a product source that you know you can count on.

Let’s face it — the people who attend a gala that supports the opera have seen a show or three.  And wowing them takes a little something extra.  We think this event succeeded in spades, by the way.

Whether your next event seats 1000 well heeled patrons of the arts or 250 of your closet friends and family, we would love to help you find the perfect decor pieces to make it fabulous.  Call us at 928-855-6075 and talk to a real, live person who can help you figure out exactly what you need and how many days it will take to ship from our warehouse to your venue.


New Glitter Chandelier Ornaments | Bling on a Budget

If you’ve been drooling over the brilliant chandeliers that top designers use to transform tents and convention centers, but you find them a little spendy for your LO’s 5-year-old birthday party…

If you’ve got a glitter loving mama-to-be on your hands, and tissue poms are just a little to sparkle-less for her baby shower…

We have a solution that you’re going to love, at a price that you *and* your wallet will appreciate.

We’re thrilled to introduce our new BFF decor solution:  The glitter chandelier ornament.  They come in silver glitter and gold glitter versions, and in several sizes ~ and best of all, they give the effect of a fab chandelier (or several of them) without eating your entire decor budget in one bite.

hanging gold glitter chandelier ornament

Source: ShopWildThings

These glittering ornaments give the effect of real chandeliers, right down to the flames, and they are covered in a dense coating of glitter that will sparkle and shine at your next event.  Whether it’s a pink and gold birthday party, or a fairy tea at your home.  How perfect would a gold and sliver glitter fleur de lis or two look suspended over this fabulous fairy tea party?  (We’re pretty enamored of the light strands, too.)

gold glitter chandelier ornaments at fairy tea birthday party

Source: Hostess with the Mosses with photography by Jenisse Photography

Glitter ornaments are also a great way to give the effect of a real chandelier at a little girl’s fairy tale princess birthday party.  With options priced at less than $20, these ornaments are affordable ~ and they’re also reusable, fold flat for storage, and frankly just offer a great all-around value for party planning.

We know that you’ll find a million uses for glitter chandelier ornaments at your next event ~ whether it’s a darling girl’s birthday party, a bridal or baby shower, or a wedding reception.  We’d love to see what *you* do with this fabulous new product ~ shoot us a picture, and you just might see your soiree featured on our Facebook page and here on our blog.

Layered Table Lighting in High-Low Centerpieces | Creating Elegant and Upscale Tablescapes

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of high-low centerpieces.  If you’re not convinced, take a gander at this photograph of another jaw-dropping Tamara Wendt Design wedding reception featuring particularly effective tablescapes.  Her tables integrate tall, medium, and small layers of light to create a striking display at each table and an integrated scene in the whole room.  In a historic venue or an elegant home, this centerpiece style strikes just the right note, fitting perfectly with the surroundings while also marking the day as thoroughly special.

One of the (many) things that we adore about high-low centerpieces is that they are so easily scalable, adaptable, and affordable.  You can seat your guests at tables of different lengths without having any issues of symmetry.  You can incorporate personal pieces without having to purchase scads of precisely matching anything.  And you can add flowers in whatever quantities and arrangements your budget permits, while using your designer’s warehouse of design staples to create an affordable base of lanterns, candelabras, votives, and wine stem vases.  Designing the mantle, as Tamara Wendt did in this gorgeous wedding reception, adds glamour and a finished look to the entire room.  At the same, time, if you’re budget is not quite so luxurious, focusing on more candles, fewer blooms, and tables only is very effective.

Incorporating both round and rectangular tables that go from day to night is seamless with these high low centerpieces that showcase both blooms and candles.  We love the unique glass vase on this round table, the dripping pearls and beads, the votives, and the brooch-embellished cylinder candle vases.  Just the right mix of pearls, sparkles, and blooms for this soft, historic venue.  To increase the effectiveness of the centerpiece without increasing the cost, build it atop a simple display mirror to get more bang for your bloom and candle buck.

Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering for you closest friends, a gala for 1000, or something in between, we love the look and the flexibility of high-low centerpieces.  We can’t thank Tamara Wendt Design enough for sharing her creativity with us.  We always get a little giddy when shipping out her pieces, knowing that we’ll see top-notch results soon.


Outdoor Lighting | The Key to Dramatic Receptions

Indoor-outdoor fusion is here to stay.  With everything from cozy outdoor living rooms where patios used to be to high tech outdoor lounges that are becoming standard in executive homes, we think this trend is simply a case of people’s knowing a good things when they see it.  Seamless indoor-outdoor transitions are a trend with staying power in wedding receptions as well, and the #1 key to making your outdoor event space a natural extension of your indoor areas is the lighting ~ backed up by fabulous decor that bridges the gap between your event spaces.

outdoor lounge with lanterns and garden stools

Source: Colin Cowie

We are totally digging this oceanside retreat.  It’s hard to top the natural scenery, so a great designer accents the space’s best feature ~ the ocean ~ to create an integrated indoor-outdoor space.  Get this look with garden stools and hanging lanterns, grab a martini, and relax with your fabulous view of Mother Nature’s glory.  Whether you’re creating a cocktail hour setting at your wedding or are lucky enough to have this view from your own home, we love the way that this design highlights the breathtaking natural setting.

paper lanterns and globe lighting at outdoor reception

Source: Colin Cowie

Perfect to set the mood for an outdoor party or wedding reception, paper lanterns lit with super safe LEDs fill a large space with warm light, adding a romantic element that is only enhanced as the night sky darkens.  Add string lights for a layered effect, and even a cloudy night feels like it is lit by stars.  We love the counterpoint of candles anchoring the centerpieces, too ~ totally romantic, totally doable, and scalable for any size budget and space.  (For even more reflected light, use mirrors under your centerpieces ~ the interplay of the candles and the paper lanterns will add drama and movement to your event.)

bead curtains, ostrich feathers, outdoor lanterns with candles, and LED lighting

Source: Colin Cowie

Finally, how much more glamorous an entrance can you make than one through a glittering bead (or mirror) curtain clipped to create a custom doorway/secret passage/door of awesomeness?  Simple, elegant candles in tall vases line the walkway, leading your guests into a dramatic space defined by fabulous lighting, fabulous feathers, and (of course) fabulous bead curtains.

We would love to give you some advice about how to make our indoor/outdoor decor solutions work for you.  Give us a call at 928-855-6075 and talk to one of our in-house customer service experts.  They work where our products are ~ right in our own warehouse, ready to ship ~ and they will be glad to help you figure out what products will give you the effect you crave on the budget you’re sticking to.

Design Dissection | Getting the Look You Love in a Tented Ceremony

This Palm Beach tented ceremony is the perfect chance to explore how top designers use a few key elements to create the ultimate Wow! factor for their clients ~ and to figure out how you can, too.

If you’re new to wedding planning (or to being a bride) a tent can be a scary concept.  A tent generally arrives as a set of large, white surfaces that need total transformation.  In the hands of someone like Colin Cowie, this tented tabula rasa is an ideal venue for constructing a setting that is all about the bride and groom, their location, and their aesthetic.

In this luxury Palm Beach wedding, Colin Cowie brought enough of the tropics into the tent to meld the inside and the outside into one seamless wedding venue, while including glamorous signature details that are unique to this couple.

In particular, swagged neutral fabric and a row of chandeliers on the ceiling set the stage for a wedding that is in tune with its location.  With the addition of these design staples, the tent ceiling has simply disappeared, and a totally custom wedding venue has emerged in its place.

Colin’s creative use of shepherd’s hooks, grapevine, and lanterns delineates an upscale aisle with a touch of romance.  And since there are so many chairs needed to accommodate the guests at this couple’s ceremony, he’s transformed the chairs into art pieces as well.  We adore the layering of different styles of chair covers, and we swooned over Colin’s use of chair sashes over the backs of many of these charivari chairs, with embellishments that are tiny works of art.

Wherever your tented wedding and/or reception will take place, we suggest taking a page from the Colin Cowie play book as you transform your tent into an extension of the landscape, only better (and more comfortable).

If you’re still a bit nervous about what to do with that broad expanse of white tent, give us a call at 1-928-855-6075, or shoot us an email at help@shopwildthings.com.  We have a team of customer service folks who know how to get the best value from your design budget, and we can ship the decor items that you need directly from our large warehouse in just days.

Rustic Chic Wedding | One of Our Favorite Event Designers Combines Burlap, Chandeliers, and More

Our Facebook newsfeed has been buzzing with some of Tamara’s Wendt’s fall and winter wedding goodness, and we will be treating you to glimpses of her work often in the coming months.

One of our favorite looks right now is the rustic chic wedding that combines natural textures like burlap and jute, simple florals, candlelight, and upscale touches like crystals and chandeliers for elegant receptions that are not the least bit fussy.  No one does this look better than Tamara.

This high-low centerpiece combines natural and rustic elements with upscale blooms for a look that is rustic and sophisticated.  We love the dramatic height that Tamara brings to the table with floral branches and suspended glass votive holders.   With long tables, a few of these spectacular arrangements set the stage for your reception while making the most of your design budget.  Anchoring the tables with a burlap runner, lanterns, candles in a variety of votive holders (and some Mason jars), and moss creates a textured centerpiece that encourages your guests to chat by giving them unobstructed views at the table and beyond.

We had to include this shot to show the smaller chandeliers that Tamara brought in just for the wedding.  Definitely a luxe detail, but affordable when you’re working with a veteran event designer like Tamara, who has a stash of awesome staples ready to incorporate into your vision.

This detail shot shows how effective the high-low centerpiece really can be at combining natural elements with show-stopping height.  We love the combination of smooth stones, moss, mums, and a long burlap runnerCandle votives in a variety of heights add to the effect, especially as dusk settles.

We can’t *not* share one more awesome detail from this gorgeous wedding.  Tamara incorporated one of the venue’s signature decor pieces ~ a large wagon wheel chandelier ~ into her design while adding her own upscale touches to personalize it.  Suspended floral poms and lanterns add an elegant touch to this fixed piece, and further customize the venue for this wedding.

Our thanks go out to Tamara Wendt of Tamara Wendt Designs for continuing to be a loyal customer of ShopWildThings and for continuing to amaze us with her talent and creativity.  We appreciate the chance to feature photographs of Tamara’s work by Abbi Triphan Photography.