Romantic Tented Wedding by Colin Cowie

If there were an all-encompassing international design award for best wedding designer, Colin Cowie would be a perennial shoo-in.  He *has* won tons of awards, and more importantly, his weddings wow his clients and their guests, weekend after weekend, year after year.  Not to mention us ~ and we’ve seen our share of wedding and event images, especially lately as we’ve totally redesigned our ShopWildThings website.

tented wedding with chandelier.

Source: Colin Cowie

We love the movement in the aisle full of petals, the ribbons on the florals, and of course the chandelier in the wedding tent.  Did you want a closeup of that chandelier?  Happy to.  The simple color scheme complements the natural setting perfectly, the generous floral display defines understated elegance, and the focus is on the happy couple in this ceremony space.

chandelier in wedding tent.

Source: Colin Cowie

The atmosphere of luxury carries over into the tented reception, where chandeliers, fabric draping, and tall crystal candelabras serve as a perfect backdrop for a sumptuous dinner and a night of dancing.  Punches of hot pink peonies and roses add just the right amount of color to this neutral palette of cream and blush.  (Those little showstopper details are a Colin Cowie signature.)

chandeliers and centerpieces in a tented wedding reception

Source: Colin Cowie

We have to show you closeups of some of these tables.  The chair covers are to *die* for, and the cascading effect from layers of light at different heights adds romance and a note of drama to the total effect of the event space.

The tables are dotted with florals, wineglass votives, and mercury glass votives in a variety of shapes and sizes, all sitting atop large square mirrors that magnify their total effect.  (Hint:  The best way to see our extensive selection of mercury glass votives is to type “mercury glass” into the search bar at the top of our website.  We have a TON of styles to choose from!)

candelabras, mercury glass votives, centerpieces

Source: Colin Cowie

We are suckers for peonies and hydrangeas, and if they are accented with mercury glass votives, then we can’t *not* show you.  Love these simple, refined touches to accent the cocktail hour between the wedding and the reception.

mercury glass votives.

Source: Colin Cowie

There’s not much that we find more gratifying than seeing our products as part of fabulous design, and there is no one who delivers fabulous design more consistently than Colin Cowie.

We love being part of his clients’ biggest milestone events, and we look forward to serving you by bringing you the best quality, the best selection, the best customer service, and the fastest shipping in the industry.

Give our customer service department a call at 928-855-6075 for product advice, for help placing an order, or for assistance figuring out just *what* to order to suit your needs and make your clients proud.  All of our customer service folks are located in our huge warehouse full of top shelf wedding and event décor products, and they are happy to help you get the most for your budget, whether you’ve got a particular event to design or a warehouse of stock pieces that needs some new mojo in the form of today’s hottest pieces.  We look forward to helping you make your next event fabulous.




Fabulous Fauxçades | Using Décor Staples at Upscale Events

Fauxçades of Dallas, TX is simply one of the *most* fabulous event design firms in the Southeast, and we are always impressed with the new and innovative ways that they use our staple event products.  There’s nothing better than seeing how a team of creatives can really make use of high quality pieces that last through seasons’ worth of weddings and events without repeating the same look twice.

We pride ourselves on sourcing high quality décor pieces and providing them at competitive prices.  Our clients expect to get years’ worth of life out of our event design staples.  These swirl chandeliers and bead curtains are a great example of how investing in the best quality is the best option for your bottom line.

string and bead curtains in luxury lounge.

Source: Fauxçades

If you follow Fauxçades (and you really should), you’ll see these staple pieces used as backdrops, as dividers, as ceiling décor, and in more creative ways to create unique event spaces week in and week out.  They are both beautiful and durable, and they can serve as focal points or as accent pieces.

Check out this gorgeous space ~ transformed from hotel ballroom to custom fabulous by creative lighting, swirl chandeliers and light kits (no wires/plugs needed), and flameless candles.

swirl chandeliers.

Source: Fauxçades

Crystal ceiling drapes, another of our most popular staple pieces, are key to taking this event space to the next level.  They work seamlessly with existing chandeliers and metallic chair covers and table linens to complete the look of this reception.

ceiling drapes and bead curtains at luxury wedding.

Source: Fauxçades

Traditional chandeliers are another design staple that upscale event planning firms use, weekend after weekend, to change the look of their tried and true event venues.  This crystal chandelier works  with large fabric ceiling drapes to produce a dramatic event space ~ again transforming a bland but functional hotel ballroom into a truly custom venue.  (PS ~ We want that chair.)

chandelier at wedding reception.

Source: Fauxçades

Wherever you are in your event design career, we can help you build a core of staple products that offer great wow! factor for your clients, dependable revenue for your business, and steady use for years. Whether you’re choosing your first group of décor staples or adding splashy pieces to an existing arsenal of décor pieces, we will help you put together just the right mix of products for your events.

Give our customer service representatives a call at 928-855-6075 and take advantage of their years of experience and product expertise. We’ll get your next order placed, on your budget and in your time frame, and shipped to your location fast.

Chalkboard Signs as Thematic Element

Chalkboard signs are one of the best design elements to come out of shabby/rustic/country chic weddings.  We’ve seen them used to point guests in the right direction, to mark food options, and as table markers for quite some time.  This wedding documented by Aimee McAuley Photography shows how chalkboards ~ with the proper artistic flair and a little creativity ~ can transcend their role as signage and become a thematic element that unifies the many vignettes of a wedding day.

This gorgeous wedding epitomizes the modern rustic chic category, with clear emphasis on the chic.  We adore this oversized custom chalkboard, which doubles as a background for formal images and a delightful photo booth for guests.  It sets the stage for a delightful event, and is one of the first clues that guests receive about the level of detail and creativity they’ll experience at this wedding.  (One of the keys to well done chalkboards is the lettering ~ these are just perfect.  The lettering is obviously hand done ~ by someone who has plenty of experience in the art.)

This sweet sign precedes the lovely bride, gives her son a meaningful (and low pressure) role in the wedding, and ties the theme into one of the day’s most powerful moments.

After the first kiss, guests appreciate clear instructions about every aspect of the big day, and chalkboard signs are a great way to communicate ~ in a way that is clear but not pedantic.  If you look closely, you’ll see the thematic elements of chalkboard signs and flameless candles repeated from the bar…

To the wedding cake and cupcake display (and beyond).

(We could totally see smaller chalkboard food labels fitting right into the cupcake table, if you needed to mark allergy friendly foods or flavors.)  Love the floral details on this pretty cake, too.

The flameless candles and paper lanterns strike just the right romantic note without overpowering the reception’s natural setting.  We are huge fans of large traditional lanterns like the ones anchoring the outdoor fireplace, too.

Burlap table linens and natural floral arrangements add just the right element to the reception tables.

String lights adorn this outdoor tented reception, and the Mr. and Mrs. chalkboard signs ~ tied up with twine ~ are another sweet way to repeat the chalkboard thematic element AND to announce the couple’s new titles.

What better way to end the perfect storybook wedding than with a formal photograph in front of the large custom chalkboard ~ complete with a pennant bunting to symbolize the knot that’s just been tied…

And a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made the day perfect?

This elegant rustic chic wedding is unified without being fussy, and refined without being pretentious.  The details are just right, partly thanks to the repeated chalkboard sign elements throughout the day.

If you need help channeling your inner schoolteacher, let our chalkboard experts (okay, they know just a *few* other products, too) help you figure out how to get the most design impact on your budget.  Give them a call at 1-928-855-6075.  They will run the numbers to help you get just the right number of your favorite pieces, shipped to where you need them, right on time.

Trending: The Florals are Coming!

One of the hottest trends that we’re seeing in 2015 is the use of florals in innovative ways, throughout the wedding.  Of course, centerpieces and bouquets are wedding staples, but some of our favorite new dresses and details are also relying on blooms as art.  We have to admit that we kind of love this pretty, nature-loving trend.

We can always count on Tamara Wendt Design to have gorgeous brides and imaginative décor, and this wedding is no exception.  Incorporating florals from the dress to the reception, it is current without being trendy, and probably one of the sweetest weddings that we’ve seen this season.

The bride won our hearts with this fab ivory dress that incorporates floral details *and* beads.  Simply stunning.  (We love the groom’s royal blue suit, too.)

This diptych shows so clearly why this wedding is just a delightful affair.  You can see the emotion between the bride and groom in the shot on the left, and the simple outdoor ceremony incorporates floral details in an unfussy way.  The shepherd’s hooks that line both sides of the aisle hold lovely roses, and of course we are in love with the large crystal chandelier in the ceremony space.

You can see the floral sheeting linens in this closeup shot, but really we just wanted to let you in on the coolest unity display we’ve seen in a long, long time.  Sand is cool and all, but a peanut butter and jelly unity sandwich has to be one of the best kickoffs to a marriage evah.  (If you love the look of this table, check out floral sheeting ~ a fabulous, flexible alternative to linen.)

So much to love on these awesome tables.  A mix of florals and candles in a variety of container sizes, mercury glass everywhere, and handwritten chalkboard signs to help guests navigate the reception.

And speaking of incorporating floral details throughout the wedding, this sumptuous four tier wedding cake shows off delicate florals throughout its four layers.  We love the ribbon effect in the icing, too.

Finally, you can see the floral details coming full circle as the wedding toasts take place against a background embellished by blooms.  From the bride’s hair clip to the glass globes suspended above the head table at the wedding reception, delicate florals enhance the entire event.

We are huge proponents of working with established wedding designers to get the best return for your wedding budget, and this article certainly shows why.  One of our absolute favorite event designers is Tamara Wendt of Tamara Wendt Design.  She crafts gorgeous, modern, memorable events weekend after weekend, and each one is a unique expression of the couple’s vision for their wedding.

If you need a little help figuring out how to take your soirée to the next level, give our customer service representatives a call at 928-855-6075.  They work out of our huge warehouse full of the high quality event design staples that event professionals need, and they will help you decide which pieces will serve you best, how many to order, and how best to ship them to your design studio or event site.

Las Vegas, Part Deux: String Curtains, Bead Curtains, and Moroccan Lanterns

We were so happy to have a camera along as we strolled through Las Vegas in May.  We captured views of the city from The Stratosphere (and blurry shots of a couple of brave souls who were jumping from the top).  We snapped away during a rare rainstorm, and of course we took some selfies with signature Las Vegas sites (and sights) in the background.

In addition to the natural wonders and The Strip, the décor in this city was just dazzling, and we couldn’t help taking photos of the creative uses of bead curtains, string curtains, metal chain curtains, chandeliers, lanterns, and more as we strolled through the city.

The baseline level of visual stimulation is pretty high throughout Vegas, and perhaps no venues are more saturated with light and sound than casinos, so it’s no surprise that enterprising designers turn to products with wow! factor to spare when they dress these areas for success.

Ink + Bead Curtains = Fabulous

Starlight Tattoo in Mandalay Bay is eye catching for sure, with hip artists and ink-in-progress visible from the casino floor.  What caught our eye, though, was the telltale sparkle of bead curtains inside.

bead curtains in tattoo parlor in Las Vegas.

Using an iridescent bead curtain as a divider between the retail area and the tattoo studio, Starlight Tattoo combined an upscale vibe with functionality.  A custom look was as simple as cutting the bead strands to create just the right sized entrance into the tattoo studio.

Starlight Tattoo Las Vegas bead curtain entrance.

Metal Chain Curtains Set this Lounge Apart

Creative space dividers turned out to be a hallmark of Las Vegas.  With so much emphasis on showing you the fun that you *could* be having if you entered this shop/restaurant/lounge/show/casino, semi transparent, flexible room dividers were everywhere in Vegas.  In addition to bead curtains, we saw metal chain curtains used to delineate spaces without obscuring them.

metal chain curtains at las vegas lounge.

This lounge is set off by curtains, but string curtains would have been a cost effective, flexible alternative, and the chandeliers inside are some of our favorites.

string curtains and chandeliers in las vegas casino

Chandeliers + Lanterns Attract Shoppers like Moths to Light

We saw some of our favorite lighting in the MGM Grand.  No surprise, really, that a Hollywood Motion Picture studio would know how to use light for the maximum desired effect.   Moravian stars and illuminated lanterns (these too) are an imaginative, cost-effective way to attract and entice shoppers, and they’re used really well in this shop entrance.

Moroccan lanterns in shop entrance in

Finally, one of the last shots that we took on our way to the airport was of this line of lanterns at Mandalay Bay.  The massive scale of the resort means that these lanterns are h-u-g-e, but we could totally see the concept adapted as a poolside focal point or a line of backyard lighting that’s just right for summer entertaining.

Moroccan lanterns at Mandalay Bay.

We truly loved our trip to Las Vegas, and the fact that we may have looked like super tourists as we did the aerial head swivel, taking it all in, was a small price to pay for the chance to see so much design fabulousness in one place.

We love to play “get this look” with our clients, so if you’re inspired to try one of these innovative concepts but need a little help figuring out just which bead curtains to try, or how many metal chain curtains you need, or which chandelier is perfect for your event, give us a call at 1-928-855-6075.  Our customer service folks know our products well, and they can’t wait to talk to you about how to make the most of your space, budget, and vision.  And once you figure out what you need, it’s usually possible for us to ship it within days to your location because we stock most of our merchandise on site in our large warehouse.




Bead Curtains and Bead Strands .

Bead Curtains, Crystal Columns, and Overall Fabulousness in Las Vegas

Bead Curtains and Bead Strands .

The Bead Curtain Capital of the World

There are few places that specialize in over the top dazzling design the way that Las Vegas, Nevada does, and we couldn’t help but photograph some of the eye-popping displays of bead curtains, crystal columns, crystal ceiling curtains, and so many more bling intensive design features on a recent trip to the city.

bead curtains and crystal ceiling drapes.

The Cosmopolitan took the prize for sheer bead-to-the-square-foot concentration with what we think is best described as an art installation of beadwork.   The centerpiece of the casino lobby holds a bead feature that combines crystal ceiling drapes, crystal columns, and bead curtains in a stunning display of sparkling fabulousness.

Using lighting in combination with iridescent beads, the color of the entire installation can be changed easily, matching the look of this art installation to events, moods, etc.  We are partial to pink…

bead curtains and crystal columns.

This closeup of one of the curtains shows how bead strands that include larger pendants can create a rich look and texture.  Raindrop curtains are just one option to create this effect on a budget.  Again, the light pink color is an effect produced by lighting ~ these iridescent curtains can be turned any color simply by gelling the lights that strike them.

bead curtain at Las Vegas hotel.

This view of a portion of the installation from the bottom looking up gives a sense of the height, imagination, and vision in this symphony of beads.  Crystal columns in combination with custom bead curtains and crystal ceiling curtains really make the sky the limit, in terms of both height and creativity.

crystal columns and ceiling drapes.


If you love the look of this beaded art installation and want to try it on a smaller scale at your next event ~ or to enlarge it to fill an even bigger space ~ we can help.  From supplying custom ordered bead curtains, drapes, and columns in any length and almost any style to helping you figure out exactly what you need to get the look you want, our customer service folks are experts.  They can reach out and touch our huge array of in-stock products, and they can help you assess how custom orders might fit into your event plan as well.  Give us a call at 928-855-6075 and let us help you make your next event as fabulous in real life as it is in your head.

Image Source:  Hamilton Photography

Interview: Sarah Campbell of Intrigue Designs, Part Deux

Sarah had too much awesomeness for one post, so we’re back with the second installment of our interview with her today.  Sarah is the founder and lead designer of Annapolis, Maryland based Intrigue Designs, one of the premier event design firms on the East Coast.  She plans gorgeous weddings and events at some of the most exclusive venues in the area, and we’re really thrilled to bring you her thoughts from behind the scenes in the event industry.

So without further ado, let’s get to Sarah’s thoughts on all things event related.

One of the things that sets A List event designers apart is the fact that they have a signature style.  Each event is unique, but there are stylistic elements that are taken to the next level by the best designers.  Events by Intrigue Designs are “often recognizable by the abundance of blooms.  Our style is full and lush.  Our centerpieces often have so many blooms the design spills over the end of the container and rests gracefully on the table.”

That combination of luxurious fullness and romance is really a hallmark of Intrigue Designs.  This gorgeous table includes tiers of natural elements in abundance ~ from blooms, branches, and grapevine poms to moss and suspended orchids.

We asked Sarah to take us through her thought process as she arrives at one of her favorite venues with a new bride.  Her answer speaks volumes about how she keeps her designs fresh from event to event ~ and helps explain why she’s one of the most sought after designers in her area.

“I LOVE this question.  Part of the excitement I have when working with brides is understanding the vision and bringing the dream to life.  While I am meeting with my client or walking the venue, my focus is on ways I can surprise and excite my couple.  I am looking at the overall space and imagining my client stepping into the room and hearing an audible gasp as the finished design is revealed.”

We’re guessing that Sarah got that “audible gasp” when she revealed this space to her bride.  We gasped a little, too, when we saw this innovative use of chandeliers to create cascading florals with candlelight glowing inside suspended glass globes.

Image Source:  Hamilton Photography
Image Source: Hamilton Photography

One of the questions that we hear often from brides is simply why they should spend the money to hire a pro.  We think that Sarah’s answer is spot on, especially based on our experience photographing weddings with and without event designers.  Long story short, no designer = stressed out bride/mother.  On the other hand…

“Working with a professional event designer allows the host to enjoy the event and partake in all of the grandeur and styling that is brought to life by the designer.  As a host, part of the fun is to be present at the event and mingle with guests knowing that the event will be an incredible experience for everyone involved.”

Because really, would your mom want to be schlepping around behind the scenes and risk missing this moment?

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Image Source:  Hamilton Photography

For those considering a career in event design, Sarah has this advice:

“For those dreaming of a career as an event designer, I highly suggest studying under the leaders in the wedding industry.  The best designers in the country have learned the art of event design by trial an error, and many of them are offering workshops, classes, and seminars to help share their knowledge and experience with budding designers.  There is no need to learn the hard way when so many incredible opportunities are available to you.”

Sarah didn’t mention her own workshops, but we can’t help but let you in on *that* little industry secret.

Finally, knowing that Sarah is a loyal ShopWildThings customer, we had to ask what products she loves and what she *wishes* we had for her.  “The string columns are my favorite ShopWildThings item.  They are versatile, easy to hang and easy to care for.”  As for the product on her wish list, she “would love a series of suspended pieces for making floral chandeliers.  Pieces that are designed specifically to hold floral foam rings or floral raquets with oasis foam.  Currently I use a candle chandelier purchased from your company years ago.  It has been the best option, but I would love to have more options.”

We do love what she’s done with our chandeliers, but we’re even more pleased to hear what an established pro *wishes* ~ food for thought as we consider what new products to bring to our warehouse.  Or to create.

Want to see those suspended florals up close?

We hope that you’ve enjoyed getting to know a little more about Sarah, about Intrigue Designs, and about what goes on behind the scenes to produce the gorgeous photographs that you’ve seen of luxury events.  We love working with talented pros like Sarah, and we pride ourselves on getting you the best quality product that is just right for the job you need to do.  If you’re not sure exactly what you need, call us at 1-928-855-6075 and talk to one of our friendly, on-site customer service folks.  They can help you figure out just what you need and how to get it to you on time for your next event.

Interview: Sarah Campbell of Intrigue Designs

If you love pretty pictures and you’re not on Instagram, get there asap, and follow Intrigue Designs.  Sarah Campbell is Intrigue Designs’ founder and lead designer, and the images that she posts just leap out at us ~ she has a way with florals and décor that we adore.

We’ve already showed you just a few of the images that made us fall in love with her, and now we’re thrilled to bring you an interview with one of the East Coast’s premier event designers (not to mention a loyal ShopWildThings customer).

We love to hear about hot design trends from the people who are setting them, and Sarah’s work is always fresh and beautiful.  Here’s what she has to say about what is hot right now:

“This year we are seeing lots of garden designs ~ weddings with lush garden greens, English Garden Roses, and classic furniture styles.  This garden look has been especially popular at suburban and country venues.”

For those who are combining indoor and outdoor areas or who want to bring the natural world into their receptions, we have to share one of our favorite looks from Intrigue Designs’ portfolio ~  floral columns:

Sarah says that she is “itching to design an event with custom floral walls covering all four walls of the ballroom.  I want to bring a room to life by covering the walls in layers of fresh blooms, creating a new environment in the space.  There is something truly incredible about being surrounded by flowers.”

For brides who are stretching a more modest budget, Sarah has this advice:  “Less is more.  When working on a budget, start by eliminating the items in your wedding that may not be top priorities.  The more items you can eliminate, the more you will be able to invest in your décor if that is your priority.  In the event that you want a wedding that looks like it belongs in the pages of your favorite bridal magazine, but don’t have the budget to bring the dream to life, I always suggest trusting your designer.  Your designer can guide you in a direction that will maximize your floral and décor investment.”

On the other hand, Sarah does have a chance to work with brides who have sky-is-the-limit budgets as well.  In those situations, Sarah can really unleash her artistic side “without feeling restricted or confined by a number.  The one area I like to splurge on when this is the case is suspended florals.  I love to dazzle the room with floral chandeliers, suspended candles, and creative elements that we can use to add drama and style to the ceiling.”

Need a visual?  How about this one that shows branches, cascading florals, and suspended glass teardrop votives.

We kind of think that the images in this post answer our next question, but we asked it anyway: What are the top reasons to work with an event design specialist?  Sarah gave us a little peek inside the profession and how hiring an expert benefits the bride.

“Event designers have a unique ability to look at the space as a whole.  We will assess everything from floral design and table linens to guest comfort and flow.  When paired correctly, all of these details can be incredible, and it is our job to know and understand how each of these elements works together.”

We learned so much from Sarah that it’s really too much for one post, so we’ll have to ask you to “stay tuned” for more of Sarah’s expert advice in our next post.  In it, we’ll let you know a little about Intrigue Designs’ signature style and creative vision, Sarah’s wish list for a design product that *should* exist, advice for aspiring event designers, and of course her favorite ShopWildThings product.

In the mean time, we hope that you’ve been inspired to try something new, to unleash your own creativity, and to follow Intrigue Designs on Instagram, where Sarah posts her latest events.


Custom String Columns = High Impact Aerial Décor

If you love over-the-top fabulous décor, chances are good that you already watch the heavy hitter awards shows on TV.  We’d like to suggest that you add some top shelf kids’ versions to your inspiration list, like Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.  The kids’ awards shows are less bling-y ~ but every bit as creative ~ as the Emmys, Oscars, and Academy Awards, and they make great inspiration pieces whether you’re planning for littles or for adults.

This string column intensive set is an awesome, adaptable idea for a birthday party, bar mitzvah, or other kid-friendly festivity.  And if you’ve got an adult event that needs a little something extra above, you can use this idea, too ~ fill the air with string columns or even with beaded crystal columns for visual interest that is fabulous AND extremely cost effective.

custom string columns as chandeliers.

This set features custom string columns and elaborate lighting ~ it’s TV after all.   (Hint:  Those lime green string columns aren’t lime green in real life, and they might have been pink or purple  just before and just after this shot was taken.)

If you want a TV-worthy effect but don’t quite have a TV-sized lighting budget, you can also get a similar look by ordering custom string columns or in-stock string curtains.  Both are available in great colors and can be trimmed to the lengths that suit your theme and your venue.  The main difference between our custom string columns and our in-stock string curtains is that the curtains are panels in set lengths and colors, while our columns are entirely custom in size and color.  Both look great as backdrops or suspended above your event, and we think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised about how much bang you can get from your design buck with these high quality, reusable products.

If you love this look but need some help to get started, give us a call at 1-928-855-6075.  Our customer service folks would love to guide you toward the best products for your event, on your budget.  And it’s hard to beat talking to people who can reach out and touch our pieces, since they work right in our giant warehouse and handle real décor pieces every day.




metal lanterns floating on pool at wedding reception.

Lanterns for All Seasons: Using Metal Lanterns and Paper Lanterns as Event Design Staples

We are always on the lookout for talent and general fabulousness in our industry, and Instagram has treated us to lots of gorgeous photographs of this lovely lady’s work recently.  Sarah Campbell of Intrigue Designs has grown her Annapolis, MD-based firm (we love fellow Maryland girls) into an event and floral design powerhouse that serves the entire East Coast.   She’s fueled her expansion the old fashioned way ~ by focusing on high quality work, inspired creativity, and consistency.

Meet Sarah, surrounded by paper lanterns and a table that’s perfectly pretty in pink.  We’re going to show you just a tiny taste of her work with a two products that we particularly love:  metal lanterns and paper lanterns.

We’ll be showcasing a full interview with Sarah in a few weeks. Whether you’re an established pro or an up and coming designer looking for tips from the best, we think that you’ll love learning how Sarah has built her business into one of the most sought after floral and event design firms in her area by building a brand that her clients trust with their wedding days.

Event Design Staple:  Metal Lanterns

If you’re just building your stash of event design staples, or if you’re looking for a budget-friendly piece to add to your arsenal, small and medium sized metal lanterns are great choices.  They are so useful as accents in the focal point areas of a wedding reception, like the gift and cake tables, and they also make very cost-effective bases for pretty centerpieces.  This nautical themed wedding makes great use of lanterns and a pretty navy, gold, and white color scheme.  Lanterns go so well with many themes and can be transformed completely with colored candles, a few big blooms, votives, and accessories.

This detail image shows how a well chosen accessory, like this nautical knot, can bring in the event theme in a way that makes the centerpiece completely custom to the particular event, while the lantern is a staple that can be reused in so many different ways.

If your venue happens to have a large water fountain or a pool, Sarah’s lovely idea to float lanterns is one of the prettiest that we’ve seen.  Wrapping each candle in a bit of jute twine and embellishing each floating vignette with a succulent and a bloom shows how Sarah’s eye for detail really sets Intrigue Designs’ work apart.

Event Design Staple:  Paper Lanterns

Finally, we had to show you one more stunning reception featuring paper lanterns along with floral columns.  Simply lovely.  The paper lanterns help to transform the event space, focusing attention away from the ceiling fans and trusses by filling the air space with subtle focal points, and the floral columns bring a note of luxury ~ and aroma ~ that guests will remember for years.  (We even spy a few larger traditional lanterns in the background.)

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this tiny taste of Intrigue Designs’ work, and we look forward to featuring Sarah and her company here again soon.  If you love these looks but need a little help to figure out exactly which ShopWildThings products will get you the look that’s in your mind’s eye on the budget that you’re working with, give us a call at 1-928-855-6075 and talk to one of our in-house customer service experts.  They will be more than happy to help you figure out what, how many, and when to order some fabulous pieces to make your next wedding or event completely memorable.