Oops! Tamara Wowed Us Again ~ With Fabulous Event Design

Tamara Wendt has done it *again* ~ She’s has captivated us with gorgeous images of a wedding that combines whole room wow! factor with stunning details, *and* she has maximized her bride’s budget in the process.

Sustainable Décor = Reusable Décor

The image above is a genius combination of reusable décor staples (chandeliers, bead strands, diamond wrap, and even lanterns) interspersed with high impact florals and an upscale blush and black color scheme to create a reception that strikes just the right notes of elegance with a side of bling.

Working with a top firm like Tamara Wendt Design gives you access to a professional’s store of great staples, and there’s no sweeter sweet spot for sustainability and affordability than using quality pieces that can be reinvented, event after event, and look totally unique each time.  In the image below, Tamara has combined candelabras, bead strands, bling wrap, brooches, and mercury glass votives to create a long high-low centerpiece that is at once perfectly customized to this event *and* comprised mostly of pieces that can be used again and again.

This detail shot shows just how much bang you can get for your buck with affordable florals in the hands of a talented designer.  We love the mix of clear and mercury glass votives, the bling wrap, the brooches, and the scattered diamond confetti ~ all sitting on a rectangular mirror that makes the most of the bling and candlelight.

We’re a sucker for first dance photographs anyway, and we love the way that the couple is accented by several diamante duo chandeliers added to the venue’s hip mix of existing  fixtures and exposed structural framework.

And the cake table is a great place to go all out because it’s such the center of attention both for pictures and for your guests.  Tamara’s cake table sparkles because she has used just the right combination of diamond wrap and votives to combine bling and romance.  (Pssst…  We’re having a HUGE sale on diamond bling wrap right now, too!)

If you’ve booked your first truly high end wedding and need a little help figuring out the what and the how many of perfect event décor, or if you’re adding to your warehouse of event staples, give our friendly customer service folks a call, and they will help you get just what you need, when you need it ~ 1-928-855-6075.  Almost everything is shipped from our stash of in-stock products, and we can help you figure out the most economical way to get your supplies in time for your next wow! worthy soirée.

 

chandeliers at Colin Cowie wedding

Chandeliers as Focal Points for Major Events

From outdoor galas to tented receptions to hotel ballrooms, we are always on the lookout for just the right new pieces to unleash our event designers’ creativity.  And when you’re fortunate enough to work with the best in the event industry on a regular basis, and you provide quality products that work, they in turn show you new ways to use your design staples.  For instance, Colin Cowie never ceases to wow us with stunning affairs that take elegance to the next level.  The repeating line of chandeliers adds color and interest to a tent that has truly been transformed.

chandeliers at Colin Cowie wedding

Source: Colin Cowie Celebrations

If you’re working in a space with existing fixtures, or if you want a tiered effect using our chandeliers, this fabulous trick adds interest without breaking the bank:  add string curtains or square crystal columns to change the look completely.  In case, you know, Oprah (squeal!) called and asked you to design a major event for her.  Because Colin Cowie might be busy, and you just never know.

chandeliers at Oprah's 25th Anniversary

Source: Colin Cowie Celebrations

One of the most versatile and efficient products that we carry is an extensive in-stock line of collapsible chandeliers.  Our large Gypsy chandeliers come in a great range of colors, and they collapse for storage and transport, and they work suspended as traditional chandeliers, or sitting atop tables, or…  Let’s just say that we love these chandeliers so much that we bought out the factory just so that we could offer them exclusively to our customers.  Because they  really are limited only by your creative vision.

chandeliers at luxury event

Source: Colin Cowie Celebrations

Whatever event you’re designing, we know that great lighting is worth its weight in gold and really sets apart the truly fabulous from the kinda sorta.  Our chandeliers (including large collapsible Gypsy chandeliers that we are *so* excited to offer) will fill out your lighting arsenal and give you an edge as you compete against the best event designers in your area.  If you’re wondering what you need, or how many to order, or if you just need someone to hold your hand a little while you take the plunge into major event design, call our on-site customer service representatives at 1-928-855-6075.  They can reach out and touch our stock, guide you to just the right pieces, and be sure that everything arrives in your hands in time for your next event.

 

chandeliers and lighting at luxury event

Composite Chandeliers and Bar Pod with Bead Curtain Walls: We’re in Love with Fauxcades

One of the absolute best ways to understand what goes into inspired event design is to see before and after images of the venue.  For many event designers, a large space with plenty of infrastructure (outlets, framing, etc.) ~ and not much else ~ is an inspiring canvas on which they can create an incredible and truly unique event, like this 50th Anniversary Party for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department designed by the inimitable Fauxcades of Dallas.

chandeliers and lighting at luxury event

Source: Fauxcades

Would you guess that the above picture was taken inside a tented reception at a Toyota dealership?  If so, you’re practically psychic.  If not, keep scrolling to find out how one of the South’s premiere design firms, Fauxcades of Dallas, set this scene inside a huge white tent.  Because let’s face it:  a tabula doesn’t get much more rasa than an outdoor tent, and yet tents are a favorite of event designers precisely because they sky is the limit when it comes to customization and uniqueness.

The Tent:  Before the Chandeliers

Here is the tent (yes, the same one as shown above) with a composite oversized chandelier ready to install.  Notice that several of our chandeliers were combined to create each of the composite chandeliers like this one.

chandelier installation at major event

Source: Fauxcades

We love the creativity that comes into play in reimagining our staple pieces again and again.  That’s where a top shelf event designer and quality pieces that stand up to repeated use combine to produce high impact décor that maximizes the client’s budget.  You can see Fauxcades folks fine tuning one of the oversized chandeliers here.  Choosing clear or iridescent chandeliers maximizes their usefulness at event after event, since adding color is as easy as choosing the gels for your event lighting.  (You can see some of the “raw materials” ~ another chandelier ~ in the foreground of this photo.  That gives you an idea how easy it is to break down and store our chandeliers between events.)

crystal chandelier at luxury event

Source: Fauxcades

Sometimes you just want to kiss the photographer.  This shot shows perfectly the statement piece ~ a series of oversized composite chandeliers ~ as well as the lighting that will make them pop during an evening reception.

chandeliers at a major gala event

Source: Fauxcades

With the row of composite chandeliers installed in the tent, this iPhone pic shows how easy it is to change the color of an iridescent chandelier.

chandelier with event lighting to change color

Source: Fauxcades

Bar Pods with Bead Curtain Walls?   Make Ours A Double.

Meanwhile, Fauxcades had a little stroke of genius called a bar pod.  That just sounds fun, doesn’t it?  You can see the construction of bead curtain “walls” here.  Yet another inventive use of a reusable design staple that is easy to work with and quick to install.

bead curtains, event bar

Source: Fauxcades

The finished look is nothing short of amazing.  These bar pods make the bar a cool focal point without compromising their functionality, and they look pretty awesome, too.  (We love how they have shortened the bead curtains on the front to allow easy access.  Yet another way to take advantage of the easy customization factor.)

bead curtains

Source: Fauxcades

Fauxcades events never cease to bring the wow! factor, and we are delighted to be able to take you inside a tent transformation of this magnitude.

If you are contemplating your own fabulous event with a stark white tent as your starting point, we would love the chance to help you get the most bang for your design bucks.  We ship most products directly from our (kinda huge) warehouse, and we will be glad to help you figure out the details that will make your vision a reality.  We specialize in the what, how many, and how quickly can you get it to me questions.  Give us a call at 1-928-855-6075 and let our helpful customer service folks (based right here in our warehouse) be your guide to our thousands of in-stock, high quality products.

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.