A sneak preview of the aspects involved in the primary planning and design stages of a wedding. This initial wedding design is a based on a Beach Wedding and helps the Bride and Groom visualize their wedding day…
For the Bride & Groom…
Your Wedding day is, and will forever be, one of the most poignant days in your lives, and with all those you love and invite to witness your vows to one another, you will share your heartfelt love and joy on this special day. This pinnacle of happiness and sheer bliss should be at the center of your wedding day.
Your beach wedding will be elegant and sophisticated – in keeping with the beach location with natural colours (peaches and mints), whislt utilizing crisp white draped chiffon fabrics; exuding elegance by adding hints of gold. Candle light and lanterns with soft scents will create a romantic ambience as guests enjoy your signature cocktails and canapes whilst listening to the sounds of the waves, before moving on to a three course meal as the music begins to liven up. Dancing barefoot in the sand, before setting off to the shoreline to gaze at the picturesque firework display that completely captures the explosion of your love for one another.
The Essence of your Wedding
Appealing to your Senses…
Metallic – accents
Romantic soft tones
You and your guests will be able to look back upon your wedding with great emotion and memorable aspects evoked by the five senses. Each of the senses touches upon a different aspect that will allow your guests to feel involved and emotionally attached to your wedding day. Scents and tastes will evoke joyful and happy memories, as the exotic sounds and smells of this destination beach wedding exude excitement and an extraordinary experience. The touch of silks and soft chiffons, with the feeling of sand between your toes and petals under your feet, will leave your guests feeling peaceful and relaxed.
The design of the wedding and the venue relates to the guests, not only through the five senses, but by also creating a flow through the day to allow your guests to enjoy your special day to the fullest, as the events of the day run effortlessly.
The signature cocktail enjoyed by your guests before the ceremony will make them feel special, deserving and will create a more personal feel, and thus connection with them (especially at times when you can’t be there to guide or socialise with them). Whilst you are off having your photographs taken together, you want your guests to feel like they are cared for as they are served a variety of different cocktails and canapés as the instrumental band plays in the background. As the evening goes on, the guests will move on to the three course meal and speeches, with softer background music and lighting, to allow them to socialise amongst themselves. Once the meal has concluded, the music and lights on the dance floor will start to get livelier and your guests will move themselves toward the dance floor area. As the evening comes to a close, the music will soften, and your guests will be guided toward the beach by a candlelit walkway, in preparation for the fireworks display, or for each of your guests to send of a paper lantern into the night sky.
Key Trends reflected in your Wedding
The Wedding trends of the year are very important in the design of your wedding concept, and it is essential that your knowledge of the fashion industry (as an editor of a fashion magazine) and personality shines through and is reflected in your wedding. Another colour option to include in the theme is the colour of the year – Radiant Orchid (Pantone). This is an exceptionally beautiful hue of purple that would intertwine well with the peaches, and dusky pinks, as well as all of the floral displays. There is also a Grecian theme becoming more popular in spring collections, by some of the top designers, at Fashion Week. A destination beach wedding fits perfectly with the Grecian idea of crisp white, against golds or metallics; rustic accents, and simplicity paired with crystal or beaded detail on your wedding gown, or displayed in the décor of the venue. The essence of chic and glamour (that remains a top styling trend)displayed in the white draped fabric, and the glimpse of gold fabric paired with white linen on the tables – to the crystal chandeliers spaced sparsely through the venue; the silver cutlery against rustic driftwood and floral centrepieces. The importance of mixing textures creates a unique atmosphere for your guests, and sparks your senses of sight and touch. By mixing soft, white, transparent fabrics with sand, wood, chandeliers, and gold elements, a visually pleasing atmosphere is created. Finally, the beach wedding itself is an ever sought after wedding location. The rise of rustic, outdoor weddings has inspired indoor weddings to ‘bring the outside, inside’. An outdoor, moonlit beach wedding is the perfect location to escape ordinary life, and step into a relaxed, calm and special place for your wedding.
Inspiring Research Websites
Architectural Digest – www.architecturaldigest.com
Vogue – www.vogue.co.uk
Dwell – dwell.co.uk
Style Me Pretty – www.stylemepretty.com
Harper’s Bazaar – www.harpersbazaar.co.uk
An ‘Alfresco Chic Enchantment’ Concept
I discovered a beautiful wedding concept on Wedding Concepts website (www.weddingconcepts.co.za) for an ‘Alfresco Chic Enchantment’ wedding. This wedding is set in the wine valley region of Cape Town (Franschhoek) making the most of the natural surroundings of the vineyards and the Cape bush landscape. Set during the summer, a simplistic design shines through the décor of the venue, focusing on the combination of different textures, including silver birch branches, crystal table ware, lanterns, candles and pastel hues tie in with the green and rustic, outdoor surroundings. This concept has an essence of shabby chic, mixed with simplistic clean whites, and leaves the excitement and fun of the design, up to the lively personalities of the guests.
This is a very similar concept, with many similar aspects that can help inspire the beach destination wedding concept. The mixture of textures, moving away from the shabby chic décor and focusing on natural features, colours and textures, along with pastels and fresh white – for a more simplistic and elegant design. It’s lovely that they left the ‘spirit’ of the wedding up to the personalities of their guests, I think that this is a great idea to be used more in wedding design – however, it is difficult to always guarantee that your guests will bring the life to the party. Therefore, it is useful to create some more interactive ideas to help move your guests in the right direction and keep the day and night running smoothly, as previously mentioned.
The sun begins to set and the subtly scented floral candles lightly flicker in the sea breeze as you begin the most memorable walk of your life, towards the love of your life, your best friend – the man of your dreams. You can feel the sand between your toes and the soft touch of petals under your feet, which scatter the candle-lit aisle. There is a calm, comfortable breeze that sways the palm trees, as you hear the quiet rustling of palm fronds beneath the romantic tunes and instrumental sounds of the band behind you. Soft, floating white chiffon drapes the altar, with an explosion of colourful peonies, zinnias and roses in pastel hues of peach, white and dusky pink, with flecks of mint green foliage. The breath taking sun begins its descent into the ocean backdrop as you prepare to say your vows.
Congratulations Newlyweds! As you set off for your photographs along the beach, your guests make their way up the candle lit pathway to the lounge cocktail area set up on the white sandy beach. Vast white sofas, coffee tables, and taller cocktail tables are spread across the low-lit beach as your guests enjoy vibrantly coloured cocktails and a selection of delectable canapés, served by exquisitely manicured waiters/waitresses. Fairy lights are strung above the guests, as they chatter amongst their selves, and listen to the band in the background.
As you prepare yourselves for your big entrance as ‘Mr and Mrs’, your guests follow the candle lit, petal scattered path away from the beach and up onto the grassed area of the reception venue. You notice the romantic, hanging white paper lanterns and subtle chandeliers in the trees as you make your way up the sandy path, to the reception venue. An explosion of applaud and cheers greets you, as you swiftly waltz over to the Top Table, passing pedestals of beautifully draped flowers, and looking up at the white draped fabric and tiny fairy lights floating down from the ceiling, creating a tent-like, magical feeling. The fresh white linen feels bright and crisp, against the gold dinnerware and sequin-flecked serviettes and the natural burst of colour from the driftwood and floral centrepieces lining the table.
The subtle smell of the salty, ocean breeze greets you as you descend upon the part sand, part wooden decking dance floor as you share your first dance under the twinkling stars, as husband and wife. Slowly the beat from the band gets louder and faster as your guests get up, kick off their shoes, and dance the night away.
As the moon moves across the night sky, and your dancing feet get tired, the music slows and softens, as you head down the sandy, candle- lit lantern pathway toward the shoreline – and maybe even dip in a toe to test the tropical warm water. Over the moonlit water you suddenly see an explosion of colours, reflected across the ocean as the fireworks dance through the sky. You watch in awe, as a perfect ending to your evening, before you and your guests let off floating lanterns into the skies, and watch as the lights slowly dimmer, as they slowly float away.