most, one’s wedding is the most expensive party one will
ever throw. Event planners, caterers, DJ’s, facility mangers,
photographers, videographers, florist, decorators, event rental
suppliers, bands, sound technicians, lighting designers, just
to name a few possibilities; all come together for a single night
signifying the biggest turning point in one’s life. Committing
to love and care for someone forever doesn’t mean anything
unless it cost something and the physical event is many times
a symbol of the commitment and its value. This social expectation
leads some to go as far as taking out home equity lines, maxing
out credit cards, extended engagements in order to save money.
Watch for the ceiling. Many times poorly planned weddings cut
the corners at the end and are unable to complete the design.
I highly recommend hiring an event planner. Figure out your maximum
budget then multiply that number by .8. Save the 20% for the week
of the wedding. I have never been involved with a wedding that
didn’t have last minute additions. Realize that some of
your ideas maybe very expensive and some of them very inexpensive.
An event planner will help advise you on what is possible within
your budget. Ignoring their advice usually involves spending too
much on too little, tears over wasted money, and uncomfortable
tension on the most important day of your life.
Cockfield, event planner for Charlotte Arrangements, called me
to meet with Andrea McAfee (now Covington). Of course the first
thing Andrea asks for was a monogram. A common request due to
the wedding show, the monogram has become a culturally relevant
wedding symbol. Andrea’s description left an impression
of contemporary traditionalism. I interpreted her ideas with a
combination of pin spots, LED’s, and a leko.
Forgetting to light the tables is the most common wedding faux
pas. People are a lot like bugs; they are drawn to the light.
Suggested in the phrase “the light at the end of the tunnel,”
By default our psyches are drawn towards light. By pin spotting
the centerpieces, the focus is naturally directed the wedding
and the beauty. The reflected light off the center pieces bring
attention to the food. At the furthest point away from the light
is the guest, signifying that the newlyweds and the symbols of
their commitment supersede everything else. When the room is evenly
lit, the suggestion is that the guests are just as important as
the event. Guests gawk at each other’s clothes, gossip about
other family members, run across the room to see old friends,
and also comment on the wedding decor. It is more desirable to
have slightly dimmer isles and brightly lit decor, so the first
thought is “wow, what an amazing wedding.” Later when
your wedding comes up in conversation, the first thing said is
wasn’t that a beautiful wedding, not did you see what Kimberly
a contemporary touch, we added 9 LED fixtures to uplight fabric
drapes and wash the dance floor. For the majority of the event,
the color changers were a soft orange complementing the color
themes of the table clothes and flower arrangements. A single
fixture shone onto the wall with the monogram to create depth
and texture on the wall. Most people don’t look good in
a single harsh white spot light, well neither do walls. The secondary
color wash behind the white monogram created a beautiful yet simple
background. For hours the lighting didn’t do anything but
once the party began to kick in, the lights began to pulse with
the music morphing. Sweeping through color themes, Oohs and Ahs
came from the crowd as the space around them morphed into a dance
Simple yet modern, the ACC wedding impressed the guest. Looking
through the images, you will notice how the center pieces stood
out in the room even at great distances. Each piece of décor
glimmered under proper lighting. The event was balanced and impactful.
A smooth compromise between traditional and contemporary, the
ACC wedding was well planned, culturally relevant, and respectful
of the past; a promising start of a successful marriage.