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Inspired Design: Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

I love flowers. Truly, deeply love everything about them. As much as I know our clients do as well, frequently couples request an alternative to flowers or wish to have more texture and different elements incorporated into their wedding design. Given we are in the glorious state of Vermont, our resources for fruits, vegetables and herbs are abundant and are no longer just reserved for couples planning farm to table receptions. Expand your horizons, as nature’s bounty is ready and more than willing to grace your tabletops.

How to incorporate these elements into the design? The go big or go home theory (aka all or nothing). Lush tablescapes resembling the harvest tables of the days of old – or a more modern take of beautiful vases, filled to the brim with root veggies and leafy greens. Add a few candles to create a very romantic environment.

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If the idea of adding fruits, vegetables or herbs to the tabletop is too organic, incorporate these details into striking displays on the bar, cake or other areas of interest at the reception.

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If you are looking for just a touch, something special or can’t quite put your finger on what else the tabletop design may need, add a piece of fruit to the place setting or tuck a sprig of your favorite herb in the napkin. For a surprising element, add a vegetable detail to your bouquet.

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Spread an obscene amount of berries on a table for a great dessert display. Toss raspberries in the champagne glasses. Use artichokes, lemons or apples for escort card or place card holders. More of a foodie and prefer to eat your veggies? Answer: pickled vegetables on the table. Hands down winner all around. The possibilities are unlimited, the key is having a well, thought out display and design plan.

Interested in the look? Don’t make these 5 (five) mistakes;

  1. Mind your budget. The lush look is never inexpensive – given flowers or fruits, veggies and herbs. Even simple designs can be more expensive than you originally think.
  2. Grow your own herbs. Unless you are a gardener, farmer or have a complete understanding of how these will or will not grow – just don’t do it. Dead herbs or long, leggy spiky stems are not ideal – unless that is your desired look.
  3. Stress. Timing is everything when it comes to making your own jars of jams, pickled vegetables, etc. Don’t stress yourself out if the project is just too big. Its like ordering everything on the menu when your eyes are bigger than your stomach. It might be a great idea at the start of the planning process, but a few months before the wedding, it can be a huge undertaking. Thanks to the latest trends,  you can find these products with much ease.
  4. Under estimate. Designing an entire wedding using fruits and vegetables can be an overwhelming experience. Ordering, sourcing, storing (produce does go bad) and moving all those materials is a project on its own. This concept may be more than you bargain for if you are in the DIY mindset. If your heart is set on an artistic look, with fresh product and you plan on a stress-free wedding day – hire a professional designer. Then go back and read #1.
  5. Over-do it. Fruit and vegetable display for cocktail hour. Packets of seeds for escort cards. Fruits and vegetable names for tables. Vegetables for display, vegetables to eat, one on the plate, and so on… Too much! Keep it in check, keep it real.

For more great inspiration check out our Inspired:Fruit and Veggies pinterest board!

Happy planning! – Carrie


Wedding Design: Planning to light up an Outdoor Space

Wedding lightingThe beauty of building outdoor events is that you can create just about anything your heart desires and budget will allow. In my opinion, lighting is one of the most important fundamental keys to a successful event. We often classify two types of lighting you need to consider – the atmosphere lighting (what makes the event so pretty) and logistical lighting ( the ability to see is very important).  When considering an outdoor wedding, both types of lighting must be carefully planned.

Atmosphere lighting: Consider the overall feeling and look of your wedding. Different types of lighting fit well for rustic, casual events and others might be suited for crystal chandeliers, or simple iron chandeliers dressed in greens and/or flowers (so pretty!).

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Top left: Lanterns hanging in a clear top frame tent from VT Tent Company. /  Top right: Sperry Tent with dance floor lighting by Darkstar. Image: Duback Photography. /  Bottom left: pattern wash on pole or century tent by Rain or Shine Tent and Events. /  Bottom right: Festoon Lighting aka G-50 bulbs or vintage string lighting in pole tent.
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Top left: iron chandelier dressed in greens and flowers / Top right: custom drum lighting on center-poles in pole tent by Rain or Shine Tent and Events / Bottom left: Paper lanterns in clear top frame tent by Vermont Tent Company. Photo by Duback Photography. / Bottom right: Paper lanterns. Image by Michael Riddell Photography.

Never under estimate Candle light and simple perimeter lighting if you are on budget as well. Just be sure to check with your event professionals to see if this is enough lighting in your tent for your specific needs. Some tents reflect light better than others.  Hanging lanterns, mason jars, string lights are also beautiful especially grouped in mass. Some of these projects will take much longer than anticipated. Couples with a DIY mindset should plan extra time to install these details. Consulting with professionals will also help determine what works well, what is more complicated than necessary or will work within your budget.

Logistical lighting: This is the lighting needed for safety and for event professionals and guests to make their way around the event areas. Pathway lighting and catering lighting are the two must have details. Spot lights will certainly work, in the catering spaces however for other “guest areas” we often suggest complimenting your logistical lighting to the environment created inside the event space. This is a nice way to tie the entire event together. Some great examples are luminaries, lanterns (both hanging and pathway), mason jars, string lighting and up-lighting trees and pin spotting gardens.

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Top left: Stowe, Vermont Wedding. Photo courtesy Eyes 2 See. / Top right: Adirondack Wedding. Photo courtesy Duback Photography. / Bottom left: Craftsbury, Vermont Wedding. Photo courtesy Brian Post Photography / Bottom right: Barnard, Vermont Wedding. Photo courtesy: Lauren and Abby.

Tip: Double check your power needs. Ensure all your lighting plans are reviewed with event professionals hired. It is also a good idea to cross check band lighting needs.

May your wedding be bright!

xxoo – Carrie