Pear Place Settings

So from the Wedding Academy Trend Report for 2016, metallics feature quite a lot, not just the usual silvers and golds but off beat metallics such as copper, rose gold and antique brass. These are simply divine and provide an alternative elegance. I got to thinking how can this be introduced within a table setting design in a fairly cost effective way.

With a dinner party planned with friends, it gave me a great opportunity to be creative, try out some ideas and put my thoughts into action.

With inspiration from metallic painted cakes I decided to try painting a pear. I bought copper edible paint from Amazon for just under £4. The pot was a lot smaller than I imagined but it stretched further than I first thought.

I bought some conference pears from the supermarket. I tried to select ones that were a similar shape and size but the unique irregular character is all part of the charm.

Two days before the dinner party I began painting the pears, holding them with the stem and covering them bit by bit with a small watercolour paint brush. The following day, I gave them another coat and also painted the stem. They dried overnight, ready to be assembled the following day.

I racked my brains for some wording ideas. Rather than having the names of guests, I wanted a quirky message to create more of a talking point. ‘What a pear’ came to mind but for the purpose of a dinner party I thought something more edgy was needed. So I came up with ‘Grow a…’ as in the saying ‘grow a pair’ (man up!). A bit of tongue and cheek humour to hopefully gain a giggle as guests sat down. The quote was presented on an off white card cut in the shape of a leaf. A small twine bow was added to finish each setting.

The pears were then positioned on folded linen napkins on the plate settings. To repeat the metallic feature, peach toned hexagon mirrors were nestled within the table runners, eucalyptus and candles to add more reflection to the table.

I think the overall effect worked well and I was pleasantly surprised with how simple and effective the painted pears were. Our guests were very surprised that they were also edible and confirmed they were at the end of the night!

I hope this post shows how the metallic trend can be used in a cost effective and quirky way which can easily be translated within a wedding design. I’m looking forward to trying more designs with metallic paint.Emily

Napkin Setting Mock Up

Happy Sunday!

This second mock up post shows a simple napkin setting. With the floral arrangements and favours creating a focal point on the tables at the wedding, I wanted to keep the napkin settings simple. There are so many fancy design inspirations out there but as I say, I didn’t want them to detract away from the other table details.

As with most things, I did a mock up at home to communicate the design. The napkin fold formed a pocket to display the menu for each guest.

The photos below show a step by step folding guide for you to try yourself.

Step 1: Lay the napkin flat in front of you

Step 2: Fold the top down half way. Fold the bottom up a quarter of the way.

Step 3: Fold the bottom section up, hiding the edge of the top section.

Step 4: Flip over the napkin. Fold each end towards the centre.

Step 5: Fold the napkin in half to reveal a pocket for the menu.

The napkins were then bound with twine and a brown name label which were a repeated element within the stationary. A sprig of aromatic rosemary added an organic final touch.

The napkin settings were prepared the day before the wedding, boxed and ready for the venue to lay them out in line with the step ladder table plan (shown in my last mock up post).

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more napkin ideas soon.


Moments of Mock Up Madness

Happy Weekend

Over the next few weeks, I thought I would share with you a series of photographs showing the prop mock ups I did for my own wedding. When I was doing them in the garden or living room, my parents thought I was a little crazed, but in all honesty, it helped me communicate what was in my head and translate into something on the wedding day.

My advice to brides out there is do what you need to do and photograph it. By doing so you can review it another day and see what needs changing to make your initial design even better. Design is a journey, not always a destination.

1. Step Ladders Table Plan

IMG_7399These were the table plan and formed a focal point outside the entrance to the barn venue. These step ladders were my Grandad’s and I remember always seeing them in his outer-house when I was little. So they had that extra special sentiment. My dad sanded them back slightly but the paint flecks from over the years were still there to tell a story. These were then decorated in a natural, relaxed way with entwined ivy, trimmed jars, gyp, logs and various heights and lavender. A home-made timber crate was positioned adjacent to give more of a staggered height to the overall piece.

Printed table plan cards were pegged on with twine and hung in a rustic manor on the top few steps for guests to read easily. Cardboard ‘LOVE’ letters were decorated with twine and fabric lace to add more interest to the lower section.

Remember to keep things personal if you can, your wedding day is about you both as a couple and the day and details within it should reflect who you are.

Please keep an eye out for more mock up inspiration over the next few weeks as I find my feet in the world of wedding blogging.Emily