Wedding Reception Lighting

Author: Joe Paxton Event lighting has always played a vital role in large-scale event production but in the past decade or so it has transcended the corporate market and found it’s way into weddings. A relatively inexpensive way to transform any room or environment, lighting can create mood, direct attention ...

Suggestions and Ideas: Inspired Lampshades

Lampshades Create Elegant Appeal Go beyond the expected and create some excitement when you incorporate romantic lighting touches in your dream day décor.   Whatever your style, illuminate your love with playful touches.  An outdoor, waterfront venue is upgraded to elegant style with themed lamps.  Start with crystal based lights, ...

Elements of Classic Design

By Marisidla Garcia Creating A Classic Design Look When I think of the word “classic,” immediately, I think of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn; a time when things were formal and elegant. I think of feminine touches, soft colors and beauty within simplicity. A classic wedding is timeless. It’s elegance ...

Themes: Modern Event Design

By Marisidla Garcia Table And Place Setting Design Styling – Sleek Modern Event Design When considering your event design, utilizing the correct color, texture, light and space will establish the theme of your celebration.  The theory of “form follows function” is largely at play for modern design. Think art deco, ...

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Wedding Reception Lighting

Author: Joe Paxton

Event lighting has always played a vital role in large-scale event production but in the past decade or so it has transcended the corporate market and found it’s way into weddings. A relatively inexpensive way to transform any room or environment, lighting can create mood, direct attention and overall transform your reception. When planning your big day look into what a qualified lighting production company can do to add the extra touch to your most magical evening. … Continue Reading

The Art of Setting a Table

Article By: 24 Carrots Catering and Events
Written By: Carizza Rose

If you’ve ever watched the opening sequence of Chef’s Table, you know that the art of setting a table is an orchestrated art. (If you haven’t, it’s available on Netflix, and you’re welcome ;)

Yes, the back of the house is undoubtedly where the magic happens, but the place setting is the guest’s first impression, and thus, equally important. There are a lot of nuisances on a table setting that vary depending on the situation (restaurants, bistros, catering), but today we’d like to take you behind our scenes and approach this from a wedding and event stand point.

All of our in-house staff is trained to follow this little cheat sheet:Cheat-Sheet

Helpful hints:

  • Table setting varies from event to event based on the menu (i.e. most fine-dining menus require an extra knife – one for salad, one for entrée. Most menus do not require any spoons unless they have coffee service).
  • All flatware needs to be placed 1 inch from the edge of the table.  It must be polished and clear of any spots.

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These hints are great for hosting at home, setting up photo shoots, or just being one step ahead of your other A-type personality friends. When you book with 24 carrots catering, we’re happy to arrange dinnerware rentals on your behalf – you don’t have to worry about counts, setting up, or cleaning up. Some clients choose to arrange their own rentals themselves or use their wedding planner for this task. We love collaboration and are happy to assist with guidance on table setting rentals based upon your menu (such as sizes appropriate for service, quantities, and padding). Please don’t hesitate to ask us for help!

If you’re interested in learning more, 24 carrots is honored to be a part of LVL Academy this year, expanding on “Table Top How To’s”. More information and registration here: http://www.lvlevents.com/lvl-academy

Happy place-setting!

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Suggestions and Ideas: Inspired Lampshades

Lampshades Create Elegant Appeal

Go beyond the expected and create some excitement when you incorporate romantic lighting touches in your dream day décor.

Crystal lamps are tied into the design by adding flowers to the lampshades. Image provided by Square Root Event Design

Crystal lamps are tied into the design by adding flowers to the lampshades.
Image provided by Square Root Event Design

 

Whatever your style, illuminate your love with playful touches.  An outdoor, waterfront venue is upgraded to elegant style with themed lamps.  Start with crystal based lights, add some funky pineapple finials, and trim the shades with flowers that match your tablescape.  Keep your look unified and composed with complementary colors and familiar fragrances.  Think roses! Congenial colors, loads of luxury, sensuous scents.

Incorporate Flowers and Lighting For Unique Style

Floral lampshades make a statement in this elegant design.<br />  Design by French Buckets Florist<br />  Photography by Hanssie Trainer Photography

Floral lampshades make a statement in this elegant design.
Design by French Buckets Florist
Photography by Hanssie Trainer Photography

Create an endlessly glamorous and highly dramatic centerpiece by combining lights and dangling florals.  Instead of settling for pillars and votives, drape the shades of tall table lamps with your personal hanging garden.  Choose a cohesive color scheme and then mix it up.  Top one stand with white ranunculus, streaming with ivory orchids and crystals.  A cap of classic calla lilies looks grand with a cascade of freesias, lilies of the valley and touches of passion vine.  Once your lamps are lit, the resulting luminosity will bring out the scent of your blooms.

Mix Lighting Types To Create Dramatic Style

Create an intimate dining space with tall table spot lighting.  Enhance a Victorian themed soiree when you incorporate faux gas street lamps.  Bring it all together with modern, chic simplicity via smartly chosen light shades.  An impressionistic design echoing the blowsy, full blown peonies in your arrangements pulls it all together while still leaving you in the spotlight.

Don’t be left in the dark! Bring your celebration out of the shadows with the contemporary sophistication of upscale uplights.

Images provided by: French Buckets Florist, Square Root Event Design, Kevin Covey Weddings and Events, Tic-Tock Couture Floral Creations, Studio EMP, Hanssie Trainer Photography, Joe Latter Photography, Fiore Design.com, David Michael Photography

Orchids create an amazing effect as lampshades in this modern design. Design by Tic-Tock Couture Floral Creations

Orchids create an amazing effect as lampshades in this modern design.
Design by Tic-Tock Couture Floral Creations

Modern, clear lamps with square shades enhance the   mood lighting and pick up the colors around them for an elegant look. Design by Fiore Design.com Photography by David Michael Photography

Modern, clear lamps with square shades enhance the mood lighting and pick up the colors around them for an elegant look.
Design by Fiore Design.com
Photography by David Michael Photography

Glossy orange lampshades make a sleek, modern statement. Design by French Buckets Florist Photography by Lorelie at Studio EMP

Glossy orange lampshades make a sleek, modern statement.
Design by French Buckets Florist
Photography by Lorelie at Studio EMP

Strings of red blooms create a standout design in a large room. Design by Kevin Covey Weddings and Events Photograph by Joe Latter Photography

Strings of red blooms create a standout design in a large room.
Design by Kevin Covey Weddings and Events
Photograph by Joe Latter Photography

Diminutive  lampshades top a chandelier, focusing light and creating an intimate feel. Design by Square Root Event Design Photography by Studio EMP

Diminutive lampshades top a chandelier, focusing light and creating an intimate feel.
Design by Square Root Event Design
Photography by Studio EMP

A small lamp as big impact. Design by French Buckets Florist Photography by Hannsie Ho Photography

A small lamp as big impact.
Design by French Buckets Florist
Photography by Hannsie Ho Photography

Suggestions and Ideas: Create Your Own Tropical Paradise

By Marisilda Garcia

Some Like It Hot

Some of the most beautiful locations around the world are in tropical settings and as such, many of you may dream of a tropical beach themed wedding. Longing to have a destination wedding without the destination? Try a tropical themed wedding and bring the destination to you!

A mix of bright blossoms and tropical greens, creates a stunning arrangement.<br /> Image provided by Lois Mathews Design<br /> Photography by Kristina Chartier Photography

A mix of bright blossoms and tropical greens creates a stunning arrangement.
Image provided by Lois Mathews Design
Photography by Kristina Chartier Photography

Blue acts as a counterpoint for a hot arrangement. Design by Organic Elements Photography by Bauman Photographers

Blue acts as a counterpoint for a hot arrangement.
Design by Organic Elements
Photography by Bauman Photographers

Kick Up The Color

When designing a tropical wedding, think color! Rich vibrant hues of blue, coral, green, red and orange add just the right touch to your décor.  Bird of paradise, red ginger, orchids and red anthuriums make bold statements as centerpieces or as your bridal bouquet. Adding hints of tropical fruits such as coconut, kiwi, plantains, and mango, give your centerpieces an extra touch of tropical living. Mini fish bowls filled with floating candles or colorful flowers can add a touch of classic elegance to your table. Feeling like a star? Incorporating starfish, coral, and seashells to your tabletop bring   a hint of the sea to your table. Brightly colored chairs, napkins and linens add just the right amount of joie de vivre to your festivities and help tie the room together.

Add A Taste Of The Tropics

As for the food, fish and seafood make great options for you and your guests. Craving more surf and turf for your guests? A combination of both beef or chicken and seafood always works to please a variety of palates and tastes. Mini crab cakes, shrimp cocktails, sushi, and fresh tropical fruit make great, easy to enjoy appetizers. Popular alcoholic and non-alcoholic tropical drinks to include are pina coladas, margaritas, fruit smoothies, and tropical mixed drinks with hints of mango, papaya and pineapple.

Feeling nostalgic? Try filling several mini-bottles with sand, seashells and a thank you message for your guests to commemorate your beautiful day. Doing this gives everyone the opportunity to take a piece of your personal paradise home.

When designing a tropical themed wedding, no color is too bold, no flower is too bright and no food is off limits. The bolder and more colorful…the better. Add a conga line and you’re all set for a fun night of celebration…island style.

Images provided by: Lois Mathews Design, Kristina Chartier Photography, Organic Elements Event Design, Bauman Photographers, A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production, KLK Photography, Tic- Tock Couture Floral Creations

Hand woven baskets filled with pink and white orchids, fans and sun glasses put guests in a tropical state of mind.  Design by A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production<br />  Photography by KLK Photography

Hand woven baskets filled with pink and white orchids, fans and sunglasses put guests in a tropical state of mind.
Design by A Good Affair, Wedding and Event Production
Photography by KLK Photography

A tropical print tablecloth, paired with colorful plates is lavishly arrayed with tropical flowers and fruit for an unforgettable banquet. Image provided by Tic-Tock Couture Floral Creations

A tropical print tablecloth, paired with colorful plates is lavishly arrayed with tropical flowers and fruit for an unforgettable banquet.
Image provided by Tic-Tock Couture Floral Creations

Add a special touch to table assignments with a rush formed into a geometric shape and accompanied by a lovely orchid. Design by Lois Mathews Design Photography by Kristina Chartier Photography

Add a special touch to table assignments with a rush formed into a geometric shape and accompanied by a lovely orchid.
Design by Lois Mathews Design
Photography by Kristina Chartier Photography

A mix of brilliant orchids and large tropical leaves create a show-stopping look.<br /> Image provided by Tic Tock Couture Floral Creations

A mix of brilliant orchids and large tropical leaves create a show-stopping look.
Image provided by Tic Tock Couture Floral Creations

Pair tall rushes with lush tropical blooms for a stately feel.<br />  Design by Lois Mathews Design<br />  Photography by Kristina Chartier Photography

Pair tall rushes with lush tropical blooms for a stately feel.
Design by Lois Mathews Design
Photography by Kristina Chartier Photography

 

 
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