Inspiration: The Governors Ball 2008
2008’s Governors Ball was an upscale, yet whimsical event in comparison to that of 2009 and 2010. What I love is how Hollywood was doing the suspended bubbles (hanging crystal balls) at the beginning of 2008 and they are still a hit in current wedding decor and style trends. But you know what else I love that is absolutely unique—look at the framed quilted fabric! DIVINE! (I, too, love that this is a trend that is picking up in the wedding arena as well).
I found this setup so interesting. It made this party feel like a glamorously casual event. For example, the long rectangle tables come with lighting with the lampshade centerpieces (love the roses bunches at the bases!)—ever been at an event that has been way too dark or the lighting itself was not flattering? Additionally, I love that there are wine glasses on each table. It makes it intuitively interactive and festive. If you look at the first picture, you will notice this gorgeous peach covered lounge furniture is right next to the tables. It may sound odd, but it makes perfect sense. I hear so many brides saying “I want my guests to be able to mingle and get to know each other”. If that’s the case, integrate your lounge area directly into your seating arrangements. This makes a better flow without guests worrying about a free for all for seats—they can move around the room, say hello to friends and not worry about if they are taking someone else’s seat. Naturally, the mirrored tables with composite roses in candle holders (GORGEOUS AND SMART) are simple enough to make an impact and small enough to encourage socializing. Each table is its own island in the scope of the design.
I love how this year’s ball not only included multiple seating arrangements but a completely different and unique design altogether with this oveall table, square clear chairs and quilted bench seating. All things aside, between you and me…I really want that chair.