Yes, I know this is a bit late. You’ll have to forgive me– we’re ve been in complete Euphoria with my Baltimore Ravens’ win! As well yelled, cried, cheered, stressed and danced our way around the house that fateful night, I couldn’t help to be struck by some things that made me gasp, sigh and admire in terms of pulling off an event. I thought, “I havegot to tell my brides this!” Your wedding, in essence, is the Superbowl of your life. You’ve worked hard in your relationship to get there. You’ve invested quite a bit of money for it to turn out splendidly. There can be no margin for error.
To ensure we are all on the same page, let’s agree that Beyoncé rocked it. With the stakes already high with the “Harbowl” (the first time in history two brothers, in our case, the Harbaughs, have battled for a championship), the pressure was on to pull off an exquisite performance. The challenge was accepted and met. What did we learn, luxelings?
Special Effects Can Change Everything. A show with fire, sparks, lights and unique staging, the running joke was that “I went to a Beyoncé concert and a football game broke out”. Her performance made you forget you were at a football game in a closed stadium. Special effects and lighting can do the same thing for your venue as well. If you love your venue location, but let’s say, the room makes your vodka curdle, consider bringing in some spot and uplighting. A soft color wash of your room, even when coupled with a few gobos can truly transform your space.
Be Prepared. Clearly, the power company and those at the Superdome were not. With my team on the cusp of a huge blow out, the power cuts off. In my buffalo wing and martini rage, I’ll admit, I blamed Beyoncé. But it turns out, she had her own generator for her performance. For whatever reason, what happened at the Superdome was their snafu and theirs alone. Can you imagine– in the middle of your wedding the power just cuts off? Or the caterer runs out of food? The bartender shrugs and says the rum is gone (makes me giggle and think of this clip from Pirates of the Caribbean– “Why is the rum gone!?”) Accidents can happen, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you have a power heavy event, especially in a historic or outdoor venue, consider bringing additional power. What good is your band or DJ if no one can hear them? Check with your caterer to discuss their policies for overages. Plan accordingly for your bar, especially if you want to incorporate signature drinks. Many signature cocktails consist of several liquors, you will want to make sure they are easily replenished throughout the evening.
Not to be outdone, the Grammy’s put on some great collaborative performances, but it was their after-party’s that got my attention. I absolutely adored the Recording Academy’s Bollywood inspired affair, as Red Line Management’s after party.
You’re Not Limited to Just a Band or DJ for Your Entertainment. With the Recording Academy’s party, their entertainment matched their theme. Belly dancers performed as well as danced through the aisles of the tables and lounge areas with acrobats and musicians. It gave the feel of an old eastern celebration, not only transforming the space, but transporting your guests as well. You can’t beat that kind of experience.
Don’t Be Afraid of Color. If you’re daring, explore beautiful jewel tones for your tables and chairs, especially if your event space is extremely large or dark. These pops of color keep your event from looking overly sparse and adds tremendous character. Also look to create a unique lounge area for your guests– rentals from gorgeous places like Raj Tents can help you duplicate this sultan type affair with these vivid tents. You can also create other unique lounge areas with plush sofas and ottomans.
Modern is the New Black. I love, love, love this clean look at the Mondrian. In addition to the SAG Awards Deco Glam party, I’ll admit I am very happy to see the shift from the vintage and rustic styles head toward a more lush glam and streamlined modern look. Going modern is truly not that hard, as you can see with this clear tent and monochromatic theme. What makes it stand out re the lines and styles of the furniture and the details. The key with the less is more approach is to make it look intentional, not sparse. Find great containers for your centerpieces, add a pattern, or bring in lighting — the possibilities are endless!
P.S.– Also from the superbowl, want to know why your photographer won’t send you all of your pictures? This guy will tell you.