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Pre-Ceremony drinks table. Important or no?

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 Misc 19 Comments

As guests arrive to your ceremony they are many times in what I call awkward mode….meaning they just don’t quite know what to do with themselves yet. It’s before they’ve met anyone or reconnected with people. I love to give them something to do. This is one of the reasons I like to do a program even when a program isn’t totally necessary. I love anything that alleviates the awkward moments. A pre-ceremony drink table can do the same.

Although I’ve done a darling champagne bar before I actually don’t recommend doing anything alcoholic before you’ve given your guests a nibble. I do though love a lemonade bar or even just spa water in a pretty glass dispenser. If you live in Los Angeles or another busy city I also highly recommend doing a 15 minute hold on the ceremony. It’s all planned this way from the beginning so you don’t have to worry if your shuttle bus is running late or the freeway or valet is backed up. Everyone can arrive and de-stress and be ready to fully enjoy your ceremony.
The pre-ceremony drinks table gives them something to do and a place to congregate without feeling like they need to go sit in a chair facing straight ahead at nothing. In fact, I don’t even seat the guests till after the invitation time. I like to give people a chance to connect before sitting down. It warms people up and again, avoids the awkward moment of sitting and waiting for the ceremony to start. Some brides are wary to set their wishing tree or other fun guest “book” things out because people won’t have the time to sign it before hand but if you do a 15 minute hold than many people will have time to sign it AND again, it gives them something to do. Can you tell I really hate awkward moments at weddings? I think you have to help your guests avoid those and really get them comfortable and in a place to truly open up and enjoy your day. You’d be surprised how many people get nervous when they go to events.
Also, the pre-ceremony drink /sign in table gives you one more place to carry through your palette and décor. I love to deck this table out. It’s their first taste of your wedding style. Check out Tin Parade’s latest designs for the line of Table Banners by Tin Parade. You could be one of the first to get your hands on the I DO table banner just in time for your spring or summer wedding drink or dessert table. (make sure you go to the updates tab to see the I DO design)

Written by:
Ryan Larson of Savoir Flair Wedding Design and co-designer of Tin Parade Vintage Party Goods

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Wedding fun.

Monday, September 26th, 2011 Misc 19 Comments

This was one of those easy breezy couples who just simply wanted to have a good time.  The wedding reception took place in her childhood church’s parking lot. We transformed it into a light, happy, FUN place to celebrate a darling couple.

Vintage film canisters held our succulent centerpieces.

Fabric bouquet found on Etsy for our very allergic bride.

The amazing team of professionals making this night spectacular were:

Photography: Beautiful Day Photography

Dessert Bar: Magnolia Bakery

DJ: Danny with NYC DJ’s

Furniture: Classic Party Rentals

Wedding Design: Ryan Larson, Savoir Flair Weddings

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Beautiful Coastal Wedding

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 Misc 16 Comments

An elegant Southern California coastal resort wedding.

(Paperwhites Photography)

We loved working with the amazing creative professionals below who came together to make this a spectacular night.

Photography: Paperwhites

Site: Terranea Resort

Florist: Gilly Flowers

Dessert Bar: Magnolia Bakery

Furniture: Form Decor and Classic Party Rentals

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Art Deco Wedding in the Hollywood Hills

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 Misc 7 Comments

Dream Bridal just posted this wedding I did in the Hollywood Hills. Shot by Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography.  Loved working with Stacy and Marty.

November 1, 2010

A Touch of Savoir Flair: I

I’m very excited, because I’m featuring one stunning party all week long. It’s going to be served up like a gourmet meal, one delicious course at a time.

This event was planned by Ryan Larson of Savoir Flair Weddings, the event planning maven to stylish Angelenos and beyond. Her weddings have been featured in Modern Bride, Inside Weddings, Elegant Bride, and The Knot Wedding Pages, as well as a celebrity tabloid that shall remain nameless! Ugh, I want the scoop on that as I’ve been known to enjoy a rag or two during my weekends…but I digress.

Ryan has stopped by this week to share the wedding she planned for Stacy and Marty last summer. The details for this wedding are perfection, and this couple just looks so happy to tie the knot. But don’t let me get ahead of myself here. Remember, just one course at a time. Today appetizers are served, and we get to meet the beautiful bride. Join us for the second course tomorrow, when bride and groom meet. Enjoy!

Bride & Groom: Stacy & Marty

Wedding date: July 19, 2009

Wedding venue: Bride & Groom’s home in the Hollywood Hills

Colors: A natural palette of the peacock; a gradation of blues, greens, browns

Inspirations: Old Hollywood, art deco, al fresco dining under the stars

I like to get to know the couples first before we do any design. I ask things like, “What do you do for fun?” and “What kind of decorating style do you have in your home?” Then the big question: “What kind of feelings do you want conveyed that night?” This to me is extremely important, especially because so much can come out of the feelings….colors, style, food, music type…etc.

About Savoir Fair Weddings: For Ryan, no two weddings could ever be alike because the design is inspired by the couple themselves. Ryan meets with the couple to really get to know them before she can even think about design. She feels there is nothing worse than a “canned wedding.” Ryan believes the key to a truly memorable wedding celebration lies in making it personal and unique. She has a reputation for dreaming up distinctive, one of a kind weddings that speak to the couple’s style and personality.

Photography & Photobooth: Beautiful Day PhotographyCake: Hansen’s BakeryFlorist: Fiore DesignsCaterer: Easy Entertaining 

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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 Misc 23 Comments

Here is my post for today. Savoir Flair will now be featured on once a month as a guest contributer. Look for our posts.

Today we have a guest blogger, Ryan Larson from Savoir Flair Weddings in Los Angeles, California. She has been featured in numerous publications for her great eye and wedding planning skills. She plans everything from destination weddings to weddings here in Los Angeles. Her creativity stems from a number of inspirations, one of them being the vintage look and feel so we asked her for some tips on creating vintage elements for your wedding.

Vintage is always in style. I love vintage elements in weddings. I always say “nostalgia warms a room up like nothing else.” You can incorporate a lot of vintage pieces and sensibilities or a little. Here are some favorite and some new ideas.

Courtesy of: Shannon Lee Images

1. Bicycles conjure images of the past – It would be darling to have a photo of all the groomsmen on bicycles for an outside summer wedding.

2. Champagne hayride – Take your guests on a hayride during cocktail hour but bring the cocktails with. Juxtaposing rustic with elegance always feels special.

3. Chandeliers – Hang big grouping of chandeliers over a long feast table seating the wedding party and bride and groom. I love a grouping of different chandeliers rather than having them spaced throughout and having them match. Chandeliers are a perfect place to mix and max without things looking to shabby chic.

4. Centerpieces – Peacock feathers , milkglass and antiqued silver centerpieces make a perfect art deco centerpiece. These make your own centerpieces can be built onsite with no fresh flowers. Use a mix match of milkglass and silver pieces that are in need of a good cleaning. Resist the urge to clean them! Fill the vases and such with peacock feathers and maybe a vintage brooch or two. Voia! Art deco tabletop!

5. Lace – Make crocheted lace program covers. Or provide crocheted lace gloves for the ladies.

6. Dance cards – As they did in 19th Century Vienna at the lavish balls, have dance cards printed for each of the ladies with the order of dances laid out to gentleman may ask the ladies for a dance.

7. Hats – Invite ladies to wear hats to your outside ceremony.

8. Mix it up – Mis match  china with antique pieces. Scour antique shops and yard sales for plates with a vintage flair.

9. Generational Inspiration – Ask your mother (or grandmother) for an invitation from her wedding. Have them recreated by a trusted graphic designer with your own information. Or recreate your moms wedding cake or bouquet.

10. Rollerskate – Rent roller skates from a nearby skate shop and create your own outdoor roller rink on the dance-floor during cocktail hour.

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