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Fall is the perfect season to experiment with rich colors and décor. Brian Blasingame, Butler’s Pantry’s Director of Visual Design, and his team decorate, design and create inspirations for hundreds of weddings at numerous St. Louis-based venues.
“At weddings and events this year, expect to see subdued color palettes with simple, yet striking pops of color,” said Blasingame. “In addition, brides and grooms are adding a touch of personalization and sophistication by incorporating salvaged-found objects in the décor.”
- Brides this fall continue to favor bouquets and centerpieces that include English garden style flower varieties like fragrant garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and hydrangea. The unifying characteristic amongst most of those varieties is their high petal count, opulent and floppy—headed blooms rich in texture and appearance. Though ivory peonies are a late spring and early summer flower, burgundy colored peonies are available in limited quantities in the fall and are a perfect complement to a fall color palette.
- Overall wedding color palettes for fall are tending to the sublime and subdued. Strong repetitive mixes of tone-on-tone neutrals are all the rage. Playing with a mix of soft, subtle tones like beige, cream, ivory and white and accenting them with one pop of a focal color like apricot, plum, aubergine or chocolate achieves a sophisticated and contemporary look.
- Many brides are favoring garden style bouquets and centerpieces that have the illusionary appearance that they were gathered from a field on the day of the wedding. The flowers are organically and loosely arranged in the bouquet to achieve a natural and informal look. Weathered, worn containers for centerpieces like rustic pottery or cast iron urns add a bit of a raw touch to a look that is otherwise refined and sophisticated.
- Growing in popularity this year is the trend to add a sophisticated take on incorporating salvage-found objects that represent the bride and groom’s tastes. Unique sculptural pieces, marquee letters and obelisks simultaneously add whimsy and sophistication to reception decorations and give the appearance that you had been strolling through a European market or New York antique street fair. Buffets at receptions can be beautifully adorned and enhanced by incorporating “les objet trouves” – “the found object” or “found art” – and become a memento of the wedding day that is sure to be displayed in the home the couple will share.
“We’re always on the lookout for what’s trending in the event industry,” says Blasingame. “Creating a personalized space and weaving individual tastes for wedded couples is our specialty.”