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When searching for design inspiration or design principles to follow, sometimes it is most beneficial to look beyond the greats of the event planning industry. By looking to other inspired designers, whether they are in fashion or interior design, can help to focus the details of your event to create a cohesive plan for your event. We asked Couture Events‘ owner, Krystel Tien, a bit about her favorite fashion, interior design, and event planning inspirations and where she finds inspiration for her events…
Who do you admire most in the world of Fashion, Design, and Event Planning?
Event Planning: In the world of event planning I most admire Mindy Weiss. She is a coordinator to the stars and so passionate about her events. Time and time again I am wowed by what she creates. I admire her work and the business she has built. Her blog is incredible (definitely a daily read or “look” as she mostly posts photos) and she recently wrote a wonderful book, “The Wedding Book.” I am always so excited to see what she will do next!
Interior Designer: I adore Rachel Ashwell, Queen of shabby chic; she is my favorite interior designer. I love the shabby chic style and the warm feelings that come with it. With white washed glamour, chandeliers, soft pastels, textured wood, and vintage books, she creates dreamlike spaces. I love the idea of creating a dreamlike space for our clients, shabby chic or not. I had the chance to meet Rachel Ashwell once while she was here in San Diego: such a sweetheart and design visionary!
Stylist: I love Rachel Zoe, fashion stylist and designer. She is a stylist to many celebrities and just came out with her own clothing line. I love the way she works, paying close attention to every detail: every ring and every bracelet matters. We take the same approach with weddings and events, every detail matters, down the the fork. She uses contrasting elements, such as combining chunky with soft and delicate, and we think this is a concept that should apply to every aspect of an event.
Designer: Last but not least, Coco Chanel is our greatest fashion inspiration. Her pieces are timeless, sophisticated, and treasured! Everything she creates is couture, one of a kind, and handmade! We think when you look back on your event 50 years from now you should still be able to say, wow that was gorgeous! Not… what was I thinking! Coco?s pieces have only gotten better over time and are even more respected and appreciated now!
Where do you find inspiration for your events?
I get my inspiration from the world around me, from a beautiful sunset, a gorgeous painting, fashion, different parts of the world and cultures, and of course Pinterest.
I took a trip to Europe this past summer and I was so inspired by every place we went, London, Paris, and Versailles. After being in these places I could create a million events just from the wonders I saw on the trip. I have also traveled to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Mexico, and the Carribean and each of these locations has affected how I design and create events.
I also thrive off of my clients; we sometimes ask them to bring in one item that defines what they want for their wedding day! I love when they bring me one little thing that tells their story. I can look at an item and see the entire event, not just the item. It’s always a beautiful glimpse into their life. For example, imagine a Cameo inspiring an entire Versailles-esque event or a vintage rhinestone necklace inspiring an event of classic glamour.
If you choose a mansion or an elaborate historic home as your wedding venue, your guests are truly in for a treat. In addition to the wow-factor that a mansion wedding brings, there are many opportunities to make your ceremony and reception completely unique. We have compiled some great tips to make the most of your mansion location for your big day.
Highlight the Mansion’s Architecture
With such beautiful features, such as columns, balconies, and elaborate staircases, the addition of even simple eventlighting can make a huge difference. For example, by utilizing up-lighting at your mansion wedding, you can add visual interest, color, and create an energetic background for your ceremony or reception.
Let the Mansion’s Surroundings Inspire Your Wedding Flowers
By using your wedding venue as your inspiration for your wedding flowers and centerpieces, your thoughtful observations will only enhance the mansion’s beauty and your guests’ experience. If your mansion is set near a forest or foothills, incorporate wild flowers, twigs, feathers, or other organic elements into your floral arrangements. If your venue is near a field of flowers that will be in full bloom for your wedding, incorporate that flower or color into your event decor. The possibilities are endless, so be sure to take in every detail of your mansion and the mansion’s surroundings.
Use Your Mansion’s History to Find Your Wedding Theme
Instead of choosing a theme inspired by a color palate, why not delve into your mansion’s history to inspire your big day? If your mansion was built in the 20′s, include vintage 1920′s accents, a la the Great Gatsby. Play a few jazz songs from the era, serve a signature cocktail in a tea cup (to remind your guests of the Prohibition Era), or rent on old vintage Model-T for your getaway at the end of the evening. You could even include an insert about the mansion’s history in your wedding program. By giving a nod to your venue’s history, your guests will feel that they have not only attended a beautiful wedding, but have taken a journey back in time.
Below we have listed a few of our favorite mansion wedding locations. Take a look if you are still perfect for that perfection mansion location for your wedding or other event: