Jan 20, 2020

Design Inspirations | From Ceremony to Reception

Hello Readers! Today’s blog entry is all about space transformations. Think of a classic “before and after” situation but not necessarily in a makeover way. The ‘before’ can be one idea and the ‘after’ is another separate idea. One design is not better or worse than the other; just different. This blog will show you one idea of “before and after” where we use the same event space for two completely different purposes. Both setups are equally well-designed to serve the purpose of the space at the time they are used. For example, our clients often want to use the same available space for the wedding ceremony and the reception afterwards. That means within a short timeframe, we completely transform the space so that the essentials of a ceremony- chairs, altar flowers, the aisle runner- completely disappear. In their place, we set tables for hundreds of guests, a dance floor, lounge seating, photo booths and many other extra functional elements needed for a wedding reception. How do we do it? Well, let’s just say we’ve had a lot of practice! Here are a few of our tips for transforming a space from ceremony to reception:

Pre-set tables and place settings as much as possible. There are always so many pieces to consider when setting the places. From cutlery to place cards and folded linens, all the details that can be set ahead should be. We always place stemware last as it can fall over and break during reposition of the tables.

Pipe & Drape. Not only an essential decor element adding softness and warmth to a space, pipe and drape can cover or hide large items from view. In the wedding you’ll see below, we strategically placed tables behind columns that were hidden from view by luxurious fabric draping. Anchoring the curtained areas on the outer aisle were vessels of greenery, creating a cohesive and intentional design.

Lighting. We say it all the time – lighting is everything. Candles, uplighting, spotlighting and pin lighting all contribute to focusing the guests eyes on what you want them to see. Dimmed lights or blacked out sections of the space don’t draw any attention from the main events which are properly lit. Lighting draws attention to all the right places. When transitioning the space, a quick reconfiguration of the lighting gels or refocus of spotlights gives us the ability to create a whole new atmosphere.

When the transition from ceremony to reception is complete, we pull back the drapes with tie backs, and the new, softer space is on full display. Guests are often astonished what has been achieved in a the short time during which they’ve said hello to a few friends and enjoyed a cocktail. At Morgan Events, it is our goal to execute seamless events from start to finish. Transforming a space in seamless fashion is just another one of those tiny miracles we do to exceed client expectations.

Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Photography: Arrowood Photography | Venue: Bently Reserve | Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design | Tables & Chairs: Classic Party Rentals | Lighting & Pipe & Drape: Got Light | Musicians: Synchronicity Strings | Catering: Componere Fine Catering | Bar Service: Best Beverage | Cake: Sweet on Cake

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