- Wedding Theme
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
(ARA) - It all started
when I took a job that would move me to Chicago. I
was about to embark on a new adventure with a new
position. I did not know that this would lead me to
a new romance, foreign lands I never traveled to
before and into a life filled with challenges,
laughter, love and, yes, more wallpaper. I was
nicknamed the Queen of Wallpaper by my peers. By now
you have probably guessed I am a designer, a
designer of wallpaper and fabrics.
Planning a wedding is
all about details. I wanted to create surroundings
that would make our wedding distinctly ours and rich
with references that we and family and friends would
recall with fondness for the rest of our lives.
Who knew that my passion
for wallpaper would become a focal point in planning my
own wedding? Pattern became my magic ingredient.
Probably because of my English heritage, I selected a
beautiful rose floral wallpaper and matching fabric I
designed to be the central theme.
It became very important to me to include color and
pattern on my dress. I had the rose pattern
custom-replicated in beading on my waistband and train
to make it truly unique.
With the rose pattern as a central focus, here are some
of the unique decorative elements I tied together around
* The invitations were custom designed with the rose
floral, mixed with vellum and satin ribbons, tucked
beautifully inside sage translucent envelopes that
allowed the pattern to show through.
* Upon arrival, guests were greeted with custom tote
bags, made of the rose fabric and lined with a lattice
fabric from Sarong, a Jaima Brown Home signature
collection. A string of beads embellished each bag, and
all of them contained a sample of local goodies along
with literature about features of interest in beautiful
Door County. A vase of barely opening fresh roses was
also set in each guest room along with our note thanking
friends for coming to help us celebrate. For children,
there was a special candy bag made of clear cellophane
lined with wallpaper that coordinated with the rose. We
mixed shredded wallpaper in with the candies.
* For an evening dinner cruise the night before the
wedding, we banded straw bowler hats with the companion
rose wallpaper border. It set just the right tone for an
evening of fun and dancing to a local Dixieland band.
* Rice is outdated, and
bubbles are messy. As our guests left the church, each
was given a cone, made of the now-familiar coordinating
mini rose wallpaper with a sheer ribbon bow, filled with
pink and white rose petals, which they showered on us
with joyful abandon.
* For the
reception, a once-ordinary white tent was transformed
into a profusion of pattern and color. Abundant swags of
a lattice design fabric, the same one that lined the
custom tote bags, covered and disguised each tent pole.
It is from Sarong, the newest of my signature Jaima
Brown Home collection. Long folds of the floral rose
fabric stretched overhead, from the edges of the tent
into the center. The edge itself was surrounded in the
coordinating rose wallpaper border. These finishing
details created a beautifully decorated environment to
rival any hotel ballroom.
* To create a distinctive twist for showing guests where
they'd be seated, we covered an ordinary room screen with a
coordinating subtle damask wallpaper pattern. Sheer sage
ribbon was stretched horizontally across the screen which
held the custom rose place cards. To the surprise and
delight of many guests, we attached informal snapshots
interspersed with the name cards. These snapshots turned out
to be great conversation starters.
* A custom scrapbook was created from scraps of all the
wallpapers and ribbons we used throughout. It doubled as a
guest book --a great keepsake of memories and good times
* The tables themselves were layered in custom rose
fabric tablecloths topped with a coordinating wide-checked
fabric. Two lengths of the die-cut rose border ran back to
back along the center of the table. At each place setting
was a small, wallpaper-wrapped package containing a CD of
our favorite songs. Naturally, the original CD cover was
replaced with a square of the rose floral, printed with our
names and the date.
the tablecloths the following day on the deck of our
country house where everyone gathered for a long,
leisurely brunch. Later, we gave the tablecloths to
bridesmaids, ushers and other special guests -- another
thank you to them and a remembrance of the occasion we
all shared. It was our way of lavishing them with the
same good wishes
A wedding is the world's most joyous celebration of
romance. It is, at the same time, public and intimate.
Therefore, all the decorative objects that surround such
an occasion should reflect both the bride's and groom's
own taste and style. Be inspired. Browse through S.A.
Maxwell's wallpaper and fabric collections to create
your own signature wedding.
To locate a retailer/decorator in your area that carries
S. A. Maxwell or Jaima Brown Home collections, call
(847) 932-3700 or visit www.samaxwell.com on the
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