Home Sweet Home
By Kirsten Tyrrel
The first time a picture frame was hung from the branches of a tree, a sort of connection was made between two worlds. That of home, and that of the design world. Slowly, bits and pieces of home life have eased into what we now see as a sweet and cozy wedding celebration. As the styles in our homes change continuously, so do those of weddings. More often we are seeing bits of home decor at weddings- and why not? This day is all about you!
More and more the styles of home decor are paralleling that of wedding design. The patterns we use to paint walls are patterns we see on stationary for wedding invites. The items we typically see resting on a bookshelf at home are now appearing as filler décor at receptions. Even the appearance of cupcakes as wedding appropriate food fit in with the ever- growing trend to bring part of home to weddings.
Whatever your style is: rustic, vintage, urban or something entirely different, find ways to let that inner style speak to your guests. There are many ways to do this! From small ornamental items to large pieces of furniture, the sky is the limit. It’s a great practice run for decorating your own home after the nuptials are over!
Begin by getting inspired. Browse the internet or go old school and check out some books and magazines from your local library. As fun as creating online pin boards can be, there’s something to be said about flipping through the pages of a book. This doesn’t have to feel like homework. Even a window shopping adventure can get your inner creativity flowing. Make sure you are doing one very important thing- be authentic. If what you love just so happens to be what’s trendy, then go with it. If you feel like your style is completely opposite of what you have been seeing at friend’s and family’s weddings, don’t take that as a sign that what you love is wrong. Your style is your own and people will love it!
Personal touches will be much more attractive if they are truly representative of who you are. After you’ve decided what you envision for the big day, start hunting at home. Find household objects to display in addition to the standard wedding décor. You have to display your wedding cake- why not do so on the beautiful end table in your grandmother’s home you’ve loved for years? Your reception will be at night so you need lighting fixtures. What about that great rustic chandelier you saw while window-shopping? Look around your home when you are setting out to find unique decor for the big day. See if there are any pieces- old and new- that showcase who you are and what you love. Allow things to speak to you and allow your own pizzazz to be realized.
Once you’ve exhausted all your options for what you already own, send yourself on a shopping trip! Try renting things you might not be able to afford, and save up for a few things to buy. Renting is a great way to have some beautiful pieces at your reception without having to front the cost and store things later. Have fun and find pieces you can use later in your home. What better way to remember the most perfect day of your life? If you’re feeling a little crafty and have some time on your hands before the big day arrives, find some inspiration on how to create your own masterpiece. This is a way to produce something truly original that will become a treasured memento for years to come. See a funky chair that totally fits your style, but you hate the color? If it’s fabric, re-cover it. If it’s wood, strip it and re-finish or paint it! After the wedding you’ll have a fun chair to place in the corner under one of your wedding photos. Seeing that chair could bring back all the sights, smells and tastes of the sweetest day of your life.
There are many ways to bring home decor into your wedding design. Take advantage of what’s already around you and find a way to invent a unique experience for your wedding guests. It will be personal and beautiful experience they will not soon forget.