Pattern Play

photo by Ryan Ray

One of the most consistent design requests from brides in the past few years, is the incorporation of patterns. For us, this is an easy request because of what it brings into the designs. Not only does it offer many ways to make a huge space such as a tent or ballroom not just look like a big boring room. But, it also adds simple and sometimes affordable ways to elevate a look.

photo by Ryan Ray

Here, an outdoor garden theme wedding is given a designer look by having linens made from patterened fabrics we source. Finding multiple patterns that work well together is also a favorite idea.

photos by KT Merry

And, sometimes clients bring us a pattern that they love as the design inspiration. It can bring the entire feel of the wedding together, starting with the paper pieces. We use patterns as envelope liners, backing on cards like save the dates and invitations, or even on menus, for example. Also, a pattern the bride loved is printed in large scale and acts as a lovely backdrop in the dinner tent to add depth and design.

photo by Norman and Blake

For example, when the back of the house could be seen at dinner, we used large panels made of a pattern to create walls. That way the guests would see servers entering from a pretty background.

photos by Norman and Blake; china from Maison de Carine

And, for weddings with more muted color palettes like whites, greens, pastels, etc. a pattern adds in more color without being too complicated. Lampshades, pillows for the lounge, and bookcases are made from the same patterned fabric. Also, we love the look of a pattered china at dinner for an unexpected detail.

photos 1 & 2 Ryan Ray; photo 3 Corbin Gurkin

A favorite space for pattern are on our bars. It’s often easy to find large scale prints or have them made to fit so this is a great way to show some design love and make a statement.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

And, of course, on our dance floors. A big plain dance floor taking up so much real estate in your reception can be so drab. So, why not make it a focal point?