Decorating Ideas

Color of the Year for 2019

Brian Dunning - Monday, December 10, 2018

It's decided! Pantone Color Institute has named their 2019 color of the year...Wait for it..."LIVING CORAL!" This color will be everywhere in fashion, home design, and of course in wedding colors.
"Living Coral" is described as a "warm peachy orange" with a "life affirming golden undertone". When deciding from the nearly limitless choices, Pantone said that they were thinking organic such as a coral reef.  
Some colors that are included for pairings include "Blue Depths"...a dark inky navy, "Turtle Green" a vibrant earthy green, "Burnt Henna" a deep brown with reddish/ gold undertones and neutrals such as "Sand". Glam it up by adding shimmering gold and make a statement!
Happy designing!

Trending for 2019

Brian Dunning - Friday, October 05, 2018

It's that time again, and we've been exploring trends for 2019 weddings:2019 colors will move from pastels to deeper tones including multiple shades of purple and combinations of Merlot and Champagne and Earthly Greens and Emerald.

Metallics continue to be popular for accents including Silver and Chrome. Add some fun Neon signs to bring back that 70's vibe that is being seen everywhere in design. Another design element is a celestial theme. There are so many areas to incorporate a celestial theme from star and moon hair pins to naming tables after different planets....a fun way to bring back the "Age of Aquarius".

Rustic decor will move toward more tailored greens and organic reusable florals. 

Bridal gowns will take on a fun 70's vibe look with lace overlays, bell sleeves and multi-tiered lengths.

Grooms will be sporting tailored fits with pops of color...think checks, floral or polka dot ties.

Whatever your style, remember that you are marrying the person you love and have fun with it.


A Note on Wedding "Favors"

Brian Dunning - Monday, June 25, 2018

Wedding favors offer the wedding couple a chance to say thank you to their guests for sharing their special day. Consider giving something that they can't wait to use, such as flower seed packets (one of our favorites), gorgeous handmade artisanal soaps, monogrammed fleece blankets, or infused oils ( one of our Brides included a favorite family recipe along with personalized bottles of olive oils). A donation to a favorite charity to commemorate your special day never goes out of style. 

The color "Navy"...more and more popular!

Brian Dunning - Monday, June 25, 2018

Navy offers great versatility and continues to be a popular wedding color choice. Always a summer standby, Navy is often paired with blush, hot pink, or apple green and always looks fresh. More and more, we are seeing Navy being used for all seasons. Choose Navy as a neutral with fall colors or pair with metallics in winter for a glamorous look. The guys look fabulous in Navy suits and girls love a dress that compliments everyone in the wedding party. Navy is truly the "New Black".

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Its a sign!

Brian Dunning - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Creative signage adds a personal touch to your wedding. Use signs for directions to the ceremony site, or a special phrase or lyric that represents the two of you. Glam it up by using unexpected materials such as lucite, acrylic or faux marble, and make your day shine.

A Different Kind of Glitz

Brian Dunning - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Add a modern touch with Lucite for your centerpieces. Lucite is everywhere in furniture, why not try using Lucite containers in different shapes and sizes for a fun and fresh look. Pair with lush greens and big blooms such as peonies or garden roses for a wow factor.

Black is Back

Brian Dunning - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Want a little sophistication? This season, black is making a comeback.Think pretty cocktail dresses for your maids and elegant black suits for the guys with a fun skinny tie in a graphic or abstract design. Add modern colorful bouquets with black streamers and bright centerpieces or go "all out glam" with black runners and pair with lots of metallic and sparkle.

Saint Patrick's Day Wedding Theme?

Brian Dunning - Friday, March 23, 2018

How about a Saint Patrick's Day theme for your March wedding? A clean and crisp color scheme of white or ivory, with pops of dark green and gorgeous gold accents looks elegant and feels like a touch of spring. Think green velvet sandals, lush florals such as white garden roses and seeded eucalyptus with shimmery gold streaming ribbons and swags of fresh greens for an organic feel.  Start the Celebration!

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Floral trends for 2018

Brian Dunning - Friday, March 23, 2018

As a Garden Wedding Venue, we are always interested in the latest flower trends. 2018 will offer eclectic, free form bouquets with big fluffy peonies and garden roses with trailing eucalyptus for spring or summer, bouquets of natural greenery and berries for fall, and bouquets for all seasons with lush dark colors such as eggplant and marsala with blush colored flowers for contrast. Metallics are still prominent with copper tones leading the way.

Set-Up Time for Vendors and Personal Items for Your Wedding

Brian Dunning - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Wondering how everything gets set up the day of your wedding?

Vendors (DJs, Florists, Bakers, Specialty Musicians, Photographers etc) are permitted to arrive at Independence Harbor one hour prior to the scheduled arrival of the Bride, for the purpose of equipment set-up. 
Connie, Anne or Matt will also schedule a time for you to bring all of your personal wedding items to "I.H."(seating cards, favors, guest book, etc.).
The "I.H." wedding director will log in all of your items, discuss your preferred placement of those items, and will gather and organize them for you at the end of your reception.