Decorating Ideas

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. 

Woodland Decor

Brian Dunning - Saturday, March 03, 2018

Woodland decor is expected to be a popular tabletop trend in 2018.

Think "greens only" such as a bell jar with greens or foliage or table wreaths for a simple organic statement. Add copper or metallic details for a little shine.

Lush and Wild

Brian Dunning - Monday, February 26, 2018

Lush and wild, bouquets in 2018 will be about the "overgrown" bouquet.

Think dogwood branches, flowering cherry or even forsythia complimented with trailing greens, wild grasses or cascading ribbon to create that "WOW" factor.

Color of the Year for 2018?

Brian Dunning - Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pantone has announced their choice for 2018 color of the year. "Ultra Violet" is described as "romantic, provocative, thoughtful" and the color of royalty. This color choice affects everything from paint and fabric to fashion and most importantly to weddings. Compliment "Ultra Violet" with grays, browns and greens as a neutral or choose a bit more subdued purple for a great look. Of course Mother Nature offers an array of shades of purple to compliment your look. Th "I.H." gardens display a variety of shades of purple, especially in summer and fall. We can't wait to see the options. 

Trends for 2018

Brian Dunning - Friday, December 29, 2017

White, Off-white, Ivory or Champagne. Whatever color suits you, the trends for 2018 are vintage inspired. Oversized bows, long lace sleeves, capes, and non-traditional layered jewelry (such as multi strings of pearls) are everywhere.