Decorating Ideas

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.


Brian Dunning - Friday, December 15, 2017

Color! Color! Color!

Pantone Institute which forecasts current and future color trends, affects everything from fashion to home decor to wedding colors.

After naming "Greenery" the 2017 color of the year, the 2018 Spring forecast is out. Neutrals for 2018 include "Warm Sand", "Coconut Milk", "Sailor Blue", and "Harbor Mist". The Spring season will include bright tones mixed with powdery shades of color.
Independence Harbor offers 20 different napkin colors at no added charge to compliment your decor and help you stay "on trend".

Fall update

Brian Dunning - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall is here! Our Independence Harbor gardens boast thousands of jewel toned Chrysanthemums in October and November as "Mother Nature" shows off her extraordinary fall foliage on our sprawling twenty acres. The "I.H." dining room is decorated to compliment the  beautiful color palate that Fall has to offer.

Saturday and Sunday daytime weddings are particularly popular in October and November offering the warmth of sunshine and the beauty of the Independence Harbor landscape. 

Ornamental grasses, white pumpkins, and mums offer wonderful decorating options.

Save Money on Centerpieces!

Brian Dunning - Sunday, October 15, 2017
A great way to save money on your centerpieces is to use the "I.H." hurricane lamps.

The clear glass hurricanes are 11 1/2" tall complete with a 10" lit ivory tapered candle.

Provide a ribbon to match your wedding colors, and the "I.H." team will tie the bows for you, creating beautiful, simple and inexpensive centerpieces. 

You will need 1 1/2 yards of ribbon for each hurricane. Double faced satin (1 1/2" wide) works best, wired or unwired.

If you wish to dress your centerpieces a bit more, consider adding rose petals, fall leaves, "bling", or even a wreath to circle the hurricane.