Check out this Summer Scape! We had the privilege of co-hosting Jacksonville’s most recent Perfect Wedding Guide’s Summer Bridal Showcase with Jacksonville’s Downtown Public Library! It’s an incredibly unique space that many brides (corporate and leisure clients, too) are unaware of as a potential space for weddings and events alike. With its modern sleek architectural design, the downtown Public Library is way more than “just a library” – it’s the next event destination in Jacksonville!
Destination Weddings by DPC – a subsidiary of Destination Planning – is on the cutting edge of event design. Staying in tune with the hottest colors, trends and styles of weddings across the world, we are able to really bring creative twists to every element of our events. The first question when creative ideas come to the table is “How much will it cost?”. So our Design Team thought it would be a great idea to show off some fantastic ways that brides can have unique elements to their weddings without breaking the budget!
Up one floor is the library’s beautiful outdoor courtyard – magnificent space for any occasion. With symmetrical rows of trees, a long rectangular fountain, and views of downtown Jacksonville, our Design Team designed the whole area to resemble a summertime ceremony, cocktail hour and reception scene. Perfect for the trend-setting bride, we created the ceremony site with chic white leather benches set at an angle accented with neon green and teal pillows. This is a far cry from the typical folding chairs or specialty style chairs that most use. With budget as a concern, our team wanted to show that how these same furniture benches from the ceremony can later be re-purposed in the cocktail reception or reception party to create comfortable furniture groupings by adding just a few elements. Want your guests to relax? This cocktail reception and/or reception party furniture included an extensive lounge area complete with white leather high backs, large round ottomans, each accented with more pillows and several high boy cocktail tables dressed in vibrant teal or melon linens. The reception dinner area consisted of two long tables situated between the row of trees and the centered fountain. Our team is finding that brides and grooms want something different when it comes to the table seating and layouts. Often times, the hardest part of a wedding are the seating arrangements. It is with new and unique seating layouts that this dreaded process can become something fun and different. By creating unique long dinner tables for dining, our Design Team created a playful seating style as high back white leather benches were featured on one side of the table and clear acrylic chairs on the other side. This created an exciting invitation to have dinner with all your guests. The table was dressed in beautiful teal taffeta crinkled textured linens and topped with stunning patterned overlay that consisted of a modern floral design with teals and melon colors. Each place setting consisted of a neatly folded melon colored napkin topped with a delicious wedding favor cookie in wedding themed shapes like wedding dresses, and wedding bells. When creating these alternate table styles, budget is again the biggest factor in thinking about flowers. With the design our team created, we were able to cut down the overall floral budget with some innovative low tablescapes consisting of a long row of dark brown Manzanita branches, with a white hydrangea head centered in between each grouping of branches. Each white hydrangea had resonating accents of the blue-bomb orchid heads tucked within it, while the branches had delicate mokara orchids dotted throughout. In between each branch piece were small cylinder vases filled with river rocks, water and a handful of floating mokaras. Using branches is a unique look without breaking the bank. For those brides who aren’t crazy about flowers or who have a smaller décor budget, branches are an impressive look.
Bored of the same old “head tables”? Well so is our Design Team! Destination Weddings by DPC designed a very non-traditional head table for this reception as we feel that the wedding party, primarily the bride and groom, should always be the point of focus for the evening. In today’s weddings, panel style seating and sweet heart tables for head tables are not the only option.For this event, we wanted to use three round tables but in a new way. By pulling them together creating one table, we were able to effectively and attractively seat ourwedding party. Using luxurious teal colored, textured linens over these tables and setting the same place settings to create some resonance with the guest tables, the look was amazing. To create the WOW factor, our team placed a trio of cylinder vases in the center of each of the tables. The main centerpiece sat in the center of where the three tables met and included a tall cylinder wrapped in corresponding color ribbon topped with a plush grouping of white hydrangea and melon roses with accenting berries and three strands of melony cymbidium orchids protruding out from the bottom of the arrangement. This was centered on a bed of white hydrangeas and four mini cube vases on each corner of the base arrangement, filled with river rocks, water and two floating blue-bomb orchid heads. This look made a significant statement at wedding reception and created that focal point throughout the night. A boldly designed centerpiece draws the attention to your table, while incorporating the best elements of your guests’ tables.
This is just one of the many ways a bride could set up the library’s outdoor courtyard or any wedding venue. This was a fun summer scape that keeps the budget bride in mind and her guests impressed! Stay tuned for more DPC Designs! Let us know when your BIG DAY is and let us create design perfection on a budget!