The Art of the Party

One glance at the popular boards on Pinterest can tell you that event inspiration for weddings has never been more available, or more outlandish. Every great occasion needs an edit, so we’ve assembled a complete guide to help.

Think seasonally

Look outside for colour inspiration. Green, white and touches of deep red can provide an elegant event theme. Keeping elements within the season is key to great decor, says Martina Stritesky, owner of White Bow Events in Los Angeles. That doesn’t mean you must get kitschy with mistletoe and pine cones everywhere, but do consider branches, wintry flowers like white amaryllis and Dusty Miller.

Candles and seasonal florals

Along with your feel-good vibe, the scent of Diptyque candles in Feu de Bois will warm up your guests too.


Set the mood

Keeping guests cozy is important. Stritesky recommends looking for venues that have fireplace options. She loves to dial up the cushy factor with intimate seating areas decked out with soft, velvety cushions and sheepskin throws. Candles not only add ambience, but scented varieties can help set a theme. “There is nothing more romantic than brightening up the ceremony with an aisle of candles lighting the way or candelabras on the dining tables.”

Fine print

Calligraphy is a perennial print favourite. Rather than plain white card stock, couples are opting for water-coloured stationery for menus and escort cards. Blending textures and patterns is another way to stand out. Examples: velvet ribbons paired with rustic elements, such as wood or metal, or florals juxtaposed with lace.

Menu and Sweet Treats

This menu from Paleterra is visually striking. / Sweet treats at a rustic-themed wedding.


Serves you right

Interactive stations not only look great, they encourage guests to join in the fun. Stritesky loves the idea of a bespoke drink station that serves up mulled wine and donuts. A winter-cheer theme could include maple taffy and s’mores stations too.

In bloom

When it comes to floral statements, the trend is to dream big. Lush backdrops, garland centrepieces and installations suspended from the ceiling so they appear like they’re floating will transform any space into a memorable one, according to Gloria Cheung, co-owner of The Flower Factory in Vancouver. She likes to mix rough textures of greenery and winter foliage (think cedar, pine and fir) with soft eucalyptus and florals.

 — By Tania Kwong, Photos: Hildur Erla & Kay Kroshus