Sunday, June 2, 2013

How To Have a Simple Yet Stunning Wedding

The Simple Stunning Weddings book by Karen Bussen
The Simple Stunning Weddings book by Karen Bussen

This is one of the 2 books I really like out of the encyclopedia of wedding-related books I have read. (Trust me, I really read tons of them, way before starting to plan for my wedding as I enjoy browsing flowers arrangements, table settings etc. I called them "applied arts", appreciating them no less than Monet's drawing :D)

Why I find this book extremely useful because it is being very frank on where you can save and where you should splurge. Not all spending are equal in creating the final mood of the wedding celebration. Investing in special lighting effects in a ballroom will give more punch in decorating the environment than upgrading the flower arrangement.

Another thing I love is that throughout the book it gives ideas on how to cut cost on flowers. I love flowers, but I also know that it only last one day (actually, only a few hours) and it costs a bomb. If you watch wedding reality shows such as David Tutera's My Fair Wedding and Platinum Wedding on WE channel, you are probably familiar with the hundreds and thousands of flowers used to create a "flower tree" as table setting. However, to be frank, I personally find those arrangements worth much less in terms of visual value it creates compared to the price tags it demands.

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Pictures from Simple Stunning Wedding by Karen Bussen

Photo from Simple Stunning Wedding by Karen Bussen
Pictures from Simple Stunning Wedding by Karen Bussen

Simple Stunning Wedding by Karen Bussen
Pictures from Simple Stunning Wedding by Karen Bussen

Tricks: using one type of flowers in repeats will give you a chic modern minimalistic look, which I happened to do for my ROM lunch.




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Of course, one of the main reasons I love this book is because me myself is a fan of simple minimalist look. In an industry where almost every vendor is trying to fleece going-to-wed couples for their "once-of-the-lifetime" events, it is natural that most references are gear towards complicated and big flowers arrangement like what you saw in Twilight. Yes, it is BEAUTIFUL. But it is just not me. For you girls who are hopelessly romantic and dying to re-create that scene, this book is probably not for you.

Finally, two caveats for those who wants to create a simple stunning wedding:
1. Simple is not the same as cheap (Mr response to this is "that's stunning"). Simple is clean and not over accessorized. But one can still spend a fortune on the quality of food and item used.

2. Simple is not necessarily minimal. The look might be clean but it can be made up of hundreds of vase with two flowers.

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