Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bridal Show Rundown: A Beautifully Set Table

For today's post I will be showing off one of my favorite parts of The Canterbury Place's Wedding Show- the set table! We did a mock set-up that featured everything from place cards, menus, to favors. Here are the details:
For the place cards we purchased cards from the local craft store and added some fun elements of pink labels and a mini pink flowers. We hand wrote the name of each of our "guests" with their table number written on the inside. Because place cards can't be made until a few weeks before the wedding (when all of the RSVP's are collected), a lot of brides leave this to the last minute. But you can easily purchase and embellish the cards and then write the names on them later

Photo by Vanderbeek Images

For the favor board, we covered a bulletin board with a coordinating striped fabric (for a great visual effect). We collected candy in pink tones and then placed them in mini cellophane bags. For the finishing touch, we purchased some darling labels and added on a monogram- TCP for The Canterbury Place. When the bags were finished, we pinned them onto the board so that guests could take a favor when they found their place card.
The set table was divine! We used a buffet table for the set table- this is a great way to do a served meal of a budget. Why? Because 8-10 people sit at one table so your linens and flowers go farther than on a round table (which usually seats 6-7 guests). We did something a little different and placed the cake in the middle as a centerpiece. The flowers were minimal- but simple and sweet. For the place setting we used The Canterbury Place dishes and stemware- so if you are having a served dinner here, you can see how beautiful our place settings are!
Photo by Vanderbeek Images
One of the fun things we did at this show was incorporate a lot of pattern! The table linen we selected was an ivory stripe. On top of it we added 3 hand crafted table runners for that bold punch of pattern.

Photo by Vanderbeek Images
For each place setting we had a dinner menu that was designed for the show. This is a great idea that any bride can incorporate! It's a great way to both "brand" your wedding and let your guests know what their next course will be. The menu was tucked inside of an ivory napkin with a band of ribbon and a paper flower used as trim.
On the corner of the windows we added these paper lanterns (more pattern!)
and mini poms.
For the centerpiece we used a cake that was created by one of our preferred cake artists Julie Hill from Layers Cake. I was inspired by this cake. So I sent her a picture, I told her my general vision, and I let her run with it. I was so happy with they way the cake turned out! The icing work on the second layer is amazing and the broach on the top tier is made from sugar. If you are looking for a cake artist who is amazing at details and makes a super delicious cake- please contact Julie!

If you have any questions on anything from this post, please call us at 801.292.5053. Remember, every element you see from our Show, can be incorporated in to your wedding!
Once again, thank you Lindsay Jane Photography for the images!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bridal Show Rundown: Candy Bar

The Candy Bar at our Bridal Show was amazing! The Canterbury Place's Catering team did a great job of combining many "favorite" candies in our bridal show colors to create that kid in a candy shop feeling. And it sure was a crowd pleaser! Our guests loved helping themselves to their favorite candy to either eat right away or to take home and enjoy.
At The Canterbury Place we offer our candy bars at $200 per 100 guests. This is definitely the best favor choice out there! It is easy to incorporate your colors and guests always love to have an interactive part of the reception (believe me, it is something that they will remember).
The setup we featured at the show can also be used at your wedding (or you can come up with your own idea)- we used our apothecary jars decorated with ribbon in the bridal show colors. We added labels that looked like medallions by handcrafting pinwheels and adding on a printed circle label (which you can purchase from craft stores).

Photo via Vanderbeek Images
The end result was so cute and we couldn't be happier!

Here is an close-up of the medallion label. For a how-to on making pin wheels, click here.

Thank you to everyone for your great response of the Bridal Show! Whether you were able to come to show, or you have been enjoying the features online, we hope that you have been inspired! Tomorrow the feature will be on our set table.
Thanks to Lindsay Jane Photography for the beautiful photographs!
Post by Ashley

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bridal Show Rundown: Food

I hope that everyone is loving our bridal show features! Today we are showing off the food that was provided by The Canterbury Place Catering department. Our Chef, Tish, did an amazing with incorporating the theme Vintage Chic into beautiful and delicious food.
Every year, we show a new way to have your buffet table. This year, we featured a six foot round in the center of the Historic Dining Hall. This round is available for every bride to use and is great for creating an amazing focal point in the center of the room.

Half of the buffet table was dedicated to desserts. Our desserts included lemon bar and brownie stacks with adorable garnishes.
Mousse Shooters (those are mini spoons in the shooters!)
Indulgent Desserts
Fruit-filled Sugar Cookies
and Chocolate Nut Cups
The other half of the table featured every one's favorite: hors d'oeuvres! The Canterbury Place has two menus with hors d'oeuvres, and all of the food items at the Show are now available on our menus.
This year we had Mini Beef Wellington
Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa
Filo Blue Cheese with Pear
And Sausage and Mushroom Bites.
Because we had so many new hors d'oeuvres, we wrote our menu on a chalk board.
So many of our brides loved this idea and wanted to use it for their own wedding! So we are making it available for rent for weddings.
The price is $15.00 and it will have your menu written on it. This is a perfect way to let your guests know what amazing food they will be having!

We hope that everyone who joined us enjoyed the delicious food! For our next feature we will be showing the decedant Candy Buffet that was also created by our Catering team. Check back soon!

Thank you again to Lindsay Jane Photography for the beautiful pictures!

Post by Ashley

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bridal Show Rundown: Ceiling Decor

At The Canterbury Place, one of our favorite things is to decorate the ceiling! And why not? The ambiance is amazing when you extend your decorations from floor to ceiling! Our original ceiling swags created the perfect tenting effect, so we decided to double the effect with lights in every swag. The effect was perfect, and there was still room in the center for hanging Tissue Poms. These are adorable because they give the feeling of hanging flowers, but bigger and less expensive! This was our first time featuring the Tissue Poms at a show, and we are sure that many brides will love this look (it's much softer and more feminine than Chinese Lanterns, so it's the perfect look for a Vintage look)! The Poms come in many colors, and each one has a slightly different petal, giving it a unique texture.

The Fully Lit Ceiling Swags we featured are available for $550.00 in Ivory or $700.00 in a custom color. Of course, our original Ceiling Swags are still available at $350.00. The Dining Hall ceilings are very tall, so these give the room a more intimate feel. And with all of the lights, it really is magical!

Photo via Vanderbeek Images

Upgrading the ceiling decor every year is something that we really enjoy! In the Ballroom, Elysha came up with the idea to hang Chinese Lanterns along Italian Lights. This is a very versatile look because you can just do the Chinese Lanterns, or have it with 1/2 swags (as shown) or with full swags! It is a great look above the dance floor, because it gives the feeling of outdoor dancing. Of course, we could also do this same look outside when it is warm enough to do dancing in the courtyard!

Thank you again to Lindsay Jane Photography for the beautiful pictures!

Post by Ashley

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bridal Show Rundown: Florals

The florals for our Bridal Show this year were stunning! Stacie from The Canterbury Place Floral designed and hand crafted every floral piece at the show. If you are interested in having Stacie do your wedding flowers, she is the florist for our packages! Also, if you would like her to do flowers outside of The Canterbury Place, you can check her availability by calling her at 801.510.5764.
At The Canterbury Place's booth, Stacie created mini arrangements in adorable urns.
We featured four different bouquets, this pink and peach toned bouquet had Calla lilies, tulips, and hypericum (how perfect was it in front of our photo station?!?)
On the set table (more pictures of this to come!) we had floral pomander balls sitting right on the tables for a very chic look.
The buffet spray was gorgeous! It was very large and lush with curly willow coming out of the top with roses, peonies, dahlias, and anemones in the bottom. This spray was the perfect focal for our Vintage Chic room!
For our six guest tables, we wanted to show off six different centerpieces. For this table we had a large manzinita branch with tissue flowers and mini birds. The flowers matched the chair sashes and the tissue poms hanging in the center of the room.
This was one of my favorite centerpieces! This twig box was filled with ranunculus and garden roses. The color combination and texture was divine.
Each of our centerpieces was sitting on top of a frame with fabric. These are available for rent- you can either bring in your own fabric or use ours. This is a great way to bring in a punch of color and pattern inexpensively. The peony arrangement was so gorgeous and the juxtaposition between the beautiful flowers and the silver modern vase was perfection.
This centerpiece is a great example of an affordable floral piece with a big look! The lemon slices lined the vase with a carnation pomander on top (who said carnations can't be amazing?).
This last centerpiece was a more modern look. The billy balls were in our newest centerpiece (available with any rental at The Canterbury Place) with a pomander sitting on the side- the perfect simple look!
Once again, all photos in this post are from Lindsay Jane Photography. They also did a feature on our bridal show today! Check it out here!

Post by Ashley

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bridal Show Rundown: Linens

This year at The Canterbury Place's Bridal Show we had awesome linens (all of which are available to rent through The Canterbury Place)! Here is how we achieved our Vintage Chic theme look through linens:

On the guest tables we had Butter Cream yellow Table Toppers (which are very affordable!).

Photo via Vanderbeek Images

The head table and buffet tables had Ivory Striped Table Toppers (which are so beautiful).

All of our chivari chairs had our Ivory Chair Cushions and Ivory Organza Sashes. Each set of chairs had chair sashes and were tied in a unique way. Sashes are a great way to add color and personality to a room on a budget- they start at $1.50 per chair and can be tied in a variety of ways. At the show we featured our sashes with many different decorations. On the opi chair sash (the newest way to tie sashes!) we added a napkin holder. This same look can be achieved with a broach.

On the Criss-Crossed tied sash we added a mini tissue pom. These are available through The Canterbury Place at $1.00 per chair in your wedding colors. This is a very feminine look and perfectly matches our tissue poms that hang from the ceiling (more pictures of this to come).
On The Loop tied sash, we added a beautiful crystal. These are also available to rent at $1.00 per chair. In candle light, these will really glitter and add a touch of elegance to the room.
On the Slip-Knot tied sash, we added a fabric flower. If you find something that you would like to add to your sashes, you can bring it in and do it yourself, or you can hire The Canterbury Place's set-up team to do it at $0.25-$0.75 a chair (the price depends on time needed to attach, please ask your wedding planner for a personalized quote).
On the Hanging Knot tied sash, we added a Chinese Lantern Floral Ball. We made these ourselves. While they are very time consuming to make, they are very beautiful and whimsical. For the DIY tips to do it yourself, check out Once Wed's Blog.
On the Cafe tied sashes we added a paper pinwheel. These pinwheels are a great way to add pattern and color to the sash.
And on the Knot we added a fresh floral. Please contact your florist on pricing for this option.

All pictures in this post (unless marked) are from Lindsay Jane Photography. Stacie was kind enough to take many beautiful pictures of our bridal show. Through the next few days, you will see many more photos from Lindsay Jane Photography. If you would like more info on her awesome work, please check out her blog here.

Post by Ashley