YOUR WEDDING DECOR | making ‘fun’ a priority | If you read only one post on this blog, I want this to be it.

Ok, so yesterday I was speaking with an avid wedding blog reader who said something very interesting that really hadn’t occurred to me in any kind of meaningful way.  I wanted to share it with you:

“You know, I’m noticing that, these days, weddings are starting to seem much less like weddings, and much more like artistic competitions.  They’re gorgeous, but I get the sense that each one is trying to top the last!”

She makes an interesting point.  Weddings are definitely becoming increasingly more creative, detailed, and just generally more involved than ever before.  It’s true.  As I scroll through wedding after wedding, both in submissions to The Knotty Bride as well as on my colleagues’ blogs, I do notice that more and more weddings are heading towards more unique, highly artistic, and on occasion, even avant-garde decor.

But you know what?  I.  LOVE.  IT.

And you know what else?  That avid wedding blog reader is my Mom.  And she loves it, too.

Here’s the thing.  There are three things you get to take away from your wedding day, once it’s over: the photos, your new partner for life (fingers crossed!), and the memories.  And, as we all know, the photos have become one hugely important element over the past several years.  And then there’s the fact that everyone wants to have a wedding that they can call their own; a day that is exclusive to them as individuals and as a couple, and that has elements no one has ever seen before – or at least a new spin on an old tradition.  As you well know, I call all of this the “Wow Factor.”

Now, here’s a meaningful bit of verbiage I have in rotation on the front page of The Knotty Bride; it’s one of my favorite quotes of all time, and I think it sums things up perfectly:

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

Those are the famous words of Coco Chanel, and I heart them.  Though they mean more to me than just the simple fact that one must be innovative.  To me personally, they assert the importance of being yourself.  If you choose to be who you are, the you that you were meant to be all along, then, by default, you are offering something different – something irreplaceable – to the world.  And whatever that is, I bet it’s amazeballs.  This is the only way to live your life, if I may be so bold.


While being different is great, we must be careful not to make it the point of your wedding.  Being different/innovative for the sake of being different/innovative defeats the purpose.  In fact, there’s something that I think is far more important than being original, and it’s my point within what has become an incredibly long-winded blog post (sorry about that).  Can you guess what it is?  It’s pretty simple.  It’s called “having a good time.”

Ladies and gentlemen, you have to have a good time at your wedding.  This is paramount.  Because, aside from gorgeous pictures, that’s truly all that matters when it’s all said and done.  I’ve read far too many sob stories from brides describing their weddings as harried, highly tense experiences that rushed by far too quickly.  And, as we all know, there are no second chances.  (Well, there are, but that’s another story.)

So, in the spirit of having fun – and still being very original actually, since this is a pretty fresh, new concept… I’d like to suggest something:

Confetti System’s Tassel Garland and piñatas!

This is my new favorite thing.  Your wedding is essentially one massive party, right?  It’s a huge-a$$ celebration, of mythical proportions in some cases.  And that’s nothing short of AWESOME.  And you know what?  No one said you had to be all serious about it.  (Except maybe your mother-in-law.  But she’s not the one getting married, now is she?)

So, how ’bout some tassel garland in your favorite colors?

You can hang that stuff anywhere.  It can be used to decorate your altar, the backs of chairs, even your ceilings (or, as Sarah Palin would call them, “your cilins”)!

Personally, I LOVE their piñatas…

Tell me: who doesn’t love a good piñata, colorful confetti, or just art installations in general?  Please, name one person.  … And I’ll name you one person who doesn’t like to have fun.  (So that’s how that’ll work.)

Oops!  I almost forgot… what’s a piñata without a crazy awesome jazzed-up blindfold… eh?  EH?

I know you’re loving this.

The tip of my nose is tickling in anticipation of being blindfolded like that someday soon.  Because it would be fun, but it would also tickle a lot, if you think about it.

So, want to know where you can find all of this great stuff?  Glad you asked; it’s all created by Confetti System, and I am totes a fan.  And I have a feeling you are now, too. :)

I’m curious; what do you think of all this?  Chime in below.

Also, have a great weekend!

Ohh, and remember… try to make fun your priority, if it isn’t already. :)

xoxo!  – Alison

P.S. – Hey Cooks Source – hands off.


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  1. Kerri on November 5, 2010

    This is awesome. Your posts are not only filled with great inspiration, but you have some of the greatest advice I’ve read on a wedding blog. Thanks for bringing us such great ideas, as always. :-)

  2. Dave on November 5, 2010

    This is awesome! Thanks for the reminder :) All of my married friends tell me that they barely remember their weddings b/c they were too busy catering to their family & friends and they never got to enjoy the moment with their wife/husband.

  3. Victoria Sharkey on November 5, 2010

    I am so loving this from head to toe! I was looking for fun fresh ideas to hang from tree to tree! :) Muchos Gracias X infinity!

  4. Bonafidebride on November 5, 2010

    Amen, sista! I just got married in October, and I can’t tell you how often I heard, “Just don’t get caught up in the decor and all the little things.” That’s like telling me not to be myself! I find peace, comfort, and joy in the ‘little things’, and therefore, those are ‘big’ things, to me. Our decor *so* reflected us at our wedding. And those tassel garlands? I’m diggin’ ‘em.

  5. jacin on November 5, 2010

    wow i love this!!! so much pretty detail

  6. Sarah on November 5, 2010

    These are my new favorite things now too!!!! Talk about something to please both young and old!

  7. Katherine on November 5, 2010

    This post hits the nail on the head! To create a memorable event/day/weekend, but at the same time revel in the entire reason it’s happening is a tough balancing act. For planners out there, I believe it’s a necessary part of the job to constantly remind the couple, family, etc. WHY you’re working with them – so they can profess and commit their love to one another. great, Great, GREAT post, Alison! Thanks for sharing :) ps: I’m all about that fringed blindfold! :)

  8. Jin on November 5, 2010

    I’ve never seen anything like this before. This is incredible. We love color and we definitely love fun, so this is kind of perfect for our wedding! I forwarded it to my fiance and he looves it. Done and done! Thank you for sharing this!

  9. TheDemoiselle on November 5, 2010

    Fun Fun Fun! AND pretty AND colorful AND sparkly! Everything I love rolled into one! GREAT post! Happy weekend Alison. Are u and Abby gonna get together? ;)

  10. Super Burbs on November 5, 2010

    Alison – I could not agree with you more. It is SO important to really enjoy your day. It only happens once, you won’t care about anything that goes wrong when the day is finally there – what you will remember are the irreplaceable moments all throughout the night. You know I love wedding details more than most – but the best detail is the fact you are a Mrs. at the end of it all.

  11. Lena on November 6, 2010

    Whenever my sweetheart looks at the weddings I post or flip through, he says exactly the same thing-these look like design competitions, not like weddings. And while I obviously swooon over beautiful invitations and carefully created escort card displays and amaaazing shoe photos, I have to admit that sometimes, I agree with him! These weddings make gorgeous eye candy, but I always hope that those serious shots of the bride and groom staring blankly at the camera aren’t really what they look like the whole day!

  12. Mandolyn Hecox on November 6, 2010

    Your P.S. about Cooks Source made me bust out laughing—love it!
    (And your wonderful creative post!!!!!!!)

  13. TenThouBride on November 6, 2010

    i couldn’t agree more. going against the grain just to go against the grain doesn’t make any sense at all and has never, actually, in anything. great post, alison, love the tassels and pinata. anxiously awaiting the new site (we’re redesigning as well, WORD!)

  14. Brit @ Landlocked Bride on November 6, 2010

    You don’t have to argue with me over having fun. That was the #1 thing when planning and designing our wedding. Not only did we want to have fun, but we wanted our guests to have a fun and memorable experience. So every aspect of the reception (and ceremony) was planned out so that it was meaningful to us, but also to our guests.

    Kudos :)

  15. Kate Holland on November 6, 2010

    Firstly those pinatas are so fun, love them!! Secondly great post and so many true points made. If you don’t enjoy your day and just stress out over all the details… really what’s the point? You put so much into the planning and organising to get it just so, you owe it to yourself to enjoy and have fun!

  16. Kim @BrideGoggles on November 9, 2010

    I. Die! Sparkly and amazing!!!

  17. Alicia@CharityWedding on January 3, 2011

    Um those blindfolds are incredible! How awesome would a wedding picture be of a bride in one of those swinging at a pinata, full of champagne of course? Real awesome. Make it happen.

  18. Amy C. on January 29, 2011

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