As an interior designer and a proud homeowner, I understand the desire to want to share your home with friends and family. As Bridal Bouquethomeowners, we work so hard to make our home reflect our personalities, tastes, style, and lifestyle. Early last spring, when my husband and I began planning our summer nuptials and celebration, of course, we looked no further than our own home.  If your home or someone else’s abode sounds perfect for your wedding, here are my big design do and don’t to follow.

Do pull it all together. Select a theme or color scheme to match the interior and/or exterior of the home. For a beautiful traditional home, consult with your florist about traditional florals, such as carnations, roses, or wildflowers, for your perfect centerpieces.Reception

Take color hints from the accents of the home. If there are white fences and black shutters, table linens should be crisp white cloths with black napkins and accents. Look around the home and garden for visually interesting spaces, like a traditional porch or veranda. Use the space and all its interest for a cocktail reception, photos, or the guest book.

If a grand mansion is your backdrop, again notice the decor that makes the space so desirable and eye-catching. Those are your design clues.

Reflect large crystal chandeliers in your centerpieces with hanging crystals and ambient candlelight to warm the look of your reception tables. You and your florist can develop your color scheme from existing plants and flowers, chances are very good the best colors and varieties of florals have already been chosen for the estate gardens and interiors.

Don’t be afraid. Adding fabrics and lights to existing loggias, overhangs, or patios creates inviting, intimate outdoor rooms. Floral ChandelierHanging fabrics from poles simply mounted to the top of any opening gives an instant “room” feel to the space.  Match your color scheme or theme when choosing your fabrics. For dramatic themes, use heavy velvets or damask fabrics held open with tassels and florals. Simple white sheers are a favorite, as they coordinate with most decor or wedding styles.

Use existing features like pools or fountains as focal points. They provide the perfect opportunity to add color and drama by floating matching flowers and candles.

The most important thing to remember is to make your wedding your own. It will be a day to remember forever. My fellow Fleurtation Christine Arylo has a few great tips to help you do just that.

So tell us, how will you make your special day all your own?

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