Creating a Wedding Vignette

Yes, a vignette is that strange filter on your Instagram. But is also an interior design term that means groupings, normally on tables or shelves. Get creative! Snaz up your sweetheart table, the sign-in table, or even the altar or window ledge behind you during your ceremony.  Use accessories like photos, mirrors, flowers or other foliage, vases, candlesticks, and other touches that have personal meaning to you and your groom, your parents, or your maid of honor.

Here are 5 tips for creating vignettes that will fit your theme and your budget.  Remember, less is more!

1. Symmetry or Asymmetry?

If your wedding is a very traditional and very formal affair, then stick with symmetric displays on the main focal points of the ceremony and reception: the aisle, the altar, the sign-in table, the cake table,, the sweetheart table (if there is one, if not, the wedding party table.)

If your wedding is going to be more casual — think bohemian and elopement — you can play with more asymmetrical groupings.  Heights of objects won’t need to be perfectly balanced, colors don’t need to be the exact same hex code or pantone.

This sweetheart table stuck with the white roses that decorated the guests tables and the bride’s bouquet, but varied the vase heights and the textures: from beveled silver to clear glass.  Notice they also kept it very symmetric.

2. Pick a light source (and move away from the wall).

Don’t put your bridal portrait in a dark corner!  Arrange a tableau near a window, or around a lamp.  If candles are a major element in your design, make sure they cast enough light.  Nothing about your wedding day should be dark. You don’t want all of your decorations and hard work lost to the shadows.

While well-stacked and colorful, this yummy vignette was up against the wall, making it a little dark and less of a focal point. Now, if this had been in line with a Halloween or Festive Fall theme, it may have been enhanced with strategic candles to at least create some flickering mood lighting.

The aim is to create interest that moves your guests around the space to look at the table centerpieces, the sentimental trinkets on your sign-in table, the cake pushed toward the front. Not everything needs to line up, but everything needs to be well-lit.

3. Odd Numbers. Think, the ‘Rule of 3’

According to Wikipedia, ‘things that come in three are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things.’  Your vignette should make a statement, as bold or as simple as you’d like.  So keep it balanced.  Human brains have decided that 3 is the magic number.  It isn’t too many objects, so that your shelf or your table looks cluttered, and it isn’t too few so that it looks bare and unplanned.

4. Vary Heights & Textures

It’s like your favorite layered necklaces. Lead your guests’ eyes up and down across & around the whole ceremony space, directing them to where you and your beloved stand.  Think of your theme.  Do stacked books suit you and your love’s personalities or interests?  What about pedestals that mirror the archway you’ll be standing under?

Mix shiny objects with rough wood and natural greenery.  Arrange iron chandeliers with soft yellowed lace.  Layers create depth and therefore visual interest.

fall theme signin with pumkins

Notice the play with heights between the glass of tiny gourds and the tea lights, the color coordination and contrast between the bridal portrait and rich fall colors, and the textures of the weathered frame, the glass vase, and the burlap table runner.

5. Stick to your theme!

If you have live peacocks at your venue and really want to show them off, make sure your centerpieces feature peacock feathers and coordinating jewel tone table confetti or candle holders.  If you’re walking down a sandy aisle in your bare feet to the sound of waves crashing, incorporate sea shells and fish nets.

The aim of the vignette is to create visual interest that accentuates and compliments the event, not distracts from it.

And one last tip!

Don’t be afraid to break the rules.  If a perfectly monochromatic table setting is what you want, go for it.  If it’s super windy, you may not want teeteringly-tall vases or picture frames.  It’s your day, so make it your own.

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions Loose Florals

 1. Elegant & Unfussy Florals

Loose cascading floral arrangements with that “fresh-picked” vibe.  No bride wants to appear high maintenance as she walks down the aisle, and an elegant bouquet with lots of greenery is both simple and beautiful.

Keep it inexpensive by accenting your real roses and lilies with silk flowers and faux-greenery from your local craft store!  Add those glitter ferns, or that slightly off-color English Ivy, or even those strings of pearls and crystals to make your bouquet truly unique and with a touch that a local florist may not achieve perfectly.

You can even make designing and crafting bouquets a fun Bridesmaids’ Bruncheon activity.  Nothing says true bonding like hot glue and ribbons!

2. Include the pets.

The most well-behaved family pooch may just become the ring bearer. And the not-so-well-behaved will only be relegated to the photos and kept away from the cake.  Some we’ll even get to see in their best formal wear!

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions Dogs in Weddings

3. Perfect Palettes

Rich colors enhanced with metallic accents – watch out for the rose gold & coppery bronze.  And while they debuted in 2015, we’ll definitely be seeing more mix-&-match bridesmaids dresses this year.

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions Metallic Neutrals

PC: Kaylee Mariee photography


4. Vintage & vintage-inspired ringsVintage Ring

Unique and sparkly heirlooms, paired with all things art nouveau and regency-era.  Pretty blush silk, chantilly lace, and pearls abound with the return to yellow gold bands and settings.

5. After Parties

All the celebration of a wedding reception and much less of the formality.  We think this will coincide with the increase in elopements and intimate ceremonies.

6. Twist on Tradition

Individual sweets instead of a triple-tiered wedding cake.  We’ve seen everything from tiers of donuts or cupcakes to pumpkin pie to peach cobblers, but it’s been rarer in 2015 than we think it will be in 2016.  Sweet southern wedding? Expect the cobbler and vanilla ice cream!  Channeling the French? Bring on the macarons!whipped-cream-puff

Have you spotted any trends you think are sure to surprise us this year? Let us know in the comments!


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