Being a bride-to-be can be such an exciting time - it is full of making important decisions, trying to balance old traditions and mix in new ones, and occasionally, emotions running higher than usual. One of the best pieces of advice we’ve come across is “it doesn’t matter if it snows, or if someone is mad at you because you chose the wrong shade of pink. All that matters is you walk down the aisle and marry the person of your dreams. When the two of you turn around to face your families and friends for the first time as a happily married couple - that's the moment that truly matters.” You will NOT please everyone, so make peace with that as early as possible. Ensure that you surround yourself with positive people.
With that concept in mind, one of the many pre-wedding celebrations that lead you up to your wedding day is the wedding or bridal shower. This milestone event is typically hosted by a family member aside from the mother-of- the-bride or mother-of- the-groom – usually an aunt or close family friend. Culturally speaking, the wedding shower is one of the first times the two families get together to celebrate the lovely lady becoming a bride. Nowadays, that's not necessarily true, but nonetheless, still a very important event.
Often filled with yummy treats, games and celebrations, the occasion really is a time for the families to gather and share in this momentous life event. A theme that we absolutely love for a bridal/wedding shower is a tea party or high tea. The soft pastel colours that can be incorporated into the occasion are truly delicate and darling. Pinks, whites and creams are often the focus for this kind of theme.
Picture this: a long rectangular table set with bone- white china plates, soft pink table cloth, sprinkled with gold touches and blooms in shades of pink. Carefully placed around the table are elegant Chiavari chairs.
One of the many versatile qualities of the Chiavari chair is decorating the chairs in a variety of endless styles. A simple soft pink ribbon weaved through the top of the Chiavari chair, or simply a bow, will no doubt add the soft and delicate look you are looking for.
Another option is to tie a handful of pastel coloured ribbons the length of the chair. Fastened to the top on the back of the chair, the ribbons will fly loosely in the wind and create a whimsical feel – ideal for a tea party!
A third option would be to go with the floral look. Tea parties or high teas can be set in gardens. So, naturally, adding some blooms to the backs of the chairs would be exquisitely suitable. In continuing with the pastels and pink theme, securing a seasonal flower such as a peony, rose or ranunculus combined with dainty baby’s breath to the top corner of the chair or centred in the middle, gracefully adds a soft and chic look – not to mention the phenomenal floral fragrances!
Dressing up simple and stylish furniture is sure to give an event like a wedding or bridal shower just an extra touch of something special. A lot of our ideas are simple and can be DIY! Don’t forget the tea cups, saucers, petit-fours, fascinators, and florals. Cheers!