Listen to Your VisionThis Vegas wedding reception challenge was all about the contestants' ability to listen to the clients and serve as a creative conduit to deliver the best possible version of what they want. In this instance, the clients were a young couple named Stephanie and Bruno who had very different ideas for their wedding reception. Stephanie wanted a traditional reception that included some feminine colors, while Bruno wanted to embrace the Vegas venue and create more of a casino experience. Clearly, the team had a large challenge on their hands. You may not be planning a Vegas wedding, but here are my ideas for marrying two very different ideas for a reception.
After each designer put together a presentation to pitch to the couple, Christina is eliminated when she caters more to the taste of the bride-to-be rather than to the groom. Robb, who promises a Vegas extravaganza, is selected the winner and team leader. With a typically bland banquet hall, the challenge is to infuse character, individuality and the very unique combined vision of the couple. The team addresses the bride’s traditional, feminine wants through the table dressing, which includes purple tablecloths, silver-rimmed china and sophisticated cutlery. The groom's Vegas idea takes over pretty much everywhere else with giant-sized die, huge flames, over-scaled gambling chips and an enormous guitar in front of a deep-blue backdrop. The end result was very much to the couple's liking — an important accomplishment — but there were definitely ideas that were executed more successfully than others. Keep reading!
Work With What You've GotA good designer will always try to work with conditions that are not changeable. In this case, it is the tremendously busy carpet. The pattern consists of a varied mix of colors: turquoise, purple, tan, white and brown.
Fill the VolumeThe use of larger-than-life items takes advantage of the banquet hall's huge volume and proportionally works with the space while reflecting the Vegas theme.
Avoid Competing Focal PointsThere are a multitude of focal points and elements that operate successfully on their own, but don't work together visually here. Removing the huge flames, the giant guitar and the boas on the chairs, for example, would create less competition between the elements and allow more focus on the casino/gambling theme with the emphasis being on the large die and the over-scaled chips. Or, instead of the larger-than-life items, actual-size versions of poker chips, cards and die could have been used in large quantities as table decor to make a big statement.
Unify ElementsVegas is all about bright lights, reflectivity and color, and a more balanced approach may have taken a less literal interpretation so the bride's desires could have also been easily included within the theme. Instead, the look of the reception feels like the two different visions were never wholly unified. More flowers in the selected color palette would have made this wedding reception a little more for the bride and taken away some of the amusement-park aspect of the reception. But, at the end of the day, as long as the couple is satisfied, that is all that matters!