word of the week: chiavari

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

chiavari chair fall wedding

There are many types of chairs to choose from for your ceremony and reception. Today we’re highlighting the chiavari chair in our new Monday series, which introduces you to common words you’ll hear while planning your wedding. The chiavari chair takes its name from the coastal Italian town of Chivari, for which it is named.

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A favorite of brides and first ladies alike, the chiavari chair is a classic that looks equally at home outdoors and in ballrooms. Light and easy to stack, the chiavari chair is as functional as it is pretty.

 

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Also known as a ballroom chair, the chiavari chair is most commonly found in mahogony, natural wood, silver, gold and black. The two images above were taken by Liz Banfield and designed by Tara Guerard.

 

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Depending on the market where you’re planning, you may be able to find chiavari chairs in colors as wild as magenta, spring green or clear lucite. Both of the tables above were designed by Eddie Ross — the first for an event at SCAD and the second, called modern mix, pictured here.

The chiavari chair is often twice as much as (if not slightly more) than the cost of a folding chair, which is another popular choice for events.

 

images: 1- photographed by Meg Smith via La Tavola; 2 pictured here and 3 via Martha Stewart Weddings photographed by Liz Banfield and designed by Tara GuerardKennedy Wedding via LIFE; SCAD event and modern mix by Eddie Ross

 

pretty color palettes #9

Friday, May 20th, 2011

wedding color ideas

photographed by Raymond Hom and styled by Randi Brookman Harris

obsessed with color

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

ranunculus poppy colorful wedding

This year is no doubt the year of color! Loving all of the bright & happy spring arrangements we’ve been seeing lately.

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1 – designed & photographed by chelsea fuss for project wedding; 2 – photographed by leslie shewring via decor8; 3 – once wed

keeping it compartmentalized

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

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Loving these organized displays. They’re a little bit like super sized bento boxes, aren’t they? Such a clean & modern way to display cocktail hour nibbles.

images: 1 – via Martha Stewart Weddings; 2 & 3 via A Subtle Revelry via On to Baby

pretty color palettes #8

Friday, May 13th, 2011

green wedding

photograph by Polly Wreford

Chevron Wedding Details

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

chevron wedding inspiration

Hello! Brittany here again with my second post on the merriment blog! Chevron is such a fun and popular print these days, in fashion, in decorating, and of course in weddings. It’s one of our favorite patterns too — a certain someone I know may use it for her baby shower! It’s the perfect accent for a classic and preppy wedding or for a fete that’s a bit non-traditional too.

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images: 1- Designed by Sitting in a tree and photographed by Sarah Yates; 2- designed by Alison Events and photographed by Jose Villa via Green Wedding Shoes; 3- designed by Wardrobe Stationery; 4- Designed by Maddy Hague of Inspired Bride and photographed by Paper Antler via 100 Layer Cake; 5 – photographed by The Nichols via Style Me Pretty; 6 – designed by Ritzy Bee and photographed by Kate Headley

decor at BHLDN

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Loving the inspiring new decor shop at BHLDN

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

mother's day brunch inspiration



images: mother & child via flickr; silverware and red & white table photographed by claudio raschella for wedding style guide, issue no. 4 via once wed; strawberries via The Bride’s Cafe tumblr; lighting bug catchers photographed by A Bryan Photo via Southern Living;

My Old Kentucky Home

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Kentucky Derby Inspiration

It’s Derby week in my home state. Do you have any fun race day party plans? A bourbon tasting bar, perhaps?


images: Juleps via Southern Accents; bouquet via Vermont Vows; invitation and tablescape via Ritzy Bee; pies photographed by Katie Stoops for Leslie and Jarrod’s wedding

All wrapped up!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

fabric gift wrap ideas

I’m so happy to have a special guest blogger here today. Brittany started working with Merriment last year as an intern and continues to assist on event days. When she said she’d be interested in guest blogging, I took her up on it immediately, of course! Hoping to see much more of her around here. Today she has a great gift wrapping idea just in time for Mother’s Day.


fabric gift wrap ideas

I love the idea of using fabric for wrapping gifts. Not only is it clever and eco-friendly, it can be two gifts in one if you use tea towels or a vintage scarf. To secure the ends, tie them in a simple knot or secure them with a cute pin, button, or pretty ribbon to give the package an extra special touch. Also see more wrapping techniques here. Add a personal element to your wedding by wrapping small favor boxes in monogrammed cloth napkins or vintage fabric scraps.


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images: 1 Photograph by Joseph De Leo for Handmade Weddings via The Haystack Needle; 2 and 5 Studiopatro Tea Towels; 3 and 4 fabric wrap by Chewing the Cud via Oh Joy!