Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Event Design | Choosing Your Linens

You've heard me say it before, because I'm a fan of adding color and texture in the form of linens, but seriously, linens transform any table. Flowers make a big impact, but linens make those flowers look even better!

I never tell my clients how to spend their money, however I am also not a fan of table legs. I am up front with clients about how linens transform a space and if they are interested at all, to set aside some of their budget. Since I use linen samples when choosing a palette, I'm a step ahead when it comes to finding the perfect linens. If you've used paint or paper swatches, you'll need to find a linen company that carries various colors to suit your needs. If there isn't anything local, there are many companies that ship nationwide, so it's just finding the right company for you.

For each Pearls Events linen client, we put together a sample table using various linens in different colors and textures. We do this on-site at their reception venue, and have their florist on hand that day with centerpiece samples. From there, we decide on the final linen selection for all the tables - guest, cake, escort card, head table, etc. - and also tweak the centerpiece flowers, if needed.

Still want to work with white, but want something that goes to the floor and drapes nicely? When working with a white color palette, there are many beautiful options, with my current favorite being White Orleans Damask, which will be making a huge appearance at our May 21st wedding!

[linen samples via BBJ Linen, photography copyright Telltale Photography]

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