Last weekend I participated in a bridal show in Elizabethtown. This was the first bridal show Galej Events has done, and I had so much fun meeting new brides, talking with vendors, and surrounding myself with everything wedding! The week leading up to the event was fun, too, as I designed and prepared my booth decor! So, I wanted to share my creative process – where I get my design ideas, how I develop and create a project, and the outcome of the final product! This is essentially a scaled-down version of the process I use to design my events – finding inspiration in industry materials, creating decor, and putting it all together!
The bridal show booth was an empty 8’x 8′ space. My awesome husband suggested I map out the space with chalk on our garage floor. So, I invaded the garage, and it became my workspace for the next week.
I started with a table. A very old drop-leaf table has been in my family for as long I can remember, and as this table currently resides in my office, it was the initial inspiration for my shabby chic decor. I decided to use the table as both visual display and product placement. From there, I needed decor.
I found this idea in one of my FAVORITE magazines – Celebrate (by Phyllis Hoffman). So, I collected all the bottles I could find and purchased spray paint in the colors of Galej Events’s branding. Then the painting began. About ten coats later, I had 20 beautifully colored bottles.
I realized the drop-leaf table was too small to fill the space, so I needed a couple smaller tables to create dimension and interest. I sent my husband (did I mention that he’s AWESOME?) to pick out burlap linens (burlap being inexpensive and in-line with my theme), and I went out and purchased a side table.
I sewed the linens to fit the small tables. Then it was time to pack everything up, purchase flowers, and head to the bridal show.
With my background in floral design, I could have probably done a more elaborate floral-scape, but I wanted to keep everything simple.