When you work with Steve Bales, Creative Director at Bold American Events, you know you’re in good hands. This experienced event designer and coordinator brings a signature elegance to every wedding and soiree he gets his hands on. We reached out to get a few pieces of wisdom from this event expert to share with fellow event designers and brides alike.
What are your favorite bridal trends currently?
Right now I really like the bridal headpieces (especially floral crowns!), sequin linens and gracious table settings that include chargers and upgraded glassware to add more pizzazz to the setting.
Describe your design aesthetic.
I take my work very seriously, so I approach the design as if it were my own home. I want it to have a really nice flow and be warm, inviting and comfortable for my guests, but I also want it to be visually interesting.
I think a great way to make a room more interesting is to mix the seating up (square tables, round tables and estate tables) all with different but complementary linens and chairs. I also love using textures and patterns, even if they are tone on tone.
Where do you find inspiration?
I am constantly inspired by the ever changing seasons in my garden and nature in general. Gardens are a great place to get inspiration because they’re ever-evolving, and they have a great mix of colors and textures. I love looking to print for inspiration too, but I’m quite old-fashioned when it comes to magazines. I can spend an evening just flipping through pages of all different styles of home interior magazines to get new ideas.
Brides should splurge on…
It is so important to hire a good planner/designer that you enjoy working with and will trust to represent you on your big day.
Brides should save on…
Elaborate ceremony décor. Although the ceremonial area is the most important part of the whole day and will forever be in your pictures, there are ways to appreciate the space without overly adorning it. You may not need to invest a fortune here if the venue is already a gorgeous setting—and often times they are! Or, if you have a large bridal party, the photos will be filled with people and the extra décor would be lost in the big scheme. More specifically, you can certainly save on aisle treatments—this can be a big investment that is only appreciated for 30 minutes during the ceremony. In my opinion, save the money there and use it on the reception where everyone will appreciate it for the rest of the evening!
Brides shouldn’t sweat…
The little stuff! Leave all of this to your planner/designer! If you want to do something special for your wedding then consider doing special touches on the invitations (like calligraphy and personalized stamps) that is done much earlier and prior to the day. This way, the bride can enjoy the entire weekend without stress but still put her personal “stamp” on her wedding!
See more of Steve’s work and connect with him and his team on their website.