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FAL-WIN 2017

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8 F a l l | W i n t e r B R I D E AN EYE TO A LOOK Ask the Expert PLANNER Victoria Staton offers full- service planning, design and day-of coordination. What trends do you steer people away from? "As far as trends, the Mason jars, donut walls. It's kind of becoming something that you see everywhere. It's always my goal to be ahead of what's popular because no one wants their wedding to be the same as their friends' or you look at a magazine and it seems like everyone has the same stuff. I try to create something that fits you and your personality and your style and your art collection, music and all that." What are some visual elements you like to work with? "I like the metallic and how people are mixing different shades of metallic, being able to mix them in a cool, modern way." How do you make a table look pretty? "If it's a nautical theme, I like to pull elements, but not things that are overdone, like, I'm not a big anchor fan. I like to try to come up with other things. I did a styled shoot at the Belle of Louisville. I wanted to pull some history in, so I had coasters that had the Belle on them. I had whistles made from the same wood that the boat is made of. Think about how you met or your engagement or if you have a tradition. Bring all of those elements into the wedding. Of course you need pretty flatware, not just the normal forks and knives and spoons. I love linens, but don't stay with the basic white. There are different patterns and different textures that are still subtle if you want that classic look that will unite and contribute to the overall branding of the wedding." How do you find different chair styles? "I mentioned branding. I want everything from the save-the- date all the way to the escort cards or menu cards to have a look. That goes for chairs. This shoot (pictured) was more of a rustic vintage chair. I do a lot of research on local vendors as well as those in California. California is way ahead of us, so they have a lot more options. There's Chiavari chairs, ghost chairs (clear acrylic chairs) and vintage mismatched chairs." What are some ways couples can save money? "Have your ceremony and reception indoors instead of outside. Outside has a lot more costs attributed. With the tent and just a lot of other backup things you need outside. I would say book a hotel instead of a regular venue. A lot of times facilities have facility fees, but a hotel doesn't. It's also awesome that once the party's over your guests can go upstairs to their rooms. They don't have to worry about getting an Uber. Get the smallest room possible for you and your guests. The larger the room, the more you have to fill. That cuts down on tables and guest number. If you can cut your guest number down, you save significantly on all of the flowers, linens, plates, cutlery, charters, napkins and food." Photo: Design, Victoria Staton International Events; photography, Laura Cook Photography; venue, Butchertown Pointe; chairs and farm table, Southern Classic Rentals; decor rentals and florals, Michaelis Events; flatware, Reliable Rentals

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