3 Top Wedding Planners Reveal Their Most Creative Design Details

Wedding Style & Decor
Letterpress on Velvet Detail

Photo: Jose Villa

What takes a wedding from being "nice" to one that your guests can't stop talking about, sharing photos of, and calling "the most beautiful wedding ever?" The details. While good food, friends, and fun still make up the foundation of a great wedding, little personal and design touches can elevate the experience to something that is truly memorable. To help get your creative juices flowing, we asked three sought-after wedding planners to share some of the most unique touches they've dreamed up of for their clients.

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Letterpress on Velvet
"We designed a fall wedding where the couple wanted a very neutral palette, so my challenge was to figure out how to make a monotone color scheme feel rich, luxurious, and warm. The solution was to play with textures — specifically velvet — which is a very sumptuous material. We trimmed everything in velvet throughout the décor and wanted to bring that theme into the paper elements too. So I actually used letterpress on velvet ribbons, which we then integrated into the escort cards and the invitation suite. Velvet has a great patina that you don't get from paper alone and the mixing and matching of textures added depth, dimension and interest to something that's usually a lot simpler." — Lynn Easton Andrews, Easton Events

Keepsake Guest Booklet
"I designed a small wedding with only 65 guests, so I really wanted the reception to feel intimate and all the guests to feel like they were a part of the wedding. To achieve this, I created a booklet for each guest, which they received at the dinner table. Inside, there was a menu and a diagram of where each person at the wedding was sitting and a little tidbit about who they were and why they were important to the couple. When guests met each other, they already knew something about the other person and it was also a special way for the couple to honor each attendee with a personal note." — Cassandra Santor, Cassandra & Company Weddings

Escort Cards with Significance
"In one wedding, we used the groom's love of timepieces (he's collected many over the years) as inspiration for how we did the seating cards. Guests picked up escort cards that were hand cut into shapes of clocks that were set to a certain time. Each time reflected a moment that was significant in the couple's relationship. Guests would know where to find their table assignments based what time their escort card clock was set to and match it with the time on bigger clocks that were placed on individual tables." — Kristin Banta, Kristin Banta Events

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