Archive for the ‘Reception Decor Ideas’ Category

Pin Pretty with The Bridal Lounge

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

We’ve been ‘Pin’ happy for the past couple of weeks creating gorgeous boards on the brilliant Pinterest and we have to admit it’s become somewhat addictive following so many creative people and pinning beautiful images! So for those of you planning your wedding and looking for lots of Inspiration to help you with your planning sign up to Pinterest and get following us The Bridal Lounge. Below are just a few of our favourite Inspirations!




Image Credits: 1. Plum Pretty Sugar 2. Style Me Pretty 3. Style 4. Sombre Lily 5. Everelle

Stylish Table Decor…

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

There are so many gorgeous ways to style and decorate your wedding and one of the most effective ways is with beautiful table settings. I particularly love this decor style below with a burlap table runner (Burlap is one of the hottest trends at the moment!) and a mix of coloured frosted glass tea light holders and vases.

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Adding wild flowers in a mix of different herbs and other plants not only cuts down on the flower bill but is also something a little different for your table centres but with gorgeous results or you could mix wild flowers with coloured glass vases or coloured wine bottles!!

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If you choose simple neutral coloured flowers for your table centres you can incorporate colour to your table by adding gorgous coloured napkins on each guests plate.

I love these two next table settings and how bright coloured flowers in the one colour is mixed with simple table settings keeping the overall look elegant but gorgeous!

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Another lovely idea is to use a table runner topped with lanterns and simple flower arrangements. Lanterns or glass storm vases are a lovely cost effective way to add a great visual effect to the overall look of a reception room.

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If you would love to recreate any of the looks above don’t forget to ask us about our Decor Hire Items as we have all the pieces you need to create the gorgeous decor styles above!

Image Credits: 1. One Wed 2-7. Style Me Pretty

A simple supper…

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

We recently met with a couple who are planning their wedding and not only are they looking to create a small and intimate event with their closest family and friends but they want to plan a special ‘meal’ rather than a wedding reception where they can chill out and enjoy great food and company. This got us thinking that the meal is the essence of your wedding reception and sometimes so much attention goes into little details such as favours, or the colour of the napkins etc so when putting this blog together we decided to pare it back and look at the wedding reception as a family meal rather than an elaborate event.

With that in mind – this lovely little blog for you today could be saturday supper, ┬ásunday brunch or a special wedding meal we love the simplicity of the table setting with the natural flowers, jars of pickle as favours and menu cards. Enjoy. Ax

Image Credits: Sunday Suppers Blog

Breezy Beachy Blues….

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

There’s just something about a gorgeous sunny day in Ireland that makes us wish we had this weather all year round where there would be endless possibilities when planning weddings in Ireland! Outdoors, beach sides and fields…that’s all we are missing! With today being another glorious day we can’t help thinking about beach weddings. OK so being very realistic beach weddings are not exactly top of every couples wedding venue list however there’s nothing to stop you from bringing an element of the coastline indoors – at the end of the day there’s no shortage of beaches and coastlines in Ireland so there’s plenty of inspiration. If you have booked a beach resort for your wedding and want to incorporate a little ‘beach inspiration’ then simple touches like the images below would be perfect!! Now…think it’s time for a 99!! Enjoy Xx

Image Credits: 1. Wedding Obsession 2. Wedding Obsession 3. Pottery Barn 4. Save On Crafts 5. Wedding Obsession 6. Pottery Barn

Decor Hire Products at The Bridal Lounge….

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

We thought it would be a good idea to have a weekly blog dedicated to all the gorgeous products we have at The Bridal Lounge which are available to rent from us for your wedding decor needs!! We have lots of beautiful pieces that we think would be perfect for your wedding decor so today we are kicking off with these gems – mini frosted bud vases, frosted tea light holders and beautiful place name baubles all available to rent for your table settings or general reception decor!

If you would like to find out more information on hire prices, quantities and date availability please drop us an email to

Enjoy X

Spring Flower D.I.Y

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

You all know how we love a little D.I.Y here at The Bridal Lounge and even more so when it not only involves beautiful spring flowers but also inexpensive and easy ways to decorate your wedding reception! This idea is so simple and gorgeous, you can use these as your table centrepieces or extra decoration for around your wedding venue. Maybe mix different sizes and heights of jars if using for your table decoration!

All you need to create this look are jam jars, mason jars or baby-food jars depending on the size of vase you wish to have. Paint in your chosen colour and bunches of flowers.

1. You simply paint the bottom of clean dry jars. You can paint the whole glass part or maybe half of the glass.

2. Leave jars standing upside down to dry

3. Add your mix of fresh spring flowers to your vases once they are dry. You could also add ribbon to the top of the jars or maybe even some natural raffia tied around the middle of the jars for added effect!

Image Credits: Oh Happy Day

Happy New Inspiration!!…

Monday, January 9th, 2012

First off – Happy New Year!!! We hope you all had Christmases as lovely as we did, didn’t it fly by! So now here we are – a new year, tonnes of resolutions and so many ideas and so much inspiration to share with you all we’re pretty much going to burst! 2012 is going to bring plenty of lovely surprises and developments that we’re all very excited about too… but more about that later! For the moment, we have some gorgeous monochrome ideas for you today – all inspired by one of our favourite flowers that’s in season right now – The Anemone! It’s the simplest yet most perfect flower to create softness in a black and white theme, the gentle flower gives a feminine edge to the masculinity of this colour combination and it’s also perfect for either an uber-modern or super-girlie, vintage style event – talk about versatile! Enjoy, enjoy and looking forward to a wonderful 2012 with you all! Aoife & Deirdre x

First up a beautiful ‘Like Water for Elephants’ inspired shoot by Green Wedding Shoes shot by Marilyn Nakazato. We love the vintage vibe of the bouquet with a mix of white lilac and blousy ivory roses, not to mention the brides fab hair and strong lip and general 1920′s fabulousness!

Delicious Design – Flowers aren’t just for bouquets and table-centers. The simplicity of the anemone makes it perfect (either fresh or sugar-crafted) to include on a graphic black and white cake. Super, super easy to do yourself even – just find beautiful black and white ribbon and add a couple of flowers for instant design perfection! (Images L-R : Peggy Porschen, Instyle Weddings 2008, TheKnot, CakesforWedding.)

Wild and Loose – The word Anemone comes from the Greek word for wind, as the ancient Greeks named the flower ‘Wind Flower’ because they thought the flowers bloomed as a result of the wind blowing on them! So what better format for an Anemone bouquet than these gorgeous windswept, natural shapes. It’s almost as if they were scooped up from a meadow (albeit a very stylish meadow!) (Images – 1&2 Kate Holt at Flowerwild, 3&4 – Krista Jon Couture Florals Via GreenWeddingShoes)

Again – a headturning head piece – super stylish, modern and simple, we love it! From SiboDesigns via Etsy.

Team black and white floral centerpieces with sleek black glassware and accessories for a modern alternative for your event. Images from

Black and white has always been one of the classic combinations for an elegant wedding invitation, but here are two with a twist that incorporate the anemone – graphic and simple but so effective! (L-R : MewPaperArts at Etsy, Robin Ott at

And finally, some beautiful details in this amazing inspiration shoot styled by Canvas&Canopy Events and featured on RuffledBlog.

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Sparkly, lovely, Christmassy wedding shoot!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Hello, hello! Sorry we’ve been a little quiet this week – it’s been a busy, busy few days here at the Bridal Lounge meeting with lovely 2012 Brides… Lots of ladies home for the Christmas holidays – ooh it’s nearly here!! We’re going to try to make it up to you with one of the prettiest, sparkliest, twinkliest Christmas wedding shoots we have ever seen! It’s a sugary, glittery wonder full of inspiration and ideas by the lovely ‘Sitting in a Tree Events’ via one of our favourite blogs 100LayerCake. Prepare to be dazzled!! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy Aoife & Deirdre xx

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Winter Wonderland Inspiration…

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Happy Friday! Some Wintry Wonderfulness for you all this December day… just to get you in the mood for the festivities ahead! These gorgeous scenes and shots come courtesy of Jenny Haas (stylist and photographer extraordinaire) and Ashley Krogman Designs, who’s styling is just delicious!! We spotted it on the every lovely Green Wedding Shoes early last year, and have been waiting for the perfect moment to blog it!… So ok, there’s no snow on the ground, and outdoor weddings will probably never really catch on (bless the lovely model in this shoot… we’re assuming she’s frozen!!) But there are so many beautiful ideas in this shoot that we would love to incorporate into any of our Winter weddings – the colour palette, the frosted fir branches, pine cones, the music sheet chargers – we’re in complete snowy, sparkly love with it all!! So, wrap up warm and be inspired!…. Aoife & Deirdre x

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Summer & Paul…

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Happy Friday!! Well we’ve waited ages and ages to bring this gorgeous wedding to you, so you’ll have to excuse us for being far too excited for a windy November morning, and you’ll just have to bear with us when we include lots and lots of stunning pictures by Magda Lukas (there were way too many for us to choose from!!!) Summer and Paul came to us at the start of last year to get a little bit of help putting their wedding dreams in place for their gorgeous wedding in The Village at Lyons on the very lucky 11.7.11! A truly international pair (Summer’s from Taiwan, Paul’s Irish and they live in Amsterdam!) and an artistic couple to boot, they had a really clear idea of what they wanted and we were more than happy to help put it all together. Colour was the defining feature, and Summer’s palette of sugary shades with stronger pinks for the flowers and Bridesmaids dresses set the scene. The French Touch did a stunning job as ever, and blousy blooms and wildflowers filled the beautiful dining roo and made for one of the most beautiful bouquets we’ve seen for a long time. We nearly skipped for joy when we saw the stationary and paper goodies by Rifle Design – they perfectly captured the feel of the day and touches like the wooden sign by with handmade letters by James Tyrell and the oversized balloons courtesy of Balloon World added a vintage and quirky vibe! There were so many things we loved about this day – Summer was such a gorgeous Bride with hair by Michelle Grimes, and Geisha inspired make-up by Naomh Kirwan. She looked so spectacular in Vera Wang that we were nearly disappointed to see her change after dinner, but her second dress was just as fabulous and obviously a safer choice when drinking that pint of Guinness! The evening finished with dancing, a fun photobooth and a lantern release with wishes for the new couple released to the starry sky…. Perfect! Congratulations again to Summer and Paul, and thanks to Magda for sharing all the beautiful shots with us! Have a great weekend, Aoife & Deirdre x

To see more from this beautiful wedding visit Magda’s blog here, and also check out Christina Brosnan’s blog here as she was second shooter on the day and has some fab shots too!!