We always love a good twist on wedding traditions – gender roles reversed, new takes on old ideas, details that inspire. Today’s same-sex wedding inspiration shakes up our usually feminine take on florals and even features sparkling gold menswear that you must see.
If there were ever a time to consider a more masculine approach to floral design, Fall and Winter is such a great opportunity. Whether you’re a same-sex couple, your groom has a green thumb himself, or you love those deep jewel tones, the florals seen here add a fecund warmth to a dazzling wedding scene. Featuring greenery and deep tones, the team created live floral table runners and a cascading fireplace installation that seriously wows.
We’ve been all atwitter for unique menswear lately (like this floral jacket), and no one seems to have been as bold as dressing this couple in sequins, velvet, floral & gold. Say hello to the new fab fashion trend – a groom’s crown!
From Swoon Soiree
I wanted to showcase the masculinity of florals. Florals can have a huge impact but are often attributed to feminism. Same-sex weddings don’t have a long history of tradition or expectations, so this was the perfect space to blur some gender lines. Many top fashion designers have been showcasing florals on the runway for the past few seasons; it’s just a matter of time before it makes it to the wedding industry.
In addition to florals, we added a crown to the men’s attire. It just seemed fitting. Peaks have had a significant moment in the bridal industry. We have seen them everywhere, from flower crowns to royal wedding tiaras. This is a special day. Just as a veil, you may never be able to wear one again. It added a bit of playfulness and spirit to this event.
I focused on the experience and the mood of this atmosphere. I wanted the guests to feel as though they had stepped into a whole other world. So many colors, textures, and micro events are happening throughout the space. For the ceremony, we had a hand-painted backdrop with 3D florals added to it. The wedding party did not wear “traditional” matching gowns.
The cake was set upon a vintage server. We draped mustard velvet off the side to add some softness and color. I didn’t feel this couple was the “cake server” type. We sourced a vintage dagger and a crystal knife rest for their cake cutting.
As guests made their way to cocktail hour, there was a Specialty Single Bar. This is a great way to showcase the couple’s favorite liquor, specialty drink, etc. The bartender, a professional mixologist, entertains the guests with his creations using just a single line of much-needed.
The boutonniere bar might be one of my favorite features. “Bouts for the Boys” is an idea that all of the men who are in attendance at this celebration will get to wear a boutonniere. This is a great way to welcome guests and make this event unique and special. Weddings are typically so focused on the females and the brides that I wanted to showcase the men and the grooms.
Upon conclusion of the cocktail hour, the guests would be invited into the ballroom. Here, we had a new concept for a guest book. Fete Phones is a company that refurbishes old phones. The guests pick up the phone and record a message. After the event, the company sends the couple their guests’ recordings. We built a lounge around this guestbook as guests wait for their turn to leave a message; they can socialize, enjoy a cocktail, or play a game. There aren’t any long lines, and the person leaving the message will have a bit of privacy.
The same-sex florals that climb the fireplace and engulf the furniture add interest and conversation starters. The idea is to draw the guests over and have them stay awhile, enjoying the artistry of the floral installation.
The tablescape is quite a kaleidoscope of color and textures. The multi-colored velvet linen, the wooden hand-painted chargers, the vintage glassware, and the gold flatware added much interest to the table. The live table runner lightened the heaviness of the table and added some much-needed brightness in color, still keeping with the style of the space. The place cards and bar signs were made from cut-stained class. We lucked out with the mustard-colored chairs. They are the dining room chairs for the venue.