Personalizing Your Wedding

Recently, more and more couples have been asking our wedding team at Keith Watson Events for ideas on how to personalize their wedding. We always suggest that the bride and groom really allow their personalities to shine through in the little details of their wedding. For instance, interacting with guests and incorporating details that encompasses who the bride and groom are as a couple can make a wedding unique and memorable! Here are some ideas we were inspired by from Bridal Guide’s- 150+ Ways to Make Your Wedding Unforgettable.

When guests make their way to the restroom, give them something to chat about with fellow guests, like these cute his/hers sign featuring the couple’s baby photos posted on the doors. Add a personal flare to your decor by sharing fun facts about your relationship throughout the venue. Giving guests unique personalized favors such as this adorable “Do Not Disturb” sign for guests’ doors after attending your wedding, or this clever personalized fan shown below are all great ways to add those personal touches at your wedding!

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Many brides also ask about recommendations for unique guest books, that are interactive as well as personalized. Below are some of our favorite guestbook ideas that will not only entertain guests, but will also give yet another personal touch to your wedding.

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As a nod to a groom’s love of baseball, have guests  “autograph” balls and then display them in your home.  A few more creative ideas we loved include having  guests choose a word that describes the bride and groom in a dictionary, and then sign their name next to it, or have guests sign a Jenga piece, and later, you and your hubby can read the heart-felt messages while playing the game! Such cute and clever ideas!

What are some other ways you’ve seen couples personalize their weddings?

Hosting a Carnival-Themed Party

Whether searching for birthday party ideas for your kids, or hosting a fun pool party and are in need of a unique theme, creating a carnival for guests to enjoy with entertaining  games and decor will definitely make your event a memorable one! We have found a variety of different DIY carnival party decor and game ideas that will make planning this event all fun and games!

Decor for this theme can be as simple or as extravagant as you want! Pinwheels, streamers, flags, and red and white stripes all scream carnival and are easy to incorporate to an outdoor setting for a carnival themed party! Below are some ideas we put together.

Use scrap fabric to make a tassel garland to decorate the carnival with. No sewing required! Another decor idea is to make a collection of pinwheels to give to the party guests or decorate the yard with. Streamers are always so easy to create and are a great way to decorate a party with. Keeping with the carnival theme, ticket streamers are such a fun decor idea and an easy one for the kids to get involved in. Make them by stapling rings of tickets together in a chain and hang them around the party area!

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Tassel idea from: Pretty Prudent
Ticket streamer idea from: Pam Garrison
Pinwheel idea from: Style me Pretty

Games for guests to enjoy are essential at any carnival-themed party. There are so many clever and simple ideas out there, but here are a few that we thought were too cute not to share! Games for guests to partake in are also trending in vintage/outdoor weddings, and all these ideas can easily be recreated for a wedding as well!

Set up a pyramid of cans on top of a barrel and see who can knock them all down. This game definitely enhances the carnival theme, but the rustic feel of the barrel and cans also adds a unique vintage flair to the decor as well.  Another game idea to incorporate at your carnival party, is to set up a pretty ring toss game by painting the bottles and covering  hoop rings with fabric. This balloon dart game shown below is created by sticking balloons through a pegboard and seeing who can pop the most by throwing darts. So much fun!

Barrel and cans game idea by: Casa Sugar Balloon dart game idea by: Landee See, Landee Do Ring toss game idea by: Two shades of Pink

Barrel and cans game idea from: Casa Sugar
Balloon dart game idea from: Landee See, Landee Do
Ring toss game idea from: Two Shades of Pink

A couple of more game ideas include the Spray Away Game where guests get a ticket for each ping pong ball they can knock off the tee with a water gun, and a Bean Bag Toss where bowls are lined up in a row and guests attempt to throw bean bags to rack up the highest points.  To end the festivities, we found the “fish in a bag”, a clever game prize idea to give guests at the carnival.  You make fish shaped soap and set it inside bags of water. How cute!

Spray away game idea from: Martha Stewart Bean bag toss idea from: Morgan Moore Fish in a bag prize idea from: Cap Creations

Spray away game idea from: Martha Stewart
Bean bag toss idea from: Morgan Moore
Fish in a bag prize idea from: Cap Creations

What do you think of this theme for your next party?

Butterfield-Voss Wedding at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Keith Watson Events has had the amazing opportunity to work with so many incredible brides and vendors this past spring and summer! We enjoyed designing decor this wedding season for brides that really captured their vision and personality for their big day. This past May, we were honored to be a part of Ali Butterfield and Kyle Voss’ wedding in Gainesville, Florida at Sweetwater Branch Inn. We absolutely love working with great venues like Sweetwater and highly recommend it for brides who love the quaint feel of downtown Gainesville where they can have their ceremony and reception all in one beautiful location.

We designed the décor for Ali and Kyle with a modern approach using vibrant, tropical colors such as royal blue, turquoise, and orange. The floral design for her bouquets, alter arrangements, and cocktail and dining table centerpieces still kept that modern flair with a nod toward a tropical, beach feel.

One centerpiece design shown below was a large bubble bowl with an arrangement of calla lilies and bear grass wrapped inside submerged in water. The shape of the bowl with the floral and greenery wrapped inside definitely gives the arrangement a modern feel. We even had LIVE beta fish swimming around inside!!  No worries, all beta fish went home as favors to the children of the guests attending.

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The second centerpiece we designed for Ali and Kyle’s special day was a tall wrought iron vase filled with blue orbs and white and blue dendrobium orchids. It was a great addition to the lower arrangements, bringing some height to the room, and it complimented the tropical theme of the wedding. We also added drapery from the ceilings and lighting around the room illuminting the walls as well as the ceiling.

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Ali and Kyle wanted lots of personalized touches at their wedding. We designed a chalk board placed in the reception area that listed all of Ali and Kyle’s significant dates during their relationship. Also, their ceremony site was outside on the colonnade located in Sweetwater’s gardens. We created an orange pipe and drape backdrop and two large floral arrangements made with a variety of tropical flowers and greenery. We fell in love with this look!

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Of course we would be remiss without recommending our other favorite ceremony/reception combo venues in the Gainesville area.  They are in no particular order . . . Gainesville Golf and Country Club, Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club, Plantation Hall at Haile, Santa Fe River Ranch, Herlong Mansion, UF Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, Best Western Gateway Grand, FL Museum of Natural History, and Harn Museum of Art.

What do you think about these designs for your wedding? Are you a modern or more traditional bride when it comes to decor?

Decor & Floral Design by: Keith Watson Events

Venue & Caterer: Sweetwater Branch Inn

Photographer: Footstone Photography

Summer Garden Party

Garden parties are the best opportunity for you to enjoy close friends and family in the most natural setting… your backyard! Whether it is a Sunday brunch after church or a Saturday night dinner with cocktails, a garden party is an awesome excuse to add some pizazz to your backyard with bright, colorful summer decor that will add vigor and life to your party.

We decided to share some easy and simple decor ideas for a garden party that anyone can put together.

We love the idea of incorporating real fruit into centerpiece arrangements. Not only does it add color to your table setting, but the aroma of fresh fruit will enhance the summer outdoor feel as well.

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Dress up your bird bath or spare bucket you have lying around the garage by filling them up with water and adding floating flower heads! You can coordinate the flowers you use with the arrangement you have on your dining table or you can use fresh flowers growing in the yard. Add floating candles as well to the water to create a great nighttime ambiance for your guests to enjoy!

Floating Flower Inspiration

What are some of your summer garden party decor ideas that you have used or plan to use??

Wood Inspired Wedding Decor

A rustic, natural theme is continuing to grow in popularity for events and is something brides are coming to Keith Watson Events looking to achieve at their wedding. Many brides have chosen to have some portion of their wedding outside whether that be their ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, or the entire event! Either way, incorporating rustic decor is a beautiful idea that we have seen accomplished in so many unique ways.

Willow branches are a gorgeous way to add another natural element into any floral arrangement. For centerpieces at dining tables, they are absolutely lovely placed with tall arrangements to create height and really wow guests. We love this display designed in a clear vase to allow guests to see the branches submerged in the water. Adding votive candle light surrounding this display really makes this entire arrangement stunning as evening approaches.

willow branch inspiration

Continuing with the wood decor accents,  wooden disks are an easy way to enhance a rustic theme at a wedding as well. Here at Keith Watson Events, we use this decor element often when designing rustic centerpieces. Whether using a few small wooden disks and placing mason jars, wine bottles, etc. on them or using one large wooden disk and placing a larger vase or bowl filled with flowers on it. Either arrangement can really play up that country feel brides are envisioning. We even love the idea of using a wooden disk as a cake stand! How creative!

Wooden Disk Decor

Finally, here are a few more creative ways to use wood decor accents that we just love! One idea we found was to use a log and cut out openings to hold guest’s place card holders. Another fun idea was to make table numbers out of wood. Even having wine barrels as decor is a great rustic addition to your decor.

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What do you think of these rustic, country decor ideas? What are some other ways you’ve seen brides pull off this trending theme?

Bouquet Charms

Keith Watson Events has recently seen an increase in brides incorporating their own personal mementos in their weddings. For many of our weddings this season, we have noticed a reoccurring trend with our brides personalizing their bouquets by requesting to have a charm, locket, or some other personal item placed in their bouquet.

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We think it is such a memorable way to recognize family members who aren’t present on this special day! Some brides put pictures of these loved ones in lockets to be placed in the bouquet. Others actually have something that belonged to this family member, such as a trinket or bracelet, worked into the bouquet. We think all of these personalized ideas are such unique ways to include someone who means so much to you.

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Other ideas for brides to consider include incorporating your “something blue” item by having a trinket or personal good-luck charm placed into your bouquet. So far, we have been able to work in whatever brides give us to be placed on the handle of their bouquet. Whatever you can think up works for us!

What do you think of this special way to recognize a loved one or just dress up the handle of your bouquet?

July 4th Decor Inspirations

Every day is a reason to have a party here at Keith Watson Events, but the fourth of July created excitement to get our creative juices flowing and design decor to enhance this celebration of America!

We love that July 4th comes at the perfect time of the year to have a family gathering and enjoy the beautiful summer weather, so why not boost your guests’ experience by adding fun and easy decor to your outdoor table setting!

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This summer season, we continue to fall in love with natural, rustic decor, and we are  inspired by these centerpiece arrangements that are so simple and easy to recreate. White hydrangea, red carnations, and roses were flowers we saw trending when researching decor for this holiday, and we think they really do add a pop of color to enhance the red, white, and blue theme! The mason jars, bottles, and lanterns also give the tablescape a rustic, country feel and work well to hold a nice arrangement of flowers for your guests to enjoy.

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What are some of your July 4th decor ideas??

Sweet 16 Birthday Party

What better way to celebrate a Sweet 16 birthday than with this awesome candy themed extravaganza! We absolutely loved designing this one-of-a-kind look for this candy-loving client!

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Take a look at the candy-themed centerpieces that we fell in love with! First, we designed faux cotton candy trees covered in painted cotton with candy necklaces hanging from the branches.Doesn’t it look so tasty?

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In addition, we designed another centerpiece for the party where we filled tall clear vases with pink gel and topped them with a ball of carnations- don’t forget the straw and cherry on top to resemble a milkshake!

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We even added another faux cotton candy tree with REAL bags of edible cotton candy hanging from it for guests to enjoy

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AND a candy bar! A teenager’s dream come true!

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