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Details from VIP Lounge

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

We turned the prefunction space at the Radisson into a cocktail lounge, rather, a VIP lounge. There were two bars, one on either side of the room and the color scheme in this room was black and white with hot pink accents.

Any images without an asterisk (*) were not taken by a professional. All others were taken by Mitch Ranger.

Guests came up the escalator and were greeted by the escort card table. The buddha on the table was actually part of our home décor before the wedding. As a last minute decision, I told Corinne that I would bring it in case she could use it and I loved where she ended up putting it. The Radisson set up all the little escort cards I made.

Escort Card table with DIY cards

Escort Card table with DIY cards

Escort Card table with DIY cards

Then, they turned and found their seats on the very simple table map. I made it simple as to not take away from what they’d find behind the first post…

…which was our VIP lounge areas. Corinne hung up the panels I made to separate the little areas.

VIP cocktail lounge area at wedding reception

They were also behind the bar
VIP cocktail lounge area at wedding reception

VIP cocktail lounge area at wedding reception

VIP cocktail lounge area at wedding reception

My panels!
VIP cocktail lounge area at wedding reception

She designed the coral centerpieces on the modern tables and brought in modern furniture to bring our theme to life. I brought the candle votives which were previously puchased at Ikea.

Centerpieces on VIP lounge tables at wedding reception

Centerpieces on VIP lounge tables at wedding reception

There were four cocktail tables that guests could stand at and sign our guestbook cards. There were awesome centerpieces on each of them along with the box of guestbook cards. I LOVE mokara orchids.

Centerpieces on cocktail tables at wedding reception

DIY Guestbook cards

The guestbook was also placed by the room entrance for guests to deposit their messages.

Guestbook Scrapbook

Decorative Panel Details

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I made panels to help decorate our cocktail lounge space.

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Guest Table Décor

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The head table was set up differently from the guest tables. Guest tables were void of yellow except for the yellow origami lilies. They also featured three different types of centerpieces: a tall, medium, and low. All centerpieces were designed with an Asian Zen theme.

Any images without an asterisk (*) were not taken by a professional. All others were taken by Mitch Ranger. Décor was set up by the Radisson staff and led by Corinne from Sebesta Design.

Each table featured a photo table number of us.

DIY Table numbers

DIY Table numbers

Guests sat on silver chivari chairs with lavender, satin seat cushions.

DIY Table numbers[*]

The favors were small light yellow boxes that had Ferrero Rocher and Andes Mints in them. Each setting had our diy menu inserted into a folded napkin that had an origami lily tucked inside. Don’t ask why the coffee cups are on the table. We asked for them not to be on the table since we didn’t want it to be crowded. Oh well.

Menu setting with origami and favor

Menu setting with origami and favor[*]

Menu setting with origami and favor

The tall centerpieces

The tall arrangement consisted of a tall square glass vase filled with frosted acrylic glass in the base. Tall curly willow branches sprayed out of the vase and was embellished with a combination of purple, hot pink, and lavender orchid blossoms out of the vase and twisting up the branches.

Tall reception centerpiece

Tall reception centerpiece

Medium centerpieces

Assymetrial and clean, the medium centerpieces featured a dendrobium orchid bloom sitting on top of white LED lit frosted acrylic glass. Hot pink wire was also wrapped loosely around a medium height square container. These were a hit since four of them went missing by the end of the night!

Medium Centerpiece[*]

Medium Centerpiece

Medium Centerpiece[*]

Low Centerpieces

These featured floating candles in a low, square container. Mokara orchids also floated.

Low Centerpiece[*]

Low Centerpiece[*]

Head Table Décor

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Once guests absorbed the reception room, they’d see a focal point at the head table. Donny wanted the head table to pop, so designed a custom gobo and we kept the decor in warm yellows to offset the purples and pinks in the rest of the room.

Any images without an asterisk (*) were not taken by a professional. All others were taken by Mitch Ranger. Décor was set up by the Radisson staff and led by Corinne from Sebesta Design.

The custom gobo design was of the traditional Chinese wedding symbol: the dragon and phoenix. The character in the middle is the double happiness symbol that is traditionally all over a Chinese wedding.

Head table

Head table

Head table

Head table

Head table

Head table[*]

Head table[*]

Head table[*]

Now see the guest tables.

Reception Room Décor

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Once guests passed the cocktail room and entered the banquet room, they were greeted with a huge 24′ x 24′ dance floor, three types of orchid centerpieces. chocolate and purple/lavender accents, a yellow and chocolate head table, fabric, and lighting.

Any images without an asterisk (*) were not taken by a professional. All others were taken by Mitch Ranger. Décor was set up by the Radisson staff and led by Corinne from Sebesta Design.

The beautiful wedding reception room

I think lighting really changes the feel of a room. We wanted to achieve the nightclub feel so everything was candlelit and dim with colors bursting against the walls.

The beautiful wedding reception room

The beautiful wedding reception room

The beautiful wedding reception room

The beautiful wedding reception room

The beautiful wedding reception room

Check out the head table.

Décor by Sebesta Design

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Score Card

Designer: Corinne
Grade: A+
Cost: A, we got more than we paid for
Met Expectations: A, above and beyond
Words: Professional, enthusiastic, creative, attentive to details, perfect execution
Would you use them again? Absolutely!

Site: Sebesta Design

Description

Everyone gushed about the faboulous event décor and we could not have pulled it off without Corinne’s ability, flexibility, and personality.

We interviewed six event design vendors during the summer of 2008: Events to Rent, Petals & Forrest, An Affair with Flair, Sebesta Design, i.e. Ideas for Events, and All Grand Events. These vendors served Michigan, and specifically, served the Lansing area. The first two vendors were given a budget and my design ideas. They ended up spending every penny. For the last three vendors, we told them we would tell them our vision and that they would come up with the numbers themselves. This is what I recommend brides to do. Their proposals were well below our budget, but still able to meet our design expectations. Here is a brief review of them below.

We were happy with Sebesta Design in every way. Corinne was enthusiastic and after the first meeting, I knew she would be the one who could pull this off for us. Donny and I both met with her and I was prepared with excel spreadsheets and all.

Inspiration for the VIP lounge

Inspiration for the Banquet room

She looked at them and made awesome suggestions. She added the tile chargers instead of my original intent of typical round, silver ones. She also added the changing light to the room and centerpieces with LED. Lighting was more important to me than flowers and she delivered it all for me. We were ecstatic to work with her so we chose Sebesta.

Once she was on our team of wedding vendors, she got to work. She sent me emails with new ideas and I could tell she was just as excited for my day as I was – and that was important. I wanted someone who felt that it was important for her to do a great job, not just to do a job. She worked with our venue and acted as a day of coordinator for our décor. She showed up, put all of my crap together, and tore it all down at the end of the night. She essentially helped me turn our venue into one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever attended. I was able to TRUST her to do her thing. I never once worried that something would not be done the way I wanted, and that is really nice during the stresses of school and planning a wedding!

I could not recommend anyone as sweet, professional, and attentive as Corinne from Sebesta Design. She "Got it". She saw my vision and made it her own. She executed flawlessly. I would use her again in a heartbeat and would recommend anyone wanted an exquisite event!

Here is some of the beautiful work she did:

Flowers by Sebesta Design
Photo courtesy of Sebesta Design

Flowers by Sebesta Design
Photo courtesy of Sebesta Design

Flowers by Sebesta Design
Photo courtesy of Sebesta Design

Flowers by Sebesta Design
Photo courtesy of Sebesta Design

Flowers by Sebesta Design
Photo courtesy of Sebesta Design

Flowers by Sebesta Design
Photo courtesy of Sebesta Design

Flowers by Sebesta Design
Photo courtesy of Sebesta Design

Designers that didn’t make the cut

Events to Rent tried to push things that they already did on me. I did not want a factory-packaged wedding. I don’t want something they’ve done for hundreds of other brides in the area. I was impressed by their portfolio, but unimpressed by their ability to be attentive to MY design. They were given the budget and used every dime. I’m sure they would have done a beautiful job. Their studio was professional and I liked being able to touch and actually see the items they suggested to us. Ultimately, they were not the right fit.

Petals & Forrest also had a beautiful studio with an impressive portfolio. They were also given a budget in which they spent exactly that. She offered creative ideas, which improved from Events to Rent. She seemed attentive to what we tried to do and gave me a better vibe about it being my design, not something she’s done a million times. However, our personalities just didn’t click. The whole time we spoke with her, it was as if our wedding was a measly job and she seemed uninterested. I wanted someone who would be passionate about something personal to us, not someone who would just write down our wedding on a to-do list and go through the motions with us. I needed enthusiasm, so I moved on.

An Affair with Flair met with us in the Bigby in downtown Lansing. She had her laptop with her so she was able to pull up images for us to review. That was nice, but she offered "packages"s;. Again, we did not want to choose from a package. She also charged specific hours and on how much consultation I would receive. If I want to email her about something I just came up with, I didn’t want to be charged for it. Ridiculous. The worst part was, we were excited in discussing our ideas with her, but her attitude was lax and unprofessional… even under-enthusiastic. She looked bored and unmotivated. I was practically falling asleep talking to her about something that I should be ECSTATIC about. She was given no budget and came way under, but she didn’t add anything spectacular to what I wanted. It was easy to turn down her proposal.

i.e. Ideas for Events met with us in a rather unusual setting at her new studio. She was prepared. She had a posterboard with her ideas, which I appreciated. I definitely liked knowing she gave it some thought before meeting with us. However, the ideas were lacking. They weren’t as grand as I envisioned. Another thing I didn’t appreciate was telling her beforehand that I wanted chiffon panels and paper lanterns over the dance floor and then having her tell me it’s too typical. So what if it is? It’s what I wanted! She followed up in email stating that she saw it done that weekend and tried to convince me to do pillars with tulle wrapped around it. No. NO. NO. She didn’t listen to what we wanted and even though she came way under budget, I wanted someone who would listen instead of sway me to ideas I said were clearly not my style.

We never met with All Grand Events. Everything was done via email, but we met them after Sebesta Design, and I think I had already made up my mind.

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DIY | Dance Floor Panels

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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We love to dance and all of our guests do as well. (Maybe not all the same style. The Vietnamese guests ballroom dance and our guests, well, they break it down.) Knowing this, I wanted to emphasize our 24′ by 24′ dance floor, so we bought fabric lanterns from Vietnam and I made chiffon panels to hang above.

Tools:

  • Fabric. I made mine approximately 3.5′ by 4′.
  • Fabric glue
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Wooden dowel rods

It was easy.

The best advice I could give on making chiffon panels was to use the fabric glue (iron-on kind). This prevented the headaches from potentially creating wrinkly edges on the chiffon material. First, I cut the panels to the approximate size above and then I folded the entire perimeter edges over and secured them with glue.

There was extra material after ironing the glue, so I just cut it off the edges.

diy dance floor fabric ceiling panel decor

Then, I folded the "top" over (approximately 2 inches) so that I could use a dowel to hang the panel. I glued it secured, but to make sure it wouldn’t come apart during all the action, I sewed over the glue.

diy dance floor fabric ceiling panel decor

diy dance floor fabric ceiling panel decor

See? I told you it was easy. All done.

diy dance floor fabric ceiling panel decor

diy dance floor fabric ceiling panel decor

DIY in Action

I made 8 of each color. They didn’t end up using two of them, so 14 panels over a 24′ by 24′ dancefloor was perfect with the lanterns. Here is a picture one of our friends took of the room. The panels are hanging above.

diy dance floor fabric ceiling panel decor

diy dance floor fabric ceiling panel decor

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DIY | Lounge Room Panels

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

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A finished DIY orchid panel

Our beautiful space has a ‘prefunction’ area that we are transforming into a modern cocktail lounge. As soon as you venture up the escalator to the second floor where the ballroom is located, you end up in this space. It’s more or less the first that you see of the wedding so we wanted some WOW factor. The ‘VIP’ theme will make its debut in this room.

Clean, modern furniture is going to be set up in the space and to create little VIP areas, we were going to separate sections with shoji screens. However, I could not find any inexpensive screens to buy or rent, so my event designed suggested that she have silkscreened orchid panels made. I thought this was a fabulous idea to add more visual excitement to the room… until I saw the cost.

I vetoed that idea and said I would make some myself. I used to silkscreen, but haven’t in ages nor do I have access to the needed equipment. Next best thing? I painted the orchids onto white fabric. I had already painted panels for the family room, so it’s not something I have not done before.

Tools:

  • Fabric. I made mine approximately 2′ by 8′. I started with fabric was twice the width so that I could easily create a liner on the backside (4′ by 8′).
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint
  • Craft sheet or blanket that you don’t use anymore
  • Paint brushes of various sizes
  • Fabric glue
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Wooden dowel rods

It was easy.

First, I ironed the panels so that I had a smooth surface. I laid it on top of the craft sheet (the paint will bleed through) and laid them both on a nice smooth surface. Then, I sketched the orchid onto the panels in pencil. It’s hard to see, but believe me, there is a sketched orchid there.

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

After it was drawn the way I wanted, I opened the paint and outlined the graphic with a fine paintbrush.

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

I filled everything in with a larger paintbrush. It took awhile to get all of the misses spots.

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

Finally, I let it dry and then sewed the liner onto the panel. I spot-used some fabric glue on the edges so that the two layers of fabric would not shift around.

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

Then, I folded the top edge and bottom edge over so that they can accept dowel rods. These will be hung from the ceiling with fishing line.

Here is my first one! I have 8 more to make.

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

DIY in Action

This is how the lounge area in the hotel looked before anything was brought in for the wedding.

Lounge before decor

Here they are decorating the cocktail lounge in front of the ballroom. They were used the way we wanted – separating the little "VIP" areas.

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

diy painted panels wedding decor, orchid

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DIY | Pillows

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

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Why do you need pillows for a wedding? Good question. We did not have many venue choices. Rephrase: modern, great-looking venue choices. Hotel décor locally is not quite big, beautiful city. Since we rented couches to dress up the space, we needed some throw pillows to accent. The cocktail lounge is hot pink, black and white. I found BEAUTIFUL fuchsia/hot pink brocade fabric from JoAnn’s which fit our Asian Zen Lounge theme.

Tools:

  • Fabric of choice from JoAnn Fabrics
  • Sharp scissors
  • Fabric pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pillow stuffing

Making pillows is one of the easiest things you can do to dress up any space. All you need is a long rectangular piece of fabric to fold in half and sew inside-out. It can be square, rectangle, whatever. I won’t go into detail on this one because it’s THAT easy.

I made the pillows about 14" x 14" squares and sewed them.

Sewing pillows for the cocktail lounge

This needs to be updated with more pictures. Sorry… I’m slow.

DIY in Action

Check out the pillows sitting on the couches.

DIY pillows in action

DIY pillows in action

My Grandma holding onto one.

DIY pillows in action

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