Friday, September 17, 2010

Chairs and Tables

At Hannah Michael we always strive to do things differently. We really do not like cookie cutter events; we believe that no two events should ever be exactly the same. Whenever, we start brainstorming for an event, I always tell my clients to ‘forget’ their perceptions of what an event/wedding should ‘look’ like. We start on a journey that is completely about them and no one else; we flesh out their design on a blank canvas.

Being a planner as well as a designer, one area of an event that I am passionate about is the Décor. Let us look at different elements of a décor that can be maximized and effectively used to set your event apart from the rest….Let’s kick off with chairs and tables.

Chairs and Tables
Chairs and tables are the most abundant (and important) element in a room at any event. They come in various shapes, colors and sizes. What you do with these will set your event apart.

Tables can be dressed in linens or/runners; fabrics are a good way to introduce the type of texture you want for your event. They can also be left undressed. There are millions of fabrics available in almost any color, design and shade you want. Whatever you decide to do will depend on your personal style and the theme of your event/ wedding. Here are a few tips:

  • For round tables, use round table linens; for rectangular tables use rectangular or square linens. Check the table size and use the correct linen drop. For example, for a 72” round table, use 132” linen for the right drop, for an 8” rectangular banquet table, use 132” linen. For formal events, it is recommended that linens hang to the floor.
  • Be adventurous; introduce your colors and texture through your linens or/ runners and napkins. Colored and/or designed linens add richness to the environment and your decor…plain white linens used alone, has no character. They should be used with an overlay or an accented chair.
  • Think about the flow of your day when arranging the layout. The general rule of thumb for sit down dinner is to allow approximately 8 to 10 square feet per person. A 48 inch table will seat 6 people, while a 54 inch table can accommodate 6 to 8 people. A 60 inch and 72 inch table will seat 10 to 12 people. You can estimate about 4 to 5 feet between tables to allow for enough movement.
Chairs can either be left uncovered. Chiavari chairs are elegant and come in different colored cushions and wood.
Or accented.

Or can be fully covered, especially if the chairs are in a bad condition or of a different color to the color scheme.

At HM, we try to encourage our clients to move away from using plain chair covers (with colored sashes).  These give a generic look and also really don’t reflect individual styles and personalities.
At Hannah Michael we source and work with designers to create the perfect linens for each event.  We advise clients and other event planners on linen selections and offer options based on individual budgets.   The following photos show how the use of fabrics can transform your event space and give you the wow factor you want.

The following design by Jennifer Sandy-Rose of Salt Harbor Designs, photographed by show how chivari chairs, wooden tables with table runners and napkins have been used to create an amazing table setting for a natural look.

The possibilities are endless; if you can dream it, we can create it at Hannah Michael.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chelsea’s Perfect Day!

We promised to post details of Chelsea and Marc’s wedding as they emerge. At Hannah Michael, we keep our promise; here are some of the details of the fabulous wedding which took place on the 31st of July, 2010 at the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

The day and the days surrounding it, was all about Marc and Chelsea and not, as they could have been, about networking. The nearly 500 wedding guests were friends and people who have been meaningful in Chelsea and Marc’s lives. The guests list was strictly theirs; no Hollywood A- listers.

Chelsea, 30, was radiant in a strapless silk organza gown designed by Vera Wang. It had a long train, full veil, and crystals on the belt which was an apt metaphor for the whole affair – timeless and classic, with a little bit of sparkle. Marc wore a Christopher Bailey Tux.

Despite a procession of 12 bridesmaids in lavender Vera Wang gowns and 12 groomsmen decked out in Burberry ties, “The wedding didn’t feel lavish or over-the-top, says a guest, somehow it seemed intimate.”

The inter-faith ceremony (the bride is Methodist and the groom’s family are conservative Jews) took place on a grass field, under a chuppah, a canopy, with a lot of organic flowers: limelight hydrangeas, white roses, green parrot tulips. Jeff Leatham was the florist.

For dinner the guests chose between arctic char, braised short ribs and a vegetarian dish. According to People magazine, the wedding cake which was the dessert was a 4ft tall 9 tiered gluten-free masterpiece of vanilla sponge, layered with dark chocolate mousse and decorated with about 1,000 sugar flowers; roses, calla lilies and orchids. It took Maarten and Frances Steenman, owners of La Tulipe Desserts in Mount Kisco, N.Y. a month of prep.
Steenmans and their team assembled the 500-lb cake in a single 48 hour shift said Frances: “we’d go home, take a little nap and then get going again.”

Chelsea changed into an ivory tulle Vera Wang dress with a “sexy back” for their sultry first dance choreographed by Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

At midnight guests were ushered into a nightclub tent with two bars and snacks of sliders and tacos, for more dancing. After 4a.m. Marc scooped his bride in his arms and carried her off into the night to begin their wonderful life together.

We, at HM, wish the happy couple the very best of married life.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Our Wilmington, NC experience!

We are always looking for ways of doing things differently at Hannah Michael. We love to experience new trends and to improve, develop and broaden our knowledge and skills.

Last February, I participated in a 5 day workshop for Event Planners in Wilmington, North Carolina.  It was a wonderful experience. Wilmington is a beautiful town, full of charming history and it's premier location make it one of the most beautiful cities in the South.

Jennifer Sandy-Rose, owner of Salt Harbor Design organised the workshop around a weekend when they had both a wedding and an open house/bridal show.  We all had such a wonderful time. To read more about our experience, click on Salt Harbor Design and select blog.

The bridal show took place at Orton Plantation Gardens, a historic landscape designed around the 1735 mansion and colonial rice fields over looking the Cape Fear River.  With 20 acres of secluded walking trails surrounded by hundreds of acres of rice fields, it is a wonderful, breaktaking venue.

The show/open house was set up in a different format which was refreshing.  Each Event Planner had a tent of their own, set apart from one another.  Each Planner had in their tent, all their preferred vendors and so potential clients had the Planner's trusted vendors - photographers, dj, caterer, paper products designer, florist, and so on, all the same place at the same time! Also, I found it interesting that vendors were not allowed to visit other tents; potential clients were free to make their decisions on which Planner to sign on based on what they saw. 

Hundreds of participants visited the show, it was really a fun day!  For photos, go to our galleries.