With the 2015 wedding season officially under way, CORT Trade Show and Event Furnishings announces tips and trends to turn any wedding into the most memorable event of the season using the five senses.
When sight, sound, touch, smell and taste are delighted, so are the wedding guests.
Some senses, such as sight, are fairly straightforward when designing an event. While the other senses are a bit more challenging, they also present a unique opportunity to introduce individuality and personality into a design space. We recommend the following to transform an event using the five senses:
Mix patterns, textures and colors to appeal to the eyes. Be aware of the effectiveness of some color schemes/patterns to awaken and energize guests. Keep in mind that white creates a mood of peace and comfort while orange and yellow create an inviting, friendly and social atmosphere. Use accent color furniture pieces or accessories to add a pop of personality to your event space. Our Elements collection offers a range of pillows, rugs, lighting and accessories to complement your design concept.
Background noise can be soothing to your clients and guests on what is often a stressful Big Day. An outdoor atmosphere with soothing sounds can be re-created indoors with water fountains or even something as simple as a sound system tucked behind furniture pieces.
Remember when you were a kid and you wanted to touch everything? Well, for some of us, the urge never leaves as we get older. Integrate texture into furniture and decorative pieces! Incorporate different textures into your overall design. Use signature accent pieces such as the Arctic 5 Cream Fur chair or even Box Hedges for your guests to touch and feel.
Above, the CORT Roma collection.
Introduce scents into your special event. Use real fruit on or in accent pieces such as the Dome Cages and Drake Lanterns or as substitutes for candles on Armida Candlesticks. Use fresh floral pieces as well to add a touch of scent to the room. Another design idea: Choose a signature scent for the wedding and use scented candles to introduce it into the space. Just be sure to not overdo it. Even the most soothing scents can be too much when overdone in a space.
Appealing to taste is probably the most difficult aspect of planning a design space. Pick taste palettes based on the bridal couple's personal style and inspirations for the event. Serve refreshments throughout your event, such as water, coffee and floral-infused teas. Teas play on the sense of smell and add a special ambiance to the room.
Did you know colors have been shown to affect appetite as well as the taste of food? Experts recommend blue color schemes for seafood and a pink palette for desserts.
Lighting is also important to make food look more appetizing. Our Luna Lighting and Glo Tables collections add a special element to the dining/refreshments area during a reception dinner or after party.
Kevin Dana is director of marketing and product development at CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings. To learn more about CORT’s wedding offerings, visit cortevents.com.
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