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A Chic Barbecue Rehearsal Dinner

Photo: Thayer Allyson GowdyPhoto: Thayer Allyson Gowdy
I love when the rehearsal dinner takes on a totally different vibe than the wedding, and this barbecue fete is the perfect balance of casual and elegant. From the gourmet menu (no ballpark franks here!) to the simple, yet chic, table decor, this buffet style dinner designed by Alison Hotchkiss (one of... read more

A Creative Way To Display Your Photos

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Your escort card table is a great place to add some of your favorite photos. Maybe it's photos of the two of you throughout the years, or maybe you honor your family by displaying old family wedding photos. In this case, the bride and groom love to ski -- so for their Sundance, Utah wedding, read more

A Bright Orange Lounge

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It isn't just the clean lines and bright orange accents that makes this lounge stand out, but how the chic furniture contrasts with the setting of this historic venue (a winery in California). The juxtaposition of old-venue-meets-chic-decor makes this lounge all the more stunning, especially in the way that event designer Alison Hotchkiss... read more

A Moroccan-Style Lounge

Tapestry-Draped LoungePhoto: Jesse Leake
Alison Hotchkiss', founder of Alison Event Planning & Design creative design incorporated a speciality star-ceilinged tent and overlapping orange batik printed tapestries in a rich orange hue. Long and low, yet modern seating added a chic vibe to the space and Alison added plenty of pillows for comfort. For a similar vibe,... read more

Inspiration of the Day: Modern Beachside Ottoman Seating

Modern Beach SeatingPhoto: Mel Barlow
Alison Hotchkiss combined the best of two worlds by bring minimalist and modern seating to the beach for this destination wedding at Be Tulum in Tulum, Mexico. The classic Mexican pink and orange hand woven pillows added a punch of tropical color for this beachside... read more

Mod Chair Cushions

Laid-back CushionsPhoto: Meg Smith
Making your wedding as comfortable as possible for your guests doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on style. These colorful and comfy cushions fit with the outdoor patio at Palm Springs' famous The Parker Hotel, for this rehearsal brunch designed by Alison Hotchkiss. The key to pulling off the look is mixing up... read more

Nautical Rope Details

Nautical Rope DetailsPhoto: Jesse Leake
Alison Hotchkiss took "tying the knot" literally by incorporating rope accents into the decor of this "J.Crew meets nautical" wedding. Rope was used on everything from the deconstructed chandeliers, to the curtain ties, and on invitations and other paper materials. To complete the nautical look, Alison added accents like stripes to the navy color palette with... read more

Inspiration of the Day: Festive Garlands

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Streamers are the universal party symbol, so to create a fun festive vibe at a wedding in Napa, Alison Hotchkiss, founder of Alison Event Planning and Design created a chic and sophisticated lounge area by hanging lots of pretty red garlands. We're not talking about birthday party paper streamers: The key to pulling off... read more
Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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