Addicted to LOVE // Red and Black Wedding Reception Table Design

2013-9 Love is all around us and is consequently the reason why we have the honor of designing, planning and executing events, especially weddings. The core of these celebrations is L-O-V-E.


The trend presented in this imagery isn't a trend at all. It's about marriage equality. It's about serving the needs of same sex couples and developing an experience that welcomes all couples to enjoy the planning process of their big day. This means being inclusive and thoughtful, engaging and open, supportive and excited. Its about looking at the industry's professionals and their business models, reexamining their marketing and everyday communication to serve all communities better. Our gay and lesbian couples are new to this opportunity and will be many times looking to us to lead the way and introduce them to the modern union traditions as we develop them.


The table designed here was conceptualized by ever-so-enthusiastic Cicely Rocha.Miller of Life Design Event Planning in partnership with BBJ Linen (chargers, linens, chair covers, napkins, napkin rings), Classic Party Rentals (chairs, flatware, stemware, plates), Ali-Ink Designs (all paper products), Lux Wedding Florist (all floral) and FireSky Resort and Spa (venue and table). You might notice that the table is a seamless flow of both masculine and feminine characteristics neither stronger or less impacting than the other. With the classic colors of red, black and white it gives a sense of tradition but has an edge due to the ornate golds and textured linens. The centerpiece particularly is a story of it's own with the symbolism of the fact that out of every 10 youth, 1 identifies as an LGBTQ person. For every 10 deep red roses a white callalily is represented and embraced.

The bottom line and point of this design is that LOVE is growing, and the gay and lesbian community brings the wedding industry billions of dollars in revenue. For so many reason it makes sense but at the very least the opportunity for growth is just good for business. The overall design was based on the look of the Robert Palmer video, "Addicted to Love".

Watch the video and dance around a bit.  Addicted to Love