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Ginger Zee Wedding: Cocktail Hour

Simply using what you have in front of you at a venue can be the cheapest and best way to decorate a simple cocktail hour at your venue. Here's how I used my resources and made even the bride feel more relaxed on her big day.

"Working with what you have" has always been my motto. I have found that rented chairs tend to look just that - rented! To save cost, and avoid the rented feel on lounge seating during cocktail hour, I asked the venue (Inn at Bay Harbor) if I could use a few of their lobby chairs out on the tented terrace during the event. You can save cost and add style to your party by just asking "what can I use at your venue" when having any event.

I also asked to have extra dining room chairs moved out around cabaret tables to have a more relaxed and comfortable seat for guest. Which added that "Ralph Lauren /Americana/ Gentleman" vibe needed by the bar area when paired with rich navy blue linens. I prefer dark linens at cocktail because they hide wine stain, etc., and keep tables fresh looking throughout.



The Tent was draped with white mini lights illuminating the above, creating a galaxy of twinkles, which all of the guests, including the guests of honor enjoyed.



Monogrammed napkins added a special personal touch, while manzanita branches with white floral balls (made of button mums), brought in a more organic layer and adorned tables in addition to votive's placed everywhere as extra decor and light for the evening hours.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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