Bistro weddings are chic and trendy, if styled right. Today’s inspiration shoot from Everest Road Photography hits the nail on the head when it comes to styling. Inspired by the venue, Ellen of Westcott Weddings created a modern look that still harkens back to the bistro’s beginnings in Paris.
BISTRO RECEPTION STYLING TIPS:
Be inspired your venue – match the colors and style.
Create and use distinct spaces throughout the space – delegate certain areas for certain purposes and have guests move throughout. It will provide flow, create community, and make the event seem like it’s in a bigger space than it is.
Provide for intimate dining – bistro dining is ‘close dining’ – it’s slow cooked food and long conversations. Design your tablescapes so they’re overflowing with fun details, but not so high that you can’t carry on a conversation with the person across from you.
Mix modern with vintage – combine the history of the bistro with your modern aesthetic.
Customize the experience – since bistro wedding receptions are generally smaller and provide for intimate dining spaces – customize your guests’ experience with thoughtful details at each place setting.
From Ellen of Westcott Weddings – “Arro is a chic new restaurant (a modern French bistro) that recently opened in downtown Austin and it has such a great vibe. The design of the restaurant inspired our resulting design for the whole shoot.
The space is a combination of rustic and elegant, and the finishes are timeless (check out that gorgeous brass-topped bar). It would be the perfect backdrop for an intimate reception and that’s what we wanted to show.”
“There are two distinct spaces in the bistro: the main dining room and an adjoining outdoors terrace. Using a classic color palette of black, white, gold and green – we created two different spring tables, one to feature in each space. We wanted to show that sophisticated and glamorous can still feel comfy, just like an amazing bistro dinner with friends that you never want to leave!
We played with a mix of vintage and modern elements to create tablescapes that felt authentic to the space. Inside, we went a bit more glam, and then outside we featured a more low-key, cost-effective, and easy-to-DIY way to create the same look.”
Photography: Everest Road // Design, Styling, & Coordination: Westcott Weddings // Floral Design: Little Yellow Flower Design // Rentals: Marquee Rents // Napkins: West Elm // Wedding Dress & Jewelry: Rent The Runway // Makeup: Avery Allen // Hair: Simply Mandy // Invitations & Menus: Mint & Maple Designs // Venue: Arro in downtown Austin, Texas.