Hello again! This morning I shared with you some initial inspiration on Egypt and what a Sharm el Sheikh wedding ceremony and reception might look like.
I thought I’d end the day showing you my vision for the smaller details, such as tablescapes and bridal style for a wedding in Egypt. There’s nothing better than a bride who truly embraces the whole Egyptian atmosphere by tailoring the details to the surroundings. I call it ‘capitalising on your environment’, or in other words, utilising what is already there (nature and its colours), and enhancing your wedding decor by amplifying the beauty of nature in the small details.
Wedding tables are one amazing way you can do this. No one says you should have white or cream linens and chair covers to match. No one says an elegant wedding should have roses thrown in the mix. No one says you should have silver charger plates. No one sets the rules. You do. And a place like Sharm el Sheikh is the one place where you can, and should, feel free to do that.
Just look at this images and you’ll see what I mean!Firstly: colours. Remember what I said this morning in Part 1? Sharm el Sheikh is steeped in nature, with crystal clear sea at the front, and dusty desert at the back. So shades of gold, sand, yellow, blue, turquoise and teal will amplify the beauty that is already there making your wedding look like it’s seemingly blending in with the surroundings. Shades of red (crimson, cardinal or ruby) are a perfect contrast to this palette, as you will often find them in the handwoven rugs so popular in the local beduin tents used as hotel and bar lounges. So be bold and play with these colours – bring them in your floral arrangements, choice of fabrics and tableware!
Materials are also key. If you have the opportunity to use wooden or rustic tables, do it! What looks run down will look fantastic in the right context and with the right accessories. Of course if you have a large wedding it might be difficult to source out rustic tables to accommodate 100+ people, but if you’re planning for an intimate wedding, perhaps with a couple of long tables, break the rules and look for something old and rustic, perhaps in the local markets and bazars such as Old Market. In the old part of town you will find lots of local craftsmen working copper and gold, making glorious trays, coffee tables, vases and containers, so go on a hunt for small decorative objects and tableware. And of course, accessorise with flowers! Go for bright and bold, exotic flowers using those colours that will allow you to tie in all the small details and with nature.
And lastly… bridal style…
You know I’m a believer that less is more. So keep your dress simple, let fabrics float, keep it sheer, and remember, Sharm el Sheikh is HOT so make sure your dress is of a natural, breathable fabric, and that ideally it doesn’t strap you in too tightly making you hot and bothered. This way, half way through your day, you still feel free and comfortable.
Research and embrace the local style! I adore that simple white necklace with gold, satin clasps. It’s spot on and it feels ‘natural’. If you are not getting married in a hotel banqueting hall with marble floors, then consider ditching your high heels and opt for some embellished sandals – not only you will be comfortable, but you will add some beautiful sparkle to your attire too. And if you really want to go to town with accessories, then use some bold gold accessories and stones. Sharm el Sheikh is famous for it. You can pick up lapis and other precious stones for really great price, so you can even leave these small details for when you get there.
What do you think then? Can I tempt you with a Sharm el Sheik wedding? I don’t know about you but I am incredibly excited and I cannot wait to meet a fabulous bride and groom that will allow me to be part of their big day and bring all this to life!
Come back tomorrow for a fabulous pre-wedding shoot by Dubai-based wedding photographer Tasneem Alsultan!
If you would like me to plan your Sharm el Sheikh wedding or even just have an informal chat about my services, do contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange a face to face or skype call.
- Tablescape (top to bottom, left to right): Photography by Jose Villa via Inspired by This // Brushfire Photography via Elizabeth Hanne Designs // Photography by Braedon Flynn, designed by Beth Helmstetter, via Inspired by This // via Inredvingsvis // Photography Alixann Loosle Photography, designed by Alixann Loosle Photography and Petal Pixie, floral design and styling by Petal Pixie, via Elizabeth Hanne Designs
- Bridal Style (top to bottom, left to right): Etsy // Source unknown, pinned on Pinterest via deedabk // Photography Natalie Shelton via GWS // Source unknown, pinned on Pinterest via Semi Domesticated // via Darling Stuff