Wedding designer, Matthew Robbins made his move to New York City from California and began free lancing for event companies when he noticed, ” a huge hole in the NY/East Coast market for someone bringing a more effortless, unfussy and approachable sensibility to event design.” With this knowledge tucked under his belt, he began his own company. As destiny would have it, he crossed paths with Martha Stewart and her wedding team and in addition to building a flourishing even business, he became and contributing editor to Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine for over a decade. Now, inspired byhis years of creating wonderful weddings, planning experiences and ideas, he has created a wedding book which is all about “empowering readers to not only look for inspiration but how to access that inspiration and apply it to generating great, authentic design ideas.”
Matthew’s Guide to How Brides can create an ‘inspired’ wedding
Brides, Grooms or anyone planning a wedding can find inspiration by looking at their immediate surroundings. I always suggest:
- revisiting your favorite memories, photos and keepsakes from your travels.
- Check out your grandmother’s attic or basement for amazing treasures or inspired moments.
- Take a look at your collectibles, your favorite objects or treasures as this can sometimes remind one of their favorite time period, style or color palette.
It is best to edit your inspiration after you start to weed through lots of ideas. For example, I love Pinterest as a tool for collecting your inspiration but the hard part is understanding how to take all of that and create a concentrated, edited version of that various information that can be applied to your wedding design. You have to get specific and work on detailing the mood, the texture, form and color palette specific to your inspiration. This visual file will inform all of your decisions such as the types of flowers you use, the table linens, candles and china for each place setting. You are telling a story with your design so be sure you have enough detail in that story to keep it interesting and cohesive.
What Every Bride Should Have on her Holiday Wish List
- Well, first thing anyone should have on their wedding wish list is my book! Sorry, just couldn’t help myself!
- Great items for a holiday (wedding) wish list might include the following: an iPad for organizing all of your visual files, photos, etc. This travels easily so you can access important info at any time!
- A gift certificate or a credit at your favorite floral design shop would be great as you can use the funds to order a few test arrangements for yourself as you think about floral styles, seasonal blooms, etc.
- I always believe a new cookbook and a great new art or interior design book can and will encourage many wonderful ideas for your wedding day. You might discover a recipe or a presentation that conjures up an idea for your cocktail reception or an interior design moment that sparks the vision for your ceremony!
- A great cocktail recipe book would also be helpful as you dream of special drinks for the wedding day.
- A membership to your local Botanical Garden would be super helpful as it allows for a full view of the flowers, foliage and textures available during your specific wedding season.
- Last but not least, some time to relax and clear your head would be really beneficial so maybe add a yoga class or gym membership to that wish list!
Today Robbins has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings (where he is also a contributing editor), Martha Stewart Living, Cosmopolitan, The Knot, Time Out New York, Bridal Guide, InStyle Weddings, Modern Bride, New York Weddings, Elegant Bride and Food & Wine. Robbins is a regularly featured guest on both the Martha Stewart Show and Martha Stewart Living Radio.
Matthew and his work have made appearances on Martha Stewart Living, The Knot TV, The View, The Today Show, Whose Wedding Is It Anyway and Inside Weddings.
Matthew’s first book, Matthew Robbins Inspired Weddings, was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang in the spring of 2012.
Check out Matthew’s website at: Matthew Robbins Design
on Twitter at: @mrobbinsdesign
on Facebook at: Matthew Robbins Design