When you start planning an event, there are so many detail options it can feel overwhelming. From chair covers and sashes to garbage can covers, how do you know which are necessary? Find the answer by asking yourself some simple questions.
- Will guests notice it?
- What is the formality level of the event?
- Can I afford it?
- What does the space look like without it?
- Am I trying to cover up something old/ugly or trying to add decoration?
- What are my priorities for the event?
Your answers to these question can help point you in the right direction for each specific item you desire. If you’re still stuck on a decision, ask a trusted friend for a second opinion or take a small group poll to get a feel for what most people think.
If you still need help making a decision, consider these suggestions.
Chair Covers and Sashes
If you’re hosting an elegant event, but the banquet chair clash with your color scheme or are in rough shape, you need chair covers. This is especially true when working with a particular brand or logo that has very specific colors. You don’t want to spend all this time and energy on creating a luxury event only to have guests feel uncomfortable in the old chairs or unimpressed with the clash of colors. Sashes are always a want rather than a need. But, if you have minimalistic table settings sashes give that feeling of attention to detail.
Garbage Can Covers
If you’re turning an unorthodox location into an event space, trash cans won’t have a natural hiding spot as they do in banquet halls. Small details like can covers help create the feel of an event space at any location. Keep in mind you want guests to be able to find the trash cans, so don’t choose colors that blend in with your decor too much.
Placemats and Charger Plates
These optional items are most necessary for very formal events or occasions where you aren’t using tablecloths. If you’ve already picked out beautiful table linens, you don’t want to completely cover them with place-mats.
If you’re planning to use a napkin fold that requires a ring, like the fan fold, then napkin rings are necessary. However, on most occasions these tiny details are a want, not a need. While they can help pull a look together, they essentially get tossed to the side once the meal is served and become a distraction from your beautiful table setting.
Details are important in creating a polished look at any event, but some add more to the look than others. Consider your priorities and make informed, smart choices from your head, not your heart, to decide which items are needs and which are wants.