Looking to add a little oomph to your reception décor? Go beyond standard white and jump into the land of luxurious linens. From intricate patterns to a splash of color, the options are nearly endless. Resource One Luxury Linens tells you everything you need to know.
Oh, the conundrum. Pastel Carnaby? Tokyo Gold? Oyster Jacquard? It’s a common situation for a bride seeking the most sumptuous linens and table settings for her wedding. Luckily, resources abound in this arena and Resource One is one of our favorites. As the premier place for the finest luxury tabletop fabrics, decorative pieces and furniture beyond your wildest imagination, you’ll find it hard to pick just one collection for the reception décor of your dreams.
Situated in Los Angeles, but with linens available to be shipped anywhere in the world, Roberta Karsch, CEO and founder of Resource One, draws on her deep knowledge of high fashion and cutting-edge home design to offer event planners like our own Colin Cowie and DIY brides the most gorgeous items on the market.
We sat down with Roberta so she could impart her wisdom on all things related to fabric—even how to save money—for your reception, as well as for your home. (This fall, Resource One is launching a line of linens you can buy for the home on their website.). You’ll never look at your table the same way again.
“The more tactile the linens the better,” advises Karsch. From silver paillettes (similar to sequins) to saffron soutache (similar to a brocade), trimmings added to the basic table linens, napkins and chair covers add a deeper dimension and level of interest for your guests. They don’t just want to look at but also touch your setups.
SAVE MONEY ON DECORATING A BIG ROOM
When you’re on a budget, you can cut corners by splurging on a fabulous check-in table, head table or cake table with the rest of the dining tables made up in more solid or basic decorations. “Really knock them out of the park with a gorgeous check-in table and your guests will remember that table and not the rest,” Karsch says.
LAYER IT ON
For a more lux look, go for an overlay fabric to place over your heavyweight base linen. “It’s basically a visual and is not necessary but can be a fantastic accent, like wearing a plain dress with a great belt,” says Karsch. “But it is better to have no overlay than one that’s sloppy or shopworn.” The same goes for the basic fabric underneath. “Too many brides use a very cheap base cloth underneath to cut corners but this only detracts from the overlay, ending up being a real waste of a bride’s money,” Karsch shares.
SKIMP ON QUANTITY
A better way to save? “There’s no real need to decorate the entire room with elaborate table and chair covers. If you can, alternate between chairs with dressier covers and those with simpler ones, like a bow or even keeping it bare if the chair is stylish,” recommends Karsch.
Color sets the tone of the reception. “Gold makes a bold statement whereas choosing a lighter, paler hue evokes calming effects.” Karsch says that traditional colors are still going strong this year—muted, candlelight colors like Champagne or blush—but sometimes they are pairing them with black accents like sequins for a more sexy touch, “Black mixed with gold, for example, is very French but still traditional.”
HOW’S IT HANGING?
Again, Karsch emphasizes seeking out beautiful quality fabric that’s hemmed properly and falls nicely to the floor. “A sloppy hanging cloth is a real bane in Colin’s mentality too,” adds Karsch who was hired recently to provide the linens for the Wings of Love contest designed by Colin at the Empire State Building. “The base cloth should hit the floor or even a bit longer so it puddles a bit at the bottom.”
“The best expenditure is to get rid of the ugly hotel chair and rent nice chairs instead,” says Karsch. She rents modern styles such as the Louis and Victoria Ghost chairs. But Resource One also offers dozens of chair treatments for the more classic rental styles like the Chiavari and Chameleon. Chair treatments like a Champagne/Tortoise Shell Paillette Organza Cap or Mysore Silk Ribbon for the Chiavari or the Ivory Rosette or Purple Rhinestone Quilted Taffeta for the Chameleon transforms a room instantly.
It’s one of the few times you’ll hear being heavier is a good thing. It’s also a personal mantra at Resource One. “The main thing for me is the weight of the base cloth, also called the actual tablecloth. The hand and weight of a table linen, especially satin, needs to be very substantial so as not to look kitschy,” says Karsch. “It can make the difference between a table that looks very wrong—or very right.”
BRINGING IT HOME
Finally, do you love what you did at your reception and want the same items for your dinner parties at home? Karsch says to tread lightly, “Be careful of the wrong textile in the wrong environment.” You don’t want a busy or flowery pattern that you used for your tent garden wedding to fight with your décor at home.
The same goes with color: Swathing your formal evening reception hall in purple is dramatic. Using that much aubergine at home can be overkill. Karsch suggests using the bold shade as an accent. “Work with a neutral canvas and then add a few purple stemware pieces or candles instead because some shades are too hard to handle on a smaller scale,” advises Karsch who is launching a home décor line at Resource One later this year.