Styled Shoots 101

Styled Shoots 101

We consider ourselves old pros at styled shoots, so it makes sense that we share some of our lessons learned and tips for success with our fellow creatives. An on brand styled shoot can win you clients and connect you to likeminded vendors, while a poorly executed shoot may alienate clients and vendors alike. We’re not ashamed to admit that we’ve taken in part in both! There are certainly styled shoots we’ve done in years past that we hope never see the light of day again. Here are our tips for creating a styled shoot that you’ll be proud of! 

The Theme

Choose a theme that’s reflective of your brand and appeals to your ideal client. Don’t get so caught up trying to be unique that you choose a theme that doesn’t truly match your style or that’s too difficult for you to execute. Start with one piece of inspiration and grow from there. Whether it’s a color, a flower, or a cool piece of furniture, trust your gut (not Pinterest!) and put together a cohesive idea.

The Team

A successful styled shoot is the sum of the vendors involved. When you’re selecting your vendor team, consider what the vendors will get out of participating in the shoot. For example, invite a florist who you know wants to try out a new arch that matches your shoot, or reach out to a bridal store you know is launching a new line. When you reach out to vendors for their work in particular, they’re more likely to consider accepting the invitation because they’ll know you’re not just inviting everyone in a vendor category and hoping someone says yes.

Acknowledge that different types of vendors have different costs, so cultivate your ask accordingly. If you’re asking a florist to deck out a staircase for a styled shoot, you should offer to cover at least a portion of the cost. If you’re asking a venue to use their location, consider setting up in one room and be sure to clean up after yourself. The way your treat your vendor team at a styled shoot will determine if they’ll want to work with you again.

The Day

Make shoot days fun by being organized, thoughtful and on time. Send all the vendors involved a timeline and floorplan so they have a clear expectation of the day. Provide water and/or snacks. Thank you notes and sweet treats go a long way too! Stick to your timeline and be respectful of everyone’s day.

Is there more that goes into planning the perfect styled shoot? Of course, but these are the most important things to remember: choose a theme you genuinely love, be intentional with your vendor list and acknowledge their contribution, keep shoot day organized and on time. You do all that and we promise you and your vendor team will be delighted!

Shout out to: Alex Gotawala Photography, The Chaos Coordinator, + In Bloom Florist for creating this whimsical shoot at Cypress Grove Estate House. 

Bridal Party Gifts | Treat Yo Squad

There are plenty of opportunities to treat your squad during the wedding planning experience. Whether you’re creating “Will you be my bridesmaid” boxes or bachelorette weekend bags, Miscellaneous Market has got you covered.

Gifting has gotten even easier now that the team has launched an online shop!  Curated, themed boxes and unique individual gifts are available for every person in your wedding party. Here are our gift recommendations for everyone (including you!) walking down the aisle on the big day!

Gift Ideas

The Bride

Treating yourself is always a good idea. Bonus points when you can use the gifts on wedding day! The confetti ready gift includes a mimosa kit (wedding day essential) and copper ice bucket that will become a bar staple.  

For the Couple

Whether you’re planning a date night out or a date night in, these stunning picnic baskets are a perfect option! 

The best thing about them: they come with all the fixings you’ll need. With the exception of the sips + nibbles 😉 

The Groom

The Gentleman is perfect for the gentleman in your life: travel wrapped flask, a cigar flask, and bourbon flavored toothpicks. Items that will for be used on wedding day and beyond.

Gifts for everyone else!

 

Treat the fellas to matching cigar flasks. Fill with the crew‘s favorite liquor and cigars, and they‘ll get to enjoy a toast to the groom before walking down the aisle! Spoil the ladies with the ultimate “Rosé all Day” gift box. Include your fave bottle of rosé and pop some bottles while getting ready!

For the parents!

Surprise your parents with gifts that encourage them to relax and kick their feet up post wedding day: Unwind and Calmness.

Visit in person for even more gift options at 1903 N. Orange Avenue Orlando, Florida 32804.

Tablescaping

Behind the scenes

We spend so much time planning + prepping for our annual tablescape shoot. Typically, the team would design all of the tables (in-house) and work exclusively with one floral designer. COVID changed so much for us (in a good way), it allowed us to connect with so many professional willing to lend their talent. Here’s a snippet of the 2nd day of designing some gorgeous tablescapes. 

Shout out to Patrick with- Luxe Filmography for spending a few hours with us to capture these moment! 

Join us for a Holiday Centerpiece Workshop!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year ♪♫🎄

Come celebrate the season with us and create a holiday centerpiece! The workshop will be led by our bestie, Flowers by Lesley, at Luxmore. She’ll teach you all the tricks to making the perfect centerpiece for your holiday celebrations! Tickets are on sale now through December 18th, and limited space is available.

Oh, and don’t forget to wear your most festive holiday attire. The winner will receive a gift bundle from Miscellaneous Market!

Lighting | Creating an Atmosphere

Lighting | Market lighting drapes the amphitheater at Cypress Grove Estate house

In case you didn’t already know, we’re design junkies 😉 We love working with clients and their vendors to create an atmosphere + aesthetic for their special day!

Creating a cohesive look is one of the most important aspects of any event. Think about it… even if you + your gal pals are heading to brunch or planning the next girl’s night out, you stalk all the hot spots in town on social media. And we bet you’ll choose the one that has the best overall aesthetic! We all want those insta worthy pics, right!? The same goes for your wedding – creating an atmosphere pulls everything together and gets you those gorgeous pics you’ve been dreaming of!

One of the most important details in creating an atmosphere is – you guessed it, lighting! The right lighting can make your guests feel relaxed and even excited + energized. Think romantic market lighting + candles for an evening meal and then get those guests dancing with fun, color uplights!

These enhancements can take a space from drab to fab in seconds, and create the aesthetic you’re looking for. So, if the question comes to mind, whether or not to add that extra string of market lights or perfectly placed up-lights behind your sweetheart table… we say “Go for it!” You’re going to look your best, so give your event space the glow up it deserves!

Wedding Layout | Designing the Perfect Flow

Wedding Layout | Mixed reception tables add a fun visual look!

You may not think it, but your wedding layout makes a big difference – it helps the event flow smoothly and keeps guests happy + comfortable. Not sure where to start? Check out some of our top tips for creating the perfect layout:

Entertainment + Dance Floor

Regardless of whether you’re having a band or a DJ, you’ll want to make sure they have a prime location next to the dance floor so they can keep the party going. The same rule applies if you’re having a tented reception. Once you’ve placed your entertainment vendor and dance floor, you can start placing tables!

Choosing Your Tables

We recommend starting with the bride + groom table. Will you share a sweetheart table or do you prefer a head table with your bridal party? Don’t forget to think about your guest tables – will they be seated at classic rounds or are you bringing in specialty tables? We love when couples mix things up and feature rounds + captain’s tables or farm tables! Be sure to have table measurements on hand to ensure they’ll fit comfortably in the reception space.

Wedding Layout | Mixed reception tables add a fun visual look!
Rachel Red Photography

Arranging the Tables

With measurements in hand, arranging the tables is pretty simple. The newlyweds get the best view {of course!}, and immediate family {parents + siblings} should have a clear view of the couple. Elderly guests are a special case as your parents may want them seated at their table. Be sure to note how close their tables are to the entertainment, though. Elderly guests may appreciate being seated farther away from speakers. It’s best to keep things symmetrical; it looks much prettier in photos that way and makes things easier for the catering team.

Don't Forget the Bar

Often times, the bar is a big draw for your guests.  Help your wedding layout flow smoothly by placing it near the dance floor and away from any high traffic areas {like a path to the catering kitchen}. When creating your reception layout, don’t forget to allocate a space for it if it’s not built-in or mobile!

KT Crabb Photography

Layout Programs

One of our favorite tools for wedding planning is a layout creator. These allow you to drop different size tables, chairs, and more to see what fits best in your venue’s space!

Auden Bookshelf | Inventory Highlight

Who doesn’t love a good bookshelf? They’re great accent pieces and allow you to add even more personalization to a space. We love using them for dessert displays, champagne displays, and incorporating them into our social lounges!

Auden is the newest addition to our bookshelf collection, and we must say, she looks fantastic with so many of our pieces! Her natural wood color makes her a great match with any color palette, and she has five shelves on which to feature items. We love how she’s styled here with floral and fun decor pieces!