I love it when I can create little ‘experiences’ for guests at weddings and events, hidden within the framework of the overall event.
Obviously decor styling and using props around a space, is a big deal to me. It sets the overall feel and scene for the event. However something that I feel brings the experience and story to the next level is an – Interactive Station. What’s an interactive station, you say?-
*A Dessert Table (dessert table aobve styled by Princess Allure Boutique Events)
*A Drink Station
*A Candy Buffet
are all examples of an interactive station. Your guests are able to see, feel and handle these areas. They can create their own experience and have some level of control over what they do. I just love them!! I remember creating a ‘Sundae Bar’ at my 21st, with icecream, cones, toppings, cream the lot! Never thought to take photos way back then, but I clearly remember (through the number of margaritas that I had- I had a Fiesta theme) even the adults loading their sundaes up with a decandent combination of chocolate sauce, cream, sprinkles- chanelling their inner 5 year old)
At Princess Alllure Boutique Events we love to create these little areas. I like to style these stations to compliment the rest of the decor and feel of the wedding. More than just putting jars or platters on a table, I blend decor props, vintage containers and platters, new and interesting finds to help being the table to life. I can style and set up- Dessert Tables, Candy Buffets, Drinks Stations, Cookie Buffets, Popcorn Stations and more. I’m so looking forward to the candy buffets and dessert tables that I will be doing this year- lots of interesting themes and yummy foods. I love it when I can blend a bride and groom’s interests, talents and special requests into the tables. If you love donuts- I can set up a donut tasting bar for your guests! If you love a certain colour I can use this in your station too….. the ideas are endless!
Interactive stations are not only a visual treat, they are tasty or refreshing and will leave a long lasting memory in your guests’ minds.
Take a look at some inspiration images below that may spark some inspiration on how you can incoporate an interactive station into your wedding day or next event.
A Cookie Buffet by Princess Allure Boutique Events-
A Drink Station by Princess Allure Boutique Events. These are great set up for post ceremony refreshments. We hire these dispensers or can create a special drink station package, complete with jars for drinking out of, stripy straws, decorative bunting and more.
I love this pancake making bar! This would be great at a brunch bridal or baby shower. Image from Green Wedding Shoes.
If you know me, you know I love bourbon. So I couldn’t resist this interactive station. A collection of vintage crystal decanters filled with bourbon (I would also offer some mixers aswell) and a gorgeous array of crystal-like glasses to drink it out of. If you love vodka- have a vodka bar, if you love beer how about a gourmet beer station- the guys would love it! Photo by A Bryan Photo.
A donut making bar from tinywaterblog.com
A popcorn buffet from designindulgences.com
Interactive stations don’t always have to involve food or drink. Photo booths are so hot right now!! You can either hire a booth that takes your photo and spits out the strip- old school style. Or you can make you own. I made a photo booth area for one of my brides that included a ripped material backdrop, stand and props. The backdrop was made to compliment the rest of the wedding’s decor. The bride provided an instant camera and guest book and the guests stuck the photo into the book and wrote a message. I was told everyone had a blast.
I can hire this exact photo both package to you for your wedding day, or custom make something to suit your decor.