Mary and Alex’s Grand Budapest Hotel-inspired wedding will always be on our list of most memorable weddings to produce. The Paxton Ballroom’s ornate architecture and gilded details, reminiscent of the prestigious Grand Budapest Hotel, was the perfect setting for the couple’s reception. The wedding color palette was rich and saturated like the colors in the Wes Anderson film. Alex requested navy, so we layered it with Mendl’s iconic pink color and a deep, rich burgundy color. Our graphic designer created a regal crest and monogram complete with crossed keys (a reference to the film’s elite crossed keys society) for the invitation suite. The RSVP card was designed to look like a vintage telegram, and our designer created an illustration of the Paxton that was included on the details enclosure (similar to the iconic Grand Budapest structure visually represented throughout the film).
Cocktail hour took place in The Paxton’s lobby complete with live music, passed apps, and delicious cocktails. We designed the table assignment display to look like hotel keys stored behind a reception desk. Custom gold frames backed with velvet held skeleton keys paired with silk tassels and table assignment tags. Oversized bar signage directed guests to try the signature drink (champagne with St. Germain) for “a dash of panache” (a reference to M. Gustave’s favorite perfume – L’Air de Panache). Abraham Catering’s team passed a variety of whimsical apps including strawberry mousse in round chocolate cups garnished with edible flowers. After cocktail hour, guests were directed to a glowing dining room. Each guest table had a variety of floral centerpieces in blushes and deep reds as well as candles displayed in vintage gold candlesticks. The head table was dressed in an ivory velvet linen and gold flatware. Miniature navy bowties marked the gentlemen’s place settings and mini bouquets directed the ladies to their seats.