Wedding International Professional Association (WIPA) is a non-profit association for leading wedding professionals in North America. Their mission is to provide the event industry with leading education, produce inspirational networking events, and advance the ethical standards of the wedding industry.
Each year the Southern California chapter puts on a Design Challenge to showcase the event industries talents in planning and design. This year’s theme was “Decades of Glam” and each planner / designer team would create a space for the decade chosen by each design team. Winner Circle Events (WCE) was honored to be chosen to do the 1980’s.
Melody Ponce the lead planner and designer for Winner Circle Events quickly started researching the decade designated. First researched pop culture, popular foods and desserts, and the history of the 80’s. Melody felt that the neon colors, splatter paint, and Miami Vice theme was done a 100times. She wanted to step out side the box and do something unique.
After research Melody found that Prince and the Revolution and Madonna were the most popular artists of the 80’s. Not to mention, the color purple was extremely popular during the 80’s. Did you know there were stores called I Love Purple that sold everything in the color purple? Yep, they literally had everything from pencils to bedding in the color purple. So, it was an easy decision for Melody to go with the Purple Rain album by Prince and the Revolution for the overall design theme.
A mood board is great to use when talking with collaborating vendors to start the creative process. Also, it’s a useful tool to use for design reference and keep everyone consistent with colors or theme.
Behind the scenes photos of set up
Design Challenge 1980’s Purple Rain Prince and the Revolution
Prince was known to be a vegetarian / vegan so it was only fitting to have a vegan dessert in our section. Pink Salt Cuisine provided a delicious white chocolate mousse with blueberries since mousse was one of Prince’s favorite dessert.
Dulce Muse Designs did the calligraphy on the vegan faux leather jacket.
What is a Purple Rain / Prince theme with out an officiant dressed up as Prince?
The dream team of vendors that collaborated on the Purple Rain Design:
Planning and Design: Winner Circle Events | Floral Design : Los Angeles Floral Couture | Balloon Design: Balloonzilla | Calligraphy / Jacket: Dulce Muse Designs | Paper Goods: Brown and Co. | Alan Katz as Prince Officiant: Great Officiants | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents | Venue: City Market Social | Lighting, Audio, & Video Production: Vox Productions | Gown: La Soie Bridal | Tux: Friar Tux | White Chocolate Mousse Dessert: Pink Salt Cuisine | HMUA: Design Visage | Harley Davidson Bike: Los Angeles Harley Davidson | Linens: BBJ Linens