Last week I was in Las Vegas. All along The Strip continued new construction and renovation of older casinos was evident. Since I was there last summer new shopping, dining and entertainment experiences have expanded, creating more fun and more to do. One of the things that impressed upon me was the addition of new LED screens, some the entire size of a building; adding to the neon ambiance of the Vegas Strip. It felt more like New York’s Time Square than what I had remembered.
While admittedly, I’m not a gambler, you’d be hard pressed not to walk through a ton of casinos to get to any other destination. If you’re like me, you love the sights and sounds of this energetic city.
As I was wandering I couldn’t help but think; ‘WOW, wasn’t anyone in charge of editing?’ Vegas is full of wonderful design, but lacks the restraint of a good designer. Seemingly more, is more. But honestly, more isn’t better.
During my stay I was lucky enough to experience the Spa at Encore. I’ve experienced many of the spas in Vegas, but this by far was the most luxurious experience. Vast spaces, opulent amenities, but way too much design to even visually process. What could have been a zen experience was a kaleidoscope of finishes, design styles and textures.
Layer upon layer of elements smothered a thoughtful design, as if over the top was the biggest consideration. I couldn’t stop thinking, they just needed an editor, someone to come through and thoughtfully remove the excess. The more I looked around the strip, this more I thought, YES! Vegas just needs a good editor.
I see the same thing happening with weddings. Couples are filling their Pinterest boards with beautiful ideas. Layers and layers of ideas. It’s hard not to get caught up in the donut wall, organic balloon décor or other hot trend you are seeing on Instagram. All can be fun ideas, but without an editor, your wedding can easily turn into Vegas, Baby.
If you’ve begun the process of creating a Pinterest mash-up of wedding ideas, take a small step back to see the whole picture. Are there elements you are incorporating, just because? If so, you might just want to consider an edit.