RUFFLES & BELLS
It is no secret that the events industry has taken a bit hit during these difficult times. We love supporting our industry friends and have jumped on the opportunity to highlight one of our favourite event styling companies in Melbourne. Ruffles and Bells
It all started with a friend’s wedding and an itch to do something different from her 9-5 job, Eliska started Ruffles and Bells as a blog to serve as a place for her to share all the beautiful things she’s been stumbling upon on her spare time, hoping to share with people who would appreciate the same things. Having been given the chance to plan and style her friend’s wedding sprung into a dream she had never realised.
Fast forward to 11 years, Ruffles and Bells is now a team of designers and planners who aim to bring elements of understated elegance and excitement to even the smallest detail of your day!
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT RUFFLES AND BELLS
Ruffles and Bells is a bespoke styling company that focuses on meaningful and memorable events here in Australia and around the world. We believe that every celebration should be a reflection of who you are as a couple and they strive to create innovative and carefully designed moments that turn into memorable experiences for you and your guests to remember.
We are a team of designers and planners who aim to bring elements of understated elegance and excitement to even the smallest detail on your day. You will be blown away by our team’s passion and attention to detail be it an intimate event with family and friends or a wedding for 500.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
Creating something from an idea or a concept and making it come to life. Creating an experience that tickles people’s senses and seeing all the carefully selected elements contribute to becoming a memory that they will never forget. It sounds simple but it takes a lot of research and planning to style and transform a space. One of our favourite parts is when our couples share their ideas with us. It allows us to be creative in so many ways and the events and weddings that we get to style become a platform for us to showcase trends, love and celebrate what we love.
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU SHARE FOR COUPLES WHO ARE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING IN THE UPCOMING MONTHS?
If you have already booked your vendors don’t be afraid to talk to them and ask for advice from them and other people who are in the industry. Staying informed and having a plan B is important and also to not panic, your wedding is about you and your partner, and your vendors will do everything to make sure that they will assist you in any way possible. We are all here to help and you’ll be surprised what advice or insights your vendors can give you.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE STYLING TREND AT THE MOMENT?
We are embracing the trend of architectural elements as well as different textures seems to be very popular at the moment. Mixing this with our love of fashion and art and all our travels have always been the source of inspiration for us. Here at HQ, we also love that we are seeing our industry embracing the use of local artists and vendors and incorporating their pieces into weddings and events.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE A COUPLE FOR THEIR WEDDING STYLING?
To trust their instincts and be true to who they are. As stylists, one of our responsibilities is to make sure that our couples learn more about their personal style throughout the styling and planning journey. Getting to know our couples is very important to our process as stylists, we love learning all the small details about our couples allowing us to form a bond as if we have known them for years. This ensures that we design something that is uniquely tailored to them.
WHAT IS A COMMON MISTAKE THAT YOU SEE COUPLES MAKE WHEN IT COMES TO STYLING?
That they need to follow a certain trend, trends come and go and unfortunately social media also subconsciously puts pressure on couples making them feel as if they have to follow a certain palette or trend. We always tell our couples that they should choose elements that make them happy, a wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple and not what is expected of you and what people used to do in the past. We want our couples families and guests to walk into the ceremony or reception and recognise why the couple chose those styling elements.
WHAT ITEMS ARE A MUST-HAVE AT A WEDDING?
It would highly depend on the couple as we strongly believe that every couple has different priorities when it comes to what matters to them and what speaks about their personalities the most. We love to get to know our couples in a way that can help them understand what matters to them or their families so they can make informed decisions on what is a must-have for them. I think that is the beauty of this industry and it’s our job to help couples achieve their vision.
The Design Files – Their curated collection of local art and design has been a big inspiration for us showcasing fun textures and designs from around Australia and around the world. We love all of their boards and find we are inspired by almost all of their Pinterest boards.
Agos and Co – An Online Furniture Store, Agos and Co is a curated collection of designer and functional pieces from around the world, we are drooling over the pins on their Interiors board.
Gather & Feast – As big foodies here at Ruffles and Bells HQ, this Melbourne based brand founded by Ashley Alexander is the epitome of deliciousness. Gather & Feast is filled with beautiful pictures of food, simple wholesome recipes and sweet treats. We suggest following if you are a lover of all things food and gorgeous pictures, their Food Styling board is one we look to for styling elements regularly.
IF YOU HAD AN UNLIMITED BUDGET FOR STYLING YOUR OWN WEDDING, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
It would definitely be a destination wedding in a secret location with a stunning view and heaps of custom elements that we get to create specifically for the couple. A weekend-long festival would be great too with friends and family around a long table feasting on beautiful food and music.
We highly recommend having a look through the Ruffles & Bells site. Their portfolio is to die for! You can also follow Ruffles & Bells on socials:
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BOARDS ON PINTEREST THAT YOU’RE FOLLOWING?
We love Pinterest here at Ruffles and Bells, we often get lost in the Pinterest world nearly every single day and love pulling inspirations from our boards on our Pinterest for our upcoming projects.
Now it’s very cheeky to ask us our favourite boards but I’ve listed a few of our favourite accounts and a board of theirs we are loving right now!