Here comes the wedding episode! And this week we’ve got the tough (but uber-glamorous) Dina Manzo. I’ve heard that she really knows how to throw a party, so that makes her the perfect panel member for this challenge.
The challenge: Create a beautiful wedding reception in 24 hours. This is a toughie to break down because it was a team challenge. However, there were definitely some standout moments of fabulousness — and then those not so stupendous.
I’m going to start with this week’s winner, because Mark continues to impress. After a glorious job on his kitchen last week, he came back with an imaginative skateboard wall design for the groom’s lounge. How does he think up this stuff? I really want to spend a little time in his brain and see what else is in there. Not to mention the fact that he was responsible for all the brilliant lighting in the space as well. Come to the front of the class, Mark: That report card has all A’s on it.
Kevin, let me stand up and applaud you. You stuck to your guns and were in all of your kitschy-chic glory with the groom’s lounge furniture and accessories. Way to not bow down to peer pressure from Karl. But you got lucky, too — one wrong ottoman, and Mad Men could have turned into The Brady Bunch. Overall, nicely done. And I’ll pay you a dollar to stand on that chair and sing, “Three … three magazines” again. Thanks for the giggle. You’re like the best Sesame Street episode ever!
Kellie and Meg floated around the middle, but both were able to show their strengths, which was challenging considering everyone was working on the same space. The hanging canopy was beautiful. And, Kellie, you were so smart to know that bringing the color up to the ceiling was the right way to define the dance floor. (Yes, Karl does deserve kudos for the installation, even if he had to do his own shout-out.)
The cake looked like a wedding cake should, the flowers were pleasant and I agree with Dina that the scaling was off on the centerpieces. But hey, that’s why you’re not florists. Meg adding flowers to Cathy’s sweethearts’ table when she could have let the bus back up over her was a class-act move. I vote Meg Most Valuable Player of the Wedding Challenge. Actually, Cathy could learn a thing or two about being a team player from Meg — or anyone else for that matter.
Moving to the back of the class: Karl, Karl, Karl, what happened to you, darling? Yes, you did a wonderful job with the hanging canopy, but it just seemed like your heart wasn’t in this challenge and you simply gave up. I know I just let Kellie and Meg off the hook for not being floral designers but your arrangements were pitiful. I think you just skated by on this one, so make me proud next week and bring it!
I agree with Dina that Leslie took a ride on the crazy train this week. That sign-in table was just c-r-a-z-y. When did Roman columns become Victorian or even Mad Men? And to top them with a tablecloth straight from Xanadu? Wait, I’m having roller-skating flashbacks from high school. Leslie, you always manage to create something beautiful that surprises me in a good way and this time you made some very odd choices. I know part of it had to do with Cathy’s constant badgering but I wish you could have gone to your happy place and found some inspiration.
And finally, dear, sweet Cathy. I know you have been published in multiple bridal magazines (“Three … three magazines!”), but this just wasn’t your week. I completely agree with the panel that the sweethearts’ table was the low point of the room — and it was the most important part! It just didn’t feel special. It looked and felt generic, and, Cathy, you are anything but. This was your week to go but I’m sure I’ll see you in a national magazine soon.
Next week the designers are helping someone get HGTV’d. I can’t wait!
What did you think of the wedding challenge? What questions do you have about episode 5? Tell us in the comments below and the Design Star producer will answer your most-asked queries on Wednesday.