How to decorate your wedding venue
Decorating a wedding venue can take some planning but by following our tips, you should be well on your way to creating the wedding you really want.
Think of your style
Do you have a theme for your wedding? Whether it is as uncomplicated as a couple of colours, themed around the places you love or based on your favourite show, you should be able to find ways to work this into your decorations.
Make a budget for decorations
While you can DIY a lot of decorations and get some great deals, you need to make sure that you are keeping an eye on what you are spending, as it will soon add up. Make a priority for the types of decorations that you really want and tackle those first, leaving the ‘nice to haves’ for the end. Anything that you don’t want to keep at the end might be something that you could sell later so bear that in mind.
Check what is allowed
Generally, wedding venues can be flexible but you will need to make sure that what you want to do is possible, where that is getting someone to hang something from the ceiling or nailing decorations to the walls. You don’t want to get a nasty surprise after you’ve spent money on decorations – or worse on the big day – and find out that none of your decorations are appropriate for the wedding. You should also take note of the dimensions so that you won’t try to overfill the venue.
You may also find that there are features at the venue that you would like to highlight and there may be some existing decorations that could be used on your special day.
Use your food as decoration
Many weddings involve a wedding cake. It is a great opportunity to show your creativity, enhance your theme and – of course – get a slice of delicious cake. Your guests will be interested in what type of cake you have chosen to have so you may as well use the opportunity to get some great decoration from it. If you then surround the cake with appropriate decorations, such as flowers for a cakes with flowers on them or figurines for those that are based on characters or themes, you can make it a great focal point.
Set the mood with your lights
Tealights, candelabras and fairy lights are fantastic for adding a little extra light to the venue, especially during the wedding breakfast as part of your centrepieces and later on in the evening. You may even be able to include lamps in strategic positions.
Use the ceiling to awe your guests
Adding fairy lights to your ceiling (or on exposed beams if you have any) can help your venue resemble the night’s sky. You can also drape long pieces of tulle to add a little interest. If they are not your style, what about bunting, which could be adapted to suit your colour scheme or theme? You can also hang lanterns, balloons and flowers from the ceiling to make more room at your tables for food, just make sure they can be easily removed or adjusted if you are going to move tables later to create a dancefloor.
Use pops of colour on your tables
Table runners, coloured glassware and centrepieces can be a great way to get in a pop of colour. This doesn’t have to be bright necessarily, just as bright as your theme will allow. You could also add sashes to your chairs to further cement the theme.
A photo wall or timeline can also be a great way to decorate your venue, without breaking the bank. You can include pictures from important moments in your lives and attach notes to explain to people why that was so important to you as a couple. This will allow your guests to get to know you a little better, as well as being something to entertain them. Wedding favours, photo booths and guestbooks can be a great way to also add some more personal touches, especially if they are a little more unique to you and your wedding.