Post # 1
My wedding is in 3 weeks (OMG) and I’m kind of feeling down about our decor… our venue is a lodge with great windows that look into the woods. They won’t allow us to put anything on the walls, we can only tape or hang things from the wood paneling. The ceiling is very high so we can’t hang lanterns unless we did major maneuvering with ladders. Our flower budget is small so if we have any fresh flowers, they’ll be on the buffet table or something.
Our centerpieces are pretty, and our tables will be colorful, but I can’t stop thinking now that it’s going to look so boring in there. When we visited the venue last month we both agreed that a) we don’t have the time or energy to go crazy with tons of DIY decor b) we don’t have the budget for tons of decor and c) our venue has its own cozy nice-ness without needing a lot of decor. And I was happy with that then, but now I’m afraid our wedding will look, I don’t know, not HAPPY enough.
Anyone else feel this way? Is it just last minute stressing about things that are fine as they are?
Post # 3
@batbrain: It sounds like it has its own beauty. You wouldn’t want to cover it all up. With a beautiful place it’s nice to keep the decor simple. I’m sure it will be beautiful!
Post # 4
@batbrain: I’m not really big into the DIY, either. It was enough for me to make centerpieces and a few signs. Our venue is at a winery with amazing views, and the reception will be in a tent with no fancy lighting, lanterns, drapery, what have you. We are making cute wine bottle centerpieces and will have small floral arrangments at each table. Other than that, nothing much else.
At first, I felt that same way you do, but the natural beauty of the winery is so pretty that I don’t even feel like I need to decorate more! I am sure your venue is beautiful enough on its own. I think the only venues that NEED to have all that fancy crap are ones that are really “blah” on their own like a banquet hall or conference room with no windows. (Nothing against those types of venues, they are just really plain without significant decor)!
I am sure your wedding will be beautiful and your guests will appreciate the innate beauty of the venue!
Post # 5
@batbrain: I think probably at least 80% of weddings have centerpieces and nothiing else, even the ones in “blah” venues like banquet halls and community centers.
We all have to remember that the weddings we see online are the distinct minority.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
You could DIY lighting. Lighting can really transform a room.
If you just rent a couple up lights, it could really make your space pop.
Just a suggestion.
I plan on using most of my docore budget on lighting.
Post # 7
@batbrain: i was in the same situation as you– decorated the tables and the buffet area, but not the walls because the view out of the large windows was so beautiful. the guests really talked about the view a lot so i think it worked!!i think you just have to remember that the majority of your guests will notice the things you actually do, not the the little things you chose to leave out.
Post # 8
ME. We’re doing the reception in a tent on the patio outside an old historic house with a beautiful garden. All I’ve got for decor so far is to plunk a vase of flowers in the middle of each table. I think with the linens, table numbers, and maybe a few candles the tables will look great. The tent itself is so plain though! I need to do something to jazz it up but I really don’t like paper lanterns. I have no idea what else I could do without adding another $1K-$2K to my budget. I want big impact without big pricetag!
Post # 9
I think mine was a little plain but I prefer to call it simple beauty.
Post # 10
@Anna10-05-2014: +1 I think this is your best option to give it some ambience on a budget.
Post # 11
Mine was pretty simple but lighting does make a huge impact. Also lots of candles. Have you looked into ordering flowers from Sam’s? You can order them bulk and use them all over with cheap vases from dollar tree. I also got my candles and tea light holders from Ikea and they were super cheap and made a huge difference.