Post # 1
Okay, bees…this might sound a little crazy but we are planning an at-home wedding in less than a month for personal reasons. And we’re on a really tight budget so we can’t afford an outside venue so we are having the wedding at FI’s parents’ house. The only problem–we’re in NYC so we’re a little short on space. The backyard has a deck surrounding an above ground pool that we are using and decorating for the reception which will turn out beautiful, but the ceremony is going to be a little trickier. Since the back will already be set up, we need to have the ceremony itself in the front.
That means the space I’m working with has no pretty grass or anything decorative like that. We’re literally talking about a driveway with a gate behind it that we’ll probably open up. We’re also on a tight budget. So any suggestions on the best way to decorate in a simple but memorable way.
A little info on the space–there are 2 houses essentially side to side (think duplex like) with a gate separating the two on one side.If we use the front steps, we’re going to end up with the other house in every picture and we’ll be off center. I don’t want to cut ourselves off from our friends and family by using the porch because the railing will separate us from them.
I was thinking of setting up the chairs on the driveway with an aisle runner in our wedding color (since the driveway is already white cemennt) so that my dress fabric doesn’t catch the cement and so it adds a little bit of color. We do have a flower bed off to one side, but how else can I decorate behind us or add color otherwise. I really thought about trying to bring in grass or moss or something, but I think it’s going to be way too expensive to try to do that.
There is a ledge where a basement apartment is located and I was thinking about either draping fabric to hide the basement apartment or useing the ledge there to create a backdrop (although a low one) of candles or something. Ideas, suggestions…anyone?
The wedding is small–about 40 people. Here’s a pic to give you an idea…although it’s kind of small:
Post # 3
@arabesque0128: How long is the driveway? How wide is the driveway? Is there a sidewalk along side of the driveway? What are your colors? What is your style? What is your decor for the back like? Is the gate/fence the white one? or the black one? Also, what time is your ceremony?
Post # 4
hmm. not sure if your wedding is during the day or at night. for night, i would suggest pretty xmas lights, luminaries, or lanterns. for daytime, maybe paper lanterns?
Post # 5
I need to check measurements–as a visual–about 2 cars plus a wide sidewalk/walkway wide and about 2 cars end to end long with the gate open. There’s a walkway that is connected to the driveway within the ceremony area and there’s also a sidewalk along the street which we could block for a little bit. The neighborhood is very family-based and supportive so we don’t have to worry about that. The gate is the big black one. The grassy thing off to the left is a garden which we are re-doing and putting fresh flowers to match our wedding colors this weekend.
Colors, we are doing teal, blues, and greens. If you think of sea glass–kind of that general palette. I found a sage aisle runner that was marked down super low because lots of people complained that it was too blue (which is exactly what we want) so I think we might try to get that. I love the lantern idea.The wedding will be at 4 pm.
In terms of reception–that I have pretty well envisioned. For the back, we will have lights overhead stretching from the top balcony deck to the back and side fences. I had pictured cafe lights, but those are a little pricey so I may just string regular lights and add either paper lanterns that are lit or posisble look at LED balloons that we can attach to the regular lights to add a similar effect. Then we will have floating lanterns in the pool. Centerpieces will be a floating candle bowl with a floating dahlia in it and shades of blue votice candles/bottles surrounding it. Linens will be teal/turquoise. I’ll include a couple of photos to give you an idea of reception style…the ceremony I’m not so sure about because we’d originally planned for an indoor winter ceremony so my ideas don’t work so well now…
Post # 6
I completely understand the situation you are in…I am having the exact same problem. Tight budget and all venues are crazy expensive! My FI and I recently purchased a new home (actually had it built) so I have an absolute blank canvas to work with . Not so good for a wedding when there are no trees nor bushes…. nothing. I want to have wedding here but back yard is so uneven and we don’t have the extra cash nor time to have the yard leveled before the wedding since our wedding is June 30. So I am having to look at doing it in our front yard where we have a little landscaping completed (not much). I don’t want the house in my pictures so what im thinking of doing is hanging fabric on each side of the porch and getting married on the front steps by doing this its going to eliminate the house being seen in the pictures and im having my reception inside my house b/c we are only inviting like a total of 20 people. On each side of my front steps im going to place a pillar with ferns or something on each side so hopefully it looks well!
I know that you’d mentioned it was going to be off center for your ceremony….try using fabric, you’d be amazed at what you can do!
Post # 7
How about making a ribbon or fabric backdrop along the short side of the porch, maybe hang some pom poms on the porch ceiling, maybe a coordinating fabric wrapping the railing. Then have the ceremony on the porch with guest chairs on the driveway. If it’s an evening wedding add Candlelight.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for the suggestion. I love the ideas of using a ribbon/crepe paper backdrop. It’s exactly perfect for what we want. In case others are ever looking, I figured I’d include photos of what we are going to try to re-create: