Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
So, we are getting married in Italy. For the ceremony, we won’t need any decorations because we are getting married among the blooming cherry trees, so there is no need for anything else. But for the reception (dinner & dancing), we’ll need to do a little bit of spiffing to make the place look special.
The reception is also outdoors, and the caterer is providing plain white everything (tablecloths, white plates, plain wood chairs, etc). I am planning on using the bridesmaids’ and my bouquets for centerpieces (white flowers with lavendar sprigs). I feel like the table and the space in general needs something more.
I was thinking chargers or circular placemats of one of our colors (eggplant and olive) for under the plates, and maybe some colored candles/tea lights around the flowers. Also, I was thinking of having string lights and paper lanterns to decorate/designate the dancing area. All of this stuff is starting to add up, and will probably take up a whole suitcase when I’m done! Also, having never been to our venue, I’m not sure of the logistics of hanging, how much extension cord we will need, etc.
Destination brides, what are your tips for packing decoration-type things, and do you have any tips for figuring out the logistics? We don’t have a wedding planner, but the owner of the villa is very helpful.
Post # 3
@gingerkitten: My destianation wedding was in Cuba so for deocarionts I just brought chair ties and table runners in our wedding colour (fuschia) they were inexpensive and I bought them off of Ebay for about $50 they were also easy to travel with cause they were chiffon and didnt take up much weight. I used the chari ties for both the ceremony and reception and my bridesmaids helped in putting them on the chairs at the reception. I also got napkins made in our wedding colour with our names and wedding date on them and brought those diamond looking things to spread on the tables for some colour. We also brought small favours in those littel chiffon favour bags. The resort also made us some flowers arangments that we used at the ceremony then brought to the reception Small things but it added to the decor and made it look pretty. Try getting things that dont take up alot of weight in your lugguage
Post # 4
@gingerkitten: We used a vintage suitcase for our “guestbook” which was helpful because we packed our decorations in the meantime! I shipped as much as I could before hand (i.e. mason jar glasses). We did bring an extra suitcase which was SO helpful after the wedding because people gave us gifts (even though we asked them not to!) and we had leftover decorations to bring home. We also brought light things with us like lace table runners, table number holders, and ringbearer box.
Does the owner of the villa have a map of the venue? Have you asked him specifically about hanging lights or anything like that? We hired a local guy to hang lights for us and it was awesome because he was affordable, had been to the venue, and offered to go back just to make sure we’d have enough lighting.