Post # 1
Hey everybody. I’ve posted before about “coming to terms with a wedding other than your *dream wedding*”. I’m definitely happy with our venue (we had originally imagined an outdoor wedding in the country, but haven taken quite a turn towards an urban wedding with a city view — we live in NYC and are short on time, and most of our guests are from the area) but I just want to make sure that holding onto my “soft, dreamy, romantic” vision suits our venue.
We are having our wedding at Giando on the water which has a fabulous view of the NYC skyline (it’s right on the East River in Williamsburg Brooklyn, sits between the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges — with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge in the distance — directly across from Manhattan), but I want to make sure that the “hardness” of a city skyline doesn’t throw out my vision of a dreamy wedding, and that the two can mesh in some sort of a way without feeling like the wedding design is totally out of place.
Here are some photos of the venue:
The venue has floor to ceiling windows with a gorgeous view of Manhattan.
And here is what we are going for for our “general feel” (flowers, dress, etc). Do you think it seems totally out of place (urban environment, city skyline, lights and buildings vs. romantic flowers, dreamy dress, soft, and romantic, or could it work?)
Post # 3
I think it definitely works! The softness in the colors and flowers contrasts the view of the city, and I think that’s really interesting. Lots and lots of candles will look perfect in that space.
Oh, and correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t David Tutera do a show there? The bride who wore the Vera Wang gown, I think. That reception was very girly and soft and it worked!
Post # 4
Totally works. Your venue is gorgeous!!! That view is stunning and doesn’t look like you would have to do much to create the look you want.
Post # 5
@BooRadley: Thanks Boo! 🙂 Your suggestion of candles is exactly what the manager at the venue suggested. He said that candles work really well with the lights of the skyline. I’m excited about the combination of candles and soft, ruffly flowers. I think that soft lighting works perfectly with my vision.
I’m glad you think the “contrast” works because that’s exactly what I love, and what I’m worried about!
I don’t know anything about David Tutera, but I’ll definitely look into it. Thanks for the tip!
@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: Thanks for the feedback. We all (me, my husband, my mom and dad — yes, my husband, we’re already married and finally having our party ) love it.
You’re right int hat we dont need to do a lot to the space to create the look we want. It’s a relief, but I’m such a DIYer that I was really looking forward to going kind of crazy DIYing decorations, and it’s been hard to let that go, but with working full time as a teacher and going to grad school at night it’s probably a blessing in disguise. And I’m sure I’ll find plenty of things to DIY anyway (invitations, cake stands, favors, and I’m sure the list will go on….)
Post # 6
I think it would look lovely!
Post # 9
Think it would work! That view is amazing and the colours would be a lovely contrast!
Post # 10
Maybe use ribbon tulle as well for some of your details, that works to soften up some of the harsh lines you are seeing.
Post # 11
@multinational: Ooooh that’s a beautiful venue! (Where was that when FH and I were looking??) I love your ideas for decor too. I think what you’ve chosen goes nicely with the simple elegance of your venue and the chiavari chairs.
The soft, romantic feel is what I’m going for too 🙂 As a result, we have a lot of pastels in our floral arrangements (down to the guys having lavender-colored bouts). I’m adding lots of votives and lanterns to the decor too. I spray painted all the originally black lanterns into gold beauties. I’m having some of the smaller ones line the aisle.. with flower petals strewn throughout.. and using the larger lanterns to be part of some tables’ centerpieces..
Post # 12
Also, I don’t know if you have a somewhat rustic theme, but I LOVE touches of burlap..! I think it really softens up the feel of things too 🙂 Or lace!
Post # 13
I love it all! I definitely think it will work together!
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I think it definitely works! I’m doing something very similar (Liberty House in Jersey City) and am doing a lot of ivory and blush, with a lace and tulle dress. I would just avoid doing anything too rustic and keep it to the feel of soft and romantic
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I think the juxtaposition will work well.
Post # 16
Thanks for your input everyone!
@MsBeer: I agree about the contrast. The more I “settle into” this venue the more pleased I am with our choice. 🙂
@suburbian: Nice idea about ribbon tulle. I agree that it would be lovely, I just need to figure out how and where!
@romantical: I love love love pastel colors. My husband is more of a bright colors kind of guy, but luckily for him we are having 2 receptions, one in NY (my hometown) and one in Mersin, Turkey (his hometown)…. they have free regin over the Turkish wedding, so bring on the brights (over there….) 😉
@MeiFrancis: I attended a wedding at the Liberty House! The cocktail hour was a.maz.ing. We were all stuffed afterwards, and the view (and the balcony) are great. I urged the manager at Giando to install a balcony just like the one at the Liberty house before our June wedding. Kidding of course. But a girl can dream. 😉
@lovekiss: *love* juxtaposition. 😉