Post # 1
Here is my venue. Ceremony will be under the covered bridge just before twilight and evening reception inside the clubhouse. I know it looks dreary now, but our wedding is in late September so it will be warm, and with a little luck the surrounding fields will be full of giant sunflowers and other wildflowers. Theme is rustic, shabby shic, vintage-ish. Sooo, how should I decorate this bridge?? We will have about 50-60 dark wood chairs. (This many fits easily). I’m really trying to keep to a tight budget. I’ve seen pictures of a wedding here and they had tons of what appeared to be white leis hanging from the rafters. Like if you cut them so the weren’t a circle, just a strand of flowers. It looked beautiful, but I think that would be really pricey, even with fake flowers. Should I drape the front where we will be with big white uh drapes or something? I’m going to have ribbon tied bouquets tied to each little ‘window’. What else? Aisle runner? Some brides have used a white runner on this, not sure I liked the look. Thanks in advance for suggestions!
Post # 3
maybe you could do something with organza? there’s a seller on ebay that sells 11″ x 25 yards for $7.99, and they have all kinds of kinds.
Otherwise I would suggest tulles, flowers, pomanders.
Post # 4
Maybe lots of paper lanterns? Can buy very cheap on ebay and will look stunning at twilight! match to wedding colors?
Post # 5
Grapeviine balls with mini lights inside
umbrellas hung from the rafters
Post # 6
@Bridedownunder: so beautiful. The second looks beautiful.
Post # 7
I would do some draping like in the photo below, which you can swag with some baby’s breath or wildflowers and twine. You can make and hang doily lanterns or embroidery hoops with lace.
We had a rustic, vintage wedding this past fall, and did some draping and embroidery hoops. We wanted to do the lanterns as well, but ran out of time. I was so pleased with our wedding though. Best wishes to you!
Post # 8
My only problem with the lanterns is that they aren’t as cheap as everyone thinks the are. If you’re only using a few, they aren’t too bad, but to get a very full look, it’s quite costly.
10″ lanterns are $1.06, and they go up from there, so if you want that multiple sized look, you’re going to be paying $1-$6 per lantern. For a full look you’re gonna need like 100? Depending on how much space you need to cover. When you add in lights for the lanterns, it makes them even more expensive! I had looked into doing our venue in paper lanterns, but man, wayyyy too costly. I’m better off going with organza & lights.
Post # 9
@jenilynevette: I found the organza! Thanks!
Post # 10
If you want it to be cheap, why not just rope lights? You can get a bunch of them and run them along the beams for a warm light.
Post # 11
@jenilynevette: That is a lot to decorate! I think if you try to fill the whole thing up it would cost a fortune!
What about just decorating the entrace with a the top portion where people enter?
Or something across the top like this? Maybe lilttle things hanging down but not quite so far?
Post # 12
You could drape window sheers with twinkle lights behind it? Then, you could line the aisle with candles in glass cansiters? I don’t think either of these would be terribly expensive to do.
It really depends on your personal style though.