Post # 1
Fiance and I have just drastically changed our wedding plans (new venue, new table shapes, new layouts etc) so all of my old plans no longer apply. I have however already bought some items so I want to still use them. The items I already have are:
x12 15cm high vases (with the new location we will be having 6-7 round tables), 120 votive candles in glass holders, 20 mason jars with tea lights, white wooden letters spelling out our names, 6 ivory vintage photo frames with our parents and grandparents wedding photos in them. I also plan on buying bulk dried lavender to use in the vases as centrepieces
The open fireplace will be running as it will be winter so I want to make it a feature and have the tables set up so the dance floor is in front of the fireplace. We also have 6 wine barrels at our disposal which will have the cake, laptop, ipod, seating plan etc on them. Ignore the catering equipment, we will be having a sit down dinner so none of it will be used
Post # 3
You have a vintage theme going. What are your colors?
Post # 4
@julies1949: we dont really have colours… I guess muted purples/greens and candlelight is the running theme, but nothing needs to be ‘matchy matchy’. It will be in the middle of (an Australian) winter so I do want it to be warm and cozy and I want it to reflect the season. No white/silver/ice blue as its not snowing, just cold and damp 🙂
Post # 7
It sounds like you have a ton of candle light and fire light going on – I think it will be beautiful. The centerpieces you have sound great. I also love the idea of the wine barrels you can use.
Have you thought about what colored table clothes and napkins you’ll use? Charcoal grey napkins would be lovely with the muted purples and greens. But to be honest, I think white would be great as well.
Are you able to dim the lights in the room? That will go far in creating a little atmosphere with all of your candle light!
An inexpensive decorating option would be to gather a few japanese paper lanterns & tissue puffs (perhaps in grey and purple and white?) and hanging them in a cluster from the bottom of the chandeliers.
Perhaps you could also take down the decor that is on the fireplace mantle and replace it with your own.
I think no matter what you do, it will be a cozy warm wedding! Have fun! 🙂
Post # 8
I think I will look into colored tablecloths… Just something a bit warmer than stark white. I will definitely try and take down the venues decor if I can. If I can’t I will work with it, but it would be nice to have a blank canvas 🙂
Post # 9
Oh, the fireplace sounds amazing! I would reconsider putting the dance floor in front of the fire place if it will be active. Danceing makes people warm and fire makes people warm so I can only imagine it not being the most comfortable situation to have both together. Could you leave the sitting area by the fire place and move the dance floor away so it is a nice social area seperate from dancing? I would also put the framed photos on the fireplace and do 2 of your center pieces on either the ends or where they have the vaces in the photo you posted. Intermingling candles and photos should look great on top of the fireplace. Maybe you could put the guest book on that table in front of the fireplace encouraging guests to stop and write you a note.
I would also do vases and candles and mason jars in the middle of each table. One vase, surronded by 2 mason jars and 3 tea lights would be my centerpiece idea. I would also put tea lights and mason jars on the barrel tops and really play up the candle light feel, possibly not even turning on the house lights. I love the idea to decorate the chandeliers. However, I also think their style fits nicely with the vintage theme you seem to have going. Have you considered hanging some stuff between them?
This looks like a fun venue to decorate.
Post # 10
@slicey19: I am concerned about how warm it will get dancing in front of the fireplace, but I don’t want to put a table directly infront of it as my poor guests will roast. We are only having 50 people so the dance floor won’t be packed… Might have to look into it more when I go there next
Post # 11
Perhaps you could have a little seating area by the fireplace? I was at a wedding where they had cozy chairs and benches by the fireplace, and it ended up being a great little “hang out” to sit and have a drink by the fire during the wedding. Not sure if you have room, but just an idea!
Post # 12
That venue reminds me of the show Mad Men. I’d say for with a vintage theme with polished wood and gold accents.