Post # 1
…and you’re having your reception in a pretty restaurant, where would you want to put decorations? Would you focus on elaborate centerpieces?
What would you want your guests to see?
All thoughts are welcome!
Post # 3
The best part of having your wedding at a pretty location is that you don’t have to spend lots on extra decor! Yay!
I’d focus on the tablescape and wouldn’t feel pressured to do lots of decorations if the place already looks great. If I had extra money that I wanted to spend, I’d put it into more food/drink/entertainment…or photography/videography.
Post # 4
@cbgg: Thanks! My one concern with not being able to go all out with the decorations is that people won’t feel like they are at a wedding =/ But you have a point…more money towards drinks…hmmmm sounds like a good idea!
Post # 5
@boogiewoogies: Centerpieces for sure.
My BFF is getting married at a venue that’s basically a big white box, but they still won’t let her put anything on the walls! We’re using a huge foam board behind the dessert table that we will decorate. We’re doing big framed signs on easels. Finally, she did get them to let us use command hooks on the walls because they pull off clean, so we’ll hang things that way too.
Post # 6
@boogiewoogies: If you picture the space full of people and some of the typical “wedding trappings” like the cake and you in a bridal gown added to the space, I think it’ll feel plenty wedding-y.
Maybe google/ask for picture of your venue when it was being used for a wedding? (Assuming it has been).
Post # 7
@MexiPino: What are you guys using to hold the foam board up? That may be a possibility for us if we still feel like our decorations are lacking.
@cbgg: I never thought to ask for a picture…I’ve seen pics on google of the restaurant and the specific room we’ll be in, just not done up for a wedding. Thanks again 🙂
Post # 8
My venue doesn’t allow us to attach anything either, but the venue is gorgeous and overlooks the breathtaking golf course. I am not fond of elaborate centerpieces, as I think a table can become too congested and doesn’t allow for mingling of guests at the same table. With the cake, DJ, the coordinating color theme between the linens and bridal party, etc. I think will be enough. I’m also going for an casual elegant feel and want to embrace the beauty of the venue. I feel if I add to much decoration to the venue, it would just come off tacky anyway.
Post # 9
@boogiewoogies: We’re putting it behind the dessert table and pushing the table up against it. So the board will go all the way to the floor, but only the part above the table will be decorated.
The original plan was to build a frame with legs out of PVC pipe and hang a board from that with zip ties, which would work if you wanted decorations that went to the floor without being obscured.
Post # 10
@MexiPino: Haha that’s how I was envisioning it, pushing the table against it to hold it up. Sounds good.
Post # 11
That’s what happened to us. Our venue had rotating art exhibits on the wall and we couldn’t take them down. The ceiling had beautiful dangly lights but aside from that, we couldn’t drape or anything. We just focused on gorgeous, elaborate centerpieces and linens and that’s that.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
My reception was at a lovely restaurant. I only ordered simple flower centerpieces for the tables. Less is more in that situation, I think.
Post # 13
I think and a beautiful location there sin’t anything required, maybe candles and centrepieces…. at a larger/emptier space I would recommend uplighting. That’s what we did and it made a huge difference in the atmosphere.
Post # 14
I think that a lot of wall and ceiling decor, although lovely, is unnecessary.
People see what’s on the table in front of them.
@boogiewoogies: If you do want to do a backdrop for the head table or the cake table, you can use Command Hooks to hang a ribbon backdrop, a sheet of foamcore etc.
You could also use patio umbrella stands and poles to suspend a banner, or hang anything you like from a wire.
Post # 15
@boogiewoogies: Have you thought about using uplighting? Even in just a few places, it can look stunning and it will draw the eye where you want it.
Post # 16
Hm I was freaking out over this at first too! Same situation. But I ended up going with a “less is more” approach. White table cloths, three glasses with tealights per table, white lanterns affixed to the ceiling lights, and fairy lights on an outside rail.