Post # 1
So, since forever I have imagined my wedding to have a natural look and feel. Ideally I would have married in a forest and had my reception in some kind of converted church or barn. However, this was not easy to secure in London and so instead I am getting married in my family church, and my reception will be in a hotel banquet hall, which I am really happy with. Unless we went out of London we didn’t have much choice in our budget and just generally when it came to barn type venues, and it is illegal to marry outdoors in the UK (unless you stand under a canopy of come kind which is ridic but anywhat thats not the issue anymore!) SO I would love some help from you ladies on how to bring a touch of the forest to our venue. This can be in any way!
I’ve added some photos of the banquet hall, sorry if they are pixelated, I just pulled them off the website. The venue is Hendon Hall in London. Please help!
Post # 2
Proinceas: There are a lot of things you can do starting with a woodsy color palette.
A green and brown palette can be used in many ways.
woodsy centerpieces with simple greenery
Post # 3
julies1949: Thanks for the suggestions! I’m finding it hard to picture any ideas in my venue as it is so classic and traditional.. The centerpieces are what will really pull it together i think, it’s just hard deciding specifics
Post # 4
Gah, I don’t know how to edit my original post. I meant to ask as well for any pictures or advice from people who had been in the same situation and succeeded in making a formal venue ‘rustic’!
Post # 5
Proinceas: You could also hang branches parallel to the ceiling
or pot them up in containers to look like trees with plaster of paris or foam insulation to secure
or do manzanita type centerpieces with or without amaranthus to look like hanging moss
Post # 6
When I was looking for venues, one of them was set up to look like a patio/garden, but indoors. The center pieces were similar to what Julies1949 posted, with the cuts of wood, twine, and wild flowers in mason jars. They rented chairs that were more garden-y, and they hung globe lights from the ceiling. The venue did help a little, because it had wood floors and a wall of windows that looked onto a courtyard. However, it was much more about how the decorated b/c there were also a lot of pictures of the venue that looked were very different styles, too.
Post # 7
I was looking for something else, and stumbled upon this old thread that has some cute ideas:
Post # 8
The chandelier could look great with lots of silk ivy through it too.