Post # 1
We got married in a destination wedding two weeks ago. Next weekend, we are planning an at-home reception for everyone who wasn’t able to make it to the actual ceremony.
Our colours for the wedding were teal and purple with subtle peacock undertones. Considering the at-home reception is in mid-December, I was planning on keeping the purple/teal and doing “Christmas with a twist”. So, I had white poinsettias with sparkly teal and purple accents planned for the centrepieces. I was going to display our seating chart on a big teal mirror with fake ‘snow’ on the glass. I had bought all kinds of candy for the candy bar, including candy canes in purple and teal. Our card box is an actual mailbox painted with a winter scene in teal and purple. We had planned to use a Christmas tree for the guest book where guests would write on purple, teal or silver Christmas balls and then hang them on the tree. I just dropped off the ribbon with the bakery last weekend so they could incorporate them into the cake.
Today, with 10 days to go, the banquet manager emails me and tells me that she thinks I should come by the space because they just decorated for Christmas in red, silver and gold and she’s afraid that my purple and teal will clash.
Now? You’re telling me this now with 10 days to go!?!?!
So, I am going to go by the room on the weekend and check it out, but I feel like I’m stuck. Either I go ahead with the plans and it REALLY bugs me that it clashes with the room décor OR I completely revamp everything in the next week and a half!
Post # 3
oh, my. this would not be good.
was there anything in your contract regarding decor? if you rented a blank space, you should be getting a blank space.
you would think that a venue would discuss deocorating for xmas with any potential booking in december.
Post # 4
No, nothing in the contract about decor.
We had briefly talked about the posibiilty of Christmas decorations when we reserved the space, but she had told me that it wouldn’t be overpowering and they could take down whatever I really didn’t like.
This morning’s email made me think that’s it’s over-the-top though. She told me that I should really come in and see the space before I went too far down the colour route.
We’re going in this weekend to see, but with 10 days to go, you’d better believe, I’m pretty far down a colour route!
Post # 5
@smiles4jo: if they initially said that they would take down whatever you didn’t like then make sure they honour that. i would totally be firm with what i did not want as part of my wedding.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
Yea I agree that you need to be firm and ask them to take down the decorations if it clashes with your vision. Our venue decorates like crazy for the holidays, but they (un)happily will take anything and everything down if a couple requests. Good luck!
Post # 8
Hopefully they honor your request to take down what you don’t like and it doesn’t clash too much. Good luck!
Post # 9
Well, hold them to their promise that they’d take down whatever you didn’t like. Are they talking about lobby decor or something actually in your room?
Post # 10
It was nice of them to let you know. Go see it before you freak out. If there’s something you hate ask them to take it down since they said they would.
Post # 12
I also am concerned about my decor since I’m getting married the week after Christmas next year, and I’m not fond of red or green! Since it’s a historical mansion open to the public, I can’t change any of the holiday decorations. But I said the heck with it, I’m still using purple/gold/ivory – I’ll manage.
Post # 13
Stop by and check it out, it’ probably a lot nicer than you are imagining.
I think its OK to have Xmas stuff ina few colors. I often go to a greenhouse/garden center and they have trees that are red/silver/green next to pink/white next to teal/purple. It’ all Christmas, so it will look good. And the fact that your items are a different color scheme means they will pop against the other Xmas stuff.
Post # 14
our colors where blue purple and silver- our church was brown brown and red red! it was fine- but some clashing
our recepition venue was brown brown brown brown brown brown-
I don’t think it matters toooo much but I really wish we’d thought about it.
Post # 15
That’s soo rude! They should have told you from the get go that they were going to be decorating it that way for Christmas, you may just kindly ask them that as far as the agreement goes, its your wedding, YOU paid them to do what you wanted and that’s just not going to work with what you’ve ALREADY put soo much time and work into.
Say this as nicely of course, because the LAST thing you want to do is get stressed about doing everything ALL OVER AGAIN.
Best of luck!