Post # 1
My mom’s a member of our local chapter of the University Women’s Club and got us a great deal on renting the clubhouse, which is a heritage mansion located in the heart of my city. It’s absoutely beautiful and in incredible shape, and has a lot of beautiful charm on its own.
However… for the wedding, we get 3–count it, 3–3000 sq. foot floors. The basement has been changed from a library to a dance floor, and I think I have some ideas about how to decorate that, but in terms of decorating the remaining two floors, I’m completely at a loss! The main floor dining room I know I can manage, and then one of the second floor smaller rooms is going to become a photobooth room of sorts, so that’s done, but what the heck do I do with the rest?!
Our theme is loosely “starlit garden,” and the colours we’re working with are navy, gold, and white. (Most of the furniture will not be removed, which works for us, as we’re doing a standing cocktail reception.) I’m thinking a lot of baby’s breath and single flower arrangements, as well as gold tealights scattered around… but any more ideas?
Main floor library
The… other main floor library
Main floor living room
Second floor landing
Second floor dining room… one of like… twelve
Post # 3
Honestly I wouldn’t decorate too much, my venue is very elaborate as well and I plan on using simple candles and flower arrangements (with larger arrangements in the ceremony area and near doors, the cake, etc). If you try to decorate “too” much it will just compete with the beautiful venue and look odd, so just incorporate your colors in the flower arrangements and do the simple decorations you already planned! Your venue is stunning, let it shine!
Post # 4
@MrsTywinLannister: Thank you! I guess that’s what I was thinking, too, but I didn’t want it to be underwhelming (as in, the decorations… I guess the house is overwhelming enough, hahah). 🙂
Post # 5
@MrsRevolutionize: Gorgeous venue!! I agree with PP that this venue really doesn’t need much decor at all, or else it will end up looking too busy. Lots of flowers on the fire place mantels, floating candles in the fireplace, lots of candles, and you could do something really pretty the banister on the stairs.
Post # 6
It is an absolutely beautiful venue. And I think it speaks for itself, you really don’t need much decor. In fact, I think adding too much decor would really take away fromt he style of the rooms. I’d keep it simple with candles and flowers
Post # 7
@MrsRevolutionize: I would use lots of candles and focus more on soft lighting and keeping floral arrangements small….like pp said I don’t think you need a lot. I think the building already has so much character and charm!
I tried finding stuff in your colors as an example….maybe something simple like this on the tables
I actually think wine bottles as decor are really pretty as well….maybe something like this if you are feeling crafty!
I also think it would fit your theme and setting to use books as part of your centerpieces
Post # 8
@weddingbound: My aunt actually suggested books, but I hadn’t given them serious thought until I saw those images! That could definitely work 🙂 Thanks for much for replying!
Post # 9
@MrsRevolutionize: I really think the books would look fabulous in your setting! Glad I could help…..be sure to post your re-caps after your wedding!
Post # 10
Oooh… That is a stunning venue. I personally would err on the side of minimal decorating. It looks like you’ve got gorgeous fireplaces and mantle pieces in a lot of room. I would go for candles, in varying heights, and simple vases of flowers, or long and low arrangements. You mentioned baby’s breath- that would look very effective and beautiful. To tie in the colours of your wedding you could use white church candles, with navy and gold ribbons.
I’m very envious right now… Stunning venue! Please keep us in the loop with what you decide to do!