Post # 1
So, our venue was the first thing booked.. almost a few days after we decided on a date. I was having severe venue regret the past few weeks, so much so I convinced my FI that we should check out another one. A beautiful big red barn that is converted for weddings only. It was beautiful and I wish I had found it first, but, I chose to stick with our original venue for a few reasons:
1. My Dad had came with me to view the original venue, and he seemed to really love it. So much so, that he wrote me a check on the spot to pay for the entire venue (that I was NOT expecting to happen!). My dad passed away a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t stand the thought of not having the wedding at the place he had already seen, and already been so excited about.
2. Everything is pretty much set with other vendors. I would hate to have to contact them all and see if the new location would put an increase on travel charges (it’s about 30 more minutes away).
So, we have decided to stick with our original choice, which I have come to terms with and am happy about. I am glad we went to see the barn though, as now I won’t be left wondering what it would’ve been like there afterwards, if I had never taken the tour and seen it.
Anyway, now that we are decided – can anyone come up with any ideas on how to decorate this place? The ceremony (which will hopefully be outdoors at same location) and the reception? I wanted our wedding style to be rustic elegance.. all decorations I currently had are chalkboards, a wooden cake topper, etc. Will it look odd in a venue like this? Originally, I had thought ‘Okay, the venue will bring the elgance and I will bring the rustic feel to it’, but now I’m worried it won’t work.
Here are some pictures of the venue to give you an idea of what I’m talking about:
Post # 3
We have the same wedding date! I think you can easily create a rustic feel in this space. Because it is kind of a blank slate, you will be able to add those rustic touches with no problem. I love burlap because it can literally go with anything. I’m using it as squares in the center of the tables at my location. Your space would look great with burlap tied on the chair backs as sashes. I’d wind that archway with foliage and burlap or fabric in your colors. Instead of focusing on large aspects of decor, think smallet details with nature and rustic influences. Think about what other things that you like, and bring that into the space. Chalkboards as table numbers, or signs with quotes, as you already have the chalkboards, would look perfect. Wildflowers would also give you a rustic feel. Bring the beautiful decor from outside, into the reception space. Use that as an inspiration point.
Post # 4
The outdoor space will go rustic very easily. The indoor, maybe a little less so. Have you considered an overarching vintage theme to tie the two together (rustic vintage outside, and glam vintage inside)?
Post # 5
@Treid25: first off i love your venue its beautiful but as for a rustic feel i have to say no you could with a lot of work but then why do it. id would find a venue with the look or possible look your looking for this venue to me gives me a very elegant soft classy feel. i absolutely love it but i don’t get a woodsy rustic feel when i look at the pics. i wish you all the luck in finding your dream rustic venue
Post # 6
I think the outside would be easy, but the hard part is the inside. It’s very elegant looking and I think the main problem would be the flooring. I don’t really know how you’d change that part.
What type of rustic are you looking for? I envision mason jars, candles, and burlap. I think you could try to incorporate those things into the inside easily 🙂 Maybe get some burlap table runners.. or even a larger burlap square and put mason jars in the center? Maybe with some hydrangas (omg i can not spell that word) or babys breath.
You can totally still get the look you want, it just wont look EXACTLY how you pictured. 🙂
Post # 7
@nl: Neat that we have the same day! 🙂 I didn’t even think of using burlap for the chair sashes! I am planning on ordering/making table runners made out of burlap for the reception. I have chalkboards for the seating chart, menu, place cards and table numbers already. I’m mostly worried the type of decor/style I’m after won’t look strange inside the venue.
@EffieTrinket: That is an idea! Glam vintage inside could definitely work well.
@HisNightOwl2014: That’s what I was afraid of. I may need to change my style a bit, like EffieTrinket suggested above, a glam vintage feel inside might work.
@anenglish15: Lots of mason jars, chalkboards, burlap, lace.. I’m planning on doing painted mason jars for the centrepieces, maybe some burlap table runners, and lots of chalkboard decor — placecards, menus, seating chart, table numbers. I definitely think that due to the points I mentioned in my OP, I am more apt to change my idea of how I want it pictured, then to try for another venue at this point.
Post # 8
I think you can make it work with a little tweaking for the inside part. The floor makes me think of a Victorian conservatory and I think you could do a sophisticated vintage look with a rustic twist.
Post # 9
@Treid25: I think what would help the inside is play the stark white color in the room down by using creams and different textures of fabrics and definitely string the gazebo with lights!
Post # 10
@Treid25: i love all your ideas ; ) here are some pics that i hope will help you ; )
Post # 11
@Treid25: i agree are you getting a good deal for this venue?
Post # 12
@HisNightOwl2014: Thank you for posting those images! That is exactly the style I had originally hoped and planned for!
The venue itself is a pretty good deal (at least compared to any other quotes I received, it didn’t even compare!) – The rental fee is $500 and then it is $77/per person, which includes:
– setup and cleanup
– ceremony outside and reception inside
– all rentals, tables, chairs, linens (unless I want to bring in my own burlap linens)
– champagne toast
– 3 course seated dinner
– late night buffet
– appetizers during cocktail hour
– centrepieces (using my own, however)
– bottle of wine on each table during dinner
– cash bar service for 5 hours
– shuttle service
Post # 13
@Treid25: your very welcome hun your wedding ideas are beautiful happy planning!!!!