Post # 1
So we’re getting married in a large converted mill; big open space. We’ll have the ceremony (late afternoon) with chairs in rows and an aisle, then the reception will be set up with large round tables. Whilst the venue are changing the layout there’s a bar area (and outside space if we get decent weather) for us to move into.
What has occurred to me though is the decor. Even though we’re inside I want lots of greenery (artificial or real, whatever works out most economical but still looks good) and fairy lights and rather than centrepieces I’d quite like to hang a chandelier over each table. That’s all good and well but I’m wondering if it might look a bit odd if the decor is set for the evening (given this is the longest part of the event) but the furniture isn’t. I am making an assumption that the changeover won’t include a full decor change but I’ll discuss options with the venue and maybe there are some bits (like hanging the chandeliers) that can be done during changeover if we do the bulk in advance.
A small part of me would be disappointed to lose the wow factor too! To help with this I’m thinking that maybe the fairy lights only get turned on for the reception and we light a different way during the ceremony 🙂
Has anybody else dealt with this sort of thing? How did you make it work – and look good – for both parts without needing a 2 hour changeover?
Post # 2
For your ceremony, are you utilizing the WHOLE room? If possible, you can make the ceremony space more cozy and small and use a curtain to block off the other side (with the chandeleirs in place). Then the venue can flip the chairs and either add more chandeliers or whatever else decor youre looking for.
The only thing with the chandeliers, is that you’ll want them low enough to be the ‘centerpiece’ while sitting, which is too low while standing, so it wouldn’t work well to just leave them in the open.
Alternatively, you could do nice candelabras that can be placed on each table. Some of them even have crystal accents like chandeliers.
You’ll also want to look at ‘double duty’ decor, ie using ceremony flowers for the dessert table (or centerpieces if you decide that). Then its easy for the venue to move them. You can have the fairy lights all set up and turn them on for the reception – sounds great! If it’s late afternoon in March, how much lighting do you need for the ceremony?
Post # 3
It’s simply not practical to have chandeliers hung between the ceremony and the reception. Depending on the venue, the type of chandelier etc, it might be possible to hang them high and then have them lowered in place over the tables for the reception.
If it’s a big open space, can you have the ceremony chairs set up at one end and the reception tables in another area? Then, only the chairs need to be moved.
Post # 4
Thank you both, that’s given me some things to think about and I like the candelabra idea, that would be a good compromise. My “alternative” centrepiece was going to be ice buckets filled with drinks.
The venue are refurbishing early next year so we don’t know all of the layout options yet. One of the improvements is to add in some partitions (currently they have some large artifical trees) so that may work to our advantage. Also because we’re not getting married until 2018 we don’t have finalised numbers; although we have a guest list it may change as we meet/lose touch with people and that will impact how we use the space.
We do have the option to do the ceremony outside but a) British weather could throw anything at us and b) the space might not be large enough depending on numbers. Inside we’ll definitely need artificial lighting but I’m sure we can work something out.
If we lived in a guaranteed-to-be warmer climate, we’d definitely have done everything outside in the summer, but instead I’m trying to bring the outdoors in 🙂