Post # 1
Hi bees! I always had my heart set on getting married in a church but my fiance is Jewish and thus this is not an option. So I changed my vision and wanted a nice outdoor space, or an indoor space that looked out onto a pretty outdoor space. Well I fell in love with a local hotel as our venue and they do not have an outdoor ceremony option so it looks like we will be holding the ceremony in a square room. Now I am struggling to envision a beautiful ceremony 🙁 I really need some help. I have added some pictures and a link to their facebook page. I really want to create some sort of altar-type space to get married at/under but I don’t know how to decorate the rest of the room or create the altar. The room will be switched over during cocktail hour and will be used for the reception also so thats just another thing to consider. Please help!
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, NY Wedding Ceremonies Album
Post # 3
You’re not going to need a lot of excess decoration, IMO — you don’t want to be competing with the lovely decor that is already going on in that space!
As far as the ceremony space goes — I assume that you aren’t having a chuppah to reflect your husband’s Jewish roots, either? The chuppah would certainly define your ceremony space if you do that.
If not, I would take a cue from what’s already there and go fairly minimal. You could rent an arch or something to bring in…but even easier to set up and move would be something like two trees or tall branch arrangements on either side of the space where your officiant will stand. You could use a pretty table up there with a nice flower arrangement, candles, etc on it to draw the eye and define the space too.
Start Googling around for hotel ceremony images, and see what comes up! 🙂
Post # 4
How conventional are you? You could do a circle setup centered under that largest chandelier.
At most weddings you have your back to all the guests. With this setup you could ensure that the closest family members sit where they can see your faces.
You could center some form of chuppah under the chandelier.
Alternatively you could create something like this to hang from the ceiling and serve as the focal point.
Your venue also has T bar ceilings so it’s easy to hang things from the ceiling. You can get special clips from big box home or office supply stores, or just use fishing line tied over the bar.
Post # 5
We may consider a chuppah, but that is only because I said I wanted something to define the space and had seen some unique ones I liked. My fear is that if we do make/rent/buy one, what will we do with it after the ceremony. Would it be weird to sit the sweatheart table underneath it/ infront of it?
I hadn’t even noticed the ceilings and it never occured to me to hang anything! The more I look at it the more I am growing to appreciate how nice it is. I just fear I’ll panic and have some sort of regrets about giving up my outdoor vision. I hadn’t considered the circular seating but it might be nice.
I am so thankful for everyone’s suggestions!