Post # 1
My fiance and I are planning our August 2011 wedding and im having so much fun gathering ideas (putting all normal planning stresses aside!) We are getting married at an orchard/farm (outdoor ceremony, indoor reception) and I really want a rustic/vintage feel. Our colors are Dark Brown, Chartruese, and Aqua. I have found so many ideas that I like, but many seem too formal OR too expensive to execute.
I also have one of those all too familiar “UGLY CHAIR” issues… but i dont think our venue would be thrilled with us renting all new chairs and its looking like covers are going to be too expensive/formal looking… SOOO the new plan is to distract distract distract with other amazing decor! who remembers the chairs anyways… right!? An area of the venue has a vaulted type ceiling so im thinking of some paper laterns in our colors… and i have blue ball mason jars with hydrangeas for center piece…. and thats about as far as the decision making has gone! Any ideas on how to transform my venue space on a slight budget? I posted venue pics below… the view out of all the surrounding windows is awesome !!!
Post # 3
Oh you are so getting my freak on with the rustic-vintage vibe! That’s my fave too. The ceiling is beautiful, so I’d do stuff to focus the eye upwards (and away from your chairs)–the papel picado in the first picture is absolutely gorgeous, but you could also do cafe lights, big balloons, pompoms, or hanging stars in the third pic. The last pic I included comes from MS Weddings (old issue), actually, and as you can see, they have pretty modest decor with (horror of horrors) white PLASTIC chairs! But I think the hanging streamers, soft light, and the glow cast by the centerpiece candles help make the space special–special enough for Martha, apparently! So I’d focus also on the lighting scheme and bring a glow to the center of the table to help again detract from the chairs on the outside.
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Post # 4
That fireplace gives you a lot to play with. too as a focul point as people are eating.
There is the more typical route of filling it with lots of camdles of different sizes so it glows.
You could use tall dried grasses, branches and curly willows sticking out of cowboy boots/urns/vases on top of the hearth or on the sides.
Or you could find some nice large piece of drift wood and use as the fireplace centerpiece.
You could use painted word signs on a post to point out “Food” and “Dancing” and “bathrooms” on the large posts. something like this
You could swag fabric above the door ways and tie it off with taffeta and twin your colors to give it that soft elegant rustic look.
Another idea is use an old window and blow up pictures of you two and place them behind the panes. And prop that up against the fireplace or other location. It acts like a really big collage.
Post # 5
Thanks so much ladies! you are all sooo full of ideas i would have never thought of! im slowly becoming addicted to these boards! they are soo helpful! 🙂
Post # 6
I think with your decor the chairs will fade into the background. Plus, remember that you only see the chairs when they are empty. When people are sitting down the chairs are not visible at all.
burlap, wood,burlap, cotton hankies or doily bunting
This is a little busy but the cotton hanky bunting could be used elsewhere:
I would focus on the fireplace wall. It appears they have something hanging on the wall above the fireplace, or is that a shelf? If it is removeable you could do something on that wall. If not, fill that shelf with rustic items.
place a moss or flower momogram on the wall
chalkboard plant stakes used as table numbers
grapevine balls with mini lights
Post # 7
Can you tell me where the large grapevine balls with lights can be purchased?
Post # 8
You just purchase the grapevine balls and either insert battery operated lights into the ball or wind them around the outside of the ball.
Post # 10
This is my favorite site for country/chic/vintage decor.
I hope it helps!
Post # 11
this is more for a guest table idea, but I fell in love with the idea of using an old vintage suitcase to hold your cards!