Post # 1
Hi Bees! I’m looking for some help decorating our really plain rehearsal dinner venue. We’re doing something casual, but I still want to make it look somehwat nice. The venue is my parents’ neighborhood clubhouse next to the pool, so we’ll have dinner inside and then people can swim after dinner. I am using the rectangular tables and foldable chairs they already have with white tablecloths and brown kraft paper table runners with crayons strewn about so people can draw and goof around. Plus maybe a few simple flowers on the tables.
What I don’t know what to do with is the walls, etc. I feel like I can put some stuff on the mantle like a little focal point, but I dont know what… And I’m not sure if I should try to do something with the walls or hang small paper lanterns from the ceiling? Or how that would even be done. I don’t want to go overboard, but I want it to look fun and inviting, like a party, not a bland undecorated living room… Bees, I need your help!
View from the kitchen space:
Opposit view, from the end of the room to the kichen:
Detail view of mantle:
Post # 2
laynita : It’s a neutral space, so I wouldn’t worry too much. I would keep the flowers really simple- perhaps a tablescape with single flowers in various narrow necked vases and bottles.
I would consider using the wedding party as a focus for your decor. Find photos of the two of you or either of you, with each member of the wedding party. There are a number of ways to display them. You can get prints done and attach them to spray glue to a piece of foamcore so you can stand them up on the mantel. You could also display them in stand up frames on the tables. They will serve as a starting point for discussion about the memories they evoke. Yu can include pics of your parents’ weddings if desired and appropriate.
A more casual look would be pics in jars.
Alternatively, or in addition, you could get the same prints done as engineers prints at Staples. They are done on very thin paper, and you can get a 3×4′ picture for about $7. Glue those to foamcore. They are so lightweight that you can attach them to the walls with Command Strips so no marks on the venue walls. You could include pics of your parents, siblings if you choose.
Post # 3
laynita : the room itself isn’t really exciting, so I would try not to draw more attention to it by putting up decorations on the mantle/walls. Instead, i would try to draw attention to the tables with centerpieces.
Post # 4
julies1949 : is it a common thing to have photos displayed at the rehearsal dinner of the wedding party? It’s a really cool idea.
Post # 5
greeneyedamber : Thanks. I have no idea if it is common or not. I doubt it. I just thought it would be nice to focus on the real purpose of the rehearsal dinner- to thank and honor the wedding party.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t do a whole lot to the walls. Focus on the tables & use some bright colors. Something even like pinwheels in jars would be cute and colorful. Put pictures of you and Fiance on the mantle. That’s super cute & likely already (or will be) displayed at your home!
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! This is really helpful. As usual, I think I was overthinking this and going simple, focusing on tables, will be fine. 🙂 Y’all are the best!
julies1949 : These are great ideas! The picture you posted of the table is pretty much what I’m trying to do there, but it’s reassuring to think focusing on tables will work without having to do much on the walls, etc. We aren’t huge picture people, but I’m going to try to get a few together, because I love the idea of displaying them on the mantle. I get that often the rehearsal dinner is about the bridal party, but for us I think it has a bit more to do with our families meeting as well. Our families live in different countries, so they don’t know each other that well and are really excited to come together. We’re having separate events with our wedding party (bridal brunch and paddle boarding and the guys are going jet skiing together) to thank them. Maybe some family pictures strewed around would be a good idea, too, to get some conversation started.
catskillsinjune : That’s the understatement of the year! It’s reassuring that you think nice tables will be enough, though. That takes a lot off my plate!
mrsaime : Thanks! I hadn’t thought a lot about pictures, but I love everyone’s ideas to make it personal and I think they’d be great conversation starters, too. 🙂
Post # 8
laynita : seriously. pretty tables will be enough (and i’m the pinterest DECORATE EVERYTHING bride). the reason it’s enough is because it’s the rehearsal dinner, not the wedding. save your time/effort/money to go all out on it. making the tables pretty for the rehearsal dinner is plenty to make it feel festive and special. (: