How to make a ballroom wedding less formal? (pics)

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
63 posts
Worker bee

Great that you’ve found this low-hassle venue.

What if you swapped the chairs shown for the ceremony with the chiavari chairs? The plaid curtains already de-formalize the lobby, so the chiavari chairs there (where a formal feel might be expected, anyway?) would be okay. Then use the less-formal chairs(if comfortable) in the ballroom. Tone down the formality with dark linens (or even plaid!) and candlelight, to de-emphasize the formal drapery on the windows.

Your dudes could rock spiffy jeans, dark shirt and a dinner jacket. Or trousers, a vest and a dress shirt.

Post # 3
2612 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

I saw use burlap table runners and baby’s breath centerpeices! Bring a little rustic charm in to tone it down

Post # 5
47175 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

srancho:  You don’t have to go burlap or jeans to make it less formal. Just stay away from the things that are traditionally found at formal events. Use colored linens, slip the charger plates, choose casual floral arrangements, colored candles, skip candelabras and chandeliers. Use a seating plan that assigns tables, not seats=no placecards.

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