Post # 1
Slightly long post…
I was able to reserve a venue at a park. I originally wanted something more foresty: lots of trees where guests can dine in between large tree trunks but this type of forested area (for private use) is very difficult to find in this part of town. So we ended up with this one instead.
This is the venue when you’re facing north, the view is nice and enclosed:
But this is what it looks like when you’re facing south:
Further behind the buffet table or cabin, you can see the rest of the park complex. It’s bare to the left and right as well. It feels distracting and I don’t really know how to make it cozier and less “open” on that side or even in the middle where the guests are seated. I’m thinking of hanging garlands and cloth from the trees but the trees are far apart from one another.
I’m working with a coordinator who can source items for me but the layout is up to me. I’ve been Pinteresting like mad but some of the setups I see have beams and exposed tents, not sure if these are good, practical ideas. I guess any advice or design tips on how to create a more enclosed illusion especially on the park side would be helpful.
Small wedding of 50 guests
The lawn area is around 3,000sq feet. It’s looks bigger in person.
It’s a destination wedding so I can only be hands-on for a short while
Post # 2
saturdaysunday : I suggest “marking” a perimeter whose size would be best for your wedding. With that in mind, what about strategically placed room divider screens (with some of them it’s possible to hang flowers, candles, or other ornamentations), interspersed with a dessert table, refreshments table, etc.? You could also consider using several area rugs to add to a cozy feeling.
Post # 3
Could u use a fairy light curtain or fairy lights in the trees if an afternoon/evening wedding to help draw attention to a specific area.
Post # 4
A canopy of fairy lights would look great. I agree with PP about marking oit the perimeter but if you want to keep it natural you could use potted plants. Bamboo or birch is tall.
Post # 5
I think it looks beatiful as is, but string lights from tree to tree, garlands, or lanterns on some sort of rope would probably be your least expensive options. could use balloons too, as a border.
Post # 6
Thanks everyone for the advice! I especially love the ideas on the divider screens, carpets, and draping at the top. I definitely haven’t seen some of these examples on Pinterest earlier. Great, great help. All that’s left to do is to send this to my coordinator and find a way to source and hang them from the trees. Thank you so much!