Post # 1
We got a venue several months ago. I couldn’t see it in person since I don’t live in the area, but Fiance said it was really nice and from the pics I saw it was. It was a steal but I knew it was a bit risky since I hadn’t seen it in person. We got an incredible deal, so I don’t regret it at all, I just need help with some possible decorating ideas.
Here’s pictures that a photographer I had emailed sent me:
What I don’t like specifically are the picture frames with the gold and then the green boxes. It’s also just a bit…. plain. We have a small budget so I’m probably going to just suck it up and live with it, but does anyone have any creative solutions or ideas here? Heavy draping is probably out unless it’s much cheaper than I’m expecting. I also have to make sure the venue will allow it (it’s a historic building, so there’s preservation rules etc)
I really don’t want our head table where it is in this wedding, I’m thinking a sweetheart table on the stage maybe? We’re not doing a DJ, just an Ipod and only having about 50 people tops, so we can probably spare the space.
We’re going with a black and white color scheme with very simple decor overall and this is my inspiration for the centerpices:
So, talented bees. What would you do? Any suggestions or ideas?
ETA: More pictures are located here about halfway down the page. It’s really a beautiful building and might give you more of a feel for the house.
Post # 3
Wow! That space is great. And I really like your centerpiece idea. I think the decor in the photo (poms) really take away from the space. I think that if you just focus on your tables it will look great! (unless you think the photos bother you in wedding photos I would just let them be.) Even then, I’d suggest taking all your formal photos on the stage. Once everyone is up and around, I doubt you’ll really notice the walls. 🙂
Post # 4
@creativeplannertobee: Thanks for your input! Those poms will absolutely not be there for our wedding. They take so much away from the chandaliers and makes the ceilings feel really low when I dont’ think that they are at all.
My photographer is completely amazing I’m sure she’ll be able to minimize the impact of the walls in our photos. Maybe the walls aren’t quite as bad as I’ve made it up to be in my head.
Our formal photos will probably be outside, this is strictly the reception area.
Post # 5
Bump! Any other thoughts?
Post # 6
I had a historical building as well and I agree with @creativeplannertobee: that the hanging poms really do nothing for the space.
I also think all the white table cloths with white chair covers is a bit much. Could you do white table cloths with black chair covers or vice-versa?
I LOVE your centerpiece idea and totally think you should do the black and white theme!
ETA: Or, you could even do a thick black sash around the chairs, like in the picture… but black.
Post # 7
Ditto this. Black is increasingly popular and does wonders for making a room look classy. I don’t see how you can wrong with embracing the age and style of the room. What about something like this??? You can do wonders with old books and newspaper flowers, etc for centerpeices.
Post # 8
I love your centerpiece inspiration- simple and elegant.
Here is a pic of your rom showing the chairs ( unless they have been changed since). They appear to be ivory and black which will work for you.
As for the pics, because it is a historical site they are unlikely to even let you take them down. If you can spare the budget you could make prints of pics of the two of you that you love, or wedding pics of your families. Back them onto thin cardboard or cardstock and slip them into the frames right on top of the existing pictures. Using black and white prints would be perfect!
Post # 9
@julies1949: Ah!!! Thank you for posting this!
I like seeing a wider shot of the whole room. I also had no idea what the chairs were like underneath the covers. It looks like they’ve changed the carpet since, but I could definitely live with those chairs if they’re still there. I don’t know if we’re doing covers since I don’t think they’re typically included in linens and I haven’t priced out renting anything just yet. We’ve already arranged for white linens with black accents (napkins etc).
I figured I wouldn’t be able to take them down. I’d be afraid to ask. I hadn’t thought about putting our own photos over top, I’ll definitely look into it.
@.twist.: I’m not sure yet if we’ll be doing chair covers, but black is definitely going to be the chair-sash (?) of choice if we do.
@SimplyChic11: I really like that! Thank you for posting it.
I appreciate the input and I’m glad everyone seems to like it. I can’t see it coming together in my head just yet so I’m still of worrying that everything won’t look cohesive.
Side note: I told my mom I wanted black and I got the most confused stare back, bahah. We had to have a conversation about how weddings are a bit different now from what they were in the mid-80s.
Post # 10
I forgot to mention that if you make the pictures just slightly larger than the opening of the frame, you can slip the pic into the front edge of the frame over the current pic and you don’t have to use anything to adhere the pic. It will have a slight bulge that is not noticeable.
Post # 11
I think focus on linens for tables and classy fun centerpieces. although you are doing the black and white (I love the picture of centerpieces you posted) I think incorporate a subtle color so when you have a picture of the room its not just tables and chairs. Ooh.. if not a print table cloth – how about just a runner? or maybe runners on half? If you are hiring a florist – they will be able to give you so many ideas. If DIY – find a creative friend or Aunt that will listen to you take your ideas and embellish.