Post # 1
We’re getting married in the at the Conservatory Garden in Central park so not much deco there. I search and search and see so many brides with wonderful ideas…but yet I feel so stuck. I definately don’t want a cookie cutter wedding. I have a FEW concrete ideas…such as I will have crystal trees, I will be DIY my own invitations, I’m choosing candy now for the candy buffet, but that’s it. I want it to look like a wedding and not just a party and I happen to have on a bridal gown. I am having catered food with servers…I just don’t know what else to do. I love elegance, no disrespect to anyone but tree stump and rocks in a jar for centerpieces is not my style. I just need help as to what else I can to make the room’s ambiance FEEL like a wedding.
Thank you for listening.
Post # 3
I think you should search for some inspiration photos to help you tack down the ambience you’re looking for and find the common elements between them. When it comes down to it, what makes a wedding reception a wedding reception? It’s a fancy party. There aren’t really a lot of elements that make it much different from any other fancy party other than your white dress, and your guests knowing that it’s a wedding reception! It sounds like you want it to be personalized as much as possible to you and Fiance, so what about a monogram and stamping that on napkins, menus, etc?
Post # 4
Hi! What about having some lanterns in the trees? Its so romantic, even if not at night
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Post # 5
I’m going to tell you something sort of blunt, but here it is:
No one cares about cares about the decor. I mean, it’s nice and sometimes there’s an ooh ahh factor, but in the end, people do not care. No one will think your wedding is crappy because of the decor. What they DO care about is how you make them feel–how the food is, how the dancing is, and were they well taken-care-of. They WILL think your wedding is crappy if say, 50% didn’t get fed. Or the DJ played the same song 481 times. I understand that decorations matters to YOU, but recognize this is pressure you are willfully putting on yourself.
As Bakerella suggested, go and look at blogs for inspiration and put together an inspiration file. Do you have a theme or colors? That can also help you figure out ideas. What specifically is bothering you about the room? Bad carpet? Wood paneling? Do you have a picture of it? Generally-speaking the things that have the biggest impact are the ones that have the most visual prominence–so something like your chairs (which are a repeating element) and your table linens–that’s not to say you have to spend a lot on table linens, but if you wanted to draw the eye away from blank walls, I might do colorful linens rather than white, for example. But it’s hard to say withouth knowing what the space is like.
Post # 7
If you can afford to you might consider hiring a florist to help with the decor. They can really transform a space!
Post # 8
I’m not sure what your space looks like, I’ve been there but can’t remember. I’m doing six centerpieces with white peonies (or garden roses) with white iris. Then I’m getting tall tower vases and doing white peony pomanders on top of them. Then the last six will be candles. I’ll include my inspiration pictures. Our ceremony is outside so I was going to line the walkways with petals or outline with tall vases and flowers.
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Post # 9
Thank you everyone for such prompt responses.
@bakerella: yes I definately want to personalize it as much as possible…I’m looking “I Do” mongrams as I type. I didn’t think of actually purchasing a stamp because I saw so many places that sold personalized napkins…Great idea..any other suggestions where I could use the stamp?
I know I probably sound ridiculous but I have only been to one wedding reception and it was a terrible experience…I think this is where the pressure is coming from. Food was horrible and I was extremely hungry, in a non-decorated gymnasium, yea but the music was great. I don’t mean to sound mean, I’m just being honest. I actually have found many inspirations that I love, but I’m also a budget bride…but I will keep looking for ways I guess AND I’m in NYC $$$$.
@luckyprincess: The lanterns are beautiful, but the park won’t allow us to decorate at all. I probably should’ve clarified that the reception is in a banquet hall.
@JennyW1: LOL I actually thank you for being blunt, I actually laughed because what you’re saying is very true. As I said before I’ve had this type of experience so I feel pressured to make sure my guests have a spectacular time in a great setting. I would love to have a French type theme (meaning Eiffel Towers accessories), and incorporate the “bling-y” effect. My colors are lt pink, fuschia, grey and apple green as punch of color. My FH and Groomsmen will wear grey tuxes, I will wear a very pale pink dress, and my Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man will wear fuschia dress with grey/charcoal sash.
As for the room…you guessed it…blue patterned icky carpet. This wasn’t a deal breaker for me though because the price is right and the ceilings are marvelously tall. There’s also a very cute balcony inside to announce us and for the bouquet toss. I will try to post a pic very soon. I’m sorry but how to I keep an inspiration file? I do have pics saved in my draft folder of my email though. Here is a link to my very small bio/inspiration on PW with pics:
Sorry so long, I’m just desperate:)
Post # 10
@LisaC: I don’t think I can afford them. That was one of the sacrificies I was willing to make in order to have the crystal trees, especially because I’m not HUGE on flowers. The ones that I do happen to love are out of my range..orchids, callas,..so it seems that I will have to do more in decor. The one that I love is that we’re having pewter pintuck linens..I found those for an EXCELLENT price..so thats what we’re going with.
@reinab505: I am looking now to see if I can find a pic. I love your pics, in Central Park the only thing we can have is bubbles LOL. I didn’t mind that though because the garden is breathtaking in June.
Post # 11
Ok, I apologize for the very small picture. This is just a glimpse but hopefully it helps.
Post # 12
The things that I am glad i did were touches that made it personal to my husband and I. Those are things that made my wedding reception wonderful and then things that people commented on.
A few examples:
-Table names were all restaurants that my husband and I love (we’re foodies)
-We had framed parents wedding pictures on our cake table
-We set up a collection of childhood pictures and recent pictures of Fiance and I
Try to think of things that will make the wedding your own. I have been to several weddings that are beautifully decorated, but feel boring because they have no personality. [attachment=1415240,179826]