Post # 1
We just viewed a couple of potential venues, one of which is a converted barn. It’s a completely DIY venue so you have to organise everything (or rather get a coordinator to do it!). I love it, but FI isn’t sure because the place is huge and he just cannot visualise the place all done up and decorated (not too much imagination when it comes to these sorts of things).
Has anyone got any photos or ideas of how to DIY decorate a large space? While its a barn and FI and I are definitely more country than city slicker, I’m not massively into the whole burlap/lace thing. My colours are planned as pale duck egg blue/light yellow/cream ivory which I think will look lovely in the space
To get an idea of what I’m talking about, this is a pic of the venue as it comes
Post # 3
Harvest tables would fill up a space like this really well, they would suit the venue nicely. Once you’ve got a gift table, cake table, maybe a sweet table or late night table, the room would look just fine I’m sure.
The room is gorgeous!!!!!! I was looking for something like this, nothing like this around us.
Post # 4
@Corgi-cariad: What a gorgeous venue. I really like the feel of it and all the beams.
The first thing I noticed that could easily be decorated are the black lighting fixtures. I’d focus on making that a focal point by maybe adding flowers around them
I like the idea of something below for your venue…..using the focus point of the fixture and using long tables like the set up below
Here is another thought if you are wanting a more rustic type feel for the fixture decor
Post # 5
@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: are harvest tables like banquet tables? Weirdly this venue is not really ‘mainstream’, its not used much at all for weddings and I just can’t work out why! There’s an actual castle around the corner for photos and everything!!
@weddingbound: oh wow, yes! Just showed FI and he really likes that 🙂 thank you!!
The set up of the venue is there’s the main hall part and then all around the sides are little alcoves that have seating and fairy lights already set up, I think these are really good ‘chill out’ zones but FI just can’t get over the scale of things I don’t think
Post # 6
Your venue is so lovely that you don’t need to muck it up with a lot of decorating. Many brides use a lot of dec or to cover up unsightly aspects of their venue. You don’t have any.
You could string some globe lights from the beams.
I love the pp’s idea of focussing on the large wrought iron light fixture. This is actually easier than scattering decor everywhere.
The key thing will be arranging how you will SAFELY handle the height by renting scaffolding or a scissor lift.
Post # 7
@julies1949: see that’s the thing, I think the venue is really great on its own, maybe just some lights on the trees, something hanging from the beams, but FI seems to think its too plain like that, he thinks the paint peeling on the walls (which I happen to think gives it even more character) will make people think the whole place is scruffy and maybe even cheap. I honestly don’t think anyone will notice/care if the paints peeling-it’s an old cow shed and we are totally embracing that (what also sold it for me is its called the ‘Coo Cathedral’ (coo=cow). Good call on the scaffolding ladder, FI is tall but I don’t want him breaking something the day before the wedding….!!!
Also, we’re planning to have the ceremony in the same venue (humanist ceremonies are legal here in Scotland and you can get married practically anywhere), would being in just one room be a bit.. Rubbish? We could hire a marquee for the ceremony…