- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
Our venue is a riverboat; we (weather permitting) will hold the ceremony on the top deck in the open air. The rest of the venue is fine on its own and only needs a little something on top of the tables, so we’re all set there, but I’m stumped on what to do to dress up the top deck.
We don’t need much and have been advised against floor runners and such by the venue co-ordinator; it can get windy up there so runners just blow around, and the material of the floor is basically “boat metal” so adding a layer of fabric apparently tends to make footing less stable, not more. Chairs will be white-backed and we’ll probably add some bows to the sides of the chairs that are on the aisle.
But what to do with the background where we’ll be standing for the ceremony?
We will hopefully have some of the DC skyline in the background, so that helps, but no major monuments (the boat can’t fit under the bridge to go by the National Mall). I don’t want to cover too much of that up. But as it is, it looks kind of industrial and bare.
The only real requirements are: not something that I have to make (because I suck at DIY), something that will stand up to moderate wind, maybe a little mist, and possibly very high heat/humidity; and ideally cheap (without looking cheap). Bonus points if it can be repurposed and moved from the ceremony area (upper deck) to either the dining room (lower deck) or reception/dancing area (middle deck) but that would also mean it has to be light enough to be carried, and relatively easy to take down and set back up. Storage footprint should be small unless it can be re-purposed as there is very limited storage space on the boat.
Flower garlands? I looked at wedideas.com based on a post I saw here, but we are within their 3-month lead time and won’t get an order in time, so if you have a recommendation, I’d be glad to hear it. No preference on the actual flower, and I’m on the fence between silk and real (and we also do not have official “colors” since we’re doing so little decorating).
Or two large flower arrangements on some kind of riser or pedestal? Would rather not end up with two giant pillars in the closet though!
Flower/greenery arch is probably out, due to wind/stability issues.
Some kind of fabric wrap/panel over the railing?
I am honestly at a loss. Oh and due to the floor plan of the upper deck, we are pretty much locked into this corner for the ceremony, unless the Mr and I want to climb up some really wonky stairs to go on the roof of the wheelhouse (which we might do, except for the huge HVAC box up there). It will be late afternoon when we have the ceremony so no sunset to be our decor.
Pictures of the corner where the ceremony happens (note, the big white boxes are where the life jackets are stowed, and will be moved further down the deck towards the back on the day of). We plan to arrange the chairs at an angle, and place the officiant pretty much at the point/corner, angled to face the guests, with my Mr on one side and myself on the other, 3 Groomsmen next to him and 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man next to me, along the railing but not right up against it:
(Obviously this one came out sideways and I didn’t know how to reorient it quickly)
Close-up of the railing material.
And here is a photo of one of the boat’s salons, just to give a general feel of its decor— not essential that we match or go with the same theme/style but definitely don’t want something that will feel too disconnected! Lots of color, mostly blues, greens and golds, lots of wood, very traditional (almost Colonial) feel to it:
So bees, let the decorating creativity flow because I sure could use some inspiration right about now!!!