Post # 1
I am thinking about what kind of decoration I should have to my venue. The part I am thinking about the most right now is where the civil ceremony will take place.
I was thinking of having a “big” burlap banner and hang it in that glass “window” there in the back… I don’t think it will cover everything in length (and absolutely not in height!). Has anybody seen a burlap banner on a ceremony before / is it a dumb idea?! (I was thinking of writing oh happy day in it).
Do you have any more ideas for a rustic wedding ceremony in a place like this? I was thinking also of having a burlap runner on a table with white tablecloth, and on the table a basket with some flower arrangement,some candles… and a little further back some big white balloons tied in large candle lanterns, one in each side. But I’m just worried it will look very empty?
Post # 2
marianagv : Is that a reflection of the outdoors in the window?Have you talked with your photographer about using that as a backdrop for the ceremony?
Rather than try to cover it with a banner, I might look at placing birch branches potted up to look like trees.
Post # 3
marianagv : Why would you cover such a beautiful view? I suggest another take on rustic; burlap has been around for so long! Something like this would work nicely in that space; the vase on the ceremony table could hold daisies, baby’s breath, for example. You can bring the “outdoors” with the planters and trellis and hanging vines/greenery.
Post # 4
Holy moly, this is a STUNNING backdrop in itself! Where is this? I would keep it very minimalistic. No balloons unless you pair it with a bright purple velvet couch (kidding! eeeww.)
Seriously, this backdrop commands an understated elegance. Two tall oversized minimalist branch arrangements or modern flower arrangements if you have a larger budget.
Post # 5
Look at ways The Forge Venue utilized country chic.
Post # 6
julies1949 : Hey 🙂 no, the ceremony will be outside. This is basically a window glass on the back of this kind of “stage” where we will marry. Was it this kind of flower arrangement you were thinking about?
Thank you <3
claroquesi : we need to have a functional table because we are portuguese and are marrying in Portugal. I guess that in the US it is quite normal not to go and sit on the table with the one who is holding the ceremony, but rather stand, but it is normal here. I don’t think I have the opportunity of getting a table like that at that hotel (it is a hotel!!). You may be right about burlap, but I rarely see it in weddings here, and I think people just began using it more last year. I was thinking more like, if I can absolutely NOT have “pieces of furniture” I can add on my own for logistic reasons, and only use the things that are small and can be transported and easy to get, what would look nicer here. But loved your idea, that table is gorgeous. Just out of curiosity, is it normal that the pair BUYS all of this to the venue (like that kind of table), or they usually have it already at most venues?! (I’m just thinking it would be really expensive to begin buying tables and so and so).
For instance, if I had just the opportunity to have a normal table with a white tablecloth on it, would you say it would be best to leave it with the white tablecloth instead of having a burlap runner, and so bring the rustic only by that I would have on and around the table?
jenclint1 : this is namely in Portugal 🙂 I thought white balloons could count as minimalist and a bit rustic also?! Anyway, I can’t really use the backdrop for anything special, because usually the bride and the groom are facing the officiant and have their backs to the guests… same as in a church, I would say. so I would like to have something quite pretty for the guests to see when they arrive, and not to look too empty in the background. Thanks for your suggestion! Everytime I see it, it’s always with wooden doors and white curtains, can’t imagine it having it here or how I would manage to have these kinds of things.
Were you thinking of these kinds of flower arrangement, or maybe more like the first picture I posted on this response?
Post # 7
Also, would it maybe be a better idea to tie the burlap banner to these trees which stand on the back, if they are still there in august? or would you think it doesn’t make sense anyway? Does it take away the elegance that it requires?
Post # 8
marianagv : Wait, you are marrying in Portugal? How very lucky! Goodness, for your ceremony table there would not be anything more lovely than a Madeira linen runner. They are so beautiful!
And for your reception, I would use white tablecloths, and “make” a runner joining individual Portuguese mosaic tiles. Add some vases with flowers, and that would be all you needed. Rustic, Portuguese-style!
In terms of the ceremony table, I’m pretty sure that if the hotel doesn’t have anything to your liking, there must be event rental places where you could find a good variety of alternatives.