(Closed) Struggling with venue choice! how to make it personal

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

there are several ways to make a big space personal. What kind of look are you going for?

I would first suggest going to the library and checking out wedding books, yeah they are 80’s but they have great ideas on saving money 

My favorite tip is to go to your local craft store (michaels, joanns, etc) every few weeks. After any holiday there are TONS of stuff on clearance. For example our colors are blue and silver, the winter holidays passed passed and I went nuts picking up pretty ribbon, votives, bells, glitter and just random decorations in general. I have no idea where exactly I’m going to put everything but I have a team of moms who will know what to do. 

I went ot a wedding in TX that was in a barn, they "spruced" it up with twinkle lights, pretty flowers and tied bows around the posts in the barn. They got all of the centerpiece materials from the 99 cent store (except the flowers) but looked just fine.

Our venue has lots of windows so we don’t need to worry about bare walls. I have seen people set up spot lights with a color filter to add drama to bare walls, but i’m nto sure how much that costs.  

also ask around,  we are trying to use heirlooms where possible, not only is it incorporating family but i don’t have to buy a cake topper, champange flutes, etc. 

Basically, get creative. there are plenty of ways to personalize your wedding with out blowing your budget, and remember you don’t NEED a lot fo things : photo booth/cotton candy machine / favors / personalized napkins / the list goes on and on….

good luck! let me know if you get a really cool idea, I might want to steal it!


Post # 4
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Try to blend in nice touches that show that you were thinking of our guests from start to finish is always really well-received.  

Upon arrival, there were large jars of lemonade & iced tea served to the guests, instead of just having them go straight to their seats.

We wanted everyone to feel at home, and to tell our story, so we personalized our space with a lot of enlarged framed pictures.

Our photography package included and engagement session, so we framed the nice prints of us and displayed them around.  We also enlarged the wedding pictures of our parents and grandparents, made nice labels to describe who was in the pictures, and displayed those, too.

We made a sign with a picture of us, thanking everyone for coming and telling them that the gratuity for valet parking was taken care of by us, that was placed by the exit doors. 

I was at a wedding where they handed out warm cookies on the way out, which was great!


Post # 5
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

We were married in a rustic barn setting and besides the twinkle lights that came with the place, we didn’t really add anything. The tables were the best decorations themselves.

If you go to Snippet and Ink and type in ‘barn’ in the search, some great ones come up. This is by far my favorite barn one though…


The wreath and drapes really set the tone.


Post # 7
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Our reception will be in a large hall as well!  I don’t have exact ideas on how to decorate, but I think one thing that will help are the linens that you use.  You can transform a room by using colored table cloths &  napkins instead of white.  We’re doing chair covers, which will also help add some color!  A lot places rent them.  In MN, they’re usually about $3 a chair.  Here’s link to the hall I’m using…the picture has chair covers and it looks great!


Hope this helps!


Post # 8
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Seeing if you can add lighting/lanterns etc to sort of bring down the ceiling.  Sounds like you want more color – if your trying to keep costs down I’ve seen pictures using wrapping paper as table runners.  Maybe take that, white linens are usually cheaper but that’s an easy way to dress them up.  See if you can rent or move in plants – small trees etc. to break up the areas/ walls.  Can you replace curtains? 

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