Post # 1
Hi Bees, looking for your decorating skills!
We are getting married in a lovely historic building, but unfortunately this restricts a lot of our decorating options (no flames, glue, tape, tacks, etc.). Additionally, the ceremony site has several columns and a low ceiling so I don’t want to make it feel more cramped or cluttered. The window sills are not wide enough to place anything.
We are using the hall’s dark wood chairs for seating. The only thing I can think of that I might like is tying a bunch of tall, dark bare branches to each column with a wide length of ribbon (gold?), facing up the aisle. Probably an aisle runner as well.
The top floor ballroom is where the reception will be.
Our wedding is in the evening, in October. Colors are black, cream, and gold (orangey/fall accents). It’s a military wedding and we are opting for minimal use of flowers. I was thinking a branch centerpiece for the tables. I looooooooooove candlelight but not sure if I can manage the same effect with battery operated.
OH ONE MORE THING–
We only have about an hour to decorate.
Post # 3
Rule of thumb: less is more. Your venue is so beautiful it doesn’t need much embellishment anyway.
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Post # 5
ETA I just realized that you were asking about ceremony decor but showed reception room pics.
Is the ceremony room as pretty as the room you showed?
If so, I would leave it, or hang something from the aisle chairs that reflects the decor you choose for the reception.
I’m not sure where the columns you are referring to are, but I agree with the first bee that responded. Your venue is beautiful. I would concentrate on the tables and not worry about the walls at all.
The only thing I might suggest if you wanted to do anything else, would be to hang some branches sprayed gold horizontally over the head table, or sweetheart table.
Have you asked about using Command Hooks? If you really can’t hang anything, you could use 4 patio umbrella bases to hold 2×2″‘s as uprights, then nail some lattice panels to those uprights. hang the branches from the lattice. Battery operated candles here, and lots of them, would be stunning.
If you only have minimal time to decorate, the lattice panelsl with branches attached, can be preconstructed so that you just need to screw it into the uprights.
Post # 6
@KCKnd2: Yes, you’re right about the minimalism. But if I don’t decorate anything, will it look like I didn’t care? I just want the atmosphere to feel well thought out, intimate, and magical (is that too much to ask??? lmao!)
@Pearberry: I’m actually having my bridesmaids walk down the aisle with black metal lanterns (and a battery operated candle) instead of flowers, and I was considering having them place their lanterns by the column instead of standing with them in the front.
Post # 7
Or, get two very tall black lanterns to mark the entrance to the aisle.
Our local Home Sense had ones this summer that were 3-4 feet tall.
Post # 8
There is a baby grand piano … will someone be playing it? If not, you could splurge on one fabulous floral arrangement and set it up on the piano …
Post # 9
@julies1949: The ceremony room is the first picture. The floor to ceiling columns seem to be the only defining aspect of the room, creating an aisle. The second two pictures are two ends of the same room (reception).
I love the picture you posted! I love all the candles and the branches and everythin–very spot on! However, I think the floating gold branches would be too busy for the ballroom. But I’m considering branch centerpieces instead, partially because we are doing round tables instead of those cool banquet style ones in th pic (which look freaking awesome with all those candles).
Do you think scattering a bunch of BO candes around the room/rooms are feasable? Would the effect be noticible enough to justify all those batteries and switches? :p
Post # 10
@Miss Carmine: I’m only seeing the two reception room pics- guess that’s why I don’t see the columns.
I think the manzanita branch centerpieces will be perfect for your room, but I don’t agree that the horizontal branches would be too much if they were used in a judicious amount and only over the head table. But, it’s obviously your choice.
I think you can use battery operated candles very effectively.There are many different kinds. if you use them inside an opaque votive holder or vase , the candle is not discernible as battery operated. You just get a nice glow.
You can even get battery operated pillar candles made with real wax.