Post # 1
So many cute things out there but what is really necessary/helpful for guests and what really adds fun details vs. what is completely unnoticed? Clearly I need a seating chart or seating cards plus table numbers. And I was thinking a sign for the cards/gifts table made sense. Was also contemplating a “welcome” sign so the guests know to head towards the garden and not inside the house for the ceremony. Probably one for the guest book table.
But beyond that, (and not including flowers or table linens) what details add to the ambiance of a wedding and what ends up being unnoticed details that I really shouldn’t worry about? I’m definitely one of those brides who says “why do I need a sign that says ‘please sign our guestbook’ right in front of what is clearly the guest book”. But I’m also aware that these small details probably help the guests know for sure and add some nice personal touches.
My venue is a historic house which already has a lot of character so I don’t feel the need to over decorate but I also feel like I might be missing those small personal touches that, while not needed, do help to add some nice ambiance. Would love to hear your opinions on what you felt added to your day, what you loved, and what you felt helped the wedding come together. And what you ended up feeling was unnecessary to bother with!
Post # 2
We are getting married in a elegant resturant inside a historic hotel. The resturant has a lot of elegance and I feel needs little “sprucing up”. So far I have purchases a faux fur grey rug (our colours are grey and purple). I imagine I will use it on the favors table or the table where guests are sigining the photo of the city skyline.
Also looking into buying a couple candeloperas and glass beads for the door entrance.
I am NO GOOD at this kinda little stuff and I don’t enjoy it, so I am using my sister and BFF a lot for this kinda stuffs.
Post # 3
Thats literally it. No one will notice/remember anything else.
Post # 4
ladyvk : Thank you for that. That’s how I always felt as a guest but wedding planning puts all kinds of ideas into your head.
Post # 5
arriaza415 : I feel the same way about my venue! Maybe a few things here and there but I don’t feel like it needs much.
Post # 6
I think what you’re doing sounds great!!! keep it simple 🙂
Post # 7
parrotthead : Yea, I am not going out of my way to buy stuff. I am doing minimal center pieces. I’ll do the lil “Cards” sign and “guest book” sign, particularly becasue we are having people sign a canvas of the city skyline so that isn’t as intuative.
We are doing a brunch though and I am trying to keep it low maintane.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
I went with minimal decorations and signage. I’m happy with how simple it was, and no one seemed to have any issues finding things or figuring things out. As far as signage, I had balloons indicating where the path to the ceremony location was (because it wasn’t completely obvious), escort cards, and a sign that said “Cards & Gifts” (from my friend’s wedding–I probably wouldn’t have made one myself). And here’s our simple decor:
We also put my bouquet and the leftover petals from the flower girl’s basket on this table after the ceremony.
Post # 9
We’re not doing a whole lot of decor because, like you, we are getting married in a venue that is realitively decorative on its own. So far I have designed a sign for the card/guestbook table and an unplugged ceremony sign. We are also doing a mirrored sign for the dessert bar listing the pie flavors available and maybe a little sign for the bar. Other than that, we’re not really bothering with any decor outside of our super simple centerpieces.
Post # 10
smalltownbigworld : What a gorgeous venue! Those architectural details are amazing.
Post # 11
Other than something for seating, I think the only helpful signs are labeling food and drink (if you have a buffet, drinks station, stuff like that).
Don’t feel like you need more stuff to make your wedding personal. We didn’t have signs for the ceremony location, gift table, etc. because our family and bridal party were right there, smiling and answering questions – more personal and pleasant than a sign IMO.
The decor is for you, the bride – the guests don’t give a flying fork, they just want to spend some quality time with you and your nearest and dearest – that’s what makes a wedding personal or impersonal. At least that’s how I feel about it as a wedding guest, so we tried to plan our wedding around that.
I still gave in to too many wedding tchotchkes out of fear that it wouldn’t seem fancy enough, and sure enough none of them were worth it. What was worth it was the stuff I got for my own enjoyment: garlands with eucalyptus olive and freesia. Maybe our guests were stunned by their beauty, but I liked them enough not to care whether anyone else noticed them, haha.