Planning a wedding is not a small job. Unless you’re throwing a home party, one of the first huge steps is choosing a perfect location and design that can make your big day everything you ever dreamed about.
But there are many possible options when it comes to venue and design. Some couples prefer a raw space to bring their ideas into life. Others opt for safer, stress-free alternatives offered by the wedding industry.
Whatever your choice might be, these five tips will help you design your wedding venue like a pro.
1. Be Smart When Choosing Your Venue
The venue you choose will have the greatest influence on your wedding design. It will impact the overall atmosphere and dictate what parts of your wedding vision you can bring to life, so play smart when making your selection.
You can easily fit a romantic, all-white wedding at Taranaki Wedding Venues, but it just won’t work with the overall vibe of a modern hotel ballroom with a colorfully patterned carpet.
So, if you want to let your inspiration be your guide, choose a venue where you feel comfortable leaning into style and where you can incorporate your vision without making too much effort.
Or, you can find a place that meets your budget, location, and size requirements and let the venue inspire and guide you!
2. Design the Ceremony Space
The first part of the design that needs your attention is the ceremony space. The wedding venue must have a well-defined aisle. You can usually achieve this goal with chars and aisle décor. Begin with seating, as it is a central element of the ceremony space.
Choose chairs that fit your vision. If you want to give your wedding a luxurious feel, you will go for a Chivari chair. To get creative with your designs, use chair clothes, as everything from their fabric and color to how you tie them will affect the atmosphere.
Then, continue with the wedding arch – the way you design it will make all the difference in your theme. Use different flowers and sheers to create the desired effect.
3. Pick Your Motif
Your wedding venue design needs to look and feel as a whole, to be coherent and consistent. One way to ensure this consistency is to choose a few elements that will recur throughout your wedding – a motif or a theme.
For example, a wedding might feature doves and incorporate the same dove design in the wedding dress, tablescape, and stationary. Using a repeating detail throughout your wedding will tie it together, from beginning to end.
4. Design the Reception Hall
The reception hall will need tables, a sweetheart table, a cake table, décor, linens, chairs, chair clothing, centerpieces, table runners, table cards, chinaware, and lighting. The decisions you make about the chair clothing will essentially define the space, so you should select the ones that will accent the table linens.
The chinaware is an important element of your wedding venue design, and it should match your theme. Every guest will need fine china for a full three-course meal. Cloth napkins and a napkin ring should also correspond to the wedding theme and colors.
The sweetheart table should be a special place in the venue, so decorate it differently. Choose flowers and adequate lighting to add color and highlight your decor.
5. The Centerpieces
Dramatic and spectacular, discreet and scattered – centerpieces are the crucial ingredient of any stunning wedding venue design.
If you choose right, they can create a dramatic experience for your guests and leave them breathless. Otherwise, they can produce a feeling of sparsity.
You will need a large centerpiece for a large table, so consider manzanita trees with floating candles or oversized candelabras with your favorite flowers on top. For an elegant feel, add some beading or pearls. Your centerpiece should never stand alone, so fill the space with details such as small vases, flowers, and scented candles.
The crucial elements of your wedding venue design should be things your guests will spend a lot of time surrounded by or will directly interact with, so it’s what you should invest your attention and money in.