How to decorate your wedding reception venue

Deciding how to decorate your wedding venue can be difficult and it’s easy to get carried away with ideas and with spending!

To make life a little easier try and settle on a wedding theme, or on the type of wedding you want to have. If you want a fun and relaxed atmosphere, let the decor and details reflect this. It may sound obvious, but different types of venues suit different kinds of decor, so I’d recommend working with rather than against your venue for the perfect look, and consider this when you’re searching for venues. For example, if you want a stylish and chic wedding with a modern look, don’t book a tithe barn venue in the country. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

City Hotel

For a chic wedding in the city, you can’t beat an elegant theme with a simple palette of white, silver and maybe a bit of black to add a touch of glamour. Suitable decorations could include candelabra, tall martini glasses, scatter crystals, and lots of sparkly details, from your dress and shoes to your cake and table plan.

Marquee/barn

The perfect chance to go all Kirstie Allsopp and get creative! Bunting is a firm favourite for decorating Marquees and barns, as it’s relevatively cost effective and simple to make at home. The more rustic the better with these type of venue, so get rummaging through charity shops for vintage crockery, jam jars, fabric, and all manner of lovely things.

Outdoors

If you choose to hold your reception outdoors (weather permitting!) you can be as creative as you like. You could opt for a rustic theme as mentioned above, with high tea on the lawn with hay bales and picnic blankets for seating. Hang tealights and birdcages from the trees and set up traditional games such a croquet and rounders. Lantern wedding decorations are also ideal for decorating an outdoor space and will provide light as the evening draws in. For a hot summers day or weddings abroad you could opt for bright colours, too. Whatever you do it needs to be fun!

Castle/Country House

Castle wedding venues are the perfect place to make your childhood dreams of being a princess come true. Pink, ivory and gold are the perfect colour combination for this, but it’s important to work with the items that are already in the venue. In a lot of old country houses there may be lots of old paintings on the walls for example, so it’s best to keep things simple. A simple scheme of ivory is timeless and will work against any backdrop

Discuss your ideas online now on our friendly forum, and check out the gallery below for some of my favourite details from our real weddings.

Sophie x

 

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