Planning our amazing wedding two years ago was definitely one of the most stressful periods of recent times (first world problems I know, but juggling it with two small children meant that we were majorly time squeezed!) but I also look back on it fondly as someone who is pretty creative and loves the whole organisational process.
I really enjoyed pinning away on Pinterest, and getting ideas for the kind of look we were going for, and then spending the time sourcing everything we needed at the best possible price.
I got such a buzz from finding the right wedding decor online, and pulling together a beautiful look.
We had two venues to plan for and style- an Italian restaurant for our post-church daytime reception, and a big party boat on the Thames for our evening do.
Two very different venues required quite different styling, and I was lucky in that I roped my blogging pal Bonnie into helping each venue come together.
Here are my tips for making the most of your wedding decor and making sure it all comes together:
Think of the key areas
Have a think about where your guests will spend most of their time at the venue. Decorate key areas but don’t decorate unnecessarily so as not to blow your budget. Get the areas right, and maxmise the number of guests who will see them for minimal cost.
Make an entrance
This will be the first time most of your guests visit your wedding venue (well, not if you’re me and choose the local Italian, haha!). Make them feel welcome and go “wow!” and as though they have arrived at YOUR wedding, not anyone else’s. Personal touches such as giant balloons, or having your own personalised signs made saying something along the lines of welcome to the wedding of… A table greeting guests with flowers, photos and little extras can also look lovely at the entrance to your venue.
Topnotch Table Plans
If you’re having a sit-down affair, guests will need to know where they are sitting. These days table plans can form a beautiful piece of decor, and I’ve come across some cracking ones in the past. Depending on your style you could use an old window frame, ladders, photos, or keep it traditional and elegant with a simple- style table plan with modern calligraphy.
Give your tables the “Wow” Factor
Every bride and groom wants their tables to look stunning, but also make their guests feel comfortable and able to eat and drink without having too much clutter in the way. Choosing the right wedding table centrepieces for the look your going for can have a big impact on the overall style of the room, and ‘anchor’ a particular look or theme.
It’s the little details…
Extra touches such as flowers and pampering baskets in the ladies toilets can be a lovely touch, as can flip flops for guests to wear on the way home when they have tired dancing feet!
Do you have any tips for creating the perfect wedding look?