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From Drab to Fab! Easy Upgrades For Your Wedding Site or Venue

July 22, 2010

When it comes to planning your dream wedding, sometimes the biggest obstacle is making your venue match your fantasy. Never fear, there are plenty of ways to gussy up your site! Here’s a few to get you started.

Before and After!

Before via BellaSignature

After via BellaSignature

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

via Photobucket

A time old saying, but true! This is the most simple, yet most important tip of all! All the decor and floral arrangements in the world cannot compete with a dirty or neglected venue. Enlist a few friends or family members to help you get the spot looking tip top. Give it the white glove treatment! You should feel like you’re in heaven when you look like a goddess, so make sure your reception or wedding site levels up to your standards.

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, rake over the site to get rid of trash and debris, especially public spaces. The last thing the bride wants is her beach spot littered with cigarette butts and rusty bottle caps, or the garden cluttered with trash… so take time to look the site over good and well!

photo jon pacio

Perfect Imperfections
Look around your site. Is there something that’s a little…off? Maybe an ugly looking wall or floor? Fabric draping, temporary walls/flooring and lighting can do wonders. If the ceiling is a sight for sore eyes, cover it up with flowing drapes. If the walls look a little lifeless, try draping rope lights or little fairy lights. DJ vendors often provide dance floors or rental companies who supply tables and chairs sometimes have temporary flooring. Ask and you shall receive!

As with the cleanliness of the outdoor space, sometimes the scenery isn’t as lush as the fantasy calls for…plan to add embellishments. Potted planters, trees and flower baskets can be made ahead of time or be ordered depending on your budget. Help out mother nature and mold the site to your liking. Add garden lanterns and string lights for a very romantic touch. Fabric draping can add to the effect, just take notes from the natural environment and compliment the atmosphere.

Lights, Camera, Action!
Lighting is going to help tremendously. If anything is going to help the space, it’s going to be lighting. It will set the mood, lend a tone and create an experience. String lights and lanterns are standard, as are candles on the table. Try something more unique: vintage jelly jars with candles, various candlesticks, antique valances or lamps, lights swathed in breezy fabrics. Candle centerpieces is a trendy touch to tie in with the theme, add floral arrangements, jewels or colored glass and fabric or ribbon. Mirrors in your space can make a site look bigger or more open, it will reflect light and illuminate the area. Experiment with colored gels on lights to match the mood to your style or theme. As an added bonus, the better the lighting the easier it is to take beautiful photos. The photographer should have no problem getting great shots if the lighting is perfect.


Set the Table

Linens can be a simple fix for mismatched or ugly tables. Even with a simple crisp cotton table cloth, you will be surprised how elegant a table setting will look. Get creative with colors and plating. Or think outside of the box and embrace the charming look of mismatch vintage furniture and place settings.


Details, Details

Details are a big trend for 2010. Your guests will feel welcome and special when they see the small features you put into the wedding and reception. Things like decorating the entrances and exits to tie in with the theme. Making sure the reception is marked clearly with signs with lights, flowers or balloons will ease guests into the reception. Namecards or fun displays for informing your part-goers’ seating arrangement with the wedding colors and matching design. Tying in small details into the table displays, starfish sand and shells for a nautical wedding or vintage keys, birdcages and pewter dinnerware for a romantic inspired theme. Personalizing is very trendy and the options are endless: napkins, candy wrappers, water bottles, matchboxes…(I LOVE the personalized kisses, so sweet!)


Keep in mind that the best way to make a statement on your site or venue is to infuse it with your style and personality. This is the place that you and your husband will think of fondly for years to come, it’s up to you to make it your own! If you are up to the challenge, a little elbow grease and some love can turn a dull place into a dream location. Use your imagination and don’t be afraid to makes some changes, this is all about you and your partner!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2010 10:05 pm

    Love it! It is so amazing what lighting can do, it truly changes the whole look!

  2. July 23, 2010 4:33 pm

    I am so glad you mentioned cleaning the ground where the wedding is to take place. It is something i dont think i would have thought about, and neither would alot of brides. I love the escort cards with the antique keys attached! What a unique way to add some vintage flare to your wedding

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