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Everyone knows that they should decorate the dining tables for the wedding reception and that there should be flowers and candles for the ceremony, but how about all those other places your guests will be spending time during your wedding day? Here are seven of the areas or elements that often get overlooked when putting together your wedding decorations.
The entrance to your venue will be the first thing your guests see, and it will make a statement about what they can expect from the rest of your wedding. Be big and bold in your entrance decorations. Use some form of lighting, whether that is dramatic flaming torches, romantic hanging lanterns, or cute fairy lights. Use potted plants or trees on either side of the entrance and add some flowers or coloured posters inside the hallway to continue the great impression.
The chances are your guests will spend a fair amount of time in the bar so you will want to make it as attractive as possible. If the space is a little empty try hiring an old fashioned juke box, a photo booth, or any other objects that will provide interest and entertainment, and complement your theme. Make sure there is some comfortable seating in the bar for guests to relax on. Flower arrangements can work well in the bar, just make sure they don’t get in the way of the bar staff. Look for garlands or streamers that can be kept out of the way.
If the ceiling of your venue isn’t very attractive, or it’s very high and you’d like to make the atmosphere cosier, there are various things you could try. Draping fabric across the ceiling isn’t as hard as it sounds, or you could add paper lanterns, hanging bird cages, or even hired chandeliers. Suspended flower arrangements or branch canopies can create a natural effect.
If your wedding will take place over a number of rooms make sure the corridors or walkways that join these areas continue your wedding theme. Simple potted plants and wall posters may be enough, but if your guests are likely to get lost you could consider making some fun signs, using your wedding style and colour scheme, to make sure they know where they are headed.
Chairs might not seem like the most important aspect of your wedding venue, but they can make a real difference to your overall look. If you’re not keen on the chairs the venue provides you may be able to find covers with decorative sashes that will match your theme. If that doesn’t work simply ask your venue to pack the chairs away and hire some that you do like. Wrought iron, or cute white wood are both popular styles of wedding chair, although your guests might need something a little more comfortable if you are planning a long wedding breakfast.
While your male guests are unlikely to care, the girls at your wedding will be really touched if you make a feature of the ladies bathroom. Add some scented soaps in a similar fragrance to your wedding perfume, some pretty hand lotions, and some soft fluffy guest towels, as well as a couple of miniature flower arrangements.
Many couples view their wedding venues on a sunny summer day and forget to check out what the lighting is like. Atmospheric lighting can make all the difference to an indoor winter or evening wedding, so if your venue only has harsh bright lights look out for lamps, candles, fairly lights and starlit backdrops. You can also light your flower arrangements with votive candles, or with LED lit coloured gel in glass vases.