I was going through the search terms for the Dish and I found this: wedding reception ugly carpet.
That got me thinking about a conversation I had recently with a wedding planner friend. She was lamenting the fact that so many bride blow to large of a part of their budget renting these really beautiful venues and ballrooms and then have no budget left for decor. What you end up with is a gorgeous ballroom with a few votive candles and rose petals on the tables, a cheap DJ, marginal food and a very stressed out couple over the bar tab.
How much smarter to flip that idea on its head!
Have your reception somewhere that is more of a blank canvas, but with potential. I saw one recently that was held in a church gymnasium that was stunning!
Here is the plan:
- Think outside the box when looking for a venue. Think loft, or community room at a church, or a roof top. Remembered the money you save on the venue can now be used to transform it.
- Use the right size linen. Tablecloths all the way to the floor can hide a multitude of sins. Most places have to the floor linen in white that you can add a less expensive overlay on to dress it up.
- Rent better chairs. Nothing ruins the look like stained banquet hall chairs in a funky color.
- Hire a lighting company to wash the walls with color and light the room so you can turn off any ugly florescent lights. You can also check with them about chandeliers that they can hang.
- Use tall centerpieces. They will draw the eye up away from any ugly carpet.
- Any really ugly things like those rolling aluminum doors at school cafeterias can be draped
The other thing to consider, a venue like I have described isn’t going to be in heavy demand. They are going to be much less expensive and you won’t have any issues getting the date you want. In the case of the church community room or gym, it may even be free. Double bonus if it is in the same location that you are holding the ceremony. You save on transportation costs and your guest will appreciate the fact that it is all in one place.
Please notice, I am not necessarily saying that overall this will be less expensive than renting the fancy ballroom, but the overall impact will be so much bigger.