If you want to go to town on decorating your wedding
reception venue to ensure that it’s truly personalised for you as a
couple, here’s the good news: you don’t need to spend a fortune!
works with budgets at both ends of the spectrum to make unique ideas a
reality in any space, so they know what they’re talking about as far as
decoration goes. Be it a tent, marquee or venue, sports hall or function
room, here are 9 of their top tips for transforming your venue on a
Hire a hall
Keep it local and surprise your guests with a fantastic transformation
inside a well-known and familiar venue. Village and town halls already
have loos, kitchens, power, and heating, not to mention weatherproofing
and car parking, so they’ll have everything you need for the night – all
for a fabulously low rate.
Go for it in full colour
Use a complete marquee- or venue-lining to give a marquee a facelift or
to disguise even the saddest of venues – this way, you can create a
rich, warm wallpaper which means you can spend less of your budget on
flowers, specialist crockery or other details to brighten up the space.
Linings like Oasis Saffron punch above their weight – this simple
printed fabric immediately transforms a space using only linings and
Free standing drapes
Free standing drapes can completely transform your venue, don’t require
drilling or fixings, and take very little time to put up. Plus, you
have a lot of flexibility when it comes to colours and lighting effects,
which can easily transition from day to night to create a totally
Keep it simple
Using an accent colour or colours is an easy way to tie the whole look
of your day together – you can use your chosen accent on anything from
draping and table settings through to buttonholes and bridesmaids
dresses. It’s the simplest way to create a cohesive theme and will look
excellent in photos.
A little fabric goes a long way
Hang fabric overhead for immediate impact and wow factor – with minimal
coverage, you can still transform the space from ‘somewhere you hired
for the day’ into your own, very personal wedding venue.
Make a statement with lighting
Use a single chandelier in a rural barn for a dramatic effect, or
hang it outdoors to set a good impression from the moment guests arrive.
For a twinkling romantic touch that everyone will love, add overhead
Have a focal point
Go crazy and choose something that really represents your theme as a
focal point for your design. Where the budget won’t stretch to going all
out on the entire venue, why not have just a bit of it? You could have
neon lights right behind the top table, a fairy light shower behind the
band, a small chill out zone in the style of an after-hours nightclub,
or a boutique tent as a grand entrance. Whatever you do, make a
Make more than the sum of the parts
Use several of the same items to tie your look together. For example,
pick the same style of candlesticks in a variety of sizes for the
tables, in the corners of the room, fire places, and window sills – the
more the merrier!
Sometimes it’s the little things that count
Disguise tatty corners or storage areas simply, cheaply and most
importantly beautifully, with screens, props, lanterns or birdcages.