How to Make Your Venue Feel Totally Yours
Even if your venue has played host to thousands of weddings, you can easily make the space feel as if it’s all yours. Small, thoughtful additions go a long way in setting the scene for an event that feels personal, truly thought out and one of a kind. Keep reading for some easy ways to make your venue feel like home (you know, if your home was a grand ballroom).
Bring in family photos!
Scatter some framed family wedding photographs — parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on — around the venue. Place them in spots guests will see, like the guest book table, or on side tables in a lounge area, so that every area of your wedding venue feels warm and inviting. (This is also a great way to honor the other terrific love stories in your family!)
Add some personality to your tablescapes.
Traditional wedding centerpieces are usually a beautiful flower arrangement and a sprinkling of flickering votive candles. Think about working your flower centerpieces around an item that illustrates who you are as a couple: a cluster of small vintage globes for a globe-trotting pair; a stack of pretty antique books for bibliophiles. Get creative!
Go vertical with your seating chart.
While a traditional spread of place cards on a table is always lovely, think about a more artistic way to present your seating chart. Instead of individual escort cards, consider having a calligrapher or artist create a large standalone chart, which you can display on an easel or in a large frame. This creates another visual moment at your venue, and it’s another place to inject your personality into the day.
Add some hospitality to the bathroom.
Another way to make your wedding guests feel at home? Trick out your venue’s restrooms with a custom bathroom basket (or two). Stock these with amenities that your guests might need in case of emergency — a small sewing kit, hairspray, stain removal pens, a lint brush, bobby pins — and display these in a great-looking basket or on a pretty tray. (A tiny vase filled with a few blooms wouldn’t hurt, either!)
Create a (modern) photo backdrop.
The bulky event photo booths or plain white backdrops are a thing of the past. Couples are now creating gorgeous (and sometimes deceivingly simple!) backdrops for awesome guest photo ops. Set up a photo backdrop in an area of your venue away from the action, but still easily accessible for guests. (Our RiverCrest lounge area is perfect for this!) Work with your florist to incorporate flowers into your backdrop, or create a scene with fabrics in your color palette. This gives guests a way to take a break from the dance-floor action, and it gives you another opportunity to create another stunning — and totally personal — scene in your venue.