HOW TO: DEC­O­RATE A VAST SPACE

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Venues -

HANG EX­TRA LIGHTS

Lots of chan­de­liers or lanterns hang­ing from the ceil­ing can change the at­mos­phere from feel­ing empty to in­ti­mate – es­pe­cially if your venue has high, blank ceil­ings. Opt for warm light to pro­mote a cosy feel­ing.

BRING THE OUT­DOORS IN

Hire leafy in­door trees to dot around the re­cep­tion or cer­e­mony space. This will strengthen a botan­i­cal theme and bring a fresh feel­ing to a space – plus, you won’t need to or­der as many blooms.

RE­PEAT DÉ­COR EL­E­MENTS

Never for­get that there’s strength in num­bers, and the rule ap­plies to dé­cor too: any dec­o­ra­tions have more vis­ual im­pact when dis­played en masse.

BRING IN LOTS OF CAN­DLES

Source more vo­tives, tea lights and stout can­dles than you think you’ll need, fill­ing the room with flick­er­ing light. Spread them on ta­bles and on shelv­ing – just be sure they are on sta­ble sur­faces and well away from your floor-sweep­ing skirt.

CHOOSE COLOURED GLASS­WARE

In­stead of clear glass­ware, an un­usual shade like fuch­sia or tan­ger­ine will add in­stant, easy bright­ness to your ta­ble set­tings. Put tea lights in af­ter dark to take the colour from day to night.

TRANS­FORM THE COLUMNS

Con­vert prac­ti­cal­ity into an art form by wrap­ping columns or tent poles in strings of lights, green­ery or colour­ful fab­ric.

Try and find cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion venues that are, at most, a short drive apart. If this isn’t pos­si­ble, con­sider ar­rang­ing trans­port for guests be­tween the two.

Opt­ing for a blank-can­vas venue? A com­mu­nity hall, or an in­dus­trial ware­house? Trans­form it with these must-know styling tips.

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