HOW TO: DECORATE A VAST SPACE
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.