The first thing that guests notice when they attend a wedding ceremony is the decorations. Therefore, every bride and groom wants to have very attractive and memorable decorations, and to have these represent the interests of the couple.
Usually, the task of choosing the wedding decorations is delegated to the bride and the female members of the family and entourage. However, it is still preferred that the groom should also provide some ideas in conceptualizing the decorations.
Here are some aspects to consider when deciding on what decorations to be used in the wedding:
Will the wedding be formal or casual? Do you want it to be traditional or contemporary? This will help in deciding what candles, flowers, balloons, and other venue enhancements will you be needing.
2. Colour Scheme
Consider the main colour to be used for the decorations. This may be the couple’s favourite colour, a colour that can be associated with their hobby or the colour that is preferred during the season. Make sure that the colour of the decorations will go well with what the members of the entourage and the guests will be wearing.
Take pictures of the wedding venue as early as possible so that you can check the pictures while considering an idea of the decorations.
Usually, decorations can only be set at the church and at the reception within one to two hours before the event. Therefore, you must consider decorations that don’t take much time to mount. Also, these decorations should also be taken down right after the event.
Take into consideration the number of guests attending the wedding reception and the size of the venue. With the number of guests that you will be having, can you still set-up bigger decorations that will take some floor space?
If you have a large number of guests, you may just want to set-up floor decorations near the stage and dance floor where most of the program will take place. Also, you might want to opt for smaller but finely detailed table decorations.
Do consider if there will be kids attending the wedding reception. Kids may get bored during the program and start playing with the decorations that can cause an unsightly mess. So you may just get decorations that are not so fragile. If there are several kids as guests, you may have a kids area, where they can mingle with each other and the decorations & food are more suited for their age.
Improperly chosen decorating ideas will not look well even if these cost much. Choosing just two or three decorating ideas, as long as these are implemented well can make a ceremony and reception look lavish. It is also not necessary to buy every item that will be used as decorations. Some professional decorators can give you information on vases, mirrors, table centerpieces, dried flower arrangements, arc ways, pedestals and plants that will only be used for one day. With these, just adding a few candles, laces and fresh flowers will make your wedding venue and reception exquisite.
A final budgeting advice, check with the wedding venue director if there are other weddings that will take place during the day. If so, you may want to coordinate with the couple that will be using the venue before or after you. They may be interested in your decorating ideas or add some of their own, and agree to split the decorating expenses with you.