Many situations in life come to our surprise, no matter how much we prepare for them in advance. It happens every so often that you have found the perfect venue, it’s the size you have been looking for, and it’s free on your dates, but… the carpet is ugly, or the wallpaper clashes with your wedding colors and the lighting is not optimal. Here, our wedding experts share some clever solutions for these common decor challenges.
4 Easy Wedding Hacks
1. The venue’s chairs are dated, and they don’t fit my color scheme or style.
This is an easy fix: Rent ones that complement your wedding style or colors, like classic chairs or rustic wood benches. If budget is a concern, select a couple of pieces that will have maximum effect, like king and queen chairs for the sweetheart table. A few properly placed items can make a huge visual impact.
2. The ballroom carpet is patterned and completely unbearable.
If your budget allows, roll in some new carpet and completely cover the rug. Not in the cards? Keep your guests looking up. Also, keep in mind that once you put down the band stage, the dance floor, and a dozen tables, you’ve covered a lot of that carpet. Then just focus your guests’ eyes to focal points around the room, like hanging market lights or a giant floral installation.
3. The venue is large and wide open, and you want an intimate feel.
Having space is usually a bonus, it gives you lots of freedom to create anything you want, but if the room is big with high ceilings and you want a cozy feel, then this can present a challenge. To help bring an intimate feel go ahead and hang long centerpieces low—just over the table—to bring their gaze down and to create a more romantic feel. Use furniture, flooring, and fabric draping to define spaces throughout the venue. You can design lounge areas for conversations to happen.
4. The colors of the room clash with my wedding hues.
Don’t fight the design flaw—embrace it. You can try incorporating the design of the wallpaper or drapes. If the carpet is a green zigzag, pull that color into the napkins or the seat cushions. If you really dislike them, then try draping the walls with fabric or covering the floor with a rug. If you’ve chosen a palette with a metallic or a neutral, make that hue more prominent in the décor and save the bolder color for details like your invitations or signature sip. That way, you are not fighting the venue’s colors.