Designing Your Wedding Venue


Wedding Venue

Planning a dream wedding requires a dream venue. Some couples rent the empty space, while others bring the dream to life with an all-inclusive wedding venue. We interviewed master wedding planners and designers for the best advice for finding and designing your wedding venue.

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Ceremony Space in the Wedding Venue


The ceremony space is probably the most important space within your wedding venue. This will be the magical place where you walk the aisle, speak your vows and participate in your important rituals. The wedding arch and the backdrop will frame the magical moment. Think about the season, colors and the blooms you want to use to design your space. Rose petals on the aisle are the perfect touch of romance. You should have a well defined aisle with chairs and décor. Depending on your theme and the atmosphere you want to achieve, you could line your aisle with lanterns, vases filled with water and floating candles or oversized candelabras. Chair sashes create elegant seating arrangements.

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Staging Your Reception Tables


The reception area is where you will celebrate. This space should be designed to match your theme and colors. Whether you dare to create a dramatic effect or keep it simple, centerpieces can help you achieve the look. The height of the centerpieces should always match the size of the tables. An empty table will look just as awkward as a crowded one. Flowers bring in color, add texture and are one of the best ways to accent your décor. Flowers can be placed in vases, between candles, inside of lanterns and in table runners. If you are planning your ceremony and reception at the same wedding venue, and are using fresh flowers, you can reuse the flowers from the ceremony space in the reception area.


Designing the Sweetheart Table


The sweetheart table is a special designated seating arrangement for the newlyweds. Since this is where you will dine, toast and sit for many photographs, it is important to keep this space clear for the view of the camera. Use high back throne chairs and a rectangular table to set this special seating apart from the rest in the room. It is very important to follow the theme and decorate this space elaborately, while avoiding large centerpieces that will block the view of the bride and groom. A garland with flowers makes the perfect runner. Consider adding signage and a few candles.

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Setting the Tables in the Wedding Venue


Setting the tables in the wedding venue requires décor, linens, chair sashes, table cards and chinaware. If you want to create an elegant space, you should use transparent pieces and polished metals, such as acrylic or gold colored vases and candelabras. Coordinate your chair sashes to match the table linens. The table runner should always contrast your tablecloth and can be paired with an elegant overlay. The charger plate should contrast the table and linens. Choose a napkin ring to match the charger plate and theme. You might choose a wooden charger plate with a wooden napkin ring for a rustic wedding or a silver charger plate with a silver napkin ring for a more elegant affair.

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Cloud Effects


Couples are looking for ways to create dramatic wedding photography moments. Cloud effects create lasting impressions and the perfect images for your wedding portraits. A low-lying fog blankets the floor and gives the illusion of dancing on clouds. This is perfect for the first dance.

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Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor


Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor is an all-inclusive wedding venue that bundles the venue, furnishings, décor and staff services into one affordable package to design a fairy tale. Master designers customize the ceremony space and reception hall to match your vision. Bring imagination to the design studio and hand select your flowers, centerpieces, linens and every detail of your dream wedding. Every event includes an impressive bartender service, banquet staff and fine china for a full three course meal. Crystal Ballroom designs luxurious events and creates unforgettable moments.