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Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
Master October 2013

How do you decorate a large venue?

Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C), on November 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM Posted in Style and Décor 0 58
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Good morning WW!!

I was just thinking about my venue today because it's starting to bother me a little... it's a reception hall that can seat 600 people- but we're only inviting about 200.

I think I'll add up-lighting to give it a warmer feeling, but beyond that I have NO idea what else people do to decorate... the venue includes flower pedestals at the head table/parents table and centerpieces.

We are having a band, and not a DJ so I know that will take up a little more space which will be good- does anyone have any ideas??? Or at least know where I can look for ideas?

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Latest activity by Aaron DeMarest, on March 8, 2013 at 8:28 AM
  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
    Master October 2013
    Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C) ·
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    If you'd like to see the space specifically...

    http://www.aquaturfclub.com/

    Kays Pier North

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  • Travis's Girl
    VIP October 2012
    Travis's Girl ·
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    You can decorate with Lanterns, Flower Balls, Balloons, Fabric Drapes and Lights



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  • Mrs. S™
    Master October 2011
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    Do they have decorating restrictions ?

    It sounds like you're worried that the space will look empty? If so, don't worry about it. I think their maximum occupancy numbers are very sardine-like. Our room technically seated 90, we had 45 and it was perfect. It just gave a little extra room for everything.

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  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
    Master October 2013
    Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C) ·
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    Balloons might be a good idea... if I can get a feel for how to use them.. (like an arch or something) I don't think I'd put them on tables.

    I should mention my theme is "nature" I'm not sure if lanterns would work with that. (also- the ceilings are VERY high).

    I tried googling and people suggest designating areas- so I can make a large seating chart, have a separate guestbook table and "cards" table.

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  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
    Master October 2013
    Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C) ·
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    The closest I can get is if you go to the website (above) and click on the video or the floor plan.

    I'll see if they have any pics on google...

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  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
    Master October 2013
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    Http://www.robalberti.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/1-The-Aqua-Turf-Club-CT-Wedding-Reception-Lighting-www.robalberti.comIMG_7668.jpg

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  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
    Master October 2013
    Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C) ·
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    This is the website I got the picture from... this is how they decorated it with lighting- but there were a LOT more tables/guests for this event.

    http://www.robalberti.com/blog/2012/01/the-aqua-turf-club-plantsville-ct-charity-event-event-lighting-by-rob-alberti/

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  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
    Master October 2013
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    Mrs. S they only restrict candles as far as I know...

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  • Mrs. S™
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    I think uplighting will give if a warmer feeling.

    As far as space goes... how about creating a family corner? Take some older family pics, blow them up and have some sort of a family story going? Kris did something similar. Or draping? Or large plants, if you could rent them?

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  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
    Master October 2013
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    Oooh I like the family story thing... my mom has TONS of pictures and I know FH's mom has been gathering some old pics too she wanted to do a slideshow.

    I wanted to do draping but I'm not sure how much that will cost. I also like the plant idea I didn't know you could rent them I'll have to look into that...

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  • MJ
    Master June 2013
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    Sometimes it is much cheaper to buy the plants at Lowes or Home Depot, even a grocery store than it is to rent them.

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  • Mrs. S™
    Master October 2011
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    I think you can rent plants, but I have no idea where from. We had an outdoor ceremony and it was one of the options somebody (or DOC? florist? who knows :-) was talking about instead of an arch.

    I also think doing a family story would be so much cooler than a slideshow :-) It would probably also encourage people to mingle, it gives something for people to look at and talk about. I'm trying to find pics.

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  • Travis's Girl
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    I know you mentioned that the ceilings are high but if you can hang items from polls or something here are some more ideas.



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  • IrishLove™
    Master October 2013
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    I Have a large room also that can seat up to almost 600 I believe... and I have 245 and expecting around 200... I am just going to focus the tables... I'm not going anything too tall (and I don't think you should either since you have the chandeliers. Are you doing anything fallish?

    I would maybe do the up-lighting like mrs. s suggested and it looks like they do it from the picture you posted.

    Below i posted a center piece that would draw your eye to the able and then you said something about an arch so I posted one that is more fallish with leaves.



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  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
    Master October 2013
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    Soon2beMrs.K it's scary how much we are alike!

    I'd have to hire-out for the uplighting, the venue itself doesn't do it but I've been planning to purchase that for some time I think.

    I want to have a nature-theme but I usually don't prefer the typical fall colors although I do like the pictures you've posted. My BM dresses are forest green so they can go with just about anything. I haven't really made any final decisions on anything yet- but I really want to get all my ideas narrowed down (I've been gathering for a year I think I need to settle on my ideas so I can start budgeting).

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  • IrishLove™
    Master October 2013
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    It's only because we are awesome! Smiley smile

    Oh I love the sound of the forest green dresses. Here are things I found for a nature themed wedding that you can still use the arch I posted before. I love the sound of a nature wedding. Especially since you said you really aren't into the fall colors!! Smiley smile




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  • IrishLove™
    Master October 2013
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    And last one because it wouldn't let me post before. and the nice thing about your idea.. if you can do a lot of DIY with nature which is free lol!


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  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
    Master October 2013
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    Yes that is exactly the feel I'm going for! I love the wood and the green with either deep purple or something similar.

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  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
    Master October 2013
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    Exactly! That's what I was thinking...I want to DIY what I can but still make it look elegant.

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  • Nicole S. (formerly Nicole C)
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    Like an enchanted forest or something (now I'm dreaming big- hahaha)

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