Your wedding venue will influence many of your wedding details. Beyond the color scheme and the style of your wedding, it will also direct the wedding’s floor plan, food service and can even inspire your choice of wedding dress. Rustic chic weddings may have reigned supreme for the past few years, but modern “blank slate” spaces as well as formal, grand ballrooms are picking up in popularity with brides and grooms.
WeddingWire spoke with several wedding planners and venue managers across the country to discover what the hot new trends in wedding venues are to help you in your search to find the right one for your wedding.
Blank Slate Spaces
Couples who have a vision for their wedding are looking for a venue that is a blank space which they can truly make their own. “Almost every couple wants to adjust the look of the venue to what they think is better for them,” explains Ahmad Alzear of Hashemites Event Hall in Duluth, Georgia. “They do not want to feel like they have been assigned a décor and would rather choose their own look.” Ahmad recommends that couples ask to see a sample album of previous décor at the venue to get a better understanding of all the possibilities. With rental companies offering everything from velvet upholstered furniture to vintage bar carts to antique tabletop items, a couple can create their dream wedding design and bring it to life without having to fight a venue’s wallpaper, carpeting or other décor details that may clash with what they want for their wedding day. Nadia Huerta at The White Sparrow in Union Valley, Texas adds, “Our space is a blank slate and you can make it as earthy, glam or country as the bride needs or they can be minimal and let the venue speak for itself.”
Thanks to Instagram everyone is looking for a venue that allows for natural light to ensure “likable” photos. Airy locations with floor-to-ceiling windows or skylights will guarantee that as long as there is daylight, your wedding ceremony and reception will get plenty of natural light for both your photos and the overall ambiance of the day.
Moveable Accent Walls
For years couples have been finding multiple uses for different design elements. Think bridesmaid bouquets adorning the wedding cake table and ceremony aisle décor being used as centerpieces too. A beautiful moveable wall can be decorated with flowers or draped in fabric and placed at the altar for your wedding ceremony’s backdrop, and then moved into the cocktail hour to decorate the bar, into the reception to be the backdrop for the wedding cake, and even as a photo booth. “One of the biggest trends we have seen is a floral wall installation, typically placed behind the altar,” says Marisa Malgieri, the Event Sales Manager at Brooklyn Winery in Brooklyn, New York. Working with an event designer or florist couples can decorate it in the best way to enhance their wedding’s overall look and feel.