An at-home wedding is ideal for an intimate, personal and close-knit ceremony and reception. One challenge in holding a wedding at home is having adequate space. If the living space is large and open, it will be ideal for a small reception. Decorations will be the element that transforms a familiar living room into a wedding venue.
For an intimate and romantic feel, keep the lighting low and soft. Scattering many candles and tea lights around the room is ideal. Be creative with the candle holders. Use crystal or elegant glass holders for a high-class look, stone and wooden holders for a rustic look or stainless steel for a modern look. For a more unconventional wedding, use bolder lighting such as small spotlights, hanging lanterns or even a shimmering disco ball chandelier. Also consider stringing white Christmas lights around the room.
Linens, Flowers, and Music
Cover all sofas, chairs, recliners and benches with crisp white linens or linens in the colors of the wedding party. This will help transform the room into an elegant setting. This will also protect the furniture from spills and soiling.
The flowers can be subtle or bold. Place single stems in many thin vases throughout the room, or place several full arrangements on tabletops, end tables, banisters and fireplace shelves. Wind and wrap vines and flowers real or silk around staircase rails. Add a large arrangement where the couple will exchange vows.
You can use a stereo draped with white or lace linen and place a floral arrangement on it. If you have enough space for a live combo, designate a corner of the living room for the musicians, set slightly away from the guests and wedding couple.
A wedding night should be unforgettable. Add to the memories with extra-special decorations in your wedding suite. These decorations set the mood, add to the ambiance and start the marriage off in the right direction. There’s no need to go overboard; stick to simple elements that can be set up or planned ahead of time.
Time alone together at a local hotel can revitalize your love, however not all hotel rooms are designed with romance in mind. Add romance to any hotel room with special touches, such as candles, chocolates, roses and wine, to set the mood and help reconnect you with the one you love.
How to Decorate for a Wedding Night
Even though there are plenty of flowers at a wedding, the couple seldom gets to enjoy them during the festivities. A trail of rose petals as you enter the wedding suite might sound clichÃ©, but it is a classic romantic gesture for a reason.
Placing candles all over the bridal suite takes the room from a hotel to a getaway. Use enough candles so no lights or lamps have to be turned on. Try using scented candles such as sandalwood, vanilla or jasmine to help heat up the mood even more.
Place an MP3 player or CD player with speakers in the room with a playlist or CD consisting of romantic songs. Select songs that are meaningful to the bride and groom. Arrange to have the music on repeat and playing as they walk in. If you are not familiar with specific songs that the bride and groom enjoy, look online for â€œwedding night playlistsâ€ or â€œwedding night songs.”
Chill a bottle of sparkling wine in an ice bucket for the couple, and set two Champagne flutes next to the bucket. The couple may never pop the bottle, but it is a romantic trimming that helps set the mood. Decorate the room with a tray of chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolates and other fruit; set it on the foot of the bed, on the nightstand or on a small table. They are nice to look at, and it makes for a good snack later in the evening.