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A Blank Slate

by Casie Sweeney on 02/28/15

We have so many of our couples ask about venue options - they fall in love with a beautiful location but then once the food/drink/dj etc. is added up they can't afford to have their wedding there.  We were able to help one such bride by suggesting a blank slate fire hall for her wedding and we promised a complete transformation into a sparkly winter wonderland.  Often times a blank slate is better for your decorator because we don't have to worry about hiding the wall color you don't like or the huge chandelier that just doesn't go with your theme.  Here is a picture of the 'blank slate' we had to work withWNY Event Decorators / The Balloonery's photo.

Since the space is so big and has such nice tall ceilings we really wanted to start with the decor up top.  Here we used 16 of our crystal chandeliers and lit them to make to room more cozy and add interest and another layer of lighting.  We also used our crystal swags over the dance floor to define the space

Casie Sweeney's photo.

Next step was to set up the tables - since rectangular tables were provided by the venue we wanted to amp up the style a bit.  We chose to creat 3 large X's out of the tables and use 2 banquets together to make larger farmhouse tables instead of the standard rows of tables you normally see.  Something so simple really elevates the overal design of the room.

Casie Sweeney's photo.

The bride chose silver and plum as her colors.  We used classic white tablclothes and chair covers.  We layered out silver sequin overlays for the tables and plum spandex chair sashes.  Plum napkins were folded into little envelopes providing a pop of color on the top of the table.

Casie Sweeney's photo.

We used our crystal tree centerpieces on the large X shaped tables.  The 5 ft tree in the center made a huge impact when entering the room while the smaller 3 ft versions tied in the theme.  To save on the budget we chose not to add floral to these tables and instead placed mercury glass and floral pieces on the farmhouse tables.  Using multiple centerpieces with a mixture of floral and rentals again gives a lot of visual interest to the space and keeps you away from that boring banquet look.  We constructed a chuppha in one corner of the room for her ceremony and created an isle for her to walk down.  Draping and lighting was used for the head table to create a beautiful background for her photos.  The floral we chose to use really accentuated the room and gave another pop of color.  Below are the pictures of the finished product - enjoy!

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