“I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones…” – Winston Churchill
There are perfect Calgary wedding venues and then there are nearly perfect Calgary wedding venues. The perfect venue has big beautiful windows with spectacular views and natural light, and the carpet is a pristine creamy white. The chairs that come with the venue are chiavari and they have extra spot lights hanging around that can put up and run at no cost. When you find this venue, please let us know. A room that can hold 200 people will almost always have a carpet that can hide shoe marks, the room will have warm embellishments when your colour scheme is cool and their chairs are a classic and respectable forest green, with arm rests. Of course they are.
So while you may find a Calgary wedding venue that works perfectly with your colour scheme, chances are you’re going to need to add a few of your own delicate touches to make the room fit your wedding. Of course that’s more than possible, so let’s explore a few ways to do it.
Paper Lanterns: Low price point, good impact. Paper lanterns are a classic trick when it comes to filling a room with a specific colour. With prices ranging from $3 for a small to $20 for humongous, they come in all sizes, colours and sometimes even shapes. Hang these throughout your room and it will look like it’s raining drops of your wedding, especially if you add an LED light to give it a glow. Be warned though, you’ll have to buy a lot of them to truly achieve a high impact – like maybe 25 – 50 – and then someone has to hang them from the ceiling and take them down. Looking for paper lanterns? Try The Social Page!
- Paper lanterns are inexpensive and bright Image via The Social Page
Patterned paper on your tables: Low to medium price point, medium impact. Honestly this is a great way to get your DIY on, save a bit of cash and make a splash at your tables. If you come across a wrapping paper or wall paper that you think matches and works with your wedding perfect, pick up a roll and do a test set up of your wedding table. Try the paper as a table runner, as a napkin ring, as a part of the favour or as a part of your centre peice. If it works, fantastic! And if it doesn’t, you’re out less than $5 for the roll of paper. It can also be fun to find complimentary patterns and colours – and switch some tables out, which will add tons of pizazz to your set up. If you love the look, see if you can order rolls of the paper in bulk and grab your bridesmaids!
Martha knows best. Image via Martha Stewart Weddings
Wall lighting: High price point, high impact. Seriously, you can completely change a room with the right lighting. Cream walls become vibrant blues or electric pinks, tall drapes become violet and tables with white table clothes suddenly have teal polka dots. A bit on the pricey side, it’s the most effective and most dramatic way to make a room unrecognizable. It packs a huge punch for guests, who feel as if they’re been suddenly taken from one world to a totally new one. If it’s in your budget and it’s your dream, this is an absolute must!
We weren't kidding - high impact! Photograph by Alan Maudie, Image via Lynn Fletcher Weddings Facebook