The hopeless bride gets creative

One thing, or should I say one more thing that I totally never thought about as part of the wedding planning process was decorating.

You hire a venue, you book flowers, you choose favours but you also have to actually buy things to decorate the place. I hadn’t realised this. I definitely did realise this, when we visited the venue when it was completely empty of furniture and ‘show decorations’ and then I thought what the hell are we going to do?

I struggle enough decorating my house, let alone a venue I have visited a handful of times that will feature several different rooms. I am also hopeless at sticking to a theme or style. Everything I decorate seems to become a mismatch of items that sometimes work and sometimes definitely don’t.

So I started to look at Google and Pinterest which, if you’ve read my previous posts you will know, that is a big mistake. Whilst they can both be very helpful,  they are also really bad for making you feel as though you are drowning in possibilities and options.

As ever I had a lot of questions, including:

  • how much should we buy? and what do we do with it after?
  • how do we find decorations that look good together?
  • would anyone notice if we didn’t buy anything and we called it minimalist chic?

So when research didn’t give me much guidance I chose the only other option; buy random stuff and hope for the best.

So far I’ve bought sparklers for outside with a little sign, strings of pearl beads for the tables, printed photos to decorate the corridor between two rooms and that’s it, with three months to go that’s seriously all we’ve got. We’re planning to buy lots of candles, some lanterns, maybe some ribbon and anything else IKEA has to offer and hoping that it forms what looks like a well put together venue.

So if you’re coming to the day please try not to look confused at the combination of things decorating the venue, just smile and maybe throw in comments of ‘wow I just love how you’ve decorated the place’ when I’m in earshot.

keep calm there’s only three months to go – eeeek!

2 thoughts on “The hopeless bride gets creative

  1. Rachael Styles - Helpless Whilst Drying says:

    Agh, totally feeling you. Whilst I’ve been relatively planned, I’m now in the stages of pulling it all together. In the past 3 days I’ve spent almost 12 hours painting a palette – like who thought this was a good idea… oh me. I’m worried that I haven’t got enough of the finishing touches, and I’m going to get everything out this weekend and check I have what I need!
    I’d relish in three months to go again, three weeks for us – ARGH!

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    • thehopelessbrideblog says:

      Oh I’m glad it’s not just me! I just find it so hard to picture everything at the venue and work out how much we need. The finishing touches are what I’m worried about hence panic buying sparklers from amazon 😂 I think I’m definitely going to do a trip to IKEA and just grab anything I think might work. Three weeks left how exciting! Can’t wait to see photos 😃


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