We’ve all heard the old saying, “there is never a second chance to make a first impression.” The same thing certainly holds true for your event venue! When guests arrive, the entryway and reception areas provide them with their first impression of your theme, set the tone for level of formality, and displays the overall care that you have taken with your event. The goal, of course, is to make your guests feel welcomed and special, and to set a beautiful tone for the rest of the festivities. Taking time to add some lovely decorative touches to the entryway area, or to the entrance to the ceremony area, will help create a memorable impact. And while you can opt for other decorative touches, there is no better way to dress a space than by using beautiful fresh flowers.
Choose an assortment of vivid colours and greet your guests with a feeling of energy and beauty. (You can also set your wedding cake out so that everyone can see it as they arrive as opposed to tucking it away for later.) Use petals or the heads of flowers in decorative trays for an easy way to add impact to what would otherwise be a forgotten and boring table in a lobby or entry. Try hot pink carnations, yellow ranunculus, or purple roses for a wonderful mix of blooms. The best part about choosing vivid colors? A little goes a long way!
Create a grand effect for your entry hall by draping fabric in the archway outside your ceremony space. This venue went all out but even one set of artfully arranged drapes or some simple fabric, topped by beautiful fresh flowers, will have your guests really talking! Use carnations and daisies to keep costs very low!
As guests walk across the lobby of your venue, an easy and wonderful touch is to hang beautiful floral pomanders (commonly known as “kissing balls”) from the chandelier. Floral pomanders could also be suspended from shepherd’s hoots to line a pathway for guests as they arrive to an outdoor event, or from a gazebo or porch in an outdoor ceremony. (Read how to make your own floral pomanders and see how easy it is!)
If your guests are picking up their place cards as they enter your event space, be sure to dress the table with lovely bouquets of fresh flowers. This will add a classy touch to what could otherwise be a fairly dull line up of cards. Try white hyrdrangeas or white snapdragons for easy elegance.
If you are having an outdoor wedding or event, greet guests with a beautiful floral archway. This will definitely set the scene and signal that the outdoor space has been transformed into something “extra special” instead of “everyday average.” Use an existing archway, pergola or create your own for the day. Roses and rose petals are always wonderful choices!