It’s not easy to plan a wedding when you have a large family or a big circle of friends, and you’ll no doubt be needing a venue where everyone has space to eat, mingle, and dance the night away. A banquet hall is ideal for this kind of occasion, with many of these spaces offering space to seat hundreds. However, a big venue means a lot of decorating, and with the decorations and flowers costing an average of nearly £800. This means that you’ll want to find ways to decorate your hall without breaking the bank, so here are a few ways that you can enjoy stylish décor on the cheap.
If you have a lot of tables, then this means you need a lot of centrepieces, and it can get expensive if you are having a florist make them professionally. Many places can rent out centrepieces, or the pieces needed for them, and this makes a DIY decorating job so much easier.
Items you could rent include:
- Giant martini glasses
- Goldfish bowls
- Candle holders
- Artificial flowers
- Coloured stones
This makes it cheaper to decorate a large area, and whether you choose a traditional banquet layout, or have circular tables, this means that you can ensure there are plenty of centrepieces to decorate.
Chair covers are a common sight at most weddings, but if you have a lot of people coming then their hire can get expensive. When you are looking around Merchant Taylors banquet hall and other venues, you should find out whether they can be included as part of their package to avoid additional costs. Many venues have a supply of chair covers, coloured sashes, and linens that they will sometimes include as part of the cost if you negotiate with them.
Favours are often part of the decoration of the tables, fitting in with the theme and offering thanks to your guests for attending. However, if you have professional favours made they can end up costing a lot per head, and when you have a whole banqueting hall full of guests this will soon add up. Look for ways to cut down on the cost of your favours, such as buying cheap organza bags in your wedding colours and filling them yourself, or having a friend with crafty skills make something simple. By personalising each favour, you also avoid the hassle of having to buy place settings, and that’s another small amount saved that adds up.
If your hall is a little bland or utilitarian, then it’s easy to soften the edges or cover up any unflattering patches, and draping is an easy way to do so. There are many companies who will be able to decorate the hall with large marquee drapes, and this can be a cost effective way of decorating a big space with minimal effort. With soft lighting, this can create an elegant and romantic look that’s ideal for wedding receptions.
No matter how big your wedding, there’s always a strict budget to stick to, and you don’t want to spend a lot on decorations and those little extras. By hiring a banquet hall, you can have plenty of space for ceremonies, receptions, and evening parties, and this gives you a flexible space that can be decorated for traditional or contemporary occasions. No matter what your wedding style, a banquet hall gives you many options, and means that you can invite all the loved ones you like without having to worry about fitting them all in.