How to Design a Wedding Hall

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Designing a hall for a wedding can seem daunting at first. There are so many options to choose from and making a hall look just right may seem impossible. Picking the right flowers, linens and table decorations can make or break a specific look. Pick a color combination that will go with your theme, staying with one or two colors. Simple and elegant is what works best. With the right items and a good plan, you can achieve the perfect wedding you've always dreamed of.

Things You'll Need

  • White linen tablecloths, one for each table
  • Color tablecloth overlays
  • One large flower arrangement centerpiece, for the main table
  • One smaller flower arrangement centerpiece, for the gift table
  • Flower centerpieces, one for each table
  • 3- to 4-inch standing candles with glass holders, 3 for each table, 2 for gift table
  • 2 rolls of wide satin ribbon
  • 1 large roll of 2- to 3-inch velvet ribbon
  • 1 roll of thin ribbon
  • 50 pearly white balloons
  • 1 helium tank, rented
  • 10 to 15 feet of white string lights
  • 1 large box of clear push pins
  • Put a linen tablecloth over each table. Then place the color tablecloth overlay on top so that the corners hang out to the sides.

  • Place the large centerpiece in the middle of the head table and three candles evenly spaced down its length. Next, place the smaller centerpiece on the gift table with two candles on each side of it. Then place the rest of the centerpieces on the other tables and three evenly spaced candles around the center of each table.

  • Cut a 60-inch (approximately) piece of the velvet ribbon for each chair. Tie the ribbons in pretty big bows around the backs of the chairs.

  • Inflate the balloons using the helium tank, close them with a knot and then wrap a long piece of thin ribbon around the stem. Tie the balloons in groups of three or four to fixtures around the hall so they are evenly scattered around the room. Then tie a bunch of the balloons on the chairs behind the head table. Place a larger number of balloons behind the bride and groom and make them stand higher.

  • Cut long pieces of the 2- to 3-inch satin ribbon (cut them about the length of the side walls). Hang them along the walls forming arches using the clear push pins.

  • Hang the white string lights on the wall behind the head table, forming a pretty pattern. You can also do this by hanging down some of the 2- to 3-inch satin ribbon along with the lights in a cascade pattern. Use the clear push pins to keep them fastened to the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • To save money, you can make your own centerpieces by placing a few pretty floating candles--shaped as flowers, for instance--inside a glass bowl filled with water.
  • Place standing candles inside the glass containers in case they get accidentally knocked over. Tie the balloons on long enough ribbon so they don't bump into people's heads when they stand up or walk around the hall.

References

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