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Wow you are having an elaborate wedding.
Your decorator will have his fee and you need
to know what you are getting for that. Most
times it's fabric, lighting, centrepieces, flowers,
etc. For large areas, you may need bigger
arrangements of alternating heights. You can
use silk flowers e.g. silk orchids vs fresh ones
which can be very costly and difficult to find in
large quantities. The use of pillars, elephants,
sequined fabric, runners, etc can all comple-
ment your theme. Sweets or (mithai) are nor-
mally presented to each guest and they are in
boxes, sequined pouches or baskets. Even your
cake can be a Mehindi design similar to your
hand. You can include a photo booth with tur-
bans, shawls, masks, etc. for your guests to
have a little fun. Ensure that your designer
knows what you want and draw up a contract
in the event of damages to property etc. Your
guests will dress in elaborate clothing so that
the theme will definitely come through shining.
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You can incorporate Christmas colours in
your decor. You already have the red. You can
get green plants. Choose ivory, gold and other
complementing colours that will further en-
hance your theme. You may even want a well-
lit large Christmas tree and tokens wrapped up
underneath. These can be gifted to each guest.
Non-alcoholic wines can be chilled and served
at the reception and they are attractively bot-
tled too. Centrepieces can be a collection of
Christmas decorations, candles, glitter, etc.
Linens in complementing colours can also add
to the ambiance. Chocolates, almonds and
candy are also attractively packaged and can
add to the festivity. Make sure that your wed-
ding cake is the traditional fruit cake. Use
Christmas lights under sheer fabric and that
will make the whole hall look awesome. Have
fun on your day.
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It's always a great thing to be creative and that skill
can yield savings. Normally, if you have a country
themed wedding, opt for longer dining tables vs round
tables or rectangular tables (depending on the space.
Tablecloths can be sewn beforehand. Runners can also
be done. Fresh flowers or plants in pots wrapped in at-
tractive foil paper can be placed on the tables and even
given as tokens at the end of the day. These can be set
beforehand and trimmed and wrapped with silk bows
etc. Yards of fabric can be attractively draped. Large
potted plants can be strategically placed to enhance
the yard. Banners can be made and used creatively to
block out unsightly things like water tanks. Make sure
you get some industrial fans to keep your guests cool.
Some other cost effective items are potpourri sachets,
local chocolates with personal wrappers, plant seed
packets in attractive personalised pouches and don't
forget good lighting and a great backdrop to get the
glare out of the photos. Have fun and create good
Do not be discouraged by a small venue; there are
actually pros to this such as exclusivity, flexibility and
y -- because of the size of the venue,
most likely your wedding party will be the only one
using this venue at that time; therefore, no distur-
bances or interruptions to your big day.
y -- the management of a small wedding
venue might be more flexible about arrangements for
your reception and willing to allow you to personalise
your wedding and choose your own wedding vendors
such as wedding caterers.
A -- a small wedding venue can help set
a romantic, relaxed, intimate tone to the proceedings.
To help plan your reception while working with lim-
ited space, w D w offers
"The easiest way to stay within budget and work
within limited spaces is to opt for a y -
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bles and there is some seating for guests.
y successfully add a chic touch
to the decor as well and you can use w
to bring in your colour scheme. This type of wedding
works well for younger brides that want to encourage
more of a y and can still be decorated
very elegantly. It reduces the number of tables, chairs,
linen and of course the number of centrepieces
needed.... keeping you within your budget.
" can also be a successful way of cre-
ating more of a social atmosphere. They can be as sim-
ple or as elaborate as your budget allows and generally
will take up less room than a traditional buffet line. An-
other option if you insist on having a sit down dinner is
to have the to the guests. This
eliminates all the extra space that buffet tables and
lines take up giving you more space for a dance floor!"
When planning your wedding, creating a budget and sticking to it as best as possible
is important. If the venue for the reception is not spacious and space is therefore lim-
ited, you will need some tips to help create an elegant and beautiful setting all the
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