The Wedding: Decorations and venue

The Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura Lewis
The Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura LewisThe Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura Lewis
The Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura Lewis
The Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura Lewis
The Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura Lewis
The Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura Lewis
The Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura Lewis
The Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura LewisThe Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura Lewis
The Wedding: Decorations and venue by Laura Lewis
Next up in my Wedding series (read the other posts here) I’m talking all thing decor. You will have already got a little glimpse in my last post, and on my Instagram but I thought I’d go through the whole look of the venue.

As soon as we got engaged, I knew that I wanted our Wedding reception to be at Fabrica. Located in the heart of Brighton it is the most amazing space. Having been a church back in the day it still has a fair amount of its original features and is now used for art installations, craft fairs, and exhibitions.
We only looked at this one venue - we’d been to a wedding there a few years back, and I’d fallen in love with the space then. It has lots of natural light, and as it’s ‘dry-hire’ (meaning you basically get the venue totally empty) you can do a lot more with it.

As I’m an Events Manager by day, there was never any doubt I wouldn’t plan my own wedding - it would’ve been weird if we’d have had someone else planning it! Friends, family and my wonderful bridesmaids helped out in the run up - I bribed a few friends with a picnic and prosecco to help with making the decorations, and my wonderful bridesmaids and close friends helped at the venue the day before the wedding. 

We wanted the space to be filled with colour. As I’m not a fan of bunting, we made over 200 paper pompoms in all different colours and sizes, and hung them across the venue. We had balloons around the altar and emoji balloons on the kids table (which also went down a storm with the grown ups!) We used some festoon lighting from a contact I have, and hung it across the venue in between the pompoms for a bit of extra lighting. We found some inflatable seagulls to hang around the venue to give it a bit of a Brighton theme, and to match our wedding stationery. 

Each table was named after Mr WLDN favourite whiskies, and we placed photos of our family members that are no longer with us, on the tables that our families were sat on. We collected jam jars from family and friends to put the flowers in, and dotted a few of those around on each table.

The tableware we used was recommended by our Caterer. As our food was a picnic (more on that here) we wanted to use something that fitted well with that theme, and not your usual china. Little Cherry offer eco-friendly party supplies. We chose from their Palm Leaf range, and were really pleased with them. Made from naturally fallen palm leaves in India, collected, soaked in spring water before being heat pressed into shape and dried. The lovely variation in colour makes each plate unique, and looked great with our food.

Lastly, we wanted a photo booth but didn’t want to spend a fortune hiring one. I looked to local businesses, but I found them to be a little out of our budget. So, we decided to create one ourselves using a clothing rail, ribbon, and other decorations. We then used my SLR and tripod for the camera set up and got a load of silly little props from ebay and some friends. It totally worked!

Right. That's it - I've totally rambled on and probably bored you to death now!

Next post up soon: It's all about THE dress!