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The Essential Guide to Styling Your Ballroom Wedding

August 9, 2018 | juliette

photo by Carina Skrobecki

Ballroom weddings continue to be a favorite option for couples no matter their guest list size or style. While ballrooms might not seem as flexible as other venues, they do offer an elegance and comfort that can make styling a wedding reception a breeze! Real couples have proven time and time again that with a little creativity and a keen sense of design, you can transform a ballroom to fit virtually any wedding style. Whether you want a modern and minimalist vibe or a more casual and rustic feel, these general and style-specific tips will help you create the ballroom wedding of your dreams!

photos by Joel & Justyna

Divide Up the Room

The beauty (and the challenge) of a ballroom wedding is that you have so much space to work with. Rather than set out tables around the perimeter and place a dance floor in the middle, create a warm and welcoming feeling by dividing up the room into specific zones. Think lounge areas, cocktail area, dance floor, dining area, photo booth, and so on. By creating smaller vignettes, you add visual interest to the entire room, encourage guests to move throughout the space, and can create specific vibes for each area that keep the energy up for the duration of your reception.

Play with Vertical Space

When it comes to décor, it can be hard to make a grand ballroom feel full unless you take up vertical space. Topiaries, candelabras, and tall vases with flowers are great items to use in your table centerpieces to add height to your décor. You could also take up vertical space with floral, light, or greenery installations that hang from the ceiling. If you decide to use tall centerpieces, keep in mind that you don’t need to put them on every table. Alternating between tall and table-level centerpieces adds even more visual interest and keeps the rooms from feeling too crowded.

photo by Phototerra

Explore Your Lighting Options

If you’re having a glamorous, elegant, or classic ballroom wedding, chandeliers and sconce lighting might be totally sufficient. However, if you want to add a more romantic mood, create a more casual feel, or simply don’t like the built-in lighting options, you might need to explore other lighting options. Before you book the venue, take a tour during the time of your reception so you can assess the lighting and discuss what options you have to alter it (if any). Candles are an inexpensive yet effective way to add romance, but up-lighting, twinkle lights, or even a color wash are great alternatives for more dramatic lighting. Not sure where to start or what options you should explore? We’ve got everything you need to know in our ultimate guide to wedding lighting!

Work with the Room’s Color Palette

Because ballrooms tend to have distinct colors and décor of their own, it’s important to keep that in mind when choosing your color palette. When you do your initial walk-through, take photos and make notes of all the colors in the room. When it’s time to choose the colors for your wedding, either pull a few colors from the room or make sure they complement the existing colors so that your décor won’t clash.

Drape the Ceiling and/or Walls

If you can’t make the room’s color palette work with your design or you want to create a more dramatic look, ask the venue coordinator if you can add drapery to the ceiling and/or to the walls. When done right, drapery adds an intimate feel and an upscale look to a ballroom. We love when couples add twinkle lights to ceiling drapery so that a hint of light shines through or when they use uplighting to accentuate the walls. As with the lighting, we highly recommend you discuss this idea with the venue coordinator before booking the venue because it does require extra effort and time and might not be something all venues can accommodate.

photo by Stefano Santucci

Décor Ideas By Style

Rustic Ballroom Wedding

Just because your wedding will be set inside a ballroom doesn’t mean you can’t give it a casual, rustic feel. Instead of using just regular tables topped with linens, ask your venue coordinator if you can bring in farm tables to either mix in with regular tables or use exclusively. Keep your centerpieces simple with wood accents, votive candles, and lots of greenery, and opt for casual place settings over china and sterling silver utensils. You could even bring in small trees draped in twinkle lights to set around the room to bring elements of the outdoors in.

Modern Ballroom Wedding

Modern, minimalist weddings are all about striking details without too much fuss. So, apply those same principles to styling your modern ballroom wedding. Start by choosing a ballroom with a neutral color palette and minimal wall décor so you can focus on your personalized elements. Crisp white linens, mixed metallic accents, fresh greenery, and minimal place settings are all you need to pull off a modern look. For lighting, you can’t go wrong with clusters of hurricane vases with floating candles, LED spotlights, or a bold color wash.

Bohemian Ballroom Wedding

While most people wouldn’t think a bohemian wedding could fit into an elegant ballroom, we’re here to tell you that it can be done! In fact, the juxtaposition between the grandeur of the room and the soft, earthy elements of your décor is sure to take your bohemian wedding to a whole new level of romantic. Add ceiling and wall drapings to create a more cozy and intimate feeling, fill your vignettes with organic textiles and various textures, and create a floral-forward design that brings a sense of wild, natural beauty to every corner of the room.

Glamorous Ballroom Wedding

Between the chandeliers, the tall ceilings, and the intricate architecture, most ballrooms are tailor-made to host a glamorous wedding. So, when it comes to décor, simply focus on rich colors, glitzy tablescapes, dramatic lighting, and luxurious floral design. Bold contrast will be your best friend in creating a glamorous look, so add pops of black and gold into your color palette wherever you can. Also, you cannot have enough sparkle! Add a glittery runner on top of your table linens, place votive candles on every table, and position metallic table décor near those candles so they catch and reflect that light around the room. For your centerpieces, use as much vertical space as possible with your floral arrangements — the taller and fuller your centerpieces are, the more glamorous your wedding reception will feel.

photo by Plum & Oak Photo

Space Planning Tips

When planning the floor space of your ballroom wedding, there are two important things to keep in mind: aesthetic and flow. A room full of only round tables or only rectangular tables are perfect for a dinner-party reception, but that might be too uniform for other wedding styles. By using at least two different table shapes, you add depth and dimension to your dining area.

When deciding what size and shape tables to use, keep in mind the flow of the space. You have to allow enough space between chairs for guests to walk and you have to provide enough space on and around the tables for guests to sit, store their personal items, and eat comfortably. Before planning your space, make sure to read our pro tips for creating your reception seating chart and consult the reception seating chart guide below:

Need a little help figuring out your ballroom wedding style? Take our quiz to find out which wedding style best fits your personality! Or take a peek at these 5 unique 2018 wedding styles to consider this year!

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Modern Ballroom Wedding at Arsenal Montreal

April 2, 2015 | nicole

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The contemporary venue and chic wedding fashion choices took Vanessa and Ziad’s ballroom wedding at Arsenal Montreal from traditional to modern. Vanessa’s glamorous Jenny Packham gown set the stage for an elevated wedding with lavish details, all of which was creatively captured by Phototerra.

The Couple:

Vanessa and Ziad

The Wedding:

Arsenal Montreal, Montreal, Quebec

The Inspiration:

Industrial-chic. Our venue really captured the essence of what we envisioned to be our big day. An extravagant yet minimalistic modern affair. L’Arsenal’s industrial canvas boasting incredible ceiling heights and contemporary art was the perfect home for our crystal chandelier inspired theme.

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The Moments:

Our entrance leading into a euphoric party atmosphere. An instant ocean of love surrounded by our friends and family – nothing beats that feeling.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Phototerra
Ceremony Venue – Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Reception Venue – Arsenal Montreal
Floral Design – Flore
Cake – Tillemont Bakery
DJ – DJ YO-C
Wedding Dress – Jenny Packham via White
Bridal Accessories – Valentino
Groom’s Apparel – Harry Rosen
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Tiger of Sweden

A special thanks to Phototerra for sharing Vanessa and Ziad’s glamorous wedding at Arsenal Montreal with Junebug! To learn more about Phototerra, check out their Photographer Spotlight on Photobug today!

xoxoNicole

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The 2014 Best of the Best Wedding Photo Contest Open November 3rd

October 27, 2014 | carrie

The Merion Wedding Photographer

We’ve been hard at work these past few months preparing for the 2014 Best of the Best Wedding Photo Contest. We couldn’t be more thrilled and excited with what will surely be a successful contest year. Why? A few things: 1. There’s been a ton of phenomenal photography this year, and we can’t wait to see what else you’ve all been up to. 2. We have a four downright phenomenal judges that we’ve been dying to tell everyone about! Susan Stripling, Jeff Newsom, and Cole Roberts & Jakob Granqvist of Nordica Photography will be sitting on our judging panel this year. We are over the moon to have these four extremely talented and successful individuals as judges for the 2014 Best of the Best Wedding Photo Contest. The contest is open for submissions on NOVEMBER 3RD, so, stay tuned! In the meantime, please enjoy a few of our favorites from past collections in anticipation for the gorgeous imagery that’s sure to come for the 2014 Best of the Best Wedding Collection.

These images show that wedding photography has come along way since 2008. It was so fun picking two from each year and looking back at all of the wonderful moments, enjoy!

2008:

Amelia3 Photo by Amelia Long

ChristianOth1 Photo by Christian Oth

2009:

caroline-tran-6 photo by Caroline Tran

Post Wedding Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis

2010:

Gankhuyag0059 Photo by Ben Chrisman of Chrisman Studios

magnusbogucki1 Photo by Magnus Bogucki

2011:

jan-garcia-jangarcia-photography-009 Photo by Jan Garcia

JeffNewsomPhotographer006 Photo by Jeff Newsom

2012

allison-callaway-callaway-gable-01 Photo by Allison Callaway of Callaway Gable

JerryGhionis_JerryGhionisPhotography-002 Photo by Jerry Ghionis

2013:

mauricio_arias-chrisman_studios_005 (1) Photo by Mauricio Arias of Chrisman Studios

Michael_Greenberg_Phototerra_10 Photo by Michael Greenberg of Phototerra

We can’t wait to see what all of you have been up to for the past year! Also– stay tuned for a special judges’ interview this Wednesday over on Photobug! They can’t wait to share their tips, advice, and excitement for this years’ contest. See you Wednesday!

xoxoCarrie

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Junebug’s Popular Pins of the Week on Pinterest!

November 21, 2013 | christine

Well, we are loving what Junebug pinners are pinning this week on Pinterest! From unique engagement rings and sweet bridal accessories to wedding dresses, creative group shots, exquisite bridal portraits and priceless pups, these fabulous images were all pinned for a reason. Enjoy the eye candy and don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for more!

bridal accessories by Enchanted Atelier with photography by Millie B Photography | via junebugweddings.com

Last week we shared Enchanted Atelier‘s Fall 2014 collection photo shoot by Millie B Photography and everyone loved it! You can view more of Sareh Nouri‘s wedding dresses and Enchanted Atelier‘s bridal accessories in our Junebug Wedding Dress and Accessories Galleries.

 

unique engagement rings with personality | via junebugweddings.com

Move aside platinum, rose gold is making a splash this season! Totally on trend, we love these engagement ring settings from Heidi GibsonBen BridgeJoseph JewelryBeautiful Petra, and Alana Antique & Estate Jewelry. See more unique engagement rings on What Junebug Loves!

 

wedding ring photo with dog by Amy Karp Photography, Dallas wedding photographer | via junebugweddings.com

What an obedient pup! Love this wedding ring shot by Amy Karp Photography! See more on Photobug‘s new member’s preview for November.

 

gorgeous bridal portrait by Canada wedding photographers Phototerra | via junebugweddings.com

This bridal portrait by Phototerra Studio is simply stunning. See more phenomenal photography by Junebug member photographers in the original post on Photobug.

 

wedding photo by Hiram Trillo, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas wedding photographer | via junebugweddings.com

We weren’t the only ones blown away by Hiram Trillo‘s show-stopping imagery in his spotlight interview on Photobug last week. Pinners love this wedding party shot – à la Mad Men.

 

Looking for more? Well then, come follow along with us on Pinterest! While you’re there, be sure to check out our all new board, Junebug’s Most Popular Pins, a board made up entirely of what you are pinning the most!

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