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What your wedding venue is trying to hide… and why you should vote with your feet

If your wedding venue co-ordinator told you straight, “It doesn’t match your theme – in fact it’s awful – but don’t worry because it only covers every inch of your reception room”… would alarm bells ring?

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Lovely chairs from Claudia and Peter’s Preston Court wedding blog – image credit Howling Basset Photography http://howlingbasset.com/

If venue staff told you, “These are horrible but we’ll just cover them up. There are only 100 and everyone else has done it since 1985,” how would you respond?

Wedding chairs: good, bad, ugly?

You’ll have guessed I think that the second statement refers to chairs – there’s been plenty of discussion of chair covers on wedding blogs recently. It’s an odd one though: rather than buying nice chairs, so many wedding venues still think chair covers are the solution to everything. Personally I’d rather have a battered old green metal chair than a stretchy nylon white cover. Chair covers make me think of Casper – remember the friendly ghost? And if every restaurant, ever, can provide nice chairs, why can’t our wedding venues do the same? Fortunately the best wedding venues are beginning to provide beautiful chairs which don’t need covers – and I promise you, these venues are worth seeking out!

elegant wedding chairs

Beautiful wedding chairs featured in this styled shoot by Petra Opperman | Image credit Matthew Bishop Photography www.mbishopphotography.co.uk at Ardington House, Oxfordshire

Image credit Duntons Photography www.duntonsphotography.co.uk

Elegant wedding chairs (and guest!) Image credit Duntons Photography www.duntonsphotography.co.uk at Knowlton Court, Kent

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Stylish wedding chairs, Plas Rhianfa in Wales. Image credit Martin Lyons – http://martinlyonsphotography.com/ see the full wedding by clicking the photo.

This blog post from Want That Wedding has some lovely chair ideas – Alternative | Stylish Wedding Chair: Ideas + Inspirations to inspire you more, and I’ve created a Pinterest board with more ideas to share with you: Wedding Chair Ideas.

Wedding venues with carpet blindness!

Now let me explain about the horrible thing covering every inch of your reception room… I have a bit of a thing about carpets. You might not notice until you see your wedding photos but I implore you to just glance down when you visit your venue. How’s the patterned floor covering looking?

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Beautiful wooden flooring is a feature at Broadoaks Country House | image credit Vickerstaff Photography

 

I’ve seen some beautiful weddings in the last month: gorgeous table decor, paper lanterns hanging from the ceilings, fabulous centrepieces, chandeliers and candelabras… where it’s clear the bride and groom have spent weeks getting everything to look amazing. And then bam! In comes the carpet with its brown or red swirly distraction to take my eyes off all the pretty DIY details and onto the floor.

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A nice neutral wedding reception room: this is from Andrew and Clare’s Cubley Hall wedding | Image credit Tierney Photography www.tierneyphotography.co.uk

I don’t hate carpets per se, but I wish wedding venues would rethink them every now and then. Yes, they’re soft and comfy. But now couples are looking for blank canvas venues to decorate and make their own, it’s time for the carpets to go. There’s something warmer and more welcoming about a wooden floor, or tiles, or even the hessian flooring you’ll find in a wedding teepee! And all of these plain, natural coloured floors will look a million times better on your wedding photos than a patterned carpet, I promise.

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Tipis come with the loveliest rustic flooring – a perfect blank canvas for styling your reception. Image credit Barrie Downie www.barriedownie.com or click the photo to see the entire wedding

So when you visit your wedding venue, glance down. Think about your wedding photographs. If staff tell you the carpet won’t be on the pictures, remember they can’t speak for your photographer. Ask about the chairs: have they heard of a chiavari? Maybe it’s time they did…

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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