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8 Ways to Transform an Unappealing Wedding Venue into a Breathtaking One

8 Ways to Transform an Unappealing Wedding Venue into a Breathtaking One

8 Ways to Transform an Unappealing Wedding Venue into a Breathtaking One


If you have started your wedding planning journey already, you might have noticed that the wedding venue market is a crowded place. Every second person and his dog are now starting their own wedding venue of some sort, because, yes, it is a profitable business.


However, not every venue owner has a keen eye for “the wedding factor”…


Beautiful, breathtaking venues are naturally more expensive.




One, they know every bride wants to get married there, so they always have clients. Two, they are fully booked, which means that they can now ask any price they want.


But what if you have found the best located venue, and they didn’t make any effort to turn it into a beautiful wedding venue?


Read on for some tips!



8 Ways to Transform an Unappealing Wedding Venue into a Breathtaking One


What makes a wedding venue beautiful?


Before you go on you venue scouting adventure, you need to know what you are looking for, especially if you don’t have an eye for a pretty wedding venue.


Know this: Nearly any venue can be transformed if you already know what look you’re going for.


Also, one venue might be beautiful to one bride, and unappealing to the next.


If you’re specifically looking for a rustic farm-style venue, then you should locate a venue with a suitable setup. If it’s the ideal location, but lacks certain elements, you can always make a plan to hire those things for your wedding day.


The same goes for any other wedding style you wish to use.


Let’s dive right into the 8 ways you can transform your venue!


1  |  Draping

We’re not talking about the brightly colored draping in the school hall when you had your prom night.


We’re talking about the magical drapery of white and cream tulle, chiffon and sheer voile… No, we didn’t just make those words up 🙂


Fabric used for draping at weddings

There are a few fabrics to choose from, and you also have to make sure that the length is correct. Measuring for draping is key to get the look you want.

  • Tulle – stiffer than other fabrics, so it’s best to use this for the cake table or bridal table.
  • Chiffon, Voile and Satin – these are all better suited for ceiling and wall draping. It’s much softer to use and they come in various colors.


If you’re not up for the task of draping, you can hire a company or team that specializes in draping.


Why use draping?

The main reasons to use draping at your wedding is to:

  • cover up walls and unsightly things at a wedding venue
  • give the venue a softer look and feel
  • make the venue look more elegant
  • make the atmosphere and look of your wedding more romantic
  • use any wedding style you want – because full-on draping is like a blank canvas! You can then use any theme, style and color scheme for your wedding, because the venue doesn’t have a certain style anymore.



2  |  Decor Elements

Wedding decor is the one thing you can use to make the wedding’s look and feel come together.


When working on your wedding style, theme and color scheme, think about what you can include in your decor. Also think about where you will be able to place all of your decor items.


For example, if you’re going for a vintage theme, maybe include a few strings of pearls in your centerpieces, or a few old suitcases at the gift table.


With a boho wedding theme, you can include a few natural elements such as feathers and dried flowers.


Pinterest is full of ideas for weddings, so if you already know what your style is, go ahead and search for decor, styles, elements, colors and so on.


Also Read: The Ultimate Collection of Wedding Design & Style Tips



3  |  Flowers

Flowers, even fake ones, are synonymous to beautiful weddings. This is the ultimate go-to wedding element that you can really play around with.


Flowers can be added anywhere and everywhere, provided that you have a budget for it.


Flowers are a big expense of planning a wedding. If you haven’t set up your wedding budget for flowers yet, consider using our Wedding Budget Planner Kit to help you set up and manage your wedding budget correctly.


Need a printable wedding budget template? Have a look at our latest version here




Even faux and paper flowers can be used to make a venue more attractive. You can place giant paper flowers outside in the gardens or the lawn. Smaller flowers can be used inside and as a backdrop for your guests to take photos in front of.


Which brings us to our next tip…



4  |  Backdrops

Any backdrop, big or small, can be used to cover up an eyesore at the venue, or to simply just bring more pizzazz to your wedding.


Also, a backdrop can be used as a photo booth background or prop for wedding guests to take selfies in front of, or photos of each other.


You can also use a backdrop behind the bridal table, or all around the venue walls. The great advantage is that you can then incorporate nearly any theme or style into your wedding.


If you want to create a backdrop, you can use nearly anything. From flowers, balloons and greenery, to giant hoops, draping and arches. Add some sparkle by including string lights to your backdrops.



5  |  Lighting

There is simply nothing more romantic and whimsical than the perfect lighting at a wedding. Soft lighting creates a certain ambience that you only ever experience on wedding evenings.


The best methods to bring about this type of lighting is by including lots of candles in your decor and by bringing in some string lights or fairy lights.


Candles can be added nearly anywhere at both your reception and ceremony venues. Use it in floral arrangements, candelabra and on tables. You can also add candles in lanterns and place them either inside or outside along paths.


Fairy lights can be strung along beams, walls and outside in trees. You can also include them in your draping.


Also, when looking at lighting, and if your venue (and budget) allows it, some venues’ lighting can be replaced by chandeliers 🙂


6  |  Furniture

Hire in additional furniture for both indoors if there is space, and outside. Your guests will love to lounge about as they enjoy the special evening with you.


You can get couches and ottomans for outside, and make it even more special by adding free standing draping around the furniture to create “booths” or “lounges”.


Don’t make it too private, though!


You still want your wedding guests to dance and mingle with each other to get the event going.




7  |  Structures

If you want to go even bolder with making your venue more appealing, consider adding larger structures outside.


You can hire a tent-and-pole structure to create your reception venue. Or, you can use a big marquee tent as a ceremony hall or for your reception (or both!).


Some venues have giant structures in place, such as pagodas, domes or giant arches. You can turn this into a feature by dressing it up with flowers, greenery, draping and string lights. Let your photographer include this feature in your wedding photos.


Also Read: 63+ Questions to ask your wedding venue coördinator



8  |  Features

Additional features can also be used to spice up an unappealing venue.


However, you should definitely have a look at your budget first before deciding on including this for you wedding day.


Features can include things like ice sculptures, water features, potted plants, and things like arches.

by Tanya Guilfoyle

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tanya has been an active contributor and planner in the wedding industry since 2016. When not writing useful content for brides and wedding professionals, she can be found designing templates for her Etsy shop, TWCprintables