One of the things a lot of brides (understandably) stress out over is the décor of the wedding. Ever since Pinterest exploded and became everyone’s go-to for everything, the pressure that comes with having to make everything look picture-perfect on your wedding day has increased exponentially too. You don’t have to stress out over every little detail, though, as – just like we found – things often fall into place naturally because of the location or even just the time of year you’re getting married.
For our wedding we wanted the venue to feel natural, and inviting, with beautiful touches throughout. And together with our incredible wedding planner Sylvia and other talented creatives, we ended up with details (and a wedding day) that I still adore and cherish. All our vendors will be listed down below, if you’re interested!
What to consider in your approach to wedding décor:
I’ve found that when it comes to the decorations you should stick to who you are and not think you’ll suddenly become a DIY-lover, if you’ve always hated making things yourself. (Likewise, if you’re someone who enjoys the process of crafting things from scratch, adding golden spray-paint to vases, and creating a drawing of your seating arrangement – go for it!). That’s why I decided to get help when it came to the planning and execution of the details of our wedding.
Luckily, these days there are services you can use where you don’t have to organize and buy everything yourself, meaning you also don’t necessarily have to spend as much money, and there isn’t the hassle of finding and buying all the things you’d like to have at your wedding. For us that meant we could focus on other things and weren’t as stressed when it came to preparing the venue for our day. In Salzburg, we can highly recommend the services of Melanie Sharma, who not only is a joy to work with, but also has such a wide variety of things to choose from that I’m sure you’ll find things that will go with your style (you can both hire her to do the planning and styling for you, rent décor, or use her shop for special items), but I’m sure that any larger city will offer the same or similar services.
What also helps is scouring websites that offer second-hand pieces for wedding décor. Oftentimes brides will sell (parts of) their wedding decorations for a fraction of the price – even if you just buy the vases, or table runners you might be able to save a lot that you can either invest in other areas of the wedding or put towards your honeymoon fund.
Our wedding décor:
As far as color scheme goes, we tried to stick to what nature had to offer at the time of year that we got married. As much as I would have loved to have blush colored peonies at my wedding, it’s just not an option if you don’t want to pay $$$ for flower arrangements! Instead, we chose muted greens in the form of silver dollar eucalyptus, blooms in cream and soft rose, with punches of deep red– all in the form of hydrangeas, roses, dahlias, and berries – and rounded off with touches of gold throughout. These colors were also reflected in our dessert bar and on our wedding cake – this time through the use of berries, figs, and rose-colored treats.
The same palette carried on inside, where we also added larger fruit like pomegranate to fill spaces, yet still help maintain the same look. The tables were adorned with the same bouquets as the outside areas, though (just as outdoors) we had smaller arrangements along our tables that were placed in delicate golden vases. To round off our color scheme, we added silky runners in soft rose on which the vases, candle holders, and table numbers were placed. A tiny band of silk with each guest’s name tag attached was also wrapped around the napkin. In addition, we had candles lit throughout the venue to create a cozy atmosphere whilst also helping to fill any corners and spots that needed a little something.
One tip that we also utilized was to use wedding favors to make an impact. We had a table set up with little boxes for our guests, which also helped us fill a corner of our venue, and made people walk through areas that might not have been as frequented. Of course, using your wedding favors as part of the table decorations also works wonderfully, if the gifts aren’t too large, and/or tie in well with the color scheme.
For larger items, like the seating arrangement, welcome board, and other laser engraved items (like name tags), we worked together with my friend Vera from Die Macherei, who also helped us in creating our wedding invitations. Boards were also adorned with a few blooms, which helped make them feel part of the overall décor.
Last, but not least…
I completely understand why you would want to invest into making your day look incredible, but I’m also here to say that a few things can go a long way (like fruit, large candles, inexpensive greenery) and you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to make your wedding feel festive, elegant, and inviting. One thing we realized was that the location itself can be the biggest contributor to the overall feeling of the day. We loved the fact that ours had a beautiful garden area with arches (and even a pool!) that already made up so much of the ambience, and also provided us with spaces we could dedicate to outdoor games and a children’s play area. Your location might have completely different things going for it – just make sure to make the most of it, and most of all: enjoy your day!
Wedding planner: Sylvia | Jasagerei
Flower and table decorations: Melanie Sharma
Laser engraved items: Die Macherei
Chair hire: Nimmplatz
Candles and wedding favors: Jo Malone
Wedding cake and dessert bar: Martin Studeny | M Passione
Golden dessert trays: Zara Home
Catering: Restaurant Paradoxon
Favorite gin: The Duke
Photography: Melanie Nedelko