In these times, many of us don’t have the money (or don’t want to spend the money) to completely drape an entire event venue to completely transform it from what it is into something new and different. One thing we notice of late, is that our clients think that by choosing a less expensive venue for their event and spending on extravagant transformations of the space will in the long run save them money. This is completely untrue!
Don’t fight your venue! Period. End of story.
If you are settling for a venue that doesn’t fit into your event vision, perhaps this is not the right location for you. You will spend thousands of dollars trying to transform your space, and your funds will more than likely run dry before you can really do the space justice, leaving you with a half-hearted theme that stands awkwardly against the original structure.
If you’ve chosen an old mansion for your event, think about bringing in colors and décor that compliments the space rather than fights it. A Great Gatsby theme could be just as fun and elegant and much more fitting than a Moroccan lounge, and a 70s disco party might not be the most fitting theme for an elegant ballroom. If you work with, rather than against your venue you will end up with not only a beautiful event, but some extra cash in your pocket as well.
People like congruity—it’s something that makes us feel comfortable. This doesn’t mean that juxtaposing competing concepts can’t work wonderfully, but it takes a strong concept and expert execution to pull such events off flawlessly. It takes more than just hanging fabric and bringing in furniture to completely transform a space to an entirely different vision.
Fighting your venue is a lost cause. Find a venue that you are happy with and build off the beauty that originally drew you to that space. We promise, you’ll be much happier in the long run!
**A theme that worked in the space! When you work with your venue, amazing things can happen.