Inspiration Board │ Transforming a Blank Canvas

Utilizing your venue space in its entirety can sometimes seem like a daunting, or even impossible task.  Although the rule “less is more” holds true in most circumstances, that doesn’t mean you want to neglect a space all together. 

More often than not, the golf score board at Haggin Oaks is not even touched by our couples.  Located to the left of our garden area, where most couples choose to hold their cocktail hour or outdoor reception, this “blank canvas” allows you to tie in your wedding décor for an all-around finished look.  Check out these fun and eye-catching ideas we have found that we are certain will have your guests forgetting they are staring at a score board. 

What you have to work with…

Your inspiration…

Hanging Memories

Hanging pictures at different lengths adds an eye-catching display that your guests will love.  If you are lucky enough to have pictures from past generations, begin with the oldest pictures from the outside and work your way into the center, ending with a modern day picture of you and your fiancé.  The older generations will feel honored for being incorporated in your wedding and you will truly be reminded just how special “your day” will always be to you.

Suggestion – The handrails and planter boxes along the front of the score board are a perfect area to try out this idea.  Not only will the pictures be easy to hang, but you will be able to hang them at eye level so guests will have no problem browsing your photos throughout the evening.  For night receptions, string lights along the top of the rail to light up the pictures in the dark.    

Family Tree

 

For couples with large families, take the family picture idea one step further.  On the score board itself, create a “family tree” by hanging pictures of the couples in your family.  Have your groom’s side begin on one side, and yours on the other.  Show the connections between each photo and then end with a picture of the two of you in the middle.  Write the names and date below each one.

Suggestion – Make sure to hang a banner over the “Haggin Oaks Golf Complex” sign with your names above the picture of you two.  This will ensure that nothing distracts from your captivating wall decor.

You & Him

For a fun and budget friendly option, string together memories of the two of you throughout the years.  Turn it into a timeline of your time together by writing the date and place below each picture.

Seating chart w/ chalk boards

Make your seating chart a unique piece of art.  As long as you simply want your guests at a specific table, this table seating option is a clever option that will have guests in awe of just how creative you are.  Hang chalk boards (like these heart-shaped ones above) from the score board; the top chalk board should be the largest.  Write the table number (or theme – however you are distinguishing each table) on each of the top chalk boards.  On each of the chalk boards below, write the names of each guest.  To save time and money, put couples (Jason & Traci) or specific families (the Smith Family) on the same chalk board.  Just remember to buy boards large enough that people will be able to read them!

If all else fails – Keep it simple!

Here is an example from a wedding back in July.  Eye catching, unique and adds a great pop of color!  What could be better!?

Fassett/Vigil Wedding – August 4, 2012

Let the Thunder Roll…

Even though we would like to think differently at times, there are some things that even us wedding coordinators cannot control.  Weather, unfortunately being one of them.  Although we wish we we had the hands of God to suddenly part the clouds, sometimes we just have to take what we are given and run with it.  But what we love to see is when couples such as Jenny and Jason embrace a slight (or even at times, drastic!) change of weather.  And embrace it they did!

A little rain, thunder (and yes even lightening!) was not going to keep this amazing couple from walking down the aisle over the weekend.  Instead of trying to fight Mother Nature, these two showed us how a change in the weather can add an unexpected, yet breathtaking backdrop to an already beautiful couple’s pictures.

Most brides would be running for cover when a little wind picks up, but not Jenny.  Staying calm and collected, she truly proved how wind can create a stunning addition to photos.  One thing is certain, any brides who are considering opting out on a veil this season, may be thinking twice after seeing these incredible photos.


Venue: The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks