To add a real community feel to your wedding day, there’s nothing like getting married in your local church and then strolling down to the village hall to celebrate with your family and friends. A ceremony in your local church followed by a local community centre or village hall wedding party gives a traditional feel to your day, and enables others to get involved in creating your dream day. It can also free up a huge amount of budget to enable you to stretch to those extras you always wanted. It’s a great idea for those who want to keep things local and personal.
Village halls usually contain everything you need for a great party – a kitchen for food preparation, toilets, car parking, and a large room for the celebrations. The most common issue with these village hall type venues is the lack of décor both inside and out – but someone’s boring interior is someone else’s blank canvas.
With a bit of effort, you can turn an otherwise drab, plain venue into exactly what you want. Free from the style choices imposed on you by a hotel or country club venue, you can go wild with your wedding décor.
How to brighten up your village hall wedding
If the walls are a bit drab, then you can brighten them up with wall hangings. Assuming you’re not allowed to re-paint them (though you could ask!!) then you need to get hold of some fabric draping. If the walls are in a poor state, then why not use white fabric to cover the entire interior from floor to ceiling and give the hall that marquee feel?
How about some nice posters? You could enlarge some of your own photos and make some large poster prints which add that personal touch to your venue.
Where the walls are smooth but plain, a projector can brighten up a wall and keep your guests entertained with your family photos, or even photos from your wedding ceremony earlier that day. All you need is a digital projector and laptop, or appropriate services of a technically-minded and willing friend.
Chairs and tables
Village hall chairs and tables are not always known for their style and glamour. While you can brighten up tables and cover a multitude of sins with crisp, white tablecloths, you may be more restricted by the chairs. Hired chair covers probably won’t fit the chairs as they are often different to the chairs you find in hotel wedding venues. The simplest solution is to hire your chairs. This means you will get exactly what you want and can have something with a lot more style than the standard covered chair.
To add style and comfort to your village hall wedding, hire some furniture. Instead of seating all your guests around the walls of the hall, use your furniture to make separate areas so that your venue feels more like a wine bar or hotel. By creating cosy, comfortable seating areas, you will encourage mingling and chat, and make your guests feel more at home.
Use some sofas, mirrored coffee tables, and stools to make a ‘chill out zone’. A chill out zone adds a club atmosphere and helps your guests to relax, and is a long way from a traditional village hall look.
No wedding party, in a village hall or otherwise, would be the same without those decorative touches. Strings of fairy lights, balloon structures, and table centrepieces are popular, but how about indoor trees, chandeliers, and co-ordinated scatter cushions?
Add extra light where needed with fake flame pits, or light-up marquee letters. Candles in glass lanterns are a simple but effective way of brightening up both indoor and outdoor areas.
Don’t ignore the area outside the village hall as it can provide extra space, and add an extra dimension to your party atmosphere. You can blend the outdoors with the indoors by using sofas and chairs to create outdoor seating areas for your guests which are perfect for a warm summer’s evening. Patio heaters can extend your evening on a cooler night.
The village hall exterior can be brightened up with balloons, outdoor garden lights, and bunting. You can hide bins and other unsightly but essential items with bamboo screening or carefully-positioned pot plants.
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Embrace village hall style
While all this glamour and glitz sounds tempting, you may want to embrace the village hall wedding style and create a country garden party atmosphere. By using natural coloured decor, pure white tablecloths, and hay bales for seating, you can get your guests in the mood for a village party.
While you don’t have to go the whole hog and hire a line-dancing band for entertainment, the country style is really fashionable at the moment, and very simple to create. Use natural products such as wild flowers, straw, and sack cloth to style your venue, and embrace the simplicity of your venue.
Whatever you want from your wedding party, a village hall or community centre can be a real opportunity to create the style you envisage, and allow you to spend your wedding budget on the little things you really want and need, rather than hiring an expensive venue with limited styling options. For more inspiration on any of the village hall wedding ideas listed above, please contact a member of the Rio Lounge team.
Find the perfect village hall venue
Choosing a village hall for a wedding can really add to the atmosphere of the big day, but there are only quite a small number of village halls that are licensed for marriages and civil ceremonies. To gain approval, there are a number of important regulations that the village hall must be meet. As well as making sure the village hall is approved for ceremonies, it is Important to check other details such as whether an alcohol license is included, whether there are adequate catering facilities and any local restrictions on noise after a certain time. To make finding your ideal wedding venue easier, we have collated a list of fully licensed village halls from across England.