I believe that every time I have a client meeting they are either overwhelmed or indecisive when it comes to how much or how little they need to design their space. Having worked with numerous venues over the past 6 years, I have learned how to not 'crowd' a space with too many florals OR to make sure it has enough so the space doesn't look too bare.
With smaller, more intimate venues I tend to use "bare minimum" and liven up the place with tons of vines and southern smilax. For instance, one of my favorite smaller venues in Dallas is The Adolphus. You might be thinking, "umm wait. no The Adolphus is pretty large"... and you totally are right. HOWEVER, there are different rooms for various sized parties. The room in particular holds about 150 guests and has these gorgeous antique mirrors on the wall that give the room an extra glow. With a client that is having her reception there, I knew exactly how to give this space the exact design that it needed.
For smaller-scaled venues, I most certainly do not have any hanging installations. It will crowd a small space and look too overwhelming. For tables I will sometimes have tall arrangements but not on all tables. I will do a mix of 'high' and 'low' tables. But mostly, I usually stick to 'low' arrangements, garlands, and a beautiful candlescape on tables. When a space is smaller, usually the architect means for that space to be shown off and noticed- exactly what The Adolphus was doing when the put those beautiful gold, antique mirrors in that room!
For larger venues that hold hundreds of guests, it is a different story. These venues are meant to be a blank canvas to where a designer comes in and makes the venue stunning! It is like a huge house that is newly built and there is absolutely nothing inside. Sure the house and the architecture is beautiful, but what livens up the space is what is placed inside. A wedding that I am designing in October holds about 500 guests. A pretty big space. Not only will there be hanging installations, but an instal on the fireplace, arrangements on the bar, garlands up and down staircases, and candles galore! Now that is what I call just plain GORGEEEEE!!
Depending on which style you are wanting to go with or how many guests you will have, I have created a list of DFW venues that are for more larger weddings and then more small/intimate weddings.
Event Venues for Large Parties Event Venues for Parties around 200
I know sometimes picking a space and then trying to fill in the gaps can be hard... trust me, I know! But it should never be like that! For wedding advice when it comes to venues and designs, book a FREE 30-minute call with me!