Posts Tagged ‘wedding colonnades’

Wedding Columns: Which Column Finish is Best for Your Event?

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The possibilities are nearly limitless when choosing a custom color for your wedding columns. That being said, there are also many versatile standard finishes you can choose from that look gorgeous. When selecting the best standard color for your wedding columns, it’s important to choose something that will match the venue and tone of the event. Below you will find a list of all standard column colors with suggestions for use and display.

White Wedding Column

White Columns

The white column is very practical because it goes with any color scheme or setting. It’s particularly popular at weddings, but can be used at other events. Business owners take note: white is a great choice when buying columns you plan to use often for different types of celebrations.

Ivory Wedding Column

Ivory Columns

Ivory is a lot like white in terms of lightness and compatibility with other hues. It’s basically a warmer version of white, so it may be preferred for events that will use a warmer color scheme.

Granite Wedding ColumnGranite Columns

Granite is a cool color that’s light in tone. It’s a great choice for venues with stone walls or sculpture. Granite can also be very versatile and looks gorgeous indoors and outdoors.

Millstone Wedding Column

Millstone Columns

Millstone features a darker shade than granite. It’s earthier, which is great for events that will include a lot of organically colored décor.

Sandstone Wedding Column

Sandstone Columns

Sandstone has a more brick-like quality, which might look better with warmer color schemes and settings that feature more brick than stone. It’s also very earthy like Millstone, making it another great option for organic color schemes.

Terra Cotta Wedding Column

Terra Cotta Columns

Terra cotta is a very distinctive finish that’s the fieriest of all standard wedding column colors. Be careful when choosing terra cotta because it may not work in every setting. The more vibrant red hue is better suited to warmer color schemes.

Blackstone Wedding Column

Blackstone Columns

Blackstone is the darkest of all the standard column colors. It’s a lovely textured black finish that adds a touch of drama to any display. Blackstone works with just about any color scheme and is perfect to add a hint of severity and contrast to your venue.

Decorating With Wedding Columns, Colonnades and Arches

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

When planning a party or wedding, what typical decorations immediately pop into your mind? Flowers? Table linens? Candles? You’d be right, of course, but could you be leaving something out?

For such major life events, there will usually be heart-stopping moments. Camera-ready moments. Moments you’ll want to remember forever. (IE – the bride enters the room; the daddy-daughter dance; your sixteen-year-old sweetie blows out her ceremonial candles; your CEO of 40 years bids his company farewell.) Such scenes need a worthy backdrop. And something dinky probably won’t do. Consider decorating with wedding columns, colonnades (lines of columns joined by arches) or arches to achieve a look that reflects the towering significance of the event.

These items may be imposing, but that doesn’t mean decorating with them need be intimidating! Eyeball these suggestions on how to turn wedding columns into exclamation points:

  • Most commonly seen surrounding the nuptial couple as they speak their vows, columns, arches or a colonnade can be bedecked almost as beautifully as the bride. Top with a bower of greenery or fresh flowers. Wrap with organza, tulle or sheer fabric with bows. Twine with climbing roses.
  • Create a canopy by topping four tall columns with a fabric roof.
  • Anchor your head table at a dinner or reception by placing wedding columns, colonnade or arches before a curtained backdrop, lit with white lights or floor spotlights.
  • Surround any notable space, such as a dance floor, with columns. Some people like to accent with balloons and/or fabric streamers that meet in the middle of the ceiling.
  • Flank the bridal aisle with mini wedding columns, connectively draped with sheer fabric or topped with ferns or floral arrangements.
  • Create an intimate photo nook for important guests or the bridal party.

So, you wonder, once the event is over, then what?  “Do we have to find a place to store these giants?”  Does your company or your home have a garden, patio or lawn area? Incorporate the columns into your landscaping for a timeless and graceful retreat that will cause you to drag in a refreshing breath even on the most stressful days. A few general tips for outdoor column use include:

  • using columns to surround an open rectangular area. Create a focal point in the center with a bird bath, sculpture, pond or reflecting pool.
  • placing arches around a stone water feature.
  • encouraging ivy, bougainvillea or a flowering vine to climb the columns.
  • planting bushes near the base of the columns to give them a weighted look.
  • adding complementary lighting to your outdoor retreat such as wrought iron chandeliers and wide pillar candles in hurricane globes.

Have fun with these reusable anchors of decorating! They can be with you for many years, framing your most treasured moments with family and friends.

Arranging Wedding Columns & Colonnades: How to Decorate for Your Big Day

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Wedding columns and colonnades are a great way to enhance the visual appeal of your church, reception hall or other venue. The decisions you make when setting up the display will have a powerful impact on how the event looks to guests, so make sure you are doing it the right way to avoid a décor faux pas!

Venue Windows

Windows will impact the look of any backdrop

Choosing a Location

Find an area that has enough room for your columns and colonnade. This may require measuring floor space and ceiling height before you choose your event accessories. Also remember to look around the area for anything that may detract from the display or anything that could be a hazard.

For example, never block a doorway or a fire alarm. If a window is nearby, make sure the light will complement the display rather than ruin it when the photographer snaps pictures. This is especially important if the window faces the sun during the hours of your event. Not only can it ruin pictures, but it can also blind guests and cause them to look away.

Choosing Accents

Wedding columns and colonnades look great on their own, but they look even better with a few personal touches. You don’t have to go overboard. Usually some fabric or tulle and a few flowers will do the trick. Create a symmetrical design that pleases the eye. That may mean having a larger arrangement positioned at the top and center with smaller arrangements along the sides.  You can also experiment by draping long, wispy fabric along the outside or down the middle.

When choosing accents for your wedding colonnades and columns, remember to stick with lightweight objects. If something is too heavy, it could compromise the balance of the display. This type of accessory is very safe and stable when used properly. Also avoid using a lot of excessively heavy fabrics. Light and airy materials usually look the best and sit comfortably on each column and colonnade piece.

Classic Graeco-Roman Style Colonnade Arch

The Classic Graeco-Roman style colonnade arch