For your most important day, you need an equally important location. Many are the places and many are the varied reasons why someone would chose a particular place. One in particular, the Gazebo, is a picture perfect spot used especially for a small, outdoor wedding, although is is not unheard of to use a smaller version of a gazebo inside a larger building. And when it comes to decorating said Gazebo, the possibilities are endless!
First, and this is more than likely something that you are already ruminating, think of what the wedding theme with be. Are you going with contemporary and modern, fun and sassy, beach and exotic, Asian-inspiration, or with classic and vintage? What types of wedding favors will match up with the style? There is so much to choose from that it may become difficult, but the best idea is certainly to be true to yourself and your unique style. Maybe that even means going with a goth wedding at a renaissance festival or with a whole Disney theme complete with your favorite characters. Whatever your decision, you’ve got one of the hardest parts down. Everything else will come when you focus on what would be appropriate for your theme, including the type of decorations that will adorn your Gazebo.
Another important must is to visit the site and take a lot of photographs of the locale so that you have many points of reference, whether your wedding is a D.I.Y. or a planner or florist needs to look at it. It is also not unheard of for your florist to want to come see the site in person before talking over your wedding plans so that she or he has a good grasp of what they are going to be working with. You will probably need the dimensions of said Gazebo so it is a good idea to take along a tape measure and paper and pencil just to be on the safe side. Make sure you get an idea also of any restrictions the property manager has, because it might be horrible having to sort out any problems on the actual day of the wedding.
Of course for any important occasion such as a wedding, it is very important to have a working budget already drawn up so you and your florist have an idea of what is available. You need to figure out not only how much it cost to rent your Gazebo, in case the location features it but there may be an extra fee for using it. Don’t be shy of double and triple checking that a certain Gazebo is available for you and only you on the day of your wedding, especially if it is at a community setting such as a park.
If there is an issue about not using nails and screws and there are none from a previous event, it may be helpful to review what other options you have. A decorative device you could of course use is ribbon to tie garlands and cloth like tulle and hold it in place or have it bunch in a certain way. Also there are hooks that can hang from the top or anywhere there is a place to hold them. You could get some that have a adhesive backing that is easy to remove. Another florist favorite is to use chenilles, or pipe cleaners, like a twist tie that you can curl at the ends and add flowers or beads. A good florist will usually have an idea about getting things to hang correctly.
If you decide to use flower garlands or swags, there are different holders that florist use, with new ones being invented all the time. The ever popular oasis in a cage that can be hooked to others or stand alone is very common. Or she/he might use a oasis strung in a net that is a recent addition to the available tools. If the Gazebo is made out of metal or a flat smooth surface like glass, there are cages that hold oasis that have a suction cup that can attach powerfully to the Gazebo with a good amount of weight. For a smaller and more delicate arrangement you can attach button oasis that come with their own adhesive backing.
There are so many options; it’s just a matter of being informed and having a little creativity to make your wedding day the most memorable for you and your guests under your beautifully decorated Gazebo.