Tulle is a beautiful material if you’re looking to make your wedding venue space look soft, warm & romantic. Many wedding venue spaces, such as a reception hall or tent, are just big, empty spaces, and tulle is an affordable and easy way to fix that!
Check out these two episodes of the Wedding Planning Podcast, all about decorating a large venue space. I focus on tulle & tissue paper, since they are inexpensive and can be stretched a long way on a tight budget.
DECORATING A LARGE VENUE SPACE
MEASUREMENTS AND TIPS FOR HOW MUCH MATERIAL TO BUY
TIPS FOR MEASURING YOUR SPACE
Let’s talk numbers – how much tulle do you need to buy? This will depend on two things – the size of your venue, and the pattern that you want to decorate in. For tulle specifically, start by browsing on Pinterest to get an idea of the draping pattern you like.
I never imagined there were so many ways to decorate with tulle! Draped from the ceiling to the floor, criss-crossed, zig-zagged. You really need to have a firm pattern in mind to get accurate measurements for how much you will need.
Once you have the design / pattern that you want to use, next you need accurate measurements of your reception space or tent. Diagram this out on paper, and then draw in the pattern you want to make with your draped tulle. Add up all the segments, and this is your yardage that you will need to purchase. (3 feet = 1 yard, so if you come out with 2,000 feet, you’ll divide that by 3 to get the equivalent in yards)
If you’re working with a wedding planner, they should be able to help you more with the specifics of your venue & measurements.
ONE LAST, VERY IMPORTANT STEP!
Add 20% to the total number to allow for draping down – this is a critical step in decorating with tulle. If it’s just pulled tightly from point A to point B, it’s not going to have the soft, romantic draping that makes this style of decoration so appealing for weddings.
I touched briefly on decorating with poms & paper flowers that are so popular right now. You will need to experiment, hands-on with making the exact style you want to use to know how much tissue it requires. Once you know how much tissue you need for ONE flower, do the same formula we used above – how big is the wall you’re looking to cover? How wide across is the flower? Work backwards to fill in how many total you’ll need to fill in the space. Diagramming this out on paper is very helpful!
WHERE TO BUY TULLE & TISSUE
My favorite supplier for both tulle & tissue is PaperMart. You can find links to both products below!
Questions about today’s episode, or your wedding specifically? Please be in touch by leaving a comment, or submitting your question on our website!