Board #183 | Strictly Ballroom

Apologies for the late post today! But here it is…

I was speaking with a friend who reads Snippet & Ink daily (and who requested that I not share his name, but he knows who he is), and he pointed out that I rarely post inspiration boards for ballroom weddings. I was thinking about why that is, and the truth of it is, ballrooms don’t especially inspire me on their own. It’s not that a ballroom wedding can’t be lovely – of course it can – it’s just that there is less to pull from to use as inspiration. A ballroom in one place on one day could easily be a ballroom anywhere else on any given day, while a garden in Savannah in spring is entirely different than a garden in New England in fall. Without a specific couple and their story, I end up creating an inspiration board like this one: pretty and formal, but not particularly unique. Then again, it’s entirely possible that I just wasn’t feeling especially creative when I approached this board. Either way, I haven’t given up on this challenge, and I’ll keep working on it – so keep an eye out for better ballroom inspiration boards!

Mood: formal elegance
Palette: gold, cream, pink

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Top row from left: San Francisco Palace Hotel, seating cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, arrangement by Ariella Chezar
Row 2: macaron cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo via {frolic}, ribbon programs from Rebecca Thuss, photo by Jeffrey and Julia Woods
Row 3: photo by Christian Oth, hors d’oeuvres from Martha Stewart Weddings, altar flowers by Artfool, macaron favor from Rebecca Thuss
Row 4: invitation by Prentiss Douthit, photo by Lisa Leigh, bouquet by Ariella Chezar, photo via The Sartorialist


  • Meg says:

    Indeed. This is why I considered the ballroom wedding and then dismissed it. Too little creative control. Oh, also, the sticker shock.

  • Stephanie says:

    I love the photos for this board, particularly the food and drink imagery. Like any space, the color scheme of the ballroom will probably play into the colors and style one chooses so maybe the purple in the ballroom carpet could be echoed in the flowers. (I love the pink, though, so maybe that could be used for the tableclothes instead of the white for a more whimsical than elegant look.) The champagne glasses and candle votives picked up the light of the chandelier nicely; perhaps more crystal elements could’ve been used for jewelry or decorations.

  • rebekah @ elizabeth anne designs says:

    I’m with you on the ballrooms. They’re not my style. Maybe because I don’t feel comfortable in them? Thankfully, E is fantastic at elegant ballroom style weddings.

  • I totally agree with the ballroom/banquet room…Unfortunately, due to a super tight budget and a relative who has direct access to a venue, we are having our reception in a ballroom/banquet room. We need HELP! I love this site, but we need inspiration on how to create a unique feel/look? Scouring Snippet and Ink for inspiration turning lame ballroom into intimate/interesting ceremony space!

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