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How To Decorate A Banquet Hall For A Tropical-Themed Reception

Banquet or reception halls are large, open event spaces designed for sizable gatherings. If you're planning a big wedding reception, a banquet hall may be your best venue option as it will be able to comfortably hold all of your guests. Not only are banquet halls roomy, they're convenient, too, as they're typically ready to accommodate most lighting, special effects, and audio/visual needs. Many can also fit a large dance floor as well.

In addition to being easy to set up, banquet halls also provide the perfect backdrop for any wedding reception decor, such as a tropical-inspired theme. The halls are generally blank slates, ready to be personalized with flowers, balloons, textiles and any other type of decorative items you'd like to use.

Here are some ways that you can transform a basic banquet hall into a tropical getaway for your reception:

1. Lighting Elements

One of the first things to consider when planning your reception is what you want to do for lighting. The right lighting elements will set the overall mood of the celebration and give the space a romantic glow.

For a tropical theme, you can hang strings of soft, white lights from rafters or beams to replicate the look of an outdoor beachfront restaurant. You can also hang wrought iron lanterns filled with small LED candles to set the tone.

You can also wrap lights around realistic-looking faux palm trees set up at different locations throughout the venue. If you prefer to add a pop of color, hang pink, turquoise, and yellow paper lanterns and the hues will shine through.

If you're having a dance floor set up, opt for one that is lit from underneath as a fun and unexpected touch. Again, you can go with island-themed colors such as orange, blue, yellow, and lime green.

2. Flowers 

Another easy way to give the banquet hall a tropical twist is with flowers. If your budget allows, opt for fresh blooms as they will make the indoor venue smell like a tropical island. Place blooms such as Birds-of-Paradise, orchids, hibiscus, and Hawaiian ginger in large vases as centerpieces on the dinner tables and around the cake table. You can also use silk flowers, which will create the same visual effect at less of a cost.

3. Textiles 

The perfect textiles will also help transport your reception guests to a beach-side paradise. Cover tables with turquoise tablecloths accented by orange, yellow and lime green cloth napkins and chair covers. If you're going for a more understated look, you can always stick with elegant seafoam-green tablecloths and chair covers, and white napkins instead of the brighter colors.