Drawn to the utilitarian, understated modernity of concrete that we see so often in the design world, we’re inspired by the restrained, industrial appeal of a concrete venue for a wedding reception.
Whether your personal aesthetic lends itself to minimalism, chic elegance or bohemia, concrete speaks to a diverse audience as it provides a blank canvas that can be interpreted in many ways.
The key to making sure a concrete venue doesn't feel underwhelming is in the layering of textures in tune with your aesthetic. For the minimalist bride, style long exposed concrete or oak timber tables with glazed ceramics in muted shades, matte black or brass flatware, simple yet elegant glassware and cluster long, fine tapered candles in ifferent heights down the centre of the table, creating an ambient glow to warm the venue. Finish the look with chic black designer chairs. For a grand scale concrete venue, consider a suspended art installation that trails to the floor, creating a talking piece for guests whilst also dividing the space into smaller intimate areas.
For the bohemian bride, heavily layered natural textures complement a concrete surrounding. Layer over-dyed vintage rugs in muted, faded tones to warm the space. Seek long exposed distressed timber tables and dress with hand thrown organic tableware in earthy tones and textures, crystal cut glassware, raw edged linen napery in moody tones. Style the centrepiece with spilling wildflowers in a single dramatic arrangement. Complete the tables with reclaimed timber benchseats to add to the overall feel of the tablescape.
Check out our edit of some of our favorite concrete venues all over the globe:
524 Flinders, Melbourne
The Studio by Megan Morton, Sydney
Cho Cho San, Sydney
Hudson Loft, Los Angeles
Segovia Hall, Ace Hotel DTLA, Los Angeles
La Jolla Residence, California