The traditional choice for a wedding venue is a hotel ballroom, but don’t be so quick to discount a hotel ballroom just because you don’t want that traditional feel. We had The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte with us to chat ballroom weddings and how to transform any hotel ballroom space into the style of your dreams. 



One way to immediately change a space is to add drapery. From draping the walls to give them a fresh, soft look to installations in the ceiling to create a sunburst for an elegant feel, draping is the way to transform a ballroom.


“I've literally walked into a ballroom before and thought I was in a tent because there was draping all around the walls and on the ceiling,” explained Kim Werner, Senior Catering Sales Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. “It didn't even look like the ballroom space.”


Draping is also an easy way to section off a piece of a much larger ballroom to create an intimate feeling. So, even if you plan to have a smaller wedding, don’t immediately write off large ballrooms!



Most hotels will have some sort of equipment in-house as a part of your package, like basic round tables and banquet chairs. However, if there’s a particular style you are after, rentals can help you achieve that look in any hotel ballroom space. 


For something rustic you can bring in farm tables, for modern you can do ghost chairs or for industrial you can do metal chairs. Any look is possible with the right rental items!



Like drapery, lighting can change the feel of a room. You can go traditional with singular uplights on the wall or add some glamour with a crystal chandelier; you can personalize the room with a monogrammed gobo or even bring the outdoors in and line the ceiling with twinkle lights to make it feel like you are under the stars. Lighting, like market lights, brings that sense of romance.


“I think market lights add a fun ambiance, a little bit of romance,” said Kim. “They help to make any event more intimate and just give it that romantic feeling.”



Another major piece to setting your style in a hotel ballroom is florals. Flowers can enhance any space by adding a pop of color or bringing in some natural feels with greenery. Tall centerpieces will also help to break up the room and add some texture and color. Transform a ballroom into a modern space or an indoor garden escape with the right flower arrangements. 


Think outside the box, too, with unique installments, like greenery chandeliers or flower walls, that will really make a statement. 


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About this Week's Guest: Kim Werner, CPCE, is the Senior Catering Sales Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. She has been transforming ballroom spaces with Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for more than 16 years, 10 of which have been at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. She is also the former president of Charlotte NACE. 

Photo Credit: Cheyenne Schultz Photography