The Ultimate Guide to Dressing up a Space!

The winter weather is starting to roll in and holiday cheer is popping up all over the city which can only mean one thing… engagement season is finally here! Getting engaged is such an exciting and celebratory time for couples and their families. For most, the first step in the planning process is finding the perfect venue and setting the date. When touring different locations it is important to keep in mind that most spaces can be transformed into your dream space! Our team of wedding and event planning professionals pulled together some of their favorite tips and tricks on how to dress up any space!


Linens are such an easy and cost effective way to add personality to any space, especially at a seated dinner! Take advantage of all of that white space and deck it out with a bold color, bright pattern, interesting texture or mix and match them! You will be amazed at how something as simple as a linen can totally transform a space.



Lighting is such an important aspect for any event; it sets the tone and ambiance for the space. Weddings are typically celebrated during the day and into the evening, which opens up many opportunities to get creative! The first, and most common option, is up-lighting. Up-lighting allows you to add a splash of color to the space. Whether you are adding a solid color, a pattern to the wall or ceiling, or lettering around the space, it is amazing how much of a difference it can make. String lighting and candles are also classic ways to make any space feel more romantic and intimate.



Whether you arrange them yourself or hire a florist, florals play a very important role when decorating a space; especially for a wedding! Adding centerpieces to just a few of your tables can make a huge difference in the overall aesthetic. When picking out your blooms, one tip is to make sure you have a variety of height, with some arrangement elevated. Not only does this make a statement when walking into the space but it also allows your guests to see one other from across the table.



Last, but certainly not least, is draping! Draping fabric from the ceiling or onto the walls can completely transform a space! Sectioning off a portion of the room  can add a level of intimacy and privacy for you and your guests. It can also be used as a statement piece when hanging from the ceiling.


The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is centrally located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, DC. With many breathtaking spaces to choose from, learn more about hosting your wedding at the Reagan Building here!