Post # 1
I need some help! My Fiance’ and I have a VERRRRRY small budget. It’s only around 3k.
Our plan is to have a very private ceremony two weeks before the “reception”. We both like the idea of having a very small wedding with just close family members. After we get married we plan on taking them out to a really nice dinner to celebrate. Then two weeks later we are throwing a big party for all of our friends and other family to celebrate with (My Mom is really turned off by this, she wants a ceremony and reception on the same day, but since I’m planning on doing all of the setup on the day of the party I can’t really do a big ceremony and then make all the guest wait while I set up).
So here’s our current situation. We are planning on renting out a firehall to throw the party. There are two firehalls in my area to pick from but I’m having a terrible time picking one! The one hall looks very nice BUT you aren’t allowed to put any tape/tacks on the wall (and I’m assuming putty too).
Here’s the nicer looking one (even has a disco ball that lights up!)
The other hall isn’t as fancy looking but you’re allowed to put tape, tacks, whatever, on the walls for decoration. It also costs a little more then the other hall but besides the 4 hours to party, they allow you as much time as you need to set up. If I need 6 hours to set up they don’t charge extra. I think the other hall has a limit on setup time.
This is the less-fancy hall
I really want to make sure the atmosphere is fun and not boring but I’m afraid with not being able to have anything on the walls it’ll look dull. Any suggestions?!
Both halls have pro’s and con’s but I’m leaning towards the 2nd picture because they allow as much set-up time as you need without extra charge. There’s also a playground in the back for the kids (or big kids such as myself!) to play on.
I need suggestions/ideas for decoration, color schemes, anything you think will help me make this decision! I need to make it soon so we can put the down deposit on and I can start making decorations. I love the rustic/vintage look but with it being in a firehall, not sure how rusitc I can do.
Post # 3
Both halls are a blank slate.
Both halls have suspended ceilings so it’s easy to hang ceiling decor.
I would not worry for one second about not being able to hang this on the walls. You can look at hundreds of weddings online and very few actually have anything on the walls. You don’t need it.
If you have an idea of something you want to do on the walls, ask the vendor if you are allowed to use putty or Command strips. Just because they don’t allow tape or tacks on the all, doesn’t mean that they won’t allow anyhting else. Bsically they want to ensure that there is no damage to the walls. You could do a demonstration of Command Strips for them to show that they don’t cause any damage.
Post # 4
If you like rustic, you could hang grapevine balls with strings of fairy lights inside. You can even get remote controlled lights now. Most battery operated lights state right on their website how long the batteries last, so even of you don’t get remote contolled lights, you can turn the lights on when you hang the balls.
If you know anyone who has grapevines, this is the time of year they do the pruning. You could get the prunings free and make your own grapevine balls.
You can take rustic as far as you like. You could have burlap tablecloths, or do burlap runners.
If you want brighter colors, use red and white check cloths or bandana prints.
Tell us a bit more about the two of you, what you like to do and what you want. Are you serving a meal or just providing refreshments like drinks nd snacks? Is it more of a dance?
Post # 5
@julies1949: We are planning on having it buffet style. I have 3-4 people volunteering to help with making the food. We’ll probably make it the day before and have it on burners. Meatballs, italian sausage, sandwiches, chicken.
Honestly we just want to have a fun time. I’m trying to make my own photobooth for the party, so there’s some entertainment.
My dad also hired a musician (actually, he was my piano teacher when I was 10!) to play for 3 hours and for the other hour or two will be music from my own playlist I make. We’re not expecting people to dance but I’m sure some will.
There will be alchohol and then drinks like iced tea and leamonade.
I’m planning on making paper flowers to use as decorations but I’m not sure what colors to go with or how much to make! I’ve made a few so far and they are kind of pastel in color.
Post # 6
I honestly like the first hall so much better. It doesn’t look like the average firehall at all, much more upscale, which swings it in favor for me. And it would take less to decorate it and make it look good, while the 2nd one would need more to decorate to make it look nice.
I would see if either of the halls will provide you with tables/chairs, as otherwise you’d have to rent those, and that could get more expensive. Other things to consider…if they have a kitchen on hand to use for the reception food, fire code for how many people are allowed, parking regulations, etc.
Also, I’ve never seen a wedding with stuff up on the walls or things hanging from the walls. Most of everything is always on the tables.
Post # 7
I like the first one a lot better. It looks nicer so over all it will require less decor. I think you can find ways to work around hanging things on the walls.
Post # 8
The first one looks really nice and more formal!
Post # 10
@heatherisadork: I went to a wedding where there was a playground. If you plan on having kids there–def get the one with the play gorund. The parents will thank you!
Post # 11
@heatherisadork: Go for the first one. IMO you don’t need anything on the walls –It’s a pretty space and frankly I never see anything on the walls at weddings that aren’t already there lol. If anything, I would indulge in some uplighting which would really make it a fun party vibe.
Post # 12
I would go with option #1. IMO you will save by decorating less, and you’ll need that money on your tight budget. If you look at the two halls you’ll see that the reason that #1 looks so much better is becasue of the lighting. The sconce lighting is softer, whereas the other location only has harsh overhead lighting. The locations are otherwise almost identical. That’s something that it would take a lost of $$$ to replicate.
If I were you I would keep decor simple and focus on bang for your buck. Simple center pieces on tables and a dance floor under that disco ball should do the trick. Don’t dump money into a lot of decor.
Post # 13
The first one looks nicer so I would go with that one. Cost wise and time wise You wouldnt have to decorate the walls. I changed my venue when I realized the money and time I would have to put in to dress it up compared to the place I have now. Our DJ is uplighting our walls with red to make it more fun. I would just do a fun kids table if theres alot of kids coming.
Post # 14
Hey everyone. Thanks for all the input! You guys all make a really good point about going with the nicer place because it won’t need as much decoration. Tomorrow we are actually going to the hall to look at it so I’ll make my final decision tomorrow I guess!
Post # 15
So we decided to go with Hall #1. It’s actually cheaper. We can rent it for 6 hours for the same price as a 4 hour rental at the other hall. It is a LITTLE smaller, however there is a small room to the side where we can set up the buffet so the food wont be in the same room. Now we just have to figure out the food, colors, centerpieces, and some entertainment.
What are some good ideas for entertainment? There is a musician playing for 3 hours. He’ll be playing music from the 50’s and 60’s. After he plays I plan on having my ipod play a playlist I make up, which will get people dancing hopefully.
What are some activities held at wedding receptions other then getting drunk? I’ve never been to a wedding so I’m clueless!
Post # 16
I personally prefer the first one for the reasons stated above.
Just a thought: have you asked them if they don’t have an event scheduled the day before if they would let you set up? Then you could make your mom happy and have the ceremony/reception on the same day AND not spend your wedding day getting down and dirty with reception setup. 🙂