All you DIY brides out there, I NEED HELP!!

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


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
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 6
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

The first one looks really nice and more formal!

Post # 10
5812 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@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
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@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
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
16 posts
  • Wedding: February 2014

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 # 16
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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. 🙂


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