Can I see your fire hall wedding pics?!

posted 3 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ours wasn’t a fire hall, but it was a church hall with the same restrictions- we had to DIY everything. It wasn’t my dream wedding at all, but we did the best we could! My very well-off uncle had recently attended a wedding that cost the brides parents over 60k, and he said our wedding was the simplest, sweetest family wedding he had been to in a long time and we did just enough to make it special. That made me feel so good about not going broked over one day.

Here are some before picture of the space.. very dated, dingy…

Here’s what we accomplished: We had to rent a uhaul to get it all there, but I brought everything I could think of to fill the space. I got a steal of a deal on some prelit ficus trees that we lined against the walls. I even took my own night stands from home to set up some picture frames by the bar that explained our DIY wine making experience. We put out fake leaves and pumpkins everywhere!

We covered the ugly bulletin boards and religious education posters with brown paper.

Our caterer provided the linens that covered all the ugly tables.

I really wish the photographer got more shots when the lights were down and the trees/ceiling was lit.

We made our own wine and had a keg. I had my brother and cousins tend the bar. It was cheap, and maybe not ideal, but people still drank and partied.

I found that lighting features, like the centerpieces I made from some parts at the dollar store, really have a big effect on making it a more “glamorous” feel. It adds interest. String lights, fabric, scatter your colors around the space…it will all come together!

Post # 4
3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I didn’t have a wedding like what you are decribing, exactly, but I will say that the most fun weddings I attended were at that type of location. They spent more money on the party than the extra stuff, and it was a GREAT time!


Post # 6
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@phillybride87:  I tried to see your centerpieces, but I couldn’t view them.  Is your wedding in February? What do you have so far? Feel free to write me a PM.

Post # 11
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Mrs.Metalm:  Wow, you did an incredible job. What a transformation. I’m super impressed!!! One thing think helps is if your decor sort of fits your venue. I always find it odd when people try to have super glam black tie affairs at a more casual venue. Sometimes, I think those can look “cheap.” Your decor wasn’t so crazy glam that it didn’t fit, but it was super classy and obviously perfect for a fall wedding!

Post # 12
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@sweetpea1813:  Thank you 🙂 My guest list was 100 people, mostly blood relatives. I have a big family. There were maybe only 8 guests who weren’t family. I really wasn’t trying to “impress” anyone. I just wanted it to be “us”. And it worked. I recently went to an aquaintances wedding which was in a firehall as well, but it looked like something out of an 80’s wedding planners catalogue….it was a package of decor that might have been classy in the 80’s, but looked dated and over-done for just a fire hall. It was odd. Just odd. You can’t ignore the fact that you’re in a fire hall. Make it work for you.

Post # 14
1984 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

responding to follow Smile

Post # 15
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@Mrs.Metalm:  Awesome DIY job!!!  Looked so nice!

Post # 16
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My now-ex-best friend and his husband had a reception at the firehall they go to/husband works at part time. They had to pay a fee which wasn’t bad, friends all kicked in different things (I did the whole cake table/card table set up as my gift to them, baked them a cake & 150 cupcakes. The bar was cash bar and the bar tender was included in the fee. My friend cooked all the food either by himself or with help from friends & family at the big kitchen at the firehall. There were long tables and each table had a couple of mason jars with moss in them, huge fake sunflowers, & a cute hand written tag with their party date & orange tea lights. It was one big huge celebration and there was about 100 people there, everyone had a great time, and it didn’t matter how much they did or did not spend.

I don’t have full pics of the whole hall but here is the cake table/cupcake set up I did. I made everything from scratch & baked 3 types of cupcakes & a 2 layer cake for them to cut. He loves sunflowers so that was the “inspiration”. 


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