Post # 1
My fiancee and I live near Chicago but will be getting married in my home town (Pop. 502) in Northern Minnesota. Reception venues are few and far between especially when you’re on a budget so we decided on the American Legion.
The price is GREAT, it has a dining capacity of 200 PLUS a HUGE bar and everything is perfect EXCEPT the cosmetics. It’s not a very pretty place and I’m trying to decide how to decorate. We’re doing all of the planning from out of state so I really have to rely on my family and friends back home. We’re also on a budget and doing a lot of DIY stuff.
Here’s my ideas so far- Our colors are going to be creamy yellow and pale green so I was going to do green table cloths. Do you think the yellow would brighten it up a bit more?
I was also thinking of dimming all the lights and hanging yellow and green paper globe lanterns from the ceiling and I’m going to use these as our centerpieces.
Do you have any other ideas or suggestions? Thanks! Peace & Love!!
Post # 3
I think you could do green or yellow tablecloths and they would both brighten it up. The green you’re doing is still light, so it’ll still brighten the place up.
I love love LOVE those centerpieces!
I am not a big fan of slideshows, so I think we’re going to run a “clothesline” along a wall and hang pictures of my fiance and I on it with mini clothespins. I think that would go well with the look of your centerpieces.
Good luck, it’s going to fabulous!
Post # 4
The centerpiece looks great. I agree with Stacy Marie in using a bright-ish color tablecloth to brighten the look.
I love the question on the card. Do you have many different questions? I’d love to walk around and see other tables’ questions.
Post # 5
I LOVE that centerpiece! I am in the same boat as you – getting married in Southern MN and not the biggest fan of the reception spot – and there are not a lot of options to choose from!
We’re doing dim lights – 3 walls have windows so the lake and trees outside will be decoration enough for those walls. There is also tulle and twinkle lights (I think that is what they are) hanging from the ceiling that will look pretty romantic. We’re doing tulle on the back of some chairs, mason jar centerpieces with fresh flowers, lots of candles.
I think the colors you suggested will be beautiful in the summertime in MN – they will really make the place pop b/c they’re not white. And go with lots of candles – everyone likes candles!
Post # 6
I love that centerpeice! And my venue isn’t great either and I decided to go with bright tableclothes to give the space a more fun look.
Post # 7
I’m in Chicago, too. Getting married in Wisconsin. You can do a TON with uplighting. Some DJs offer this service, but I’ve seen venues take on an entire new look with some fun uplighting.
Post # 8
Have you thought about draping the inside of the place? A few years ago I went to a wedding in a VFW in my hometown. This place was practically falling down, was horribly decorated (large pictures of battlefields everywhere) and had giant (unmovable) light-up BINGO boards in all the corners! The bride ended up having the entire inside (celings and walls) of the place draped in white linens. Then they added a few pink lights and it made the whole place glow with gorgeous warm lighting. It was absolutely gorgeous! Completely transformed the space. I don’t know how expensive it was, but I felt like I had walked into an exotic tent. Even if you couldn’t drape the whole place, maybe a couple well positioned panels could help with the cosmetics. And I love your idea of bright tablecloths.