Post # 1
So we are on a budget and can’t afford much. We live in a very touristy area and weddings are extremely expensive at most of the venues. This is the ballroom at a venue we are considering and overall the venue is pretty nice, but the ballroom is just quite shocking. The walls are darking and make it pretty difficult to do much with any accent lighting and the carpet….just, wow, no words. Any ideas? I’d like to do some DIY draping but I’m not exactly sure how to do that.
Post # 2
hmm. what i can think of is fairy lights (although i’m not sure how restrictive the ballroom is) and flowy draping either on the ceiling or as a backdrop for your sweetheart table and the walls. have you searched pinterest for this? i’m sure there are lots of inspiration out there! 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t find the walls bad. But that carpet…. You could rent a dance floor to cover some of it. Then between tables if all there will showing. Then could do an aisle runner of some sort to cover up where people walk in to make it less obvious.
Post # 4
Wow, that carpet is interesting. The walls look fine to me and once you have tables and chairs in the room you won’t notice the carpet. Especially if you cover part of it with a dance floor.
Post # 5
First, remember that most of the carpet will be covered by tables and chairs. The walls and ceiling are neutral so you can still choose any color scheme you like.
The ceiling is a T bar suspended ceiling so it’s easy to drape using hooks that you can buy at the hardware store or from mazon.
You could hang mini white lights or globe lights radiating out from the center(canopy lighting)
or you could hang draping in the same manner
or just a few panels hung across the room.
Post # 6
I really don’t think it will be bad once it’s all set up! Maybe you could ask if you could see it all set up for an event sometime before booking?
Post # 7
michelle.l.smiedendorf: wow. that carpet. oh man. I agree with other bees–get a dance floor (or 2). put it right in the middle. once the table and chairs are set up and an aisle runner, the carpet won’t be as noticible.
Can you adjust the lighting? Maybe dim their lights and get a DJ with a great lighting package (uplighting, dance floor lighting, the ones that look like stars on the ceiling…etc.) make it nice and dark and romantic in there.
Definitely ask to see pics of other weddings–or google image search the ballroom–you might be able to find pics on a photographers wedding blog.
Post # 8
Thank you everyone! I should probably explain a little bit of the theme I am going for, (orgionally I had wanted an outdoor tented wedding but it’s not looking like it will work out and there are a lot of hidden costs with those.) We would like to have a more whimsical/romantic theme. Somewhat fairytale but not too princessy. Definitly whimsical. I’m definitely thinking of lots of lighting options and draping. I have a lot on my pinterest board so now it’s just a matter of excecuting those ideas 🙂 This is a brand new hotel so they have not had any weddings yet so they don’t have any pictures to show, but they are a chain so maybe I can see something from other’s around the state or something. Thanks for all your advice!
Post # 9
michelle.l.smiedendorf: When is your wedding, will it be during a season suitable for an outdoor ceremony?
Post # 10
michelle.l.smiedendorf: I actually like the carpet-for a ballroom- especially the colors. It’s a bit over the top but orange and blue are complimentary colors. If I had enough time when planning an event, I would base my color palette around that carpet.
You can also easily drape the ceiling to look like you are in a tent.
Post # 11
michelle.l.smiedendorf: Ask if they have any other events scheduled before your wedding. See if you could stop by an hour before an event starts and take a quick peek at the ballroom when its set up for a wedding. It would make it a lot easier to get an idea of what your event will look like. The venue I worked at allowed this from time to time. As long as the bride wanting to take a look at the space was there well before the other party arrived and kept the visit short/stayed out of the way, we had no problem with it.