Post # 1
I am new to WeddingBee and I am now in love with the site! We are getting married July 21 and most of the planning is done but I am having trouble figuring out how to block off some corners of the reception hall without renting huge white drape backdrops! There is a stage at one end of the hall where the band will be. On one side of the stage there is a large rolling door for moving equipment in and out. On the other side are two doors to storage rooms. The dance floor is in front of the stage. These corners are kind of dark and empty. There will be electrical cords and music equipment in these areas too. I need some ideas for blocking these areas off so that people are not tripping on cords or hanging out in the dark corner of the hall! The ceremony is outside on a creek bank in the trees, the reception decor includes lots of flowers, tree stumps and natural fabrics – very outdoorsy, natural theme. Any DIY or inexpensive ideas? I had thought of maybe potted flowers in tall planters or branches with lights but I am looking for other inspiration! Can’t wait to see what ideas are out there!!
Post # 3
You could maybe find some big wooden shutters (from closet doors) and fold them accordian style to hide unwanted corners!
Post # 5
@winterbride1593: this is what I immediately thought too
Post # 6
We had dark corners for our room too – so I bought white gauzy material (about 3 rolls, roughly $35) and with help from the venue (they let us come in last week to test out our room layout), hung it from the ceiling along the outside of the room, in each of the dark corners (we had 3 corners unused). I draped it, and bunched it along the floor, and it turned out nice. I then wove white garden lights through the bottom, along the bunching and ta-da. Corners gone, room prettier, and I didn’t have to spend much at all!
Post # 7
You could pot up large branches to look like trees . Use plaster of paris in pots to secure and weight them down.
Spray paint them white, then overspray them with glow in the dark paint. You wiil have a magical forest.
Or just attach cordless mini lights.
You could also use bunches of balloons. Place a ballominator light inside each balloon. They can be twisted to shine continuously or flash on and off. I have used them at a winter wonderland themed party and they were beautiful.
Post # 8
For outdoorsy I would use simple, staggered length paper lanterns in groups of three or more. Hanging them at staggered lengths meaning one hung about chest height and go up from there.
They’re inexpensive and understated but pretty, and you can get them in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors.
Post # 9
what about trees in pots? fake or real. or does the venue have lounge furniture that you can put in the corner to fill it up?
Post # 10
Those room divider/screen things might work, I have seen them at Ikea and various other places but I don’t know how inexpensive they are… and they are usually only about head hight – 6′ tall. I second what other people have said about the potted trees. Or draping fabric.
Head over to the local thrift store/go garage sale-ing one saturday and see if anything catches your fancy?
Post # 11
All great ideas! Thanks! I am now hunting for inexpensive gauzy fabric & mini lights! If I can’t find these we also have a huge area of bush around our house so stealing a few branches or trees would be easy too! I love the idea of antique panels or even old doors but we would need a ton of them!
Post # 12
@SBCWedding: Gifts intl has the best price on organza or tulle.
Post # 13
Yes. As pp said, try gifts intl. I bought satin from that site to make table runners. It was like 20 cents a yard and I am happy with the quality of the fabric.