Post # 1
My venue is perfect, it is inexpensive, I get to do practically anything I want, and it is a Women’s Club so the money is going to a good cause.
My only problem is they have this big stage, with a hideous curtain:
Now, I plan on having the small stage out, like this:
So I thought of just opening the curtain, but I’m not having a band so what should I use the space for?
Here’s one more photo (It looks really old though) just to help:
I was considering having the stage as the dance floor, since the one provided is so small, but that seems weird. Not to mention I’m terrified no one will dance at the reception, but that is a concern for another post.
I’m also a big theatre fan, so incorporating the stage would reflect a bit of my personality as well.
P.S. I’m doing a very budget and DIY wedding, so I can’t do anything too extreme.
Post # 3
I would say that you should leave it open and put something like the cake table or guest book table up there. You could even put family photos on easils up there.
Post # 4
@RouleauLover: Are you having a head table? Perhaps you could set the stage up for a head table, and your wedding cake table/candy buffet/ dessert table? Are you having a DJ?
Post # 5
I’d be tempted to put a sweet faux-to booth up there, but if it’s going to be directly behind your head table like it is in the first photo, that might not work.
If you’re planning to put the head table elsewhere or not having one though, it’s an idea.
Post # 6
I actually don’t mind the curtain, it seems to match the era of the building and makes a nice backdrop, rather than an odd hollow space.
Obviously, if you really don’t like it, then don’t listen to me, lol – especially if your colour theme is red, that just would not match!
Post # 7
This happened with my cousins venue. They decided to remove the curtain totally and put the head table up there. it looked great!
Post # 8
I vote for putting the head table up there too!
Also, I think it looks charming with the curtain! But it’s your wedding 😉
Post # 9
The curtain doesn’t bother me either.
You could project a monogram on the curtain
or use some wall washing lights and change the color
If you open the curtain, you could place screens across the front of the stage made of lattice, fabric, old doors etc.
Or, you could project a favorite saying or poem on the back wall
Post # 10
Thanks for all the feed back!
I was thinking about projecting something in the back, depending on if I can work it into the budget.
I was also planning on just having a sweatheart table, instead of a head table, but it may be cool to have us all up on the stage together.
Our wedding party is made up of all friends, no parents or older relatives, so it would be quite fun probably. Then I could use the small stage as a cake table. Definitely something to consider!
Especially with so many of you ladies agreeing on the idea.
Post # 11
P.S. The curtain goes perfectly with the venue, but my color scheme is black and white, so it sticks out a lot, in my eyes.
Post # 12
Ok, My first thought was sweetheart table so everyone could see you. Head table works too. Are you gonna have a slide show? It would be really cool to rent a giant screen to have everyone watch projected. Is it at all possible in your budget to buy a ton of black and white taffeta or tule and just hang your own black and white curtains? I bought 100 yards of my colors on craigslist for PENNIES! I could see draping your own tule looking REALLY nice. or if its in your budget to drape a damask print down from the curtains.
Post # 13
I am having the same exact problem with my stage and the curtain clashing with my wedding colors… mainly because my wedding colors are most gold and green and the curtain is *of course* red! lol I don’t have the money to change it though so I’m just drawing attention away from it as much as possible. I’m using the stage lights provided to shine on us and having a lot of decor lower so they don’t look above us at the huge bright red curtain- I don’t know if it’ll work but it’s all I can do. I feel your pain though…. I would say just open the curtain and have your head table up there- I’ve seen a ton of weddings set up that way. =) I wish we could leave these curtains opened but it’s a huge stage and very ugly walls behind it lol.
(it’s bright red like the chairs when the lights are turned up)
Post # 14
@RouleauLover: I vote for the head table too!
Post # 15
I may hang some tulle, but I’m using most of my “tulle budget” on creating curtains to seperate the two areas, because we are planning to have the ceremony at the same location, but in their tea room (in front of the mirror that matches perfectly with my wedding!):
Which has one completely open wall leading into the ballroom. As in, this photo was taken while standing in the ballroom. The first photo of the couple dancing was taken from the tea room.
I plan on using tulle to cover a few things, so I may be able to cover some of the curtain as well, I have to check with the venue.