Post # 1
Okay Bees! I need input, please! We found a venue for under $150 for THE WHOLE DAY, where the kids can play nearby on new playground equipment, we can play our own music, the men can have their beer, and as long as it’s not permanent, we can decorate however we want. However, what on earth am I going to do with the stage to make it work with a damask black, white & red theme? The tables will be wearing black tablecloths with damask white runners, red pomander balls, red/white candle/votives & red rose petals. Damask plates, silver plasticware. I even have Chinese red, white & black lanterns to hang from the rafters, but what to do with the stage?!?
Post # 3
Can you do a ribbon backdrop? I think that would be beautiful in your color scheme!
Post # 4
Thank you misschickpea, but I’d still have to cover that cream with music notes design under any ribbons. I’d suggested streamers to my guy, but he thinks those are for kids parties, not weddings. *makes a face* Other than ditching my ideas, he’s not a lot of help on this one. I was tossing around the idea of covering the painted part in black, and hanging some of the Chinese paper lanterns in front of it (at varying heights). I’m just not wanting him to be a floating head & hands in front of a black background!
I DO have damask (flocked) black & white ribbon.. only two rolls of it, though. It was $14 a roll for 4″ x 30′, and thankfully I had a couple coupons, but it’s all I could find. Do you think it’d look okay if I ran it along the edge of curtains hanging in narrow black & white panels, or does that sound too busy?
Post # 5
Could you use some curtains and just string up any color background you like? It seems if you’re flexible that you might be able to get a bunch of the same curtain for a good price! I can’t think of anything else that wouldn’t cost a ton. Congrats on the $150 venue!!! I’m so jealous! 🙂
Post # 6
Ribbon backdrops are pretty but they don’t stay in one place when used outdoors and that much ribbon would be && expensive.
How tall is that white background wall?
One idea would be to use rolls of garden fencing, the kind you buy at the garden center. You could spray paint it at home ahead of time and just roll it into place and secure wth a staple gun.
You can also buy scene setters- rolls of paper wall cover -usually used for indoor parties, but would be safe to use outdoors as you have a roof on your venue.
They come in many patterns.
Post # 7
Two options I would consider:
#1. heavy wallpaper in a demask or coordinating color/pattern. Staple gun or tack to the outer edges of the back drop. If neccesary, cover the staples or tacks with ribbon. Hot glue the ribbon to the wallpaper and you have minimal damage to the existing backdrop.
#2.Hang some cheap curtains. In place of a rod use a heavy piece of apohlstery cording or a ribbon. Affix one end of your makeshift “rod” to the top corner of the existing backdrop, thread the ribbon through the top slot of the curtains and then fasten the end of the “rod” to the other corner. You can find sheer black, or even sheer black and white demask curtain panels, at Walmart or Ikea. I would put up a piece of cheap black fabric , wallpaper, or even dollar store plastic table cloths over the backdrop behind the curtains first. once you have the curtains , (you could also use yards of black tulle), you will have enough soft depth created that you wont notice whats behind them except for the color/pattern of whatever it is that youve chosen.
Post # 8
If it were me…..I would cover the backdrop in black paper. In school I think, art class or something, they would have these giant rolls of colored paper. If you have any idea what I am talking about. You could probably find it somewhere at a craft store.
If that isn’t an option, I do like the idea for black and white panel curtains. If you can a find rod that would work for the long space, I would go with that.
And just want to throw this out there, behind the stage, it would be really pretty to have some lights either along the pavillion or hanging down!
Post # 9
Thank you ladies! I liked the ideas of putting inexpensive black tablecloths over the background (which is about 4′ x 20′), then hanging the sheer black & white alternating panels over that. It’s so simple, I overlooked it & overanalyzed trying to do it all in one layer until I made myself nuts. I also loved the idea of lights in the backdrop, but the wedding is in the early afternoon, so nobody would really notice them. After looking up ideas (from your guys’ great suggestions!), I think I’ll be trying something along these lines. Julies1949- I looked up ‘scenesetters’ & LOVED the idea as well as the crazy low cost! I found one that has a mock police lineup that I’m tempted to use on the backside of the wall, just for the guys to use for hamming it up in their photos! I’m cringing & laughing, imagining my guy and his brothers after the reception.. pretty sure there’ll be at least one of them who’ll swipe my veil & another who’ll have flowers clenched in his teeth & wagging his eyebrows. *lol* Thank you for that!!
Post # 11
adding the colors of your wedding with this type of fabric is a great way to soften the area