Post # 1
I am getting married Jan 22,2011. We are having the reception in an LDS church gym due to cost. We are on a very tight budget. I want it to look nice though, and need some ideas… Our theme is “winter wonderland” and our colors are royal blue, silver and white. We have centered mainly around snowflakes… Any ideas/advice ??? I know it is short notice, but I know I can do it !
Post # 4
White christmas lights are probably really cheap at the moment. If the gym is not so pretty you could turn out the lights and just use lots of christmas lights and candles?
Post # 5
One of the best and least expensive ways to set the mood in a dull/strark place is with lighting.
You could add blue/ white uplighting on the walls. This will really set the mood for winter wonderland!
There are tutorials on how to make your own lights: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-uplighting
Post # 6
I agree with @MrsPinkPeony:. Using the after holiday sales to score Christmas lights (or borrowing from friends and family) to decorate the ceiling and other areas and turning down the lights will help to create a romantic feel and hide the gym. Candles help with this as well since they produce a beautiful and flattering light.
If you have a little bit of free time and your gym ceiling is way too high, you could create a little canopy by getting 4 poles set up and make a wire grid. Then you can wrap the lights around there and hang paper snow flakes (cheap and fun to make) from them with fishing line. You can glitter those up as you like/free time allows.
Post # 7
hit up hobby lobby or whatever craft store you have around – they should have some steep discounts! you can fill large glass cylinders with blue and silver ornaments (a bee just posted hers yesterday), string xmas lights, see about draping white sheets, etc…
Post # 8
Draping the ceiling would look fantastic but would be expensive and take a lot of fabric in a gym. I read about a wedding where they draped four pieces of fabric from a central point going out to the four corners of the room. That could look really nice.
You probably want to try to cover the basketball hoops. More than anything else, they will scream “gym”. If it’s impossible to hide them, maybe you could decorate them in some way. You could also hide things such as the equipment room door with decorated lattices or maybe silk plants/trees with lights or something.
It would be great if you could cover some of the floor so you don’t see the gym lines. Maybe you could outline a section of the floor in lights or something to be the dance floor. Other than that, you should just decorate the tables as you planned.
Post # 9
How about different size candles and silk rose petals for center pieces? White chinese lantern lights hanging from the ceilings–pretty inexpensive from Ikea? Tall vases with white feathers to add texture???
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Post # 10
i second the christmas lights! plus you can probably get them super cheap right now.
Post # 11
1. Put an ad on craigslist to find branches that people have pruned in your area. You can get these for free. Spray paint them white, secure then in a box or pail with plaster of paris. You can add mini lights to some or all.
They will help fill in the corners and can be used to frame the entrance.
You could also ask people to save their Christmas trees or borrow artificial trees to create “woods”.
2. Cut large snowflakes from white posterboard. You can agg glitter with glue. Hang from ceiling with fishing line.
3. For the exterior, you could make luminarias to line the path to the door. Use battery operated tealights.
Post # 12
Thanks to all of you !!! I love love love these ideas !!! If I do use candles I believe they have to be flameless, and those get a little pricey, but I can check into it. I don’t think we can use flames of any sort in the church… Oh man, I am excited ! Keep em coming ! I love the different perspectives ! Thanks again ladies !
Post # 13
I agree with the Christmas lights and right now is a great opportunity to find alot of that Winter Wonderland decorations. Love your colors for your theme! You could find some branches and spray paint them white. You use them for tables or along the walls to create the feeling of being in a winter wonderland. White poinsettias sound beautiful to me. Here’s so examples for you!
You can purchase the last one at http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Winter+Wedding+Centerpieces&view=detail&id=253331BEDC3061457957E7691C0F3E76C341715D&first=1&FORM=IDFRIR&qpvt=winter+wedding. Its only $10 a centerpiece!
Post # 15
Thank you ! Thank you ! Those pics are BEAUTIFUL !!!! Awesome awesome ideas… now for the tough part, me actually making those ideas come to life. HA ! I am going to give it my best shot !!!
Post # 16
Love the idea of tall branches spray painted either white or silver. They can be tall to help draw the eye up from the gym floors and easily create focal points. I had not thought of it, but the blue and silver ornaments in vases sounds great!
Also, Ikea has inexpensive lanterns in silver and white (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/26472200), and you can get pretty affordable led tealights (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GDXGCO/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000K6BQW0&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0QE4F4VQ0NFFBPGPVXPQ)