Post # 1
Hi Bees! I’ve been out for a while but I’m back in need of some help with my reception hall! I got the banquet hall at my venue for a great rate; the only problem is they don’t allow you to do pretty much anything to the walls. The wording from the contract is pretty specific:
“XXXX does not permit affixing of any materials to walls, floors, ceilings, tables, chairs or whiteboards with staples, tape, thumbtacks, adhesive strips, glue, glue dots, sticky-tack or nails.”
So, given that, does anyone have any ideas what I could do with this space? The coordinator showed me some pictures of some previous weddings and they had fabric drapes and things like that, so I know it can be done. Just… how?
In these pictures it’s set up for a conference, I’ll be having large round tables. Coloring in the first one is a little off (forgot my flash), but the second picture gives a better idea of what it looks like.
Post # 3
I have seen some AWESOME things done with lights on bare walls. I went to a wedding recently that had sort of spot lights on the ground every 10 feet or so shining up toward the walls and it looked really pretty. They weren’t circle spotlights, more like shining up toward to wall to make that part of the wall light up all the way to the ceilling. Sorry if that doesn’t make sense, turns out it is way harder to describe in type than I originally thought it would be. Her’s were done in her wedding colors but simple white lights would also be pretty.
Post # 4
My venue is the same way 🙁 I am going to be constructing some kind of free-standing towers that will be drapped with fabric or ribbon to cover up things I don’t want to be included in my wedding.
Post # 5
Are the lights in the ceiling dimmable?
If so, I’m not sure that you need anything on the walls! If you can dim the ceiling lights and do colored uplighting on the plain walls, I think it would look great.
You could do pipe and drape behind the head table. That’s how people do draping when you can’t affix things to the walls – pipe & drape. We’re doing pipe and drape around the whole room, but it really looks great just behind the head table as a focal point. You could also do a gobo monogram behind the head table.
Here’s a blog from a lighting vendor. You can see how big of a difference the uplighting makes on plain walls. They also have some good pipe & drape examples.
Your centerpieces will be great decor pieces too. I really don’t think you need much on the walls.
One other thing – this room looks long and skinny, assuming you’re using all the sections shown in the photos. Are you orienting it with the head table along the short wall (where the podium is right now) or along the long wall? These long skinny rooms can take some extra thought into how you orient them so everyone can see/hear and doesn’t feel stuck far away. If it is deep enough for 2 – 3 rows of tables, I’d recommend doing your head table along the long wall with the dance floor in the middle and the tables on each side.
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@LilliePad: Do you mean uplighting?
OP I would also suggest pipe and drape. I’ve seen David Tutera take the ugliest venue and make it magical with fabric (and nothing is affixed to the walls!)
Post # 7
We had uplighting services, where they placed lights on the floor and shined them on the wall…kind of along the same concept as your picture but in our wedding colors. We even did PVC pipe with some fabric thrown over it and had that lit from the bottom. It looks amazing.
I would just get some spot light things and some of those glowing orbs if there is room in your budget.
Post # 8
Uplighting and draping can definitely change the entire feel of the room! A lot of rental places have free-standing draping options.
Heres a before and after!
Post # 9
@mchitt329: Yes! Uplighting! Thank you haha. That would be my suggestion, and it looks like several other bees have the same idea! It’s very pretty when done right.
Post # 10
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@MLDoddie: That’s awesome!
Post # 11
Uplighting! If you have the budget for it, draping as well. But definitely the uplighting with your other lights dimmed or off. Lights make a huge difference.
Post # 12
@MLDoddie: Perfect example. This is exactly what you need!
Post # 13
Wow, thanks for all the advice everyone! Very helpful! I don’t know why that never occured to me – drapes hung over something free standing.
Also – @NAvery: Yes, the lights are dimmable and have three separate settings, so it should work out fine. I really appreciate the advice about the set up. I hadn’t thought of that at all and just figured I would put the dance floor at one end. Putting the head table on the long wall makes a lot more sense!
I will work with dimmed lights, uplighting, and drapes behind the head table, I think.
@MLDoddie: Thanks for the before and after – really gives me a better idea what I can do! Very encouraging, I hope mine ends up half as nice.