Post # 1
My fiance and I found a venue that we love, except for two things: (1) it has a low ceiling with a sad-looking chandelier and (2) ugly green-black curtains at the top of the windows.
(I’m not crazy about the carpet around the room, either, but I can live with it and know there’s not much I can do about that…)
Do any of you have any low-cost ideas to cover up the curtains, and perhaps lighting ideas for bringing attention away from the low ceiling?
Here are some photos I found of another wedding. Thanks in advance for the help!! If you have any photos of your own wedding where you tackled similar issues, I would love to see them!
Post # 3
You could drape or swathe white or another colour fabric overtop? Something to cover the green and it could tie in your wedding colours. Just an idea.
Post # 4
The ceilings *are* pretty low. Are they low enough that you could borrow a standard ladder from someone and just take them down? Maybe replace them with something sheer and gauzy?
Post # 5
@bridetobee1: Be assured that no one else will notice these things as much as the bride.
If you do feel the need to do something, as a pp has suggested, you could easily swag fabric over the drapes, just pinning it in place. If there is enough room between the top of the drapes and the ceiling, you can even use the same type of clips they attach on tables to swag the table skirt. The fabric doesn’t need to be hemmed or have any finished edges, They can be hidden in the folds.
As for the chandelier, have you checked to see if it is on a dimmer switch? If so, and you have enough other lighting, you could just leave it off.
An alternative would be to drape fabric that comes underneath the chandelier. Some light will still filter through but the details of the chandelier won’t be as visible. You could hang a hoop that is larger in diameter than the chandelier so that it is lower than the chandelier, then drape fabric outwards from that. It doesn’t need to be as elaborate as this pic.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t fight with the valances and carpet. They really aren’t that noticeable anyway. Just do other things to draw the attention away. If your reception is at night, they will be even less noticeable. Sometimes trying to hide things only draws attention to it. They look fine to me.
A little uplighting might help too. Not a complete color wash, just a few uplights to highlight areas that you like.