Show me your before/after fixer upper venues!

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t have pics but just wanted to comment 🙂
I think a really good power wash and some fabric draping would go a LONG way. I think you’d be surprised once you get some flowers in there too! I see what you mean about it being “bare bones” but I think it’s excellent!

Post # 5
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Bump! Can’t wait to see more!

Post # 7
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@purple_orchid:  Hey, we’re date twins!  And I was going to make the same post tonight… I’m lost on how to make my venue work too!  I’m also in the Canadian prairies and I’m getting a little worried about my whole ceremony/reception being in a pavillion, but we don’t have other options, so we need to make this work! Patio heaters are a must if its chilly… but our Septembers have been quite warm these last few years, so lets hope!

Our venue is a pavillion too, in a private park. 

Here is my venue “closed up”:

 Inside:I also don’t know how to decorate. Especially covering up all the green if its cool outside.  If its warm, we can roll up the green shades and it will be lovely and open, but if its cool, that green is obnoxious!

A previous wedding (theres only been 2 at this site, as its a private park) did this with my venue.  Maybe you can do something similiar?:


Or this wedding has some nice decor for a pavillion.  Their lanterns really transformed the space. I’m not a huge fan of chinese lanterns but when you have 600 of them, theres a wow factor.



Post # 8
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t have any pictures yet, obviously since the wedding hasn’t happened, but our reception space is a fixer upper as well.

It’s not very pretty, and pretty much just a standard community hall.


entrance/coat storage, & bathroom entrances.

We plan to drape across the walls to make it more of an “entrance”, add mens & womens signs on the bathroom doors. We will probably have a very small table with one of our guest books here.

Table/chairs area

we plan to [hopefully] hang 3 small chandeliers off the ceiling fans, and then hang 4 rolls of organza & 4 strands lights from each chandelier to the outer edges of the room [so 12 draperies total].

Outdoor patio area

we plan to prop open the doors, drap across the doors with the same fabric as the entrance area, add a small seating table & chairs for smokers & those enjoying the cigar bar.

Bar/kitchen area

We also plan to drape across this area to make it a smaller viewing window.. also adding 4 or 5 bar chairs.

Here is what we are doing for the layout.. the buffet tables will be on the dance floor during dinner and will be broken down afterwards. We’ll offer a nacho bar later in the night at the bar area.

Other things we are doing are having all the tables lined with TONS of candles to really bring in the romance.. also doing uplighting to hide those ugly walls.

Post # 9
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@jenilynevette:  Can I ask what program you used to make the layout?

@purple_orchid:  And I forgot to add, your bare space is actually better. At least you don’t have to hide things like we do.. aka ugly green shades 🙂

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