Post # 1
So FI and I are getting married in September 2014 and we have already secured a venue. It’s called High Point Farm, although its not really a farm, just a lot of open space with pavillions and gazebos for people to hold events. It goes very nicely with our outdoor, casual, semi-rustic vibe we are going for. Its a nice venue, but we are going to have to do a lot to make it look “weddingy.” The field we booked has a gazebo that we plan to get married in front of and a few yeards away from the gazebo is a pavillion for the reception. Very bare bones. So I need ideas on how to decorate/spruce it up. I would love to see pics of others that got married in fixer uppers for inspiration. For reference, here are a few pics I snapped of our venue.
The one thing I don’t really like is how dirty the ground is under the pavillion. Do you think a good power wash could make it look a little cleaner? Here’s what I mean.
Looking forward to any tips/pics!
Post # 3
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
Bump! Can’t wait to see more!
Post # 7
@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
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.
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.
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
@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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