Ugly Ceremony Hall-decor ideas needed!

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think the room is lovely, although I’m not a huge fan of those red curtains, haha. I think an aisle runner, some chair covers, and maybe some floral arrangements in the front would make a world of difference!

Maybe rent an arch?

Post # 4
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Unique venues are the best. Wouldn’t of even thought to check out a library! Well done on the price point and creativity.

Looking at the picture, candles could be a pretty and inexpensive way to go. Check out thrift stores for an eclectic mix of candle-holder stands…?

Good luck and have fun!

Post # 7
6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Um, that’s not ugly AT ALL. If that was our venue, we would have gone full-on steampunk and made it amazing.

If that’s not your cup of tea, though, I think red roses and dark wood chiavari chairs with gold sashes would be amazing. With architecture like that, you won’t need much at all. Maybe a couple rose altar arrangements.

You’re not going to be able to fight the features of this room without pipe-and-draping the entire thing, or without extensive use of uplighting. Just try and work with it. I think it will be beautiful!

Post # 8
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Benni:  love those candles!


@brokeninnj:  They’re not bad though, and they go with the feel of the room. I think playing up that gold color in them would look lovely, too.

Post # 9
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@brokeninnj:  I don’t think it is ugly at all. I think it’s a grand historical room with wonderful wood features. I agree the curtains aren’t the greatest, but you can live with that.

Here’s a pic without the screen blocking the fireplace


The fireplace will make a grand backdrop for the ceremony. You could use 3M Command Hooks to hang a grand wreath, a moss monogram or even bunting across the face of the fireplace.

A couple of large scale arrangements on either side of the fireplace will show up beautifully against the wood panelling.I would use a gold vase or basket to pick up on the gold in that glorious ceiling.

Post # 10
4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@brokeninnj:  I actually thinl that space lovely and regal. Don’t go putting cheesy wedding shit up; it’ll cheapen the look.


What about


or just some bright pomanders:





Post # 11
7290 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I agree that it is a lively space as is.

I think you need to remember that in both photos they are using a projection screen so the curtains are closed. if you open them up it will light up the room more but also reduce the visibility of the curtains.


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