(Closed) Creative ways to cover fluorescent lit panel ceiling

posted 4 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How ugly are these chairs?

    Too ugly to get over, spend the money and rent chairs.

    Ugly but decor might distract from them.

    Who cares about chairs, save your money.

  • Post # 2
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    audria26 :  Can you leave the fluorescent lights turned off and light the room another way?  If not uplighting – perhaps string lights or lanterns or something else?   I agree about the draping – I suspect the ceiling is too low and the guests might feel claustrophobic.  

    Can you get chair covers?  I don’t mind the chairs half as much as the lights.  

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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    Is there a specific reason why you have picked this venue as opposed to something more open with natural light like your inspiration photos? I like your inspiration photos but I think that room is not going to be able to produce the same look. Is your date really in June? I would look into local parks or gardens if so. I’m not sure about where you live but where I am from an XL shelter house at a local park is less than $100 to rent for a day and they usually come with picnic tables and some even have kitchens/air conditioning. I guess I just don’t see how to cover up the fluorescent lights if you don’t want to do uplighting or drapery (which can be $$$). 

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    audria26 :  If you did some perimeter uplighting, and then put large lanterns/candles on the tables, would that provide enough light?  

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    Uplighting can make a huge difference. I think you should spend the money on lighting and leave the chairs. If the lights are dim the chairs won’t look bad.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I paid  $1200 for chivari chairs and  $200 for uplighting from my dj btw. Maybe you can find a dj who includes lighting packages.

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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would definitely use the chairs provided. They are neutral in color, way more comfortable than Chiavari chairs, and no one will see them once people sit down.

    I would also not do up lighting. I can’t think of anything more inappropriate for a garden theme.

    You are fortunate to have a T bar ceiling. You can hang anything with special clips you can get at Staples or Home Depot. You can even use large paper clips for really lightweight decor.

    I would consider suspending some branches parallel to the ceiling. They are on theme and would help to mask the light panels. You can add greenery to the branches if you like.

     

     

    Post # 10
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    If you sew or can use iron on tape, you could make slip covers for just the back of the chair. I personally don’t think it’s necessary. You can use fabric or sometimes you get lucky at the dollar store or a liquidation store and find a placemat or something else just the right size.

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    chairback_slipcover

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee

    I think I’d leave the lights off and light with other options.  Maybe some balloons.  I don’t think they would need to be as tightly packed as these, but it would help break up and hide the fluorescent fixtures.  I think I have seen LED lights in balloons as lighting as well. 

    Image result for balloon decoration for wedding reception 

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