(Closed) Decorating a VFW hall for a reception ideas?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1634 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Here are some fun ideas. 

Streamer walls and streamers draped from the ceiling over where the aisle will be leading up to the c ceremony spot.  Or over where the dance floor will be. 

Balloons hanging from the ceiling from over the dance floor. Use big balloons to line the room and behind the buffet table. 

Post # 3
1378 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Not sure where you are located, but if you’re looking for cheaper streamers, balloons, tulle fabric etc for decor, I would check out Joann Fabrics (and get on their online coupon list – they regularly do 50% off, and they have a clearance bin of fabrics/ribbons!) and then check out 50-50 party stores. 


Post # 4
46677 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

lokatyve: Do you have colors or a theme? Themes are not necessary but they do sometimes help to pull things together and ensure that all your purchases look good together.

Think about what you can get for free- branches, pumpkins, etc. Perhaps make use of those things to keep costs down.

Are you allowed to use candles in your venue? A bee posted the other day that Yummi Candles has a great special on now for 72 votive holders and candles for $20.

Do you have a pic of your venue? Sometimes we worry too much about the walls. when the reality is you can’t cover up all the walls. Instead focus your guests’ attention on the tables, and perhaps hang something colorful from the ceiling like lanterns or pomanders or string Christmas mini lights across the ceiling. You could likely borrow those from friends and family.

Remember to check http://www.adhuntr.com/    for decor. It lists all Craigslist sites in one place. You can narrow down the results on the second page by geographical area.

Post # 5
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

A couple friends of mine just held an art fundraiser/dance party in a VFW hall a couple months ago and it looked amazing!!!

– tea lights everywhere.  You can buy a giant pack at IKEA for $5ish

– white Christmas lights (lots of cute pins on Pinterest for ideas on how to string them). You or fam/friends probably already have some that can be borrowed

– pretty fabric or wrapping paper as wallpaper to cover up wooden walls/”mancave” photos that you find in VFW halls.  My friends found fuzzy red fabric that they used to cover a giant wood paneled wall behind the table that they set up as their DJ booth.  The floors in the VFW were black & white checkerboard so the combo looked awesome for their party

– fabric from Joanns/Michaels or some yardage of tulle to create chair covers/bows for the backs of chairs to snazz them up a little bit

– white tablecloths can be found inexpensively from Goodwill/Salvation Army/other resale shops. If you’re planning for 2016 you can acumulate a few here, a few there over the next 1.5 years and bleach them for maximum whiteness to cover all the tables

Post # 6
1 posts

Why not embrace the lodge look and go classy rustic ski lodge, diy wood themed candle stands lots of candles (Dollar Store), solid color table cloths with burlap runners(can buy burlap from JoAnns and cut into strips for runners). If you have rectangle tables twin sheets work in a pinch especially the cheap ones from WALMART.  I would use fall seasonal things since they are readily available during that time of year. Also get some white fur fabric too to further enhance the lodge look. Good Luck!

Post # 7
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think that as long as you stick to a theme, no one is going to notice that it’s a VFW hall. You gotta work with what you’ve got! I also don’t think you need to focus on the walls–that’s a lot of work. I think if your attention is to the table settings and stuff people wont be looking at the walls. I agree with christmas lights and tea lights! I think you could go with a shabby/chic theme and use the setting to your advange. There was also a recap I saw yesterday where the bride used vintage china that her family members had–so cool!

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