Post # 1
I’m looking through our budget (originally 10K, now 12K) and realizing we need to cut some things. One thing I absolutely love is ceiling decor, but our flowers/decor company we booked with charges $700 for 6 panels. I was thinking paper lanterns with lights in the ceiling drapery. This is our venue, the windows overlook the beach:
Has anyone done DIY ceiling decor before? I’m debating if it’ll be cheaper then going the pro route.
Post # 3
@Scorpio88: You are lucky in that the beams are readily accessible. Even if you can’t get access to a tall enough ladder or cherry picker, you can toss a rope (attached to the paper lanterns by fishing line) over the beams, pull the lanterns into place then remove the rope.
Post # 4
I think with that ceiling it would be pretty easy to do DIY decor. Go for it!
Post # 5
I certainly didn’t have a breath-taking venue like yours, but I lusted after ceiling drapery for my own reception (in a crappy church hall). I did our ceiling decor with $40 worth of tulle and about $30 worth of fall lights/garland. I also got some pumpkin paper lanterns at Party City for about $10 and ran some light bulbs into a select few for effect. It was the best I could do with what I had. I am certain you could achieve drapery for less than professional cost. Good luck!
Post # 6
@Mrs.Metalm: Beautiful! I love the lighting.
Thanks for the ideas, I’m a fairly crafty person and I have some family who has a bit of experience with drapery. As silly as it sounds, I have visions of my DIY ceiling drapery falling down during the night which is why I originally decided on a pro route.
Post # 6
Scorpio88: The thing to keep in mind is how heavy the fabric is. That center anchor point has to be something that can take that weight! You’ll just need to think about the hanging system in advance rather than just showing up with duct tape and fabric that day. 🙂 If you have a sewing machine or someone with a sewing machine who loves you, I’d suggest folding one end of your fabric down about a handsbreadth and sewing it to make a big ‘pocket’ you can put a piece of rope through to help draw it in to the center and anchor that center side. You should be able to do something like heavy-duty tape on the other side of the beams where you want it to thread through there, and put enough fabric down the other side to help make it stay in place. (if you’re really lucky, they might let you staple your fabric on the top side of the beam?)
Your venue may have some guidelines for how they like ceiling drapes to be done?