Post # 1
So we are on a budget, a very small one. We hope to stay under 9-10k, with the honeymoon inculded.
I am creative and so are my friends and family. So I dont mind DIY, The problem is that I got a FANTASTIC deal on my local Knight of Columbus hall. ($300 dollars for the whole day) Problem is…it is ugly as sin. It has ugly long cafiteria tables and ugly floors and ugly popcorn celing tiles with flourescent lights. And a few glass case bulletin boards I have to cover up. The closest venus in cost is $1000 for four hours and we are not allowed to have alcohol. So because of budget and family size the KoC Hall is our only and best option.
I know other brides here have used VFW and Lodge halls. Can I see pictures for inspiration? I just need hope that it can still look half decent….I dont need blog worthy just something cute!
Post # 3
I didn’t use a VFW/hall, but my venue had ugly wood laminate tables – once I covered them with tablecloths, they looked great, so that’s one thing that’s really easy to fix! I rented linens, but I know sometimes it’s cheaper to buy them.
Post # 5
I agree that linens can make a big difference. Maybe you can even get creative in sprucing up the chairs a bit.(http://pinterest.com/pin/264234703109983390/) I’d look into getting some lights to make the venue a little less drab. Maybe you can rent some tall standing lamps to dress up the corners of the room.
You could string Christmas lights: http://pinterest.com/pin/264234703109884127/
Candles are a nice way to add a soft glow to a room, could look pretty on the tables.
Have you seen all of the tissue paper flowers, and honeycomb ideas floating around pinterest? Maybe a grouping like these could be put over the cases to create an interesting focal point in the room, and hide the cases.
Post # 6
@Ibblet: So I think you’ll have to learn to live with the floors (unless you have family that’s willing to lend you nice carpets), but you can definitely do something about the other stuff. For once, get nice table cloths. We bought ours for $10 each at Big Lots (each measuring +2m). Step two, look into what you can do with the ceiling/lights. I would try to buy really cheap tulle or cotton fabric and stretch it across the ceiling to block the tiles and lights. I would then add my own alternative lights, ceiling lights are usually really hard anyway so I think it could be really pretty with just up-lights along the walls and table lights. Perhaps something like this for all the tables? Add flowers and that will make things so much nicer already!
Post # 7
@Ibblet: Instead of thinking of the venue as ugly, think of it as a blank slate. Anything is possible. Have you chosen a theme or colors?
Most guests do not notice the details theat brides fixate about.
in this pic see how the bright colors are what you notice- not the walls and ceiling
To cover the display cases you could use engineers prints from staples. They are large pics that are done on very thin paper that you can then mount on foamcore. You can get them in large sizes (3’x4′) for about $7. You could use pics of the two of you or wedding pics from both your families. They are easily mounted to the glass cases using 3M Command Strips which do not do any damage to the underlying surface and are easily removeable. You can make the foamcore the size of the display case so it is completely covered. The edges of the foamcore will look like a mat for the picture.
There are advantages to those kind of tile ceilings. They give you lots of places from which to hang lights, banners, fabric etc. You can buy hooks to go over the T bars at Staples too.
Post # 8
@julies1949: My colors are teal and yellow. I think the giant pictures are a great idea! We are doing engagment pictures soon so I can use those!
I also love the idea of tulle in to help cover the celing. Thank for the pictures! I enjoy seeing drab spaces look better!