(Closed) DIY Help! How to make it not ugly.

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
4376 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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
46681 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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.


barwon heads community hall wedding

in this pic see how the bright colors are what you notice- not the walls and ceiling

Community hall for a wedding reception

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.

engineer print, This turned out much better than I expected!

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.



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