Post # 1
Hi there! New here.
I am wondering how much does it typically cost to drape a large room with fabric?
Is it better to rent vs buy?
What material is used?
Also, how much does it typically cost to do uplighting?
Post # 3
Im sure if really depends on a lot of factors- how big the room really is, will you be draping the fabric yourself or having someone do it. Do you want the whole ceiling covered or just parts?
I am having my reception room covered with white tulle. Here is a picture of the room (ignore the pink uplighting!)
It will cost around $300 to rent the fabric and have it set up/taken down.
I would call various party rental/linen rental places and price check. DIYing might be cheaper but if you ceilings are as high as mine- might not be worth it!
Post # 4
@maggiemay0811: oooh nice spot. very pretty, that seems like a very reasonable price!
so, i am considering using this venue which is called the “green room” because it is…green. ugh. but otherwise gorgeous!
i really love how some people drape/light this place
but this seems like it would be very expensive. i really like doing DIY and contemplate whether I could DIY my own lights but this place is very old and they have a lot of rules/regulations which probably would prohibit this.
however without good lighting/draping, i feel like the place will end up sort of blah…like this (sorry if this may be someone’s photo, i am very picky!)
additionally, i am wondering if i can alter the space for the ceremony portion by creating my own DIY drape canopy (this is just a ludicrous idea i have in my mind)
we cannot hang anything from the walls or ceiling, so i would have to construct my own free standing tent-like structure…
does this seem insane? anyone with experience doing DIY draping or lighting, i would really appreciate your help! thanks!
Post # 5
You’d probably have to check with your venue about the draping–unless you’re doing freestanding pipe-and-drape, you might have to check if you can hang anything from the ceiling, etc. I remember ours would not allow it…and pipe and drape was pretty expensive to rent!
I think uplighting is definitely the most bang for your buck–it gave our room more of a “wow” look. I think it’s one of the things we got the most compliments on! We paid $1500, and that was our main decor expense. We looked into DIY but decided it wasn’t worth the hassle/stress. I just found our breakdown:
Pink room wash $850.Pin spotting of 15 guest tables, on a dimmer system @ $40 per table, $600.Lighting of the cake table and the candy bar, $80
Here it is! It looked a bit different than this in real life, but I think with a flash the room appears brighter in photos.
Post # 6
oooh! i love pink! sigh, i wish it weren’t so costly but i really think lighting is so important to set the mood.
yes, our venue does not allow anything tacked to the walls.
my crazy thought? make my own piping out of PVC pipe! 😀 i’ve done this for other events in the past. and it works great. i’m just not sure if it will be high enough for my taste. http://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-stage-backdrop-or-room-divider/
Post # 7
@PrincessPiggy: There’s definitely a ton of DIY lighting tutorials out there, I’m guessing you could buy all the materials for less than it would cost to rent…but then of course you have to deal with set-up, tear-down, etc. Honestly, the lighting was a big part of our budget (17k total) and it took a ton of convincing for Darling Husband, but it was pretty much where we spent our decor budget. We opted for DIY centerpieces/bouquets instead and got the flowers from Sam’s Club, so we cut there to make up for it!
I think the PVC pipe draping is totally doable, but you probably just have to keep in mind that it might not look like the draping in your inspiration photos. Maybe look at your overall decor budget and get some quotes from several different vendors to see what your options are!
Post # 8
I am going to have drapping a ugly wall at my venue. It is costing me a total of $175. Which is awesome! The lighting I am paying $700 but I am going to add another 20 lights which will make it $1000ish. I think it is really worth it.
Post # 9
they quoted me 1600.00 for a wall 91′ x 14′ 7″
Post # 10
The quotes I’ve been getting are too high (-$2-3K). Would it be ok to add it to just one wall? Where the sweetheart table will be and the cake?
Our venue has framed photos on several of the walls that cannot be removed. Also, we cannot attach anything to the walls, pipe & drape is the only way.
Post # 10
PrincessPiggy: I’m not sure how well this thing works but I was thinking about doing the same for my venue and came across this site. http://www.fabricdraper.com/index.html. I claims that you can hang the fabric with a magnet and their specalized pole all by yourself. Like I said though I’m not sure if it acutally holds up but if it does it’d be a great way to save money!