(Closed) Dressing up a not so pretty ballroom

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1330 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

hmm. what i can think of is fairy lights (although i’m not sure how restrictive the ballroom is) and flowy draping either on the ceiling or as a backdrop for your sweetheart table and the walls. have you searched pinterest for this? i’m sure there are lots of inspiration out there! 🙂 

Post # 3
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t find the walls bad. But that carpet…. You could rent a dance floor to cover some of it. Then between tables if all there will showing.  Then could do an aisle runner of some sort to cover up where people walk in to make it less obvious. 

Post # 4
1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Wow, that carpet is interesting. The walls look fine to me and once you have tables and chairs in the room you won’t notice the carpet. Especially if you cover part of it with a dance floor. 

Post # 5
46419 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


First, remember that most of the carpet will be covered by tables and chairs. The walls and ceiling are neutral so you can still choose any color scheme you like.

The ceiling is a T bar suspended ceiling so it’s easy to drape using hooks that you can buy at the hardware store or from mazon.

T-Bar Hooks: (Quantity of 10). Suspends signs and mobiles from drop-ceiling T-Bars, holds up to 15 lbs.

You could hang mini white lights or globe lights radiating out from the center(canopy lighting)


or you could hang draping in the same manner

or just a few panels hung across the room.

Post # 6
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I really don’t think it will be bad once it’s all set up! Maybe you could ask if you could see it all set up for an event sometime before booking? 

Post # 7
215 posts
Helper bee

michelle.l.smiedendorf:  wow. that carpet. oh man. I agree with other bees–get a dance floor (or 2). put it right in the middle. once the table and chairs are set up and an aisle runner, the carpet won’t be as noticible. 

Can you adjust the lighting? Maybe dim their lights and get a DJ with a great lighting package (uplighting, dance floor lighting, the ones that look like stars on the ceiling…etc.) make it nice and dark and romantic in there.

Definitely ask to see pics of other weddings–or google image search the ballroom–you might be able to find pics on a photographers wedding blog.

Post # 10
46419 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

michelle.l.smiedendorf:  I actually like the carpet-for a ballroom- especially the colors. It’s a bit over the top but orange and blue are complimentary colors. If I had enough time  when planning an event, I would base my color palette around that carpet.

You can also easily drape the ceiling to look like you are in a tent.

Post # 11
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

michelle.l.smiedendorf:  Ask if they have any other events scheduled before your wedding.  See if you could stop by an hour before an event starts and take a quick peek at the ballroom when its set up for a wedding.  It would make it a lot easier to get an idea of what your event will look like.  The venue I worked at allowed this from time to time.  As long as the bride wanting to take a look at the space was there well before the other party arrived and kept the visit short/stayed out of the way, we had no problem with it.  

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