(Closed) Has anyone been to or had a reception in a small space or a gym!?!?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My best friend and her SIL had their reception in the same school gymnasium.  They (we) decorated it to our best abilities–long white table cloths on every table, skirting and white mini lighs across the head table and put mini lights in several fake trees.  I thought it looked pretty darn good for a gym after we were done.  The only thing that stood out was the floor (the striping from the bball court). I really liked the large space that the gym had to offer, with its high ceilings.  We also made sure to use pretty real floral centerpieces (DIY: bulk roses in inexpensive glass vases), which softened the look of the room tremendously.  There were also tons of votive candles and hurricanes with pillar candles dispersed throughout the tables.  She had long tables, not round, so we just spaced the centerpieces out,alternating flowers with hurricanes.   Using the gym saved them tons of money, plus they could bring in alcohol, which is always a plus, I think, to have at a reception!

Post # 4
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would go with the gym. FI’s cousin had her reception in a gym earlier this year and it was fine. You should focus your decorations to highlight spaces, like the tables and the entry, or the DJ booth and buffet. Don’t worry about making the space seem totally different like renting a frame and draping, I think that would be too much stress or money to do something as large as that.

I saw an outdoor wedding that used large 36″ balloons at varying heights to give the sort of paper lantern look without a ceiling or tent. It had a really different look. What about something like that? I think the balloons were like 12-15 feet high, so they didn’t block guests views too.

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