Post # 1
Hey! I am kinda freaking out as my fiance and I need to decide on a reception location. We decide that though we were going to have the ceremony outside we would like to go inside somewhere close for the reception. One of the many problems is that we are in a small town and the options are not huge since we are doing our own catering(friend is a caterer and it is our wedding gift.) We are also on a tight budget but will find the money to make either location work for us. First option is a basketball court. Huge space 96′ x 72′ for cheap…the problem…well it is a basketball court:-) Second is a reception room at a hotel 22′ x 46′. Third choice is at the senior center 30′ x 50′. The only problem with the senior center is no alchohol. Though, we are not big drinkers I was very excited to serve my guest wine that is made in the same city we are getting married. All the places are cheap. We are expecting 80-100 guest. We have a lot of children in our families. We only need a 12x 12 dance floor. We also have access to both round and banquet tables. The tables at the hotel are only 6 feet banquets. Any tips or suggestions would be great! I really want to use the gym but it seems like it would be so expensive to decorate. I think it may need the pipe and drape thing. This is the biggest thing I am stressing right now! Please. help me so I can start stressing something else:-)
Post # 3
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
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.