Post # 1
Hi ladies – I hope some of you creative thinkers might be able to help me.
We are having our reception at a social club where my parents got married in ’68 and my sister and her husband got married in ’99. The space has redone many times, most recently in the last year or so, so the indoor hall is really nice and totally suitable for our reception.
However, it was built in ’67 where there were fields and now there’s an industrial estate. To one side of the building there is green space where sports are played so that’s fairly neutral but across the street and down the street to the opposite side there are severely ugly buildings and parking lots. Our wedding is in early April in Connecticut so it most likely won’t be ‘outdoor’ weather but I would like to do something to neutralize the ugliness of the surroundings. I was thinking of setting up high bar tables on the entrance area of the building and decorating with candles so anyone who goes out to smoke (ick) or who just wants to head outside for a minute can bring drinks with them and have a little spot to hang out. I was also thinking of renting a small-ish tent with two walls with ‘cathedral’ windows to box in the front of the building and add a couple high tables there too. I figure it could potentially block off the view down the street, at least to some degree.
Another thought I had was to rent or try to make (?) room dividers/outdoor privacy screens to place on the lawn area out front to conceal the rest of the area…even if just a little bit.
If anyone has a similar problem or has any suggestions (especially affordable ones!) I’d be really grateful!
Post # 3
Just to show you what I have in mind (agh…the cost…)
Post # 4
I think nothing you can do short of building an enormous fence can block out the view 😉 so if I were you I wouldn’t worry about it, and spend the money on great indoor decorations instead – or on a great photographer, or a photo booth or some other entertainment, so your guests won’t even have time to look at the street.
I think you have a great idea to set up high tables on the terrace with candles. As it gets darker the street won’t be so visible either! How about some lanterns with candles hung up or put on the tables as centerpieces. Or pomanders. Or just candles.
Decorate the site; this is what you can influence. You can’t change what the street outside looks like!
Post # 5
Is it possible to Gocco or letterpress a fence??? Maybe someone on Etsy can do it!
I agree with you about making the most of what we’ve got…and hoping that it gets dark earlier than normal!
Love that lantern. How gorgeous. Maybe I’ll get some luminaria too…
Post # 6
I think any way that you set up small conversation areas outside will be nice – if you are set on setting up some type of screen, why not try panels of lattice – available for very little at garden and home centers. I’m going to try to find a picture, but these panels are large and inexpensive. They would be pretty draped with flower garlands or tulle.
I’ll pop back in if I find a pic!
Post # 7
I found these – available at Lowe’s and Hom Depot – If you set then up vertically, you really will block the view of unsightly surroundings…