(Closed) Help turn an ugly little room into pretty reception room.

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 16
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Helper bee

What about getting a bunch of paper lanters to hang from the ceiling?  I would also add some tables cloths or chair covers if you can.

 

Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

glamachica45:  Thay was my point. Either people will skip the reception because they know they can’t sit or they’ll get there and find out they can’t sit and leave Early. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

I personally would not stay at a reception where I would not be able to sit. My partner has RA, she has to be able to sit. Many guests will do the same I imagine.

Post # 20
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Beanne:  It is not uncommon to have a cake and punch reception without providing seating for everyone, so you can relax on that count. If you have a few chairs available for those who really need one, it will be fine.

Some party rental companies have plates that hold a cup and a piece of cake, so it’s easy to manage both with one hand.

Post # 21
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Newbee

GG_Vega:  Love this idea. You can buy them online for a good price, and this will cover up the ceiling more than twinkle lights will.

Post # 22
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Worker bee

I think you should at least have a few chairs lining the walls for older guests/etc.

Use that break between the wall/ceiling to hang some fabric (maybe tulle) and some twinkle lights along that ledge. 

Put special effort into decorating the wall space behind your tables, or by displaying your food on different levels (eg, with taller cake stands). Use some flowers in large vases, maybe bunting hanging behind on the wall. Pictures of yourselves and family etc.

I think that space is definitely useable. With some colour it will really transform into something lovely!

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: The castle at stagecoach

julies1949:  have u actually ever been to a wedding reception where there was no where for 200 people to sit???

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

This would be easier and perhaps cheaper than draping:

Helium ballons on the ceiling! 

 

I would be sure to have strings as they make a bigger impact. Just check with your venue as they might not allow you to do it seeing as it’s hard to get them to come down, depending on how high the ceiling it.

It would take time to set up so you’d need at least two tanks and a small team of people. Make sure to get the pre-tied strings with the easily attachable clips like this:

 

And if you aren’t good at tieing ballons you can use these: http://www.partycity.com/product/plastic+balloon+clips+144ct.do

 

 

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by  Everdeen.
Post # 25
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

glamachica45:  Yes. They are rather similar to a cocktail party. Have you heard of those? You walk around with a drink in your hand, eating hors d’oevres and talking with people.

I, along with many other people, am on my feet for 8-12 hours at work. Most people can manage a short period of time for a punch and cake reception. The OP did say there would be chairs around the walls for those who need to sit.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: The castle at stagecoach

ofcourse ive been to a cocktail party….. but just speaking from personal experience someone whos had knee surrgery i know id need to sit almost the whole time unfortunately…

 

but in the end you have to go wih what you can afford…

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Train station ceremony / Hilton reception

If it makes you feel any better, I actually LOVE those metal beams at the top! Those are awesome!  Maybe if you have a friend with a tall ladder (and are brave or have a brave friend) you could dangle some inexpensive decorations down by draping them around the metal beams? I can’t tell if the beams are attached to the ceiling such that you can’t get something underneath… but it would be worth it if you could.  Check out orientaltrading.com because they have some relatively inexpensive decor and napkins and such.

 

Hope I didn’t just reiterate what other people have said.  Too busy to read everyone’s comments.

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