(Closed) Help! Ugly artwork! (pic heavy)

posted 11 years ago in Decor
Post # 17
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2007

If you want to cover the walls with drapery you can hire someone to come in with pipe and drape.  To drape an entire room is fairly pricey.  We end up doing more drapery just behind the head table, stage or other prominent focal points than entire rooms at receptions.    

Depending on what time of day your reception is, if it is dark and you are using decorative lighting, like uplights and pinspots, people probably wouldn’t even notice the pictures- or empty spaces if they are just down with no replacement (depending on how large the picture hangers that will be left on the wall are). 

Post # 18
7772 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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@pismobride: Draping is a pipe and drape system. Nothing gets attached. It is fairly expensive though.

Post # 19
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I was going to suggest family photos, but I love crayfish’s idea even more!

Post # 20
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Do you have to hang something in their place? if they are removed, can the walls just stay bare? I know it’s not very creative, but if creativity ends up costing you an arm & a leg, bare walls aren’t so bad!

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@crayfish: are you talking pre-stretched canvas on frames?

Post # 22
33 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

Do you have a theme for your wedding?

I think if you were to even replace the pictures with maybe some engagement photos if you have some would be cute. Then people can admire those.

Post # 23
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I want to hang framed photos of our families (parents, grandparents, etc.) on their wedding days. It’s a special way to acknowledge their long, successful relationships.

Post # 24
10712 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I skimmed through the replies and thought I saw someone say uplighting… I totally agree with this! Take the pics down and put out some uplighting for a fancy effect!

Post # 25
11 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had EXACTLY the same problem as you!

My venue had beautiful wood-panelled walls… …which were littered with light switches, emergency exit signs, and pictures of birds which were, get this, NAILED to the walls. They also didn’t allow anything to be stuck into the walls, so draping was a no-no. It also gets VERY expensive, and our venue had a serving hatch and loads of windows and doors, so draping would have looked ridiculous.

I posted my exact same problem on a different site and was just told “don’t worry, everyone will be having such a good time they won’t notice”, and discounted it immediately. But honestly, it’s true. We wound up running out of time to do anything about it so we left it as it was, and our photographer was able to edit them out so that you wouldn’t even know they were there.

But here’s some options for you:

1. Find out the size of the pictures and make your own that size. Maybe pictures from your engagement shoot, if you had one? You can just stick them to the pictures with double-sided tape on the back and no one will notice.
2. Turn them into signature frames! All you’ll need is a piece of card or paper the same size as the frame, and then a smaller picture to go in the middle. Obviously, you may have some that are blank (with them being all over the walls, some people may not realise that’s what they’re for, or there may just be too many to be fully filled) but at least it will look good.
3. Planning. Arrange your reception around them. E.g: don’t have your cake table right in front of one, ot they’ll be in all the pictures of the cake cutting and it’ll draw your guests’ attention to them. Ditto first dance, top table, favour table, etc.
4. Turn them into mirrors. Like with the pictures, you can get mirrored plastic and stick it on there!

Honestly, it could be worse. At least you can take them down! Our venue had them NAILED in!

If you’re comfortable with this, send me a PM with your email address and I’ll show you pictures of our venue before the day and on the day, and then edited with the ugly pictures removed. You’ll be amazed how you just don’t notice them when your room’s decorated (in fact, I just looked at the ‘before’ picture out of curiousity, and thought “wow, was it REALLY that ugly?”: I totally forgot all about them!).

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