(Closed) Help with ugly venue?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Is there any natural light?  That looks like an airplane hangar but I assume there must be some windows you can open somewhere?  Honestly that would help the most.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

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rkhmom:  I’m curious why you/your daughter chose this venue if you’re going for a rustic feel?

You could string up some lights across the beams. I’d hire someone to pipe and drape the whole space. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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rkhmom: It’s actually a very neutral venue. It’s not a glamorous hotel ballroom, but there have been many uglier venues posted here on WeddingBee.

Is there a dimmer on the fluorescent lights?

How much physical work are you prepared to do? It’s easy to drape burlap from the crosswise beams as they are open to the ceiling. That will also help to dim the fluorescent lighting.

Because you have those wonderful high ceilings you can suspend just about anything to add to the decor and mask the lighting even more.

You could hang graevine balls, lighted or not. If you use lights choose battery operated strings with a remote control.

you can hang branches- also with or without lighting

umbrellas or parasols

a ladder or old window frame can be suspended over the head or sweetheart table

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

if you can string garden lights across like the entire ceiling, that would give you some of the light and glow that you’d need to create a rustic and not airplane hangar feel

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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rkhmom:  first things first I would soften that fluorescent light! This can be done very cheaply with any shear type materials / fabrics. You can get nere fabric and drape them softly over the lighting over the entire ceiling if you can afford it. But if you can run a stream of fabric over the fluorescent light bulbs this would really make everything look quite beautiful beautiful. One thing I really like about your venue is the high ceilings in the fact that has an industrial look because of this you can have hanging centerpieces! I’m in love with hanging centerpieces!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I would say the biggest problem is lack of natural light. I agree with

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soontobemrsKB92615 that it doesn’t lend itself to the rustic look — maybe industrial chic might work better. I would go for an outdoor venue if you are set on the rustic look.

However, if you already put down a deposit and can’t change your mind at this point, I would drape fabric to cover the walls (not duvets), hang crisscrossed twinkle lights from the ceiling, and maybe hang some salvaged looking / shabby chic chandeliers from the beams.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

To be honest I’m not sure there’s much you can do here. This venue is very industrial looking and I’m afraid any rustic decor you put in there would look really out of place.

Are you locked into this venue? If budget is an issue I would look for a park pavilion to rent or something more rustic.  If this is definitely your venue I think you should go for more of an industrial/modern look but to make it look sophisticated I think you’ll need to drape the whole place and put in uplights, etc.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am trying to figure out, is that a garage door opening on the side?  If this is a summer wedding, can you leave them open and put up temporary screens?  Use a few of the “magic Mesh” available at BBB?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I think hanging Japanese laterns/lights always make a place look elegant!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016 - Garden

I think it’ll work just fine!! Busy the place with beautiful flooring!! That’ll make the room a little more roomier (though your looking for rustic). I’m a little worried about how the floor looks a bit slippery. Maybe put some padding under there or something. Or not. Not important.

The chairs I see on the side stacked, I’d say use those and cover them with ribbons and slips of your theme colors. I love the idea of drapes and lights. PP put in some great ideas! Here are some more ideas. 

The drapes are amazing!! No windows but enough  artificial lighting will be great.

It’ll be a little hard since there’s no windows. No need but are you using rectangular tables or circular? Don’t stress bee you can do this and make it very pretty!! Ask for your wedding planners help. She should give you some pointers.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

the beams are lovely; i think you hire someone to drape the walls. either cover the flourescent lights, or else just keep them off and string a bunch of cafe lights across the ceiling to provide nicer lighting. at this point, you have a neutral, nice venue that you can decorate however you want (burlap and lace runners on tables, etc).

you say there’s no windows – what the big metal garage door looking thing on the left side of the picture? is this not a loading door to the outside?

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Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

you HAVE to rent chairs – those ugly metal ones will detroy any other look you’re going for. make sure you budget for chairs!

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