(Closed) How to decorate an ugly venue?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The first thing I’d focus on is lighting. If you can have enough table lighting that you can turn off the overhead flourescents, you’ll be well on your way to making it look more inviting. You may have to use old-fashioned oil lamps, or serious hurricane lamps,  or tons of candles, but it would be worth it, and all of those can make charming centerpieces. All the streamers/bunting in the second picture don’t really cover the ceiling, don’t help the lighting, and lower an already low ceiling, so I would stay away from those. 

Focus on setting really beautiful tables and let that be your decor.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Dim lighting for sure. Could you do ceiling swags like in the picture but with toule or similar in your wedding colours, maybe with some mini lights? That makes a big difference! Candles on the tables too, it makes it nice and romantic. Also, we were able to order some panels of fabric for behind the head table, and a couple for some of the walls, it there is an ugly place you want to cover up. Chair covers and nice linens make any place too nice!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If your budget can accomodate, I would use draping – A LOT of it. If you completely drape off all the walls, at least it will give you a blank slate to work with. The floor is good (not like swirly weirdly colored carpet or anything).

Once you get it all draped, invest in some nice uplights and pinspot lighting to give it some mood lighting. Definitely don’t go with the flourescents that are currently there.

I agree with PP; no streamers! Maybe twinkly lights?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ooooooooooo – twinkly lights! Yes!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

drape the whole room. A friend got married in a cafeteria on the top of a mountain in Vail, and they literally drapped the whole perimeter and ceiling—and it was like a blank canvas instead of an ugly cafeteria!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@MrsPanda:  Drape the ceiling and professional lighting.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree with draping.  I think it would work wonders.  Dim lighting would look beautiful as well.  I’ll see if I can find any ideas via internet to post onto here!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Examples of venues that are completely filled with draping:

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m glad I’m not the only one in love with draping the ceilings and walls 😀 I have a semi-ugly venue as well (it’s a modern building, but everything is grey!) and am using dim lights, candles and draped fabric to camoflage!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree that the priority is lighting so you don’t have to use the flourescent lights. Draping would be great but might be very expensive. Instead of draping the whole place I’d probably decorate key areas (dinner tables, gift table, guest book table, bar, etc.) and just let the rest fade into the shadows.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@JenGirl: Yes, be very careful about the draping. I found a company in Ontario, Canada that sells high quality tulle for next to nothing. I’m getting like 100 yards for around $80? This will completely cover the ceiling. 

Where as a local company wanted to charge me $400 rental for 10 panels of fabric – that would not cover everything, and obviously I do not get to keep that fabric for re-sale 😉

Just have to be very cautious.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I’ve seen some people do the ceiling draping with the rolls of disposable white table cloth.  Wants its up on the ceiling you can’t really tell it is not fabric.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My venue is rather outdated, and I can’t change what’s on the walls or the ceiling.  Instead, I’m focusing on drawing the eye ‘inward’ with chair covers with bows, nice centerpieces.  Perhaps focus on bringing people’s eyes away from the walls and ceiling with tall centerpieces and dramatic details?

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