(Closed) how to spice up a vfw building?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I have the same concerns as you do. We are having our reception at an American Legion Hall. The number one thing I didn’t like were the flourescent lights in the hall. Thankfully they have regular canister lights that can be turned on without the others. We are getting married in the winter so we are using lots of white christmas lights, I am sure they would work well for your November wedding too! I am also putting two candle votives along with our flower centerpiece at each banquet table of 8.I think the candles will help create better lighting. I also have paper lanterns to hang from the ceiling, just not sure if I will be using lights in them because it seems like a lot of work! I also bought snowflakes to hang from the ceiling.  I bought some tulle for decorating the head table, cake table, hot chocolate bar, and gift table.  We are having a larger wedding (about 220 people) so the hall will be full and I think that will help fill the space and make it feel cozy and comfortable.

Post # 4
1598 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our wedding is also at a fire hall.

It’s a NICE fire hall that looks more like a hotel banquet room, but there’s still the whole flourescent light thing, etc.

I’m sure you could ask them to lower the lights. It would probably help if they only put on a few “rows.” Or just leave the lights off altogether and use strings of white Christmas lights, paper lanterns, etc.

I don’t know if you have the people/resources to pull this off, but I LOVE the whole tulle/twinkling lights canopy thing that a lot of people do:

You could also have a lot of decor on your tables so that people focus more on those than the plain ceilings, walls, etc. Do colored linens and/or table runners. Pick a centerpiece with lots of detail or colors and maybe sprinkle some shiny confetti or plastic jewels or other “bling” over top.
Also “dress up” your gift table, card box, and cake table with a few extra details.

If it’s in your budget, get chair covers or even just some ribbons.  

Also, a lot of DJs now are offering “lighting” packages where they can project monograms or symbols onto the walls or dance floor. Again, if it’s in your budget, that might help.

Just do what you can afford. Be creative. And fire hall weddings are totally the norm where I live and even when there aren’t a ton of decorations, I’ve never heard any negative comments about the space itself.

Have fun! 

Post # 5
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What kind of ceiling do you have?

At a friend’s wedding, she actually bought cheap lamps from ikea and used those as uplighting, without using the overhead lights. Then she made some streamers from fabric (like little flags or circles) in her wedding colors and wrapped those around pillars and from the ceiling.

You could also do something with christmas lights or icicle lights from the ceiling or maybe on the walls? 

Post # 6
4 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

thanks for the idea of the floor lamps.   we are doing our wedding at the scottish american hall in kearny.  we are thinking of using white christmas lights, buntings and paper balls. there are round tables.   

Post # 7
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d mix tulle, christmas lights, and either paper lanterns or upside down umbrellas. 

Here’s a cool idea!:

Post # 8
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I COMPLETELY agree with almost every PP. The lighting is key. I think you could do a canopy ceiling, it would be expensive (or difficult to DIY) but totally worth it. Or, you could just keep those nasty lights completely off and being in a lighting person. After that, anything will look great!!

Post # 9
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@kerensa:  Do you happen to have any pics from her reception??

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