Is this venue too ugly/cheap looking?!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I definitely think it can be jazzed up to look more wedding-like. Throw some nice white table cloth on, some florals, you got this! I wouldn’t say it’ll look cheap at all – you just have to do it up nice 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I agree that it can be done up nicely to look lovely for a wedding! I’d definitely put up some sort of screens to block the street off though. Can you ask the venue whether that’s been done before?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

It honestly looks fine. Just do what you can afford.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Agree with the others. Also remove the colourful hanging decorations and replace with nice fairy lights, that would make it look quite romantic (if it’s at night).

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I think with the right fairy lights etc it could look very similar to a teepee style set up.

Were you thinking of having a photo wall? Perhaps this could be set up to block out a lot of the street view.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I think it looks cute- and agree the addition of fairy lights at night would be lovely (you can try and borrow sets instead of buying, even mini Christmas lights would work. 

Plus you say there’s indoor space in case of bad weather, so that’s covered 🙂 

Brides on a budget or brides who have decided to go casual sometimes worry about how their guests will feel about these choices. As someone who has been to too many black tie weddings I’m absolutely thrilled to get an invite to a wedding that is less formal, whether it’s a backyard BBQ, beach, community centre, food truck wedding etc,  IMO they almost always end up being more fun. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

The space is great! You can definitely make it special. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I agree with PPs that it could be jazzed up! You could use some draping to hide the street 🙂 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

It’s amazing what twinkle lights and white table cloths can do! If you have the patience and time to do this yourself then I say go for it! I wanted the go the DIY route to cut costs but my job, my fiance’s job and our patience wouldn’t be good for that. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

NOTHING can be “cheap looking” because “cheap” is a subjective, non visual adjective.

That out of the way, you can fix “ugly” and you’ve had some excellent suggestions for doing so. The “tea wedding” sounds potentially FABULOUS! Start visiting local thrift shops and Goodwills and second hand stores, find pretty cups/saucers/sandwich plates/serving pieces, mix and match. Great looking tablecloths or even matching bed sheets and flower arrangements will unify your table decor.

I belong to a charity group that does a sell out tea every year, and they always look like a million bucks because there are one or two people who have a good eye. If you have someone like that, you’re set to go.

Don’t back away from the “streetscape”, ENHANCE IT. Make a huge picture frame and take pictures of guests with the street behind it.

With some clever planning on your part, you’ll hear lots of comments about “the best wedding EVER”!

Another thought, a strolling violinist or guitarist or a harpist, will draw focus away from the visuals you can’t change. Well worth the fee!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

if you can dress the chairs so they are not black and have nice table cloths, I think other than that with some nice elegant decoration it can work!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

No. Just needs wedding decor and lighting then would be lovely.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

The only thing I would consider is whether decorating it the way you want might cost more than getting a place that is a little more “wedding ready.” Otherwise, go for it. An afternoon tea wedding sounds fabulous.

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