Post # 16
The space looks great! You’ve got some great suggestions from other bees on how to jazz it up. In terms of privacy an inexpensive solution would be to buy trellis frames to line the side with the road and decorate them with fairy lights/fake flowers.
Post # 17
It looks alright. I would get some white linens and either cover up the black chairs with white covers or rent some white folding one if your budget allows. Also get some white paper lanterns and market lights to hang. If you leave it the way it is, looks more like a kiddie birthday party.
Post # 18
I think that space has a lot of potential. My one bit of advice would be to consider how much the decorative elements you would like to incorporate (ie, draping or screening the view of the street, etc) would wind up increasing the cost to equivilent to any more expensive venues you’re considering. You might not actually be saving money in the end.
Post # 19
I think this space is great for afternoon tea since there is an indoor option in case of inclement weather. Is there another space you like more?
Post # 20
I think that with some white twinkle lights or hanging paper lanterns (if that’s your thing), chair covers or white chairs, and table cloths, it will be a very nice space for an afternoon tea. Others have suggested a trellis if you want to hide the street from view- I think that’s a decent idea if hiding the street is important to you and shouldn’t be too expensive to do. I would consider leaving part of the street view open though because people watching is fun and it adds that ambience of being at an outdoor café.
Post # 21
I think for a wedding that it’s a little more on the casual side it is fine and will look great with a little bit of decorating TLC. I would just be careful that you don’t slip into a plan where the decorating gets super expensive. I am thinking the more formal you wanted the more the decorating will add up to be.
Post # 22
Agree with PP that it just needs some pretty, simple lights. I think neutral florals would look amazing tied to the posts, tables, etc. And maybe some candles in vase centerpieces? I think the space is perfect.
Post # 23
I think you could totally make it work if you get a bit creative and are decent with DIY.
I would do white table cloths and a ton of greenery on the tables (cheaper than florals as well) and some pretty fairy lights. Mismatched clear vases and jars with stones, water and floating candles, or just candles are really pretty and cheap. There are lots of ideas on pinterest.
However – before committing you should cost out your ideas and make sure you have the time for the DIY and sourcing things for cheap. Some things that seem simple wind up being really expensive when it actually comes down to putting all the pieces together.