Post # 1
Hi bees! I need your BIG thinkin help! Our reception venue is old hoagies and won’t let us hang anything from ANYTHING in the building. Every decoration must be freestanding. So, this hinders my goal of getting the reception to look like this:
Is there a way to do this freestanding??????????? If so, where do I get the materials to do so??
Please help! This is my quintessential reception decor! =)
Post # 3
Plumbers pipes pvc. You can make stands and hang them from the stands. I had a friend make something similar to hang a backdrop from we painted it to blend in with her backdrop, or you could paint them to blend in with the walls.
Post # 5
Ditto on the Command Hooks.
I know they have already said you can’t hang anything, but I would buy a few and set up a meeting with them. Show them how the hooks are applied, and more importantly, show them that they come off with absolutely no damage to sufaces.
In case they won’t let you demonstrate on their walls take a sample board with you.
Post # 6
I like the PVC Pipe idea, but will it be durable enough for the weight of lights?
and for the command hooks, I’m pretty sure that they won’t allow those just because it would be stuck to the walls.
Any other ideas bees?
Post # 7
Try copper pipe, it might be a little sturdier than PVC pipe. Not sure how expensive it is though.
Post # 8
You might at least ask about the command hooks – the whole point of them is that they come off totally clean – and they DO!
Post # 9
I like the PVC pipe idea and depending on how you construct it, you could make it work! It’s hard to say how cause I don’t know what the inside looks like. PVC is really durable if it’s thick enough.
You could put tension rods across windows and doorways and hook lights over those. It would work perfectly if there are windows/doors across the room from each other because then you could just run the lights across that way.
Post # 10
How about using heavy potted plants as an “anchor”, put tall shepherd’s hooks (or a pipe, something tall) in the middle of each one, and hang the lights in between? Something like this from this other bee post, but on a much taller/bigger scale: http://pics.classifieds.weddingbee.com/142286.Aisle1.jpeg
Are there plenty of electrical outlets to rig this up, no matter how you do it?
Or, as an alternative, you could do the lights across the tables like below.
Post # 11
The pvc pipe won’t be strong enough. We use 50 lb bases, heavy duty pipe and still add quite a few sand bags to keep the poles from tipping over. You may want to check out pricing with a local lighting company because the pipes and bases to make this work are quite expensive.
Post # 12
I LOVE the tension rod idea! The room is literally ALL windows/sliding doors, with the exception of one wall.
The table glower things are really neat too!
I contacted a local decor company who I wanted to do uplighting with, but if we can get this to work, no need for uplights!!!
Post # 13
@M.Ruder: Yesss!! I was hoping there was enough windows that it would work! I think you could easily get tension rods to work, and you could always hang long, sheer curtains from them too and tie them in the middle so they drape something like this:
with lights running across the top…. oh yeah!
Post # 14
with the lights that you posted at the beginning, where do i order those???