(Closed) My reception venue won’t let me decorate at allllllll :(

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

what about adding uplighting? you can make them yourself…there are tutorials somewhere on the bee.

Post # 4
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree on the uplighting. It can completely transform a room.

Post # 5
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If there’s space, you can put a few tables around the perimeter of the room and put fun things on them (pictures of grandparents wedding, guest book, maybe more flowers?) so people won’t notice as much. 

Post # 6
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Where are you getting married? (I’m a Brooklyn bride, too.)

If its a restaurant, can you rent linens or chair covers to help tie in your color scheme?  Maybe you can have a friend help sew patterned runners? Maybe you can pick up a few inexpensive easels and have your engagment pictures or wedding logo printed up and display it that way?

You could also decorate the chairs with streamers or pomaders.  There was a beautiful wedding featured in Martha Stewart Weddings a few issues ago where the bride draped color-coordinated pashminas over each chair… and you can get those on Canal 5 for $15 or $20!

Good luck!

Post # 9
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve been wondering about this, too. My venue won’t let us do much either.

Post # 10
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My venue wont let me use tape or staples on the ceiling or walls but because they have tile ceilings, I am going to use magnets on the metal frames that hold up the tiles. Hanging paper lanterns on strong magnets. Maybe this is an option for you, too?

Post # 11
1267 posts
Bumble bee

I work at a private club and we don’t allow decorating either but that’s because the club is so beautiful and elegant that it doesn’t NEED decorations.  I’ve actually never seen a wedding with decorations except for my sister’s when I was 17 (held in my Aunt’s apple orchard – awesome wedding!) and most I’ve been to are at clubs or banquet facilities.  Besides your tables, does it really need anything else?  Sometimes just letting the decor of the ballroom show through is better 🙂

Do you have any pics of the inside?

Post # 12
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If they have a tile ceiling, ask if you can use paperclips to hang things with.  Open up a paperclip so it is L shaped and they just slide inbetween the tile and the metal frame, that is what schools do.  Our venue originally said no to hanging things from the ceiling, but they are letting us do it now after we showed them what we were hanging (prelit paper lanterns) and how we would hang them.  We still can’t do anything with the wall as they have beautiful wood panel walls, but I like the uplighting idea.

Post # 13
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can bring in pillars and then drape fabric from one pillar to another, or use arches.. this way you the draped look without attaching anything to the wall itself

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