(Closed) Need help decorating outdated reception hall

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 16
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane Oakbrook


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jcx1088:  Dim the lights a bit and go with amber uplighting.  Amber is a nice neutral color that won’t clash with your colors or the carpet, and it will be almost like a candlelit glow.

Post # 17
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Versailles Banquets (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)

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jcx1088:  I have only heard of draping on poles.  I know that our drapery is on poles, because the decorator let us know that the pole stand takes up some room so to remember that when thinking about table placement.  

Post # 18
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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shesmrsh:  We are putting the draping and lights together beforehand and then having the hotel do the actual hanging because the ceilings are so high. I don’t want any broken limbs the day of the ceremony! We’re doing swags like this with the lights for the ceiling… I found a video on “how to” on another thread here… and then the draping for the walls is very simplistic. We’re doing as much as we can ourselves because the “rigging” expert we have to hire is about $75 an hour.

Post # 23
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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jcx1088:  I would use that room “as is” in a heartbeat. It’s actually a fairly elegant room. You don’t need draping, because there is nothing ugly that needs hiding.

No one is going to notice or complain about the carpet being red. Whatever you do, do not sprinkle flower petals over the carpet. That is simply a way to draw more attention to it and once the petals are smushed into the carpet, it will look even worse.

Once you dim the overhead lights and use candlelight, the room will be gorgeous.

Are those the tables you will be using? As they are oval, I would treat the table decor like a rectangular table. Have your floral centerpiece in the middle, then string candles out to both ends. You can use lanterns, candles in spray painted wine bottles, votives- whatever you like the look of. If you are not allowed open flames, there are lots of great ways to use LED candles.


  • This reply was modified 5 years, 4 months ago by  julies1949.
Post # 25
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

That’s a great room!  There is a difference between outdated and classic.

Post # 26
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Huge red tissue paper flowers or red paper lanterns hung from the ceiling would it in nicely with the red carpet, and updtae the look…if you can’t beat em, join ’em!

Post # 27
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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jcx1088:  lighting!!!!

Post # 28
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Rustic barn/ pavilion

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jcx1088: Chair covers might distract from the carpet as well.

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