Post # 1
To save some money and be able to invite all of our loved-ones, my Fiance and I have decided to have an early afternoon church wedding with an appetizer and dessert reception in the church fellowship hall afterwards… Problem is – the church fellowship hall is not very nice looking. The walls are grey, painted cement block.. the floor is 1980-vinyl… florescent lights of course.. I need some help figuring out how to make this room look nice (for cheap) for my reception. Any ideas are appreciated!!
Post # 3
lighting — you get several strands of those cafe-lights (look like giant christmas lights) and use that as lighting instead? dependingon the size of the room you might need a lot. or you could borrow white christmas lights from friends/family and just use a little piece of tape to tag everyone’s lights so you know where to return them. i feel like cutting out the flourescent light would be a big step in making the venue look a lot better and youll need less of other kinds of decorations to dress it up.
Post # 4
Can you put up a tent outside the church?? Maybe that way you could still use the church property, the church catering supplies, tables, chairs, etc….
Post # 5
I second the cafe light route…also, maybe you could go with what they have and make it a little more artistically themed than you would have otherwise… sometimes when I need decorating ideas I browse the rooms they have set up on anthropologie.com and ikea.com just to get some motivation…
Post # 6
I’m worried the cafe lights won’t be enough.. the room has no windows and the reception is at 3pm. I’d have to spend a whole lot of money on lights to get it bright enough in there.
Any other ideas bees??
Post # 7
I’ve seen the spot lights that you can make different images on the walls. Like snow flakes or flowers. The are fairly cheap to rent. Go onto tent rental sites and you will see some examples and pricing.
Post # 8
are there any painting or pictures you can put up on the walls? I agree with vintage, try looking at some spotlights to put images on the wall, that would look nice too.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
Maybe you could make the fact that there are no windows work in your favor – how about a romantic look with lots of candles? It would have the feel of a night-time reception, if you like that!
Post # 10
I like the idea of seeing if you’d be able to rent a tent and still use church property. I don’t really see any way of getting around the lighting without spending some money.