Post # 1
I have finally found my reception hall and it is paid for as of 10 min ago. Now, this hall is in a public park. The rules are NO CANDLES, NOTHING ATTACHED TO WALLS OR CEILING. Decor can only be FREE STANDING, meaning I can’t really do anything. This hall holds 50 people. My budget is around $200 or less. I want it to look nice but not tacky. I found some awesome plastic plates that look like real china and I found plastic flatware that looks real.
Could you PLEASE give me some ideas on how to make this bland hall look nice? I wish I could put stuff on the walls. So i think I am going to decorate the crap out of the fireplace and have our SWEETRHEART table in front of that. I also need help on how to position the tables for dance, if anyone would like to. We are not having a DJ, we are using an iPod instead. I was think I could even put bows on the back of the chairs. Our colors are BURGUNDY AND WHITE.
Post # 3
I think focusing on the tables and chairs are the way to go.
I can’t put anything on our walls or ceilings either, and was pretty bummed about it until my Grandmother (who has been to tons of wedding high/low budget & is major on etiquette) told me she’s never noticed the walls. LOL
I wouldn’t worry too much about that party.
From the view I’m not real sure how/where I’d set up the tables but I think as long as you don’t freak about what you “can’t” do then you should be fine 😉
Post # 5
Have you thought of coloured pot lights on the walls?
Post # 6
i agree with the pp – some intricate centerpieces would be really helpful in bringing the eye away from the bare walls – also maybe some DIY uplights? or flameless candles- can you use those?
i personally would put the sweetheart table in front of the fireplace – put the dancefloor directly in front of that and then put the tables around the dance floor.
Post # 7
I agree with the uplighting idea – lighting helps set the mood, and since you can’t use candles, you can still achieve soft/interesting lighting. I think there are some threads on DIY uplighting you can look into.
Post # 8
The quote I got on uplighting (because DIY was more than I wanted to do) was $50 a light (including set up) & they usually put them every 6 feet or so.
My only concern with the DIY is it doesn’t cost too much less and the lights tend to get really hot!
Might not hurt making a call for a quote in your area though 😉
Post # 9
Certainly rent white chairs, get nice linens ofr tables, do tall centerpieces, and uplighting will save the walls and use a gobo light with our intials on that window with the drapes.
Post # 11
Don’t freak out!
First, your color scheme is going to make things so much easier since white is easy and inexpensive to come by.
You’re idea of the sweetheart table in front of the fireplace is perfect. It’d be darling if you made a monogram to set on the mantle above your heads. On Martha Stewart Wedding they have more instructions then I could possible list on making paper flowers. Since your colors include white and the fireplace is dark, a big initial would be so personal and budget friendly.
Are you including tableclothes and stuff in your decor budget? Linentablecloth.com has lots of reasonable ones and white are the cheapest. One of my favorite new things is the ribbon
table runners. This would be so cute with burgendy. And, then the chairs can have ribbon bows too!
I really wouldn’t worry about the walls, its not a big deal. Focus on your sweetheart table with some beautiful stuff on it. Remember, you can use your bouquet and bridesmaid bouquets as decorations. You can place yours on the sweetheart table in a regular old vase. I plan on putting my BMs bouquets on the mantle of the fireplace at my venue.
Are the tables in the picture the ones you’ll be using? If so, place them around the outside of the room and have the dancing area in the middle. Sketch us out a floorplan on the place and it may make it a little easier. Do you need to seat 50?
Don’t panic. I promise every venue can be transformed into something magical.
Post # 12
Maybe bring in bigger plants or trees (like topiaries) and put lights on them? Take big coffee cans and spray adhesive nice scrapbook paper or kraft paper, fill with sand and put branches in it and xmas lite those ones?