(Closed) reception area not so pretty….what to do???

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

bring the attention to the table and table decorations. use bright colors and have them be the focus of the event (besides you of course). do you have colors picked out? use candles and tall table decorations and no one will notice the little stuff you mentioned before. 

Post # 4
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m thinking drapery and fabric to cover the walls! Also elaborate table decorations to draw the eye away. Or maybe find another venue for reception and still get married in the garden?

Post # 6
671 posts
Busy bee

lots of frabric and lots of lighting tricks! But both can be pretty pricey!

Post # 7
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@bananarama: im with you on this

also think uplighting – if that is something you can splurge on – it really transforms the room

Post # 8
13 posts

My daughter has a similar problem with her reception site; the walls of the ballroom are deep brick red wallpaper and the chairs are navy blue…ugh! That was almost a dealbreaker for her, especially since her colors are lavender and silver.

We are doing a couple of things that hopefully will help draw attention away from the walls;

1. Using all white table linens and white chair covers. Centerpieces have lots of candles and lavender roses.

2. She decided to do a traditional head table and we are going to have the wall behind the head table draped in white. Couldn’t afford to do the whole room, but we thought that since the main focus at weddings is usually the happy couple, most people will be looking in their direction.

Hope this helps. Good luck!!


Post # 10
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

why can’t i delete this message?


Post # 12
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

here is some from the knot, but they sound pricey



the one i was looking for said to use bold colors to draw attention away from the walls and floor, create interesting and unique centerpieces so people will be focused on them and not the hall, make sure the food is good, etc….  basically creating more of an atmosphere.

I also suggest signing up for freecycle in your area, you would be surprised at how generous people can be.  just google freecycle with your city, it may be a yahoo group. 

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