(Closed) Reception Decor Ideas

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would concentrate on making the tablescapes as pretty as possible, and get more silk ficus trees on craigslist.

Post # 19
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Bumble Beekeeper

I sent you a PM because I can’t seem to attach photos here right now. 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@millielue:  If at all possible, maybe you can get some fabric draping to put against the panels and then run some uplighting against the fabric.  Then, lots of candles or pretty lights at each table.

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper

Yes, I found inexpensive rolls mottled blue and purple gossamer fabric.  Maybe you could run white Christmas lights around the room, attach the fabric to flow below it.  Then add purple and turquoise table linens.  Add ribbons around the silver candles.  Get inexpensive DollarTree vases to hold your bouquets on the head table.  Add peacock feathers to bouquets, and use them as bouts.  If you can, hang tissue paper poms down low over the tables.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 22
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Every venue can be made beautiful for a wedding. Your challenge is the stuff on the walls that you are not allowed to remove. The room isn’t nearly as dark as I thought it would be. The wood is mostly on the lower half of the walls, and the wood tables will be covered by your linens.

Have you heard of scene setters or room wrap? These are rolls of printed paper that are 30′ long x 4′ high. Because you can’t remove all the pics, I would consider using scene setter placed around the room at a level above the wood wainscotting ( the wood on the lower part of the walls). Pick something you like that will go with your theme. Even a plain starry sky would look great with peacock colors.

That would cover up the map and most of the picrtures. The mirror is fine as it is.

Here is one example    

  http://www.orientaltrading.com/design-a-room-sky-background-a2-70_5745.fltr?prodCatId=388705&tabId=1

If you like the look and it is in your budget, you could drape some lightweight fabric-chiffon, voile , tulle or scrim- basically anything you can find at a reasonable price, across the room to mask some of the ceiling equipment and lights. You can use 3M Command hooks on the walls. They come off easily and will not damage any finish. Be sure to schedule time for the hooks to set up before you attach anything to them. They need to be applied to the walls one hour ahead of use. Put your hooks up, then do the scene setter, then go back to stringing fishing wire between the hooks for the draping.

 

Other than that, run with your peacock colors for your linens, centerpieces and use lots of candles. LED lights can be set inside votive holders, cylinder vases, mason jars etc and will give a beautiful atmosphere.

 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Candles – lots of uplighting, side walls or tulle, and candles.  I just got an email from Michaels – if you’re a rewards card member, LED candles are on sale next week.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would say hide anything you don’t like, chair covers, table cloths, and fabric panels like organza or voile draped down the walls, then ask if you can declutter all those pictures and put up one of 2 of your own instead.

Trust me when the lighting is dimmed and a room is fulla people nobody really pays much attention to their surroundings (especially if alcohol is involved ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t have a good pic to share since this was quite awhile ago, but a friend of mine actually used muslin and had it drape both the walls and the ceiling. I’m pretty sure she used those 3mm hooks or something similar since muslin is really lightweight.  She backlit it around the area where crown moulding would be with LED rope lighting in a warm white.  It was really pretty and surprisingly inexpensive since muslin is about as cheap of a fabric as you can get, plus it is thick enough to hide any unmentionables behind.

She made square table drapes out of the muslin to go over bland standard issue table cloths and someone (I’m not sure, maybe her mom?) made simple chair covers out of muslin (the kind that simply tie on, not super fitted) and they painted on a pretty monogram using a stencil.  Then, she did a high-low arrangement of ivory colored pillar candles of various sizes on each table with a few flower heads in her colors.  The bouquets from the ceremony were reused as floral arrangements.  It ended up saving them a ton of money and seriously looked straight out of Martha Stewart.

 

You could do something similar, but with twinkle lights (less expensive than LED rope lighting), silver candles (pretty, pretty), and stenciling or ironing-on a peacock or peacock feather.  If you aren’t handy with a sewing machine, pillowcases can make really unique chair covers and IKEA sells muslin ones for super cheap.  I’d look into covering as much of the bar as possible to, unless the dark wood fits with the look you are going for.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Watch out up here muslim is not cheap at all. With the flooding last year overseas the price shot up and is over 9$ a metre where I use to work.

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Wow!  I just bought five yards for a project for nowhere near that much…

Hmm, I wonder what other fabric types are similar and inexpensive?  Broadcloth is cheap, but heavy and doesn’t allow much lightflow.  I’d be leary of chiffon, organza, or anything else completely shear if I’m trying to hide a taxidermied animal head.  Satin or the like can sometimes be affordable, sometimes insanely expensive.  What about that fabric used to make dummy dresses before sewing the real thing, anyone know what that is called?  Quilt backing?  I’d visit your local fabric shops, both independant and chain if possible, and price out some options–plus talk to whomever does the stocking, they might have a good, inexpensive option that isn’t immediately obvious.  Avoid online if possible because the prices can be mind-boggling.  I once needed a specific pattern of plaid and was appalled at how much it cost me.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@1920cottagegirl:  Actually broadcloth varies a lot and is sometimes thinner than muslin in my experience. With the amount of fabric needed check out chains that can transfer fabric in for you. Drapery fabric can often be much wider and inexpensive (buy 1 get 3 free at 12$ a meter is my favorite sale). Chiffon would probably work well if found at a good price and a good sale. When I lived in Ontario fabric was usually a lot less expensive due to better sales than out here in Nova Scotia. Also look online at ordering from china. It usually takes a long time for shipping my boat but your costs can be 50 times less expensive than retail for things like tulle in quantity.

My favorite posh restaurant actually had a massive stuffed head in it and they would decorate it which was so much fun. For halloween I helped the owner make a mask for it (I worked at the fabric store just a few doors over).

We always use broacloth on our forms due to the price being so much less (2$ a metre on sale regularly). Quilt backing will run you upwards of 15-25$ a metre without batting and eye and possibly more since I know it was incressing in price since Ive bought it retail. My most expensive fabric I bought so far was Canadian Maple Leaf Tartan in Dupioni Silk for 85$ US a yard plus shipping and duty which ya makes you choke for a long time.

Its funny how being from different areas we have such oposite opinions on fabrics. 

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@naturalysam:  I know!  Where I live (Gulf Coast), silk is much more expensive than where I grew up (Atlanta).  The most expensive fabric I ever bought was a particular pattern of plaid (my family’s tartan, actually), wool, for 90 a yard.  But, it did look beautiful.  Needless to say, I won’t be going there for my wedding!  Broadcloth would actually work, you are right.  I’d love to see a dressed-up stuffed head.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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