(Closed) Reception…in a gym!?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I’m not sure about exact costs but I do know draping can be pricey. And then if you decide to uplight the room like in the picture you posted you will be adding quite a bit of cost :/

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

OOO! Are they LDS? lol I’m getting married at my FIL’s church and I was thinking about doing the carpet draping, but other than making a billion sheets, pillows, etc I can’t think of what to do with the leftover fabric. If it is LDS, one thing to remember is that they don’t allow candles of any kind.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

When I was looking for venues,  I contacted a few companies to see if they could recreate this draping over the beams at this exact location….  $750 was the cheapest quote I found, including set-up & take down.

I think recreating that draping in the gym will cost a fortune!! 🙁

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you did use the gym, you should def drape the ceiling because you don’t want anyone seeing those basketball hoops pushed up to the ceiling!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think that would be very expensive to decorate.  Might as well find a venue that is already beautiful so you won’t have to pay much to decorate it.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@songtokwok: that is gorgeous! But it said it took 7-8 crew members plus herself (the blog owner I’m guessing) to do all that work. Lots of fabric/lighting/labor = BIG $$$

Post # 10
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Newbee

honestly you would for sure need to do the draping, but i think it will cost you alot!!! I mean who knows how much…but im guessing for the labor and all maybe a couple thousand. Which in that case would make more sense to just get another venue that doesn’t need decor. I think what you need to do is find out the price and then decide what is more reasonable

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Well, you’ve got plenty of time to shop for deals and decide what you want. For lighting we’re seriously considering waiting until Xmas lights go on sale and buying up a bunch of white lights to use because they’re like $1/box and everywhere.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Okay so this is going to sound a bit odd, but I have a friend that had her wedding reception in a gym and she used tobacco canvas. It is MUCH cheaper than draping and at least in my area you can purchase it at a farm supply store. Again I know that it sounds very odd but it is actually kinda pretty. There are pics in the gallery section of this website (this is actually my caterer). Anyhow, I personally would not go to all of the trouble (I am lazy =}), but if it is a free venue it is worth looking into.

http://swanslanding.com/index.html

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@beeloved: a friend of mine got married at her church and used their gym for her reception. She wasn’t thrilled with their carpeted floor, poles and walls or that there were two basketball hoops that could not be pushed up to the ceiling. On the day of her wedding her guests forgot they were in a gym…here’s what we did (this was years ago)…I took Xmas lights and intertwined them with tulle. I pinned it all the way around the perimeter of the ceiling letting it hang down at the opening of doorways and at the corners. I also went around the poles with it. With the lights dimmed down the carpeting was almost invisible. As for the hoops, well, we fixed those too. I took a bouquet of white helium-filled latex balloons tied together with ribbons and a small weight and dropped it through the basket ball hoop. The balloons covered the back-stop and the ribbons rained down through to cover the actual basket. I realize balloons are not the common thing for weddings anymore, as I said this was a few years ago, so you could try covering it with flowers instead. Anything is possible..If you can get a free venue, TAKE IT!! weddings cost so much that any savings should be welcome…good luck!

correction: I let the white tulle swag along the ceiling. I didn’t want you to think that it was flat around the edges..

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