Post # 1
So, today I started to look for venues! My future in-laws jokingly suggested we get married at their church because it would be free. I did not like this idea at all. Not because of the church, but because I couldn’t picture my dream reception in their gym. But, then I found images like the this:
Okay, so maybe I can picture it! This is actually perfect (as far as the draping). What do you ladies think? Do you think draping (like this or similar) is affordable? Do you think we could DIY it? What about sectioning off the gym so that we can just do part of it? Being on a tight budget, having a free venue seems great! Any ideas? They would be very much appreciated!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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 # 8
take a look at this blog. http://mybridestory.blogspot.com/2010/03/church-reception-gets-make-over.html
if i didn’t already sign a contract to my venue i would’ve reconsidered the church reception hall.
Post # 9
@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
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
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
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.
Post # 13
Thanks for the input! I’m really not thinking to go as extreme as this. But, I would definitely want some draping to hide basketball goals! I mean, it’s not like everyone wouldn’t know they were in a gym…but it’d be nice for them to forget that they were.
Post # 14
@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..
Post # 15
Thanks, ladies…good ideas! Right now I’m thinking about having the ceremony at the church and the reception nearby. I’ve been away at school and had forgotten what the church looked like…but after looking at it yesterday and getting some ideas, it should be perfect for the ceremony!
Thanks again for the ideas about the gym reception. Haven’t ruled that out yet. Keep ideas coming if you have them! 🙂