posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think that a burgandy or wine color would go nicely with the carpet which looks like the only permanent part of the room with any color to it.

Aside from the chairs and the unique table cloth color choice in these photos (both of which won’t be there) the lighting is off for me. I think that changing that would make a huge difference in how people perceive the room.

What time of day is the reception? Will it be dark outside or light?I think that if it’s in the evening I would dim the lights and get uplighting and have candles in your centerpiece arrangements. It will put the emphasis on what you want and off of what you don’t want.

Post # 4
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hmm.. This is challenging. I would do taller centerpieces because the rooms feels sort of empty with those short centerpieces.


I’m not a big fan of draping so I think uplighting would be a great way to fill up the walls.


Also, you can choose a focal corner (like the one with the piano) to put some benches or big centerpieces where people can take pictures. Also since the ceiling is low and tiled, you can ask if you can hang some focal pieces from it.


What type of wedding style are you going for?

Post # 5
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I totally understand your immediate concern; however, there is so much potential here, as with most spaces.  The carpet is definitely the thing that stands out most, but if you dim the lights, add some focus to the ceiling with draped fabric, tissue poms, paper lanters, etc it will draw your guests attention away from the outdated flooring.  Your centerpieces can also update the room quite a bit as well, depending on the look you’re going for. 

Post # 7
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If the reception will be while there is still light out, I’d suggest getting some curtains or something to cover the door after everybody has come in (it can also be a very nice touch when guests come in through the door). That way if you have any uplighting to those gorgeous wine cases, you can really appreciate it and have a better ambiance.


Post # 9
23 posts

I agree on the uplighting…I think it would totally transform the room. Here’s a photo I found where the carpet was dark green with a bold pattern. Between the uplighting and tall centerpieces, you don’t even notice the carpet!

Post # 10
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

Depending upon the outside light in the room, uplighting might be your easiest and most effective solution.

However….Your July wedding is right around the longest day of the year so, if the room has a lot of windows that cannot be shuttered, uplighting might be a total waste. The other question might be if you want to shutter the windows.

With sun in the room until 8 or 9 PM you might be better off draping the walls.

One problem with uplights would be the available electrical outlets and the cables. Another issue is the type of lights they use. Traditional PAR lights get hot so they can be a danger to kids.

I would recommend wireless (battery powered) LED uplights which have no cables, need no outlets, run cool and can be adjusted to almost any color. If you also have drapes, you can place the LED lights behind sheer drapes for a real nice look.

Be prepared to pay 20 to 50 dollars per light, depending on the type of light and if you want static (one color all night) or changing colors. I recommend static as changing colors requires a central control and an operator.

Some DJ’s provide uplighting or they can recommend someone. 

Post # 11
4144 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I think putting string/twinkle lights up on the ceiling would create a really lovely space.  It looks quite ugly as it is…

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