(Closed) To pipe & drape or not to pipe & drape? That is the question.

posted 5 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Should I do the black pipe & drape?
    Yes : (3 votes)
    20 %
    No : (12 votes)
    80 %
    Other idea I will detail in the comments : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    914 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Tough one.  I would probably do the drape so long as it fits in the budget.  However I also would probably see if I can add anything to it like a swag or garland to make it less expo-like.  

    I’m curious about the outside of the venue because the inside is pretty ugly to me, not even antique-y rustic.  

    Are you thinking about the ceiling or no?  If you did I would *not* do it in black because it will definitely become a black hole.  

    Post # 4
    2317 posts
    Buzzing bee


    If they do not know how to make the pipe and drape look formal you may need to find a different rental company.  One that can accomodate your original vision or use black drape appropriately. I think the Black drape will have a very dramatic effect and could be beautiful if done well.  Use up lighting and dramatic centerpeices to draw the eye in and look into patterned lighting for the ceiling in a fun print (maybe evening moving)to tie-your theme together and to add interest.  

    Post # 5
    1569 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    Hooo boy, girl, you have got your work cut out for you. I would skip the pipe and drape all around, mostly because it would look weird with the bare ceiling. Pipe and drape can look really gorgeous, but you do need a tall or intricate ceiling to balance it out. Also, you mention two distinct themes, Gatsby and rustic glam. You probably will want to choose one or the other, and practically speaking, rustic glam is the one to go with.


    I think lighting is going to be your best friend here. I don’t know your budget, or what they even cost, but a couple chandeliers and a shitload of candles could give an effect similar to this, which will help with the fancy, romantic vibe you want. You’ll have to really keep up the theme throughout the other decorations though, from the placement of the tables to the chairs you use, since this would look a little odd with round tables and regular banquet chairs.


    or a less fancy but still pretty version:



    I really like where you are heading with the Chinese lantern idea. I think this would fit your space and look really nice.





    A combination of the three!


    Post # 7
    47444 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    SuzyWhosIt:  Given that the walls are bare studs, are you allowed to staple into them if you remove the staples after the reception?

    Pipe and drape in any color would not be my first choice. I don’t mind some fabric draping, but when a whole room is done, it reminds me of the inside of a coffin, or, as you said a commercial exposition.

    Other ideas- do some dramatic draping that goes up on wall, over the ceiling, then down the opposite wall. I wouldn’t worry about covering all the walls. The contrast will look great.


    gaint garland circles made with craft, wallpaper  and wrapping paper

    DIY lighting- flashlights inside bags or tins painted gold on the inside

    DIY large scale paper fringe garland

    If you are allowed to staple into the studs, I would look at other ideas for a feature wall like running fabric or mesh (the kind of deco mesh used on Christmas trees), horizontally, pleating and swagging it slightly to give some visual interest; or running  wallpaper horizontally.


    Post # 9
    935 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

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    julies1949:  This, all of this.

    Post # 10
    560 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Have you asked your venue what companies they recommend or have had in to decorate the barn.  I am sure other brides have had this barn decorated with drapery. 

    You can also try a tent company they may be able to drap the walls with the same drapery that is used in a lined tent. If you use a tent company you can also rent a portable dance floor, string lights, and a stage for head table. 

    I would not drape the entyre hall black, listen to the person who is giving up her sale to save you froma mistake. Maybe just drape the head table area if needed and hang some large drapes from the ceiling as shown above by PP. 

    Post # 11
    27 posts
    • Wedding: April 2016

    If you’re having an evening wedding and sticking to low light I think your walls will sort of disappear given their neutral color. I like the idea of using a few chandeliers and lots of candles to cast a warm glow and then using draping to bring emphasis to key elements, i.e. sweetheart/head table, cake table, etc.

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