What else can I decorate at the reception site for my wedding?

by DIY wedding planner on August 19, 2012

I have tablecloths, centerpieces, sign in table, and everything of that nature figured out… I am just scared that the place will still look empty. I like backdrops and ceiling canopies but they are too expensive to rent out for me… anyone have any ideas? (other than balloons?) or if you know how to diy canopies and back drops in an unexpensive way please please please let me know. I cant figure out how to put the fabric on the ceiling..

any idea is greatly appreciated!

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fizzygurrl1980 August 19, 2012 at 5:39 am

Don’t worry about it- I’ve been to many a wedding and I have never even noticed what is on the walls or ceiling. It’s a waste of money. Spend what you would have spent on ceiling canopies on food and booze for the guests instead.

I do like the idea of balloons, though…


Nicole August 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

the more color you put in there, the more not empty [full, i guess?] the room will look.
also try to space everything well.
decorations wise,
you can make those paper chain things.
where you make cylinders with paper strips and tie them together, and you can hang those from the ceiling.
hope i helped!


Beth K August 19, 2012 at 6:53 am

Get some plant stands and some big floral arrangements. Inside the plant stand use cloth tablecloth that match your color scheme. You can get nice arrangements from your local supermarket (as long as they have a flower shop) for about 1/3 of what florists will charge and they are as good, if not better, than many florists. You can also get potted plants and use the tablecloth to cover the pot.

For my reception I put White Daylily on some tables, others had a framed picture of my husband and myself from different periods of our lives (baby pictures, first date, etc.)

Bows also add a soft touch. Using streamers or even tablecloths you can hang them off the walls like a swath using bows to help hold them in place. Or flat sheets could work too (you can get sheets for less than $5).

Candles also work well. If you are able to attach things to walls, I’d put candles up in nice wrought iron holders around the room and decorate underneath with flowers. If not on the walls, you can get pillar candle holders that stand on the floor.

Finally, trees also work really well. Get some small indoor trees or fir trees that are not grossly oversized for the room. Decorate with white lights and use tablecloths to cover the pot.


justanotherrodeogirl August 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

i too think its a waste but you can always look into laddice from home depot or lows and decoreate it with flowers


misshammy August 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

I wouldn’t worry about it… You are thinking too much into it. WHat you have sounds like a PERFECT amount of decorations. :)

Everyone is there to eat and dance and celebrate your commitment to marriage… Not to see how you decorated your hall. :)

Don’t add another thing to your stress list. Just let it be.


ruddy_scot August 19, 2012 at 8:50 am

You can create ceiling decor with some sheer fabric, decide where you want it and then tack a large piece on all four corners and then in the very middle for a neat effect. You could do similar for a back drop.


easypeasy86 August 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

I know it’s kind of like balloons but I kind of think Martha Stewart tissue paper pom poms can kind of be cool hanging from ceilings. Or paper lanterns, real lanterns…something glowing that might add a little extra ambiance. If you really wanted some kind of flowing material hanging from the ceilings I think it really depends what type of ceiling is at the venue…and what is allowed. (Because when not done in a DIY manner they generally would use polls and other special materials to stop from damaging the walls and surfaces.) If you have any type of rafters of are allowed to use a screw or two you could sew a poll or wooden rods to the ends of a long organza (or whatever material) strip then it would be easy to install a few hooks to support the fixture. Just have everything ready and screwing in the hooks would take a few minutes if there is a ladder handy, anyway.

I love http://www.stylemepretty.com/ for styling ideas. They have all sorts of neat stuff, as well as a lot of DIY ideas. Good luck!


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