Real Weddings

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Drape It Beautiful

You have hired the planner, booked the caterer and florists and rented all your tables and chairs. but what about the Reception Hall? What happens when, due to a tight budget, a large number of guests or "No availability" the hall you booked has more "Lack" than "Lustre"?  We are talking about orange walls, green carpets and exposed brick in the wrong places. Ok, maybe it's not that bad but it's NOT the venue of your dreams.

The reception hall is very vital to any wedding. After all, this is where you will entertain guests with food, music and dancing, and the ever present high table speeches (lol). Apart from the ceremony snapshots, most of your wedding day memories will be captured during the reception and who wants those gorgeous photos marred by an unflattering backdrop. I can tell you...There is hope.

With the right lighting and wall coverings, even the darkest room can rival the lounges in a five-star hotel.
That last line was kind of cheesy but its true. Look at these Before and After Photos of a Real Reception held in a church hall courtesy of (Blog)
Ordinary Church Hall...

Ordinary Church Hall Transformed  

Here are a few more draping inspirations...
PhotoCredit:  Midway Party Rental

PhotoCredit:  Midway Party Rental

Can you tell that this is an indoor basketball court? I couldn't either ;-)

PhotoCredit: Royal Receptions UTAH

PhotoCredit: NES Weddings

Obviously, this is not a drape but it's a beautiful decor idea to cover an unsightly wall ;-)


Quick Tip: Cut the cost of having a florist in half by using drapes and lighting to make a statement in your decor

Have you considered (or used) draping for your Special day?! 
Leave a comment below. We would love to hear your experiences!


  1. I have most DEFINITELY considered draping for a hall but from what I've seen it is very costlyyyy but well worth the cost! Great pictures! I love that transformation picture! My jaw literally dropped, haha!

  2. LOL.. I felt the same way. I am in love with drapes and think I will be using them more than I would flowers. When it comes to the cost it's all about planing and allocating. i.e. does the venue for the ceremony already have decorations, flowers etc? Do I need flowers for the Hall?

    You can also look into the decorating company. Many decor (and Rental) companies offer customized packages/discounts. i.e if you are also renting chairs, tables, lights, sometimes they are willing to through in extra stuff if you ask. The worse they can tell you is NO..or refer you to some who can. Shop around :-)

    and Goodluck!