Need help with DIY way to hang reception decor!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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  • Wedding: September 2013

The solution will most likely depend on what the ceiling is made of.  Ask your venue to show you pictures of how people have decorated the location in the past.  Look at the pictures and try to figure out what they did.

If the ceiling is a dropped ceiling….

Large home building stores sell hooks for hanging plants and other items that are designed for drop ceilings.  My experience is that if you find a friendly guy in one of those places who wants to talk to you they are usually keen to help you “mcGyver” up something.  The weight of what you want to hang is always the issue.

If the venue has very high windows ….

Rigid PVC piping comes in many, many sizes, again, you may need to go to a larger DIY store to find a selection.  I made a theatre backdrop for my classroom my using several long, sturdy and 1 inch piping, glued together and spray painted to run from one window to the adjacent one on the other side of the room.  They only concern is to make sure no one pulls on it as it was just sitting in place.  When it did eventuallly fall (a classroom of students can only avoid touching the one thing off limits for so long) it was light weight and no one was hurt,  I realise this is much more of a concern at a wedding, but if it is a backdrop for the head table it will be less of an issue.

Along the side of the room instead of across it….

Again, using PVC piping,make an upside down U with feet…can’t think of another way to explain it…and hang your decor in several sections along the sides of the room.  This will be sturdy, can be colour co-ordinated and can be assembled and unassembled….and if you are like my friend she didn’t glue or paint anything and returned everything after the wedding.

 

Hope this helps!

 

 

 

 

Post # 4
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14 posts
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  • Wedding: September 2013

The solution will most likely depend on what the ceiling is made of.  Ask your venue to show you pictures of how people have decorated the location in the past.  Look at the pictures and try to figure out what they did.

If the ceiling is a dropped ceiling….

Large home building stores sell hooks for hanging plants and other items that are designed for drop ceilings.  My experience is that if you find a friendly guy in one of those places who wants to talk to you they are usually keen to help you “mcGyver” up something.  The weight of what you want to hang is always the issue.

If the venue has very high windows ….

Rigid PVC piping comes in many, many sizes, again, you may need to go to a larger DIY store to find a selection.  I made a theatre backdrop for my classroom my using several long, sturdy and 1 inch piping, glued together and spray painted to run from one window to the adjacent one on the other side of the room.  They only concern is to make sure no one pulls on it as it was just sitting in place.  When it did eventuallly fall (a classroom of students can only avoid touching the one thing off limits for so long) it was light weight and no one was hurt,  I realise this is much more of a concern at a wedding, but if it is a backdrop for the head table it will be less of an issue.

Along the side of the room instead of across it….

Again, using PVC piping,make an upside down U with feet…can’t think of another way to explain it…and hang your decor in several sections along the sides of the room.  This will be sturdy, can be colour co-ordinated and can be assembled and unassembled….and if you are like my friend she didn’t glue or paint anything and returned everything after the wedding.

 

Hope this helps!

 

 

 

 

Post # 5
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This appears like a very affordable and inexpensive form of pipe and draping. Any idea what type of fabric will be heavy enough to give volume but light enough not to stress the PVC weight wise? Also, I’m Just curious, what did you use to make the feet? I figure that there are PVC elbows in order to make the corners, but how did you do the cross part (feet) and what is holding the other parts together?

Looks awesome…and an idea I wish to borrow for a friend that is getting married. This may be a way for her to hide the paneling in her venue…but cost effective and easy on the pockets. Any DIY is a DIY worth trying. Especially when saving money is a possibility.

 

Thanks

Post # 6
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  • Wedding: September 2013

All the piping is white PVC…try to find the ones without too much printing on them but you can easily cover it up with spray primer (fast, effective and worth the cost of the spray paint for ease and timeliness).  The joints for the feet have 5 openings and are a special order but are still inexpensive.  The lighter the fabric the better.  Dollar store plain white shower curtains work well but look cheap.  If you go to fabric warehouse (those places with a rolls of fabric piled to the ceiling) and ask for their cheapest sheer fabric. they have sheers in almost every colour these days and even two layers slightly pushed together can cover a lot and look lovely. 

Post # 7
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  • Wedding: September 2013

The picture I posted is actually from the internet not the backdrop I made…I didn’t have any pictures of my creation and my description definately needed a picture for clarification of the structure.

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