KRISTINA
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Decorating Rules - anyone else having this problem?

KRISTINA, on September 21, 2011 at 10:58 PM Posted in Style and Décor 0 26
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So my venue has rules when it comes to decorations. They don't want you to use staples, nails or anything else that puts holes in the wall which is completely understandable. BUT then they say you can't use tape either!

So how am I suppose to hang up any decorations? Anyone else having to go thru this? If so, what are you using? I've gotten the okay to use fishing line, string and poster putty, but how am I going to hang up anything heavier than a "picture"? Or do you think poster putty is strong enough to hang up heavier things?

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Latest activity by Kari, on May 21, 2020 at 11:22 AM
  • Sandey
    Super July 2012
    Sandey ·
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    No candles, sand,birdseed, nails or staples. We can use tape, but isn't everyone going to see it? I was thinking of trying those easy remove hangers ( name has completely left me)- contact? hooks. They are suppose to remove cleanly. Good luck.

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  • KRISTINA
    VIP June 2014
    KRISTINA ·
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    I know the things you are talking about. I said those too, but FH thinks they will be more noticable depending on the decorations and only good for things you need to hook on something.

    anyone else??

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  • Krista
    VIP May 2012
    Krista ·
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    My venue is the same but she recommended to us those hooks that use a double sited foam tape stuff and that can be removed from wall after use. They are super cheap, and come in all shapes and sizes.

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  • Krista
    VIP May 2012
    Krista ·
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    The brand is "Command"

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  • Private User
    VIP October 2022
    Private User ·
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    The first venue I looked at would not let you hang anything or put anything on the walls. Would also not allow candles unless they were fake. It killed it for me since their were a few comic strips on the walls.

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  • Shropshire2Davis
    VIP June 2019
    Shropshire2Davis ·
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    You could always pipe and drape the room, that way nothing is "hanging" on the walls, it's hanging on pipes...which can also be DIY'd if you want to try and save some money...

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  • Kristen Wynn
    Kristen Wynn ·
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    What kind of decorations are you having? Maybe contact a professional in your area that will know what to do Smiley smile

    In these cases, most of my brides rely on linen, centerpieces, and uplighting to create the space.

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  • Len Woelfel
    Len Woelfel ·
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    Tape is not allowed because most people use cheap tape that leaves a residue. We use a very expensive tape that doesn't, but you're likely not going to convince the venue it will work.

    How you attach depends on what it is. You might try cable ties (zip ties). Hanging from the ceiling or anything overhead can be dangerous. You should make sure that the hardware, etc. are rated for at least 10 times the weight of the thing you're hanging.

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  • Mrs. M fka Sami B
    Master June 2012
    Mrs. M fka Sami B ·
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    Yep definetly why I chose a venue with its own "character". We can't stick, hang anything on the walls. We can however have tapered candles that don't have to be enclosed, wohoo!

    If they have drop ceilings an excellent option is using fishline hooked around the ceiling tile beams, obviously make sure the weight isn't excessive so you don't hurt the ceiling. We do that at a lot of church functions since it's pretty much the only way to hang anything from a ceiling.

    I think the pipe and drape idea would work well too depending on how much decorating your venue needs.

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  • Mrs. Jaclyn Willson
    Master April 2012
    Mrs. Jaclyn Willson ·
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    My venue says we can do whatver we want, even have candles, which surprised us. we expected a long list of rules.

    They did say no confetti, at all. But I didn't really plan on using it anyway.

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  • J
    Master November 2011
    J&R ·
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    That Command stuff works pretty. (Is that the one made by 3M, or is it another? Not sure.) You can also look into products that use similar, no-residue sticky stuff.

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  • b
    Expert March 2012
    b ·
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    I don't think we are allowed to have candles but I wouldn't have candles regardless because I know I would set something on fire. I think that's the only rule besides not damaging anything.

    What kind of decorations are you trying to hand that are heavier than a picture? Maybe if we had some examples we could help figure something out?

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  • Jen H.
    Master October 2012
    Jen H. ·
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    Command strips FTW! Also if the venue has one of those ceilings that has a metal frame and ceiling tiles there are hooks that are designed to hang from the frame and not damage anything and are easily removed. A lot of places we looked at had a few hanging there already. They come in two pieces and basically lock around the metal frame causing no damage and can just slide back off when you're done.

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  • KRISTINA
    VIP June 2014
    KRISTINA ·
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    Okay so the only two things I am considering hanging from the ceiling are those paper lanterns that you can put those little LED battery operated lights inside of and I might string some of lights, but they have track lights on each side of the wall so I will just be using that to hold up the string of lights so not worried about anything following. A site that sells the paper lanterns said to use fishing string so just need something that will hold up the lanerns and fishing string.

    As for decorations I am not quite sure yet what decorations exactly I am getting as I am still looking, but I did find this and would like to hang it on the wall behind our table or on another wall. I'm having my ceremony on the beach and am going to be tying that into the reception (I did a complete make over on my wedding since I last posted on here lol, about to make new thread on that) and thinking of hanging shells up using ribbon or grouping shells together to hang on the wall, etc.


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  • KRISTINA
    VIP June 2014
    KRISTINA ·
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    The pipe and drape really isn't needed or what I am looking for. The walls are bare and very nice looking. Actually the whole building is. It is a completely clean slate and ready to transform into anything anyone would want it to. I just want to add some decor to them so they weren't so plain -- other than just pictures of course.

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  • b
    Expert March 2012
    b ·
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    I think hooks (3M or Command) would work for paper lanterns. I don't think they'd be too heavy. If you're worrying about them showing, maybe cover each hook with part of a paper lantern?

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  • M
    Dedicated September 2012
    M ·
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    Maybe instead of thinking of putting it on the wall you could get some of those folding three-piece 'walls' (I forget their name) and decorate those at different areas around the room. I forget whose wedding pictures it was on here, but someone had the white 'trellis' type of temp wall put up that looked really nice. They could add a little bit of 'texture' to the sides of the room and work as focal points instead of everything being very bare.

    Just a though Smiley smile

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  • Cyndi K
    Master August 2012
    Cyndi K ·
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    We aren't allowed to put anything on the walls (the first place we looked at wouldn't let you have candles). We can hire a place to come put up decor if we want.

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  • Shannon
    Expert May 2012
    Shannon ·
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    Depending on what kind of ceiling and walls the venue has, look into magnets. They are easily hid. You can get very small but very heavy duty ones and attach pretty much anything to them....

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  • Kristi
    VIP August 2012
    Kristi ·
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    We have the same rules at our venue so we are using uplighting in an amber color to spruce up the walls.

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