Dressing Ugly Walls

Today I’m thinking about ugly walls. Everyone has them. Your venue is probably no exception.  I ran into the same situation with my wedding.  Although the walls in our reception venue weren’t necessarily ugly, they were completely bare and VERY WHITE.


Bare Wedding Walls, Mobile Botanical Gardens, Christine DiPilato



Directly behind the planned area for our head table, was an unused fireplace with a large mantle.  During our planning stages, I learned that previous brides had adorned the mantle with candles and family pictures.  Since that wasn’t quite my style, I researched other options.  None of the commercial wall solutions really fit into my big-picture-budget, so I opted for something a little more creative….

Decorating Ugly Wedding Walls

Okay…a lot!  

Martha Stewart Weddings is an amazing wedding resource!  It was here where I found the idea that would transform my ugly walls.  Tissue paper garland!  Of course!  Why didn’t I think of that!?!  Thank you Martha!

What I love about this idea is that it transforms a space without a substantial investment.  Paper garland can be found at most party supply stores.  I purchased mine at www.bulkpartysupplies.com. They have an extensive collection in assorted colors. It’s hard to go wrong with these festive little guys.  They’re lightweight, easy to transport, easy to hang, and easy to dispose of!  

As you can see from our AFTER pictures below, they add color, dimension, depth and texture.  They’re easy to arrange, easy to overlap and easy to love!  

Thanks to this fun idea, our walls were transformed from ugly and blah to vibrant and whimsical.  

Hooray for tissue paper garland!


Lauren Kinsey Photography, Mobile Botanical Gardens, Reception Walls

AFTER (Credit: Lauren Kinsey Photography)


Lauren Kinsey Photography, Wedding Walls, Reception Walls

AFTER (Credit: Lauren Kinsey Photography)

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8 Responses to Dressing Ugly Walls

  1. Marie says:

    But how did you hang those tissue paper garland?

  2. Marie says:

    I would like to know how did you hang those tissue paper garland?

  3. Tom says:

    As a co-owner of a wedding event facility, we face the same issues. Although we have exposed brick walls in part of the ball room, we still like to add depth and color by using special LED lights. We can program them to shine a variety of colors. We place them strategically around the banquet hall and can shine them in a number of directions.

    They are also “green” as they use little electricity, last thousands of hours and do not fill a landfill at the end of the wedding!


    • Hi Tom! Love this! Our event facility didn’t offer LED lights. Having said that, we wanted to be as creative as possible within our budget. Hence, tissue paper became our creative solution. Inexpensive, but happy to look at 🙂

  4. Tracie Howe says:

    What a fantastic idea! I run into this problem when I’m trying to plan an indoor photo shoot. Since I don’t have a studio, my home with ugly wall space is not a good option. It’s not damaging to the walls or ceiling if you use tape for a temporary solution. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  5. Kimberly says:

    Hello im getting married in march at the place were you had your, at the gardens. Well i love how you changed the walls, if you have any more pictures of your decorations i would be greatful. thanks


    • Hi Kim, I just saw your message! Congratulations on your marriage! How wonderful! For anyone wanting to know, we were prepared with suction cups as well as adhesive hooks to suspend the decorations. In the end, we might have used some existing hooks on the walls. I had a lot of wonderful help in the set-up so I’m not sure what the final outcome was. However, suction cups with hooks would have worked on the windows and then the removable adhesive would have worked on the walls. Hope this helps for anyone else wanting to know. Sorry again Kim, I know your wedding must have been fabulous! 🙂

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