To Drape or Not to Drape? This is always a big question for couples to answer. As an event planner, there is really not a simple answer to this. There are times when draping is essential. We may need to cover up an industrial wall because the flowers that were planted for a rooftop wedding did not bloom as we thought they would (welcome to Texas weather:)), or an unappealing focal point that greats guests as they enter into the ballroom, or perhaps there is a cavernous tent with support poles that the bride feels is an eyesore. Regardless of the reason, draping does add to an event. It provides an ethereal atmosphere that when seen, takes the breath away of the viewer.
Over the years, draping has evolved significantly. The fabric is just not black poly or velour, but elegant illusion. This is a decor addition that is not typically provided by the venue. It is sourced through a rental company and needs to be assemble by that company (not a good idea for your friends to offer to do it). It is rented per foot and when you have a large area, you most likely will be sticker shocked at the final estimate (sort of like when you change out hardware on doors in your home. The hardware costs $15 per door. That does not seem terrible until you count the number of doors in your home. They you rethink your brilliant plan and decide if it is worth the addition. (side note: yes it is:)).
Draping can also be used to separate a ceremony area from the reception area so the guests are surprised when the walk to the reception. If a couple plans on this, they will need to make sure there is staff prepared to take the draping down during the ceremony.
In the event that a couple is not a “flowey fabric kind of couple” but are looking to cover up existing murals or artwork at a venue, they might entertain the thought of a backdrop. This can be done with florals (which is simply breathtaking) or for more of a rustic look, a ship lap wall can be made.