What comes to mind when you hear the word “drape?” The first thing that probably pops into most people’s heads is household curtains, or if you’re into fashion, the way fabric lays as a piece of clothing. While both those descriptions are accurate, here in the wedding and event industry, draping is so much more than your standard curtain. Draping is not only the hanging of curtains but also the way an aesthetic is created by the way fabric is laid. Drapes can be used in a variety of functional and fashionable ways to embellish your venue, accent your décor, and even hide spots that clash with your event.
One of the biggest uses of draping is to camouflage the blemishes of your venue. If you’re worried about ugly wallpaper, art you can’t move, crooked lighting, or otherwise unsightly points in the room, draping is the way to transform your space and hide these elements. A lot can be covered by strategic piping and draping, and in no time those ugly spots in your venue are gone, leaving you with a put together space.
Another great function of draping is to emphasize or downplay the size of your room. There is always a chance that you end up with a guest list that is either too large or too small for your venue. Enter drapes! You can easily turn a huge space into a cozier, intimate one by creating the illusion of space with long, sheer pieces of paneling hung throughout the room. You can also use this technique to cordon off your space to make a separate ceremony and reception area, or even create lounge spots, dance areas, or emphasize your buffet, cake, or décor. If you’re looking to bring attention to your gorgeous tall ceilings and show off a large room in a more dramatic fashion, try using overhead panels or even a maypole or crisscross pattern on the ceiling to emphasize a cavernous space.
Aside from being practical and functional, draping is also a great way to boost your décor and bring atmosphere into your space. Draping softens the edges of your venue and creates a focal point for décor such as lighting, florals, or greenery. If you are hosting an outdoor wedding or reception, consider adding draping to your gazebo or tent in strategic places to cover poles or all over for an airy, romantic effect. One of our favorite ways to use draping is to accent a sweetheart table, either with paneling to frame the table or even along the floor to create pools of fabric and light. It’s a win-win, either way!
Let’s talk fabric. It is important to note when choosing your fabric that the weight and texture will affect the drape and can change the look you’re going for. Sheer voile drapes are a very popular choice for piping and draping because of their light and airy texture, which creates a fairy tale softness and elegance. Paired with lighting, you can instantly create a romantic scene just with lighting and fabric. Another great choice for something on the lighter side is chiffon, which comes in a variety of colors and is great for arbors and arches. Chiffon is sheer and flowy, creating a gauzy drape effect for a soft touch of color that looks beautiful blowing in a breeze. For something on the heavier side, satin is a great choice if elegance and drama is the name of your game. Satin usually comes in matte or gloss and is extremely versatile, especially for a photo booth backdrop or pooling as table runners and around centerpieces. Most of these fabrics come in a variety of colors, with white and champagne being the most popular in the wedding industry (it’s easy to see why!).
Draping is always an excellent choice for elevating your venue and an easy way to create instant atmosphere the second you step in the room. Whether you are going for whimsical or dramatic, draping is the perfect way to achieve your goals with just a touch of beautiful fabric.