Community halls are typically big enough to host a large wedding and reception, although they usually aren't decorated to reflect the romance of a wedding. Decorate your community hall until it resembles a lavish reception site that creates the ambience you want for your reception. Use the decorations to provide the background you want, in colours that complement your wedding theme or colour scheme.
Draw a diagram of the room, making note of the measurements and electrical sockets. Add in your tables, including a space for the DJ, cake table and any other stations or tables necessary. Draw this to scale to give you an idea of how much space you'll have for dancing and socialising, as well as let you know how much space you have to decorate.
Decorate the walls and ceiling first, as they provide the biggest backdrop for the wedding. Drape gauzy material or fabric, such as tulle, from the centre of the ceiling out toward each wall, then let it hang from the wall. This will create an illusion of a warmer, cosier space. String white lights through some of the tulle for a twinkling, romantic feel.
Add ribbons, bows or silk greenery and flowers where the material gathers. Small details that complement the material will break up the large space and add to the decor.
Add something special, or different, behind the head table--for example, a large balloon bouquet made into a heart shape or arch. If that isn't possible or doesn't go with your theme, consider some faux house trees (from your home or borrow them) with twinkling lights strung through them.
Set up the tables, then decorate them. Add linens or tablecloths that match the colour scheme. White linens are typically the least expensive and most common colour offered by rental companies. Use other colours, or dress up the white linens by adding a colourful runner or layered tablecloth. Complete your table decorations by adding your centrepieces.
Light up the decorations you want your guests to focus on with lanterns or lamps. For example, point lights toward an arch or balloon display where guests can take pictures. Or, point the lights toward the dance floor.
Visit the hall during another wedding, if possible, to view their decorations and come up with ideas for what will or won't work for your wedding. Put together any decorations you can before the wedding date, such as centrepieces, if possible. The more you have done in advance, the easier the decorating process will be. Bring small tools along in case anything unexpected comes up--for example, a hammer, screwdriver, matches, flashlights and tape measure.
Use LED candles to avoid open flames and fire hazards. If you absolutely must have burning candles, consider floating candles or hurricanes to help keep the flames contained and avoid someone accidentally setting a menu, napkin or other item on fire.