Post # 1
Hello Bees! I am in desperate need of some advice. My fiance and I are getting married this May (2013) & had everything planned out when we found out that our reception sight is now unavailable. Everything has been thrown into limbo, because our original theme for the wedding was more Rustic feel located in a barn with long retangular tables and plenty of space inside and out to set up everything exactly how we wanted, with a more casual feel. Due to the change, we now have to use a banquet hall (it is very pretty, but definately not something that puts off a rustic vibe) that will use round tables, cocktail tables, and silk table cloths/chair linens. I guess my question is, is it possible to have a rustic/casual wedding without it looking tacky or too mismatched, or should I just scrap all of the things we had been collecting for decorations and centerpieces (mason jars, burlap ribbon, eclectic bowls/votive holders, shutters, old barn door for photobooth backdrop, etc) and start over again. What makes it even more difficult is that we are on a tight budget. If anyone has any ideas (pictures???), they would be GREATLY appreciated! There will probably be about 6 high cocktail tables, 9 round tables, plus a long retangular table for the bridal party.
Thank you in advance again, I can’t tell you how much I truly appreciate it!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park
For ideas, go on pintrest. That’s where I got a lot of ideas from. If you need to get new decorations and such, check eBay. There is also a few websites where brides can sell used decorations and such from their weddings.
Post # 4
I love the rustic chic look. You can try my idea and incorporate lanterns in your centerpieces. You only need to have small bunches of flowers to surround each lantern 🙂 I bought my lanterns off of Craig’s List from a former bride.. she sold me 18 large and 18 small lanterns all for $250. I spraypainted them all to be gold to match my theme colors. Below is an idea of what I’m going for..
Post # 5
I agree that rustic is a lot harder to pull off in a banquet hall.
Post # 6
@nicole70072: Hi there! Just wondering where you were originally planning to get married? I’ve lived in Indiana for the past 4.5 years, 3.5 of which I was engaged and wedding planning. I searched high and low for rustic/barn/farm venues throughout the state. If you need any help, let me know. I have a few resources. Best wishes!
Post # 7
You can definately pull it off in a banquet hall.
Try to direct the guests attention away from the walls and towards the decor and centerpieces.
you can DIY burlap overlays for instance. Maybe you can use hay bales as the head table and lay a slab of wood across the top….. For obvious reasons. you can still make amazing centerpieces. Play with lighting, during dinner/reception dim the lights and maybe have spotlights shining on key areas.
Its definately do-able.
Post # 8
Many a bride has had many a themed wedding in a banquet hall. No one notices the venue as much as the bride. The focus will be on the couple, the wedding party, then the tables, not the walls.
Do what ever you want. Use the things that you have already collected.
Rustic chic is an interesting theme visually. Contrasting rustic items like burlap and mason jars, against silk tablecloths will never be boring. Using various textures like twine, burlap, and leather keeps it even more interesting. Add in some silver, crystal, mercury glass- for the contrats with the rustic items.
Keep it tasteful. Don’t go crazy with hay bales etc. It’s not a barn raising or a BBQ.
For the head table, you could get a long plank of weathered wood and use that as your runner. Have numerous small arrangements in your collected bowls, vases. String them down the length of the table with votive candles scattered throughout.
For the round tables, use burlap runners. To get a rustic chic look you could consider either adding lace to the runner or pleat the ends of the runner to get a more finished look. Use your mason jars on top of a wood slab. Use votives here too.
This is a cute idea-using mason jars with balckboard paint as both a centerpiece and table number
Keep the cocktail tables simple. they are small anyhow and don’t need a lot of clutter. A simple vase, whether a mason jar, or old teapot or other container with a few simple flowers will look great.
Post # 9
We had a modern mountain wedding with rustic touches. I think you can use your theme in any venue. Here are ssome of a few things we did:
Post # 10
Thank you all SO VERY MUCH for your input- it has helped more than you can imagine! I loved the pictures you shared as well. Thank you again!
Post # 11
I wouldn’t let the venue completely determine you decor style. After all, if not rustic what style “fits” your venue? My venue is an estate that’s also a community art gallery, and I’m putting in rustic touches.
My centerpiece, the smaller jars will have floating candles and the larger ones will have Gerber daisies
For other decor I’m going to rock some paper lanterns and tissue pom poms 🙂
Post # 12
@romantical: I love this look.Rustic but classy.Thanks x
@julies1949: Great ideas thanks!
Post # 13
Thank you so much! I love the pictures you posted. What’s really crazy, is that we ended up having to go back to the barn instead of using the banquet hall (it’s been a REALLY exhausting two months) and we were trying to decide what to use on the long tables. Here are some pictures of what I have so far:
Ok, I’m sorry there are so many pictures & this is so long, but I wanted to give an idea of what I have so far. We’re putting together 2 8ft tables with white tablecloths and a burlap table runner. We are wanting to mix & match the large mason jars with flowers and the smaller ones with floating candles or votives and scatter white votive candles along the tables. What do you Bees think about what we could put in the wooden boxes? We were wanting to use them to add some dimention to the tables and have a little more than just the mason jars but we aren’t sure how to do it without breaking the bank on flowers. My future MIL wants to do 1/2 with flowers and the other half with a tall vase with a floating candle in it. I’m trying to think if there is any other ideas out there . Would it be tacky to have little printouts with something like the wedding crossword puzzles or I Spy’s? or maybe candy or something? I want it to be pretty but not put us over on our budget (which from our calculations would be the case purchasing enough flowers to fill all of the boxes).
Thank you soooo very much in advance! Your help has been incredible so far!!!
PS- sorry for the messyness. The wedding planning/crafts have taken over our house! LOL 🙂
Post # 14
Just a few random ideas for cheap ways to fill your boxes. You could use something simple like wheat grass to add interest and color.
You could also make various size twine balls to fill boxes with. (link to tutorial)
Your idea about placing candy, wedding crossword puzzles and I Spy sheets are clever too! And fun!
You also could make up bride/groom quizzes for guest to see how well they know you, and fun random fact type sheets about both of you.