Post # 1
We’re having the whole thing in a nice hotel. Can we just have napkins in the colour scheme or do we actually need to have centerpieces/table decorations? Is it worth the time/money/effort? We know what we’d have if we did need them so it’s not just a lack of inspiration
Post # 2
cpick: I think the centerpieces can take the event from a banquet to a wedding.
Post # 3
I don’t think you need to it is your wedding! but on the other hand your tables may look a little sparse? X
Post # 4
cpick: I don’t think you have to have them, but your tables may look a bit plain without them. Centerpieces don’t have to be expensive (i.e. mine cost less than $5), but I would ask the hotel you’re using to see if they have anything that is “standard” (aka free to use) for events. Many hotels will supply tea votives or pillar candles when you use their venue.
Post # 5
cpick: I don’t think you have to but I’d at least put candles or something.
Post # 6
I think centrpieces are something people expect at a wedding. I totally understand what you mean about the extra cost, but they can really help transform a room. They dont need to be expensive either – you could use cylinders with floating candles and flowers for example. I’ve really enjoyed designing our centrepieces with our florists, buying the candles, sourcing the table numbers etc
Post # 7
We had centerpieces all ready & good to go for our tables… and then come our wedding day, it was way too windy to put them on the tables for our outdoor reception. Luckily our tables were these beautiful farm tables and didn’t need anything on them anyway. No one even noticed or cared we didn’t have centerpieces!
In your case, I think if you have the budget, go for it because hotel ballrooms tend to be a bit plain without decoration. There are also pretty inexpensive ways to dress up the table – candles, pictures, bridesmaid bouquets, mason jars. But IMO, it’s absolutely not necessary. Who remembers centerpieces anyway!?
Post # 8
I myself am trying to avoid doing floral centerpieces bc I think they r way too pricey but u could always do candles & pretty table #s.
Post # 9
I personally think they are necessary. That being said, I had an “anything goes” as far as centerpieces are concerned. They don’t have to be incredibly expensive, you could DIY to save some extra money, and they can be a really good opportunity to tie in to a theme if you are having one, brighten up the table, or really show off your and your FI’s personality. My sister had really expensive floral centerpieces, and they were stunning and perfect for her; another friend had simple candles on a mirrored platter, simple and elegant, and fit perfectly with her theme; I’m having mismatched teapots on top of vintage books and for inside the teapot, FI and I are toying with the ideas of planting pansies (we are doing a test run this fall). I think that there is a multitude of simple and affordable options that can totally elevate your tables. Without them I find them rather plain.
Post # 10
Thank you all 🙂 I’ll stop being lazy and do it. I know exactly what we’re doing and it’s not particularly expensive or anything I think I just struggle to work out which bits on the ‘wedding must haves’ lists are actually worth it and which are just to make us all spend unnecessary time, money and stress 🙁
Post # 11
MrsMeowton: we’re planning diy pom pom flowers with teapots as vases. I just had a total lazy moment. I even have pom pom makers so it’d be fairly quick and easy to do.