Decor for Chinese Reception

posted 10 years ago in South East Asian
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hi Atomickittyn-

I know what you mean.  I’m having my reception at a Chinese restaurant, too, and I don’t think I’m going to do too much to transform it into a "classier" setting (I think it would take more money than my budget would allow!).  My location has those lacquered chairs and tables, so I think I’ll leave them alone and because the food will be served family style, I was planning to forgo centerpieces (will still have table numbers though) and just spreading rose petals around the perimeter of the lazy Susan.  The one thing I wish I could change is the lighting-it’s pretty harsh florescent lighting. 

I’m definitely going to pay attn to this thread as I am still planning these details myself!  Good luck! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hi Atomickittyn,

In addition to chaircovers, I am going to have a backdrop behind the stage area.  I am getting a 24 foot backdrop for $240 from LKD flowers.  http://www.lkdflowers.com/  If you look on the website under "Reception" you will see the type of backdrop I am talking about with the little white lights that is the picture in the 4th row down, 3rd picture.  I much rather have a nice backdrop then just the ugly gold double happiness or dragon/phoenix thing the resturants have!  I posted before about LKD flowers and they are pretty cheap.  She is doing my flowers, chaircovers and backdrop for me.  So much easier having just one vendor do everything!  If you do decide to call her, let her know Elaine Chan send you.  🙂 

My fiance and I are still debating on the centerpieces because we know it just goes on the floor once the food comes but we probably will want centerpieces because it just looks nicer when the guests come in.  We are thinking of just a single orchid plant/table. 

Also, instead of just plain table numbers placed on those things the restaurants has we are making table lanterns with the table number on 2 sides, english menu on one side and chinese menu on the last side.  Essentially, the lantern will be red w/white vellum.  I hope that description isn’t too confusing!!!!  When is your wedding?  Mine is in May 2008 so if your wedding is after mine I can probably send you a pic after.  🙂 

Besides that, we are just making nice placecards and having mini lucky bamboo plants as favors.  The table will look pretty full I think.   hehehehe

 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Atomickittyn-

So funny, that’s MY wedding date!!  Do you have a mockup of your table setting yet?  I’m haven’t done mine yet (only exists as a vague visual in my head), so besides the petals, the only thing I have going on is our table number, which we are creating in Photoshop (each table will be a place that has some special meaning to us….it’s been fun going to all these places and taking pictures) and placing in a frame.  My family and BMs will be helping me put together my flowers so I’m trying to cut down on the amt of arrangements that I need, but if I find a simple arrangement, maybe it won’t take too much effort or stress!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Cool discussion as we are also having a chinese-vietnamese reception and is planning to forgo the centerpieces (they do get taken down and it doesn’t make sense to spend that much on them).  What I had in mind was to instead make the place setting more special.  I am thinking of inserting in each pocket folded napkin two daisies, our docorated programs and on the side placed flower pedals surrounding our favor box.  We’re hoping this in addition to chairs cover would make it more festive.  We are donating our money to charity instead.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Atomickittyn, 

Yes, I got the idea for the table number lanterns from a pic from someone on the Knot too!!!  It was probably the same one that was black right?  My fiance and I have just started on the table number lanterns and they look fantanstic since we also printed a design that matched my invitations on them instead of just the double happiness and the number.  I love them soooo much!  However, yes, they are a lot of work!!!  Between tracing the pattern, cutting and scoring and folding, it probably takes about 15-20 mins per lantern and that’s not even counting taping the printed piece onto the lantern.  If you have to make 50, I wouldn’t recommend it.  If you really want to make them though, I do have a template that my fiance did. 

Unfortunately I do not have a mock up yet.  If you have yours, please email me a pic at [email protected].  Thanks! 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Atomickittyn –  Ok, I’ll try to get the template from my fiance and try to take a pic of it to send you as well so that you have a better idea of what all the lines mean.  🙂  Yeah, we probably also have a lot of people coming that are non-asian so we knew we needed some menu in English. 

So I have a minor cherry blossom theme with bamboo thrown in as well because we have mini bamboos for our favors so on the number sides we have a cherry blossom image and the menu sides we have a bamboo image.  It came out great!  I would highly recommend that you put an image on it too that matches your theme.  It makes everything flow. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I am also having it at a chinese restaurant and doing mini bamboos as favors! hehe.  Why not?  a little luck that they can take home with them fits the image so much better plus something that won’t be toss away so easily.  For the centerpiece, I am doing probably either a single flower or a long twisted bamboo with the table number holder in the vase to go with the mini bamboo theme and have a certificate holder with one side a collage of the two of us from young til now and the other the menu side.  Then petals all around the table, not lazy susan since it won’t be pretty at the end of the 12 course meal all droopy.  As for the napkins, I was planning to do Martha Stewart mini pom poms around it as an added flair to the color scheme table.  Yeah I was planning to forgo the backdrop and wall coverings.  Just added too much cost and as most other ppl have said, it doesn’t really show up in pictures.  I am also having table linens and hopefully chair covers added with the cost of the food.  fingers crossed!

Post # 14
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Wannabee

<p class=”MsoNormal”>Hi! I am having my wedding reception at a Chinese Restaurant also. Luckily, the restaurant has a great view of the San Francisco bay that dominates the space, but I am a little concerned about the look of the lazy susan. I was going searching through pictures of wedding receptions at Chinese restaurants and many of they left out the lazy susan. Are any of you covering the lazy susan? Thanks!

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2017

HEy, I am a bride getting married in 2017 and I am stressing out about centerpeices for my wedding. I have chosen the above vase as a centerpeice and I am wondering how many of you did centerpeices for your wedding and did they just get removed from the tables? It is the traditional 10 course meal and so I am thinking that this won’t take up much space on the table but it is causing me the most stress so far. Any words of advice on how yours went?

Post # 15
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Wannabee

stressgirl615 :  Hi! I was looking for some inspiration on how to decorate my wedding this comig march and I came across your board. I was wondering if you could send me some pictures of how you decorated your tables, what your centerpieces looks like, the templates you used how you decorated the restaurant space. I want to mkae the place look nice but keep it on a budget. Thanks!  

you can e-mail me at [email protected]

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