Post # 1
We are having our reception on a little island at their local community center. It’s the first weekend of October so it will most likely be raining so it’s strictly indoors. Due to unforeseen circumstances our budget has been cut in half and then in half again and then in half again. Yeah, we’re pretty much baking cookies and buying Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joes.
My big issue is how to decorate the space. I’ve seen pictures of ‘rustic’ spaces and I know with enough money we could re-vamp the space. However, we are short on money. Also, I’m not the craftiest gal in the land. I can do paper products on the computer but I don’t own a sewing machine and all the buttons I sew on are crooked. We’re going for a shabby chic vibe and it’s an afternoon reception. The tables are so flimsy that I think we’re going to cafe style with a smattering of tables throughout with no centerpieces. They just have card tables there and when I pulled them out to set one up it waved back and forth if you bumped it….
So how do I make the place less….tacky? It’s not shabby chic right now, it’s just shabby. It screams community center. I have under $300 to decorate with and I’m not a fan of tulle or anything birthday party-ish. The vibe is casual but I don’t want it to look…well..like a cheap community center. Any ideas?? Oh, and pictures are always helpful if you have them. And if you think I should post pictures of the community center I can do that too if that’s helpful.
thank you so much!
Post # 3
(Nice name, my grandmother and my mom had that name). I have a few ideas, but would like a little more of an idea about your style and colors. Is there anything in particular that you like or don’t like?
Post # 4
Thanks for the compliment on my name! I haven’t met many other Monas. 🙂
Style is casual shabby chic. I’m using floral sheets to cut into napkins and making handmade signs for the cookies. I’ll probably buy vintage-y looking cake stands to put them all on. We don’t really have any colors, though at one time we talked about apple green and chocolate brown. But since we have no bridesmaids and I’m just buying flowers at the farmers market, the colors haven’t made much of an appearance.
I love rustic looking weddings with awesome DIY looking stuff. Personal touches are always good. I want it to be heartfelt and feel kind of cozy and intimate (though with 150 people I’m not sure how intimate that will be). I’d like it to feel like a family reunion with lots of interesting things to look at. I love signs. Love love love them. I’m the type who sends explanations with presents…
I hope this helps. I do have a wedding website at http://www.mywedding.com/daveandmona if you think that would help. It doesn’t have pictures of the venue, but it does show the island we’re getting married on.
Thanks so much!
Post # 5
What about getting some single flower vases at a dollar type store an putting a single flower in each one for the centerpeices. Even if you aren’t crafty, you can get some paint from the craft store and paint the vases, if you don’t like the color, to match the color you want. Also, go to the thrift store and look for lace tablecloths and other fabric that would work for tablecloths. Most thrift stores have certain items on sale for even better savings. Ask them when the items you need will be on sale. They should be able to tell you.
Post # 6
You could go to your thrift store and get a bunch of random vases and spray paint them whatever color suits your wedding colors best for centerpieces. I looked for a photo but I can’t really find one…
Post # 7
I like the look of burlap on tables. If you need something to cover the tables with you could probably get burlap for reasonable prices and you don’t need to finish the edges with a sewing machine, you can just cut it and drape the tables for a rustic vibe.
Post # 8
Your wedding website is great. I would pick up on the colors you used there and go with the burlap runners.
One idea would be to highlight your interests as the centerpieces. Use stuff you already have-sailing for your fiance, music for the rock star, something to highlight your daughter. Appoint a family member to gather it all up at the end of the reception. As it is a daytime wedding, you don’t need to devote any $ to candles.
Another idea would be to gather interesting driftwood shapes and just use those.
Or, borrow teacups from your older guests and relatives and stack them in a casual manner, with crocheted doilies underneath- also borrowed.
Or, scout out second hand books that reflect your lives and your interests and stack those up.
Post # 9
Sorry for the late response. My husband came home and wanted to go out for a cup of coffee. I was also thinking of either unbleached muslin or burlap too. Then what about succulents planted in small galvanized buckets or terra cotta pots or tea tins or even less expensive, a variety of brightly labeled different sized tin soup, olive, tomato, fruit and pie filling tin cans, etc, placed on top of extra squares of your floral napkin sheet fabric? Then the centerpieces should be heavy enough (hopefully so as to not to tip over, and you wouldn’t have to worry about flowers tipping or candles tipping over. On another table (more sturdy I hope) you could use milk glass vases and white plates and epoxy to make your cake plates. Or you could put chocolate brown baskets and fill them with granny smith apples and make a floral (sheet) fabric bow on a floral stick and place it on the basket, with a sign that says “take one” and they can double as your favors? Or you could make pinwheels with messages on them, in a galvanized pail the center of the table.
See the bucket with green apples? I would stay away from glass containers that could slide off the table and break. I also think a sprig or two of lavender tied with a ribbon around the napkin would look nice! 🙂 Rhonda
Post # 10
hi there i love the idea of the apples as someone said above… you could borrow basket of all shapes and sizes and fill them with those. that way you could focus your money on linens and candles etc.
Post # 11
A pretty gingham check fabric could also make pretty, “rustic”, and colorful tablecloths that don’t really need much by way of centerpieces! Often discount fabric stores will have gingham checks on sale.
I forgot to say that you have my sympathy — we are trying to stick to a small budget and have a room with a view — but the room is relatively plain and it will be hard to do a South Asian fusion look unless we get pretty creative!
Post # 12
Well I think of different things when I think of shabby chic & rustic. Rustic I think more country meets chic, shabby chic I think more prints, shades of white and pink, feminine details…
For Rustic how about this:
Yeah, you could do wonderful things with apples & pears in october, or gourds! How wonderful would lots of colored gourds look! Collect some in a metal tin, or in a vase. Or get plastic cake plates & stack them and cover them in gourds. Personally I think that a big pumpkin painted with the table number would be adorable! You could use muslin for table coverings. Or have burlap runners and placemats over a simple white fabric.
Twinkle lights!!! They are cheap & make a drastic impact.
Check out Mrs. Cowboy & Mrs. Cherry Pie for inspiration!
For Shabby Chic:
Look for chandeliers at garage sales. You could still use gourds, just paint them white. You could buy tea cups at second hand stores or garage sales & make them into candles. White milk glass vases can be found at goodwill, garage sales, second hand shops. You could put a couple on a table and fill them with dried grasses, or wheat, or a simple pale colored bloom. Look at Mrs. Mouse’s wedding, very shabby chic meets garden wedding.
Post # 14
I’d like to help…can we see photos of the community center…??