Post # 1
Over the span of the next year my FF and I are most likely going to take MASSIVE paycuts so I need a Plan B for the big day. Essentially, the 25+K wedding HE wants (I’d rather elope), needs to be more like 12K-15K or LESS if at all possible.
So, in an effort to cut wedding costs I need to get rid of the flowers, the cocktail hour, downgrade our “full” open bar to soda/wine/beer only and get rid of the pricey centerpieces.
Our wedding is going to be small/intimate and have a dinner party like feel, so I thought what about a food “centerpiece”? The “theme” to our wedding is food anyway. We have planned for a chocolate/candy bar, dessert table and night cap. Fortunately, we have connections, so those food extras are at cost for us.
I thought the “high” part of our centerpiece could be oversized apothecary jars with spouts filled with Sangria. I can borrow the jars for FREE and a friend of mine stole a few famous sangria recipes from a well known hot spot in the area.
I also thought I could put the table numbers hanging from the jars.
The food aspect:
Baskets of bread and oil similar to upscale Italian/Spanish restaurants. Would also be garnished with grapes, olives and possibly cheese.
Would this be socially acceptable when the majority of guests will be a little on the picky side?
Should I add some small votive candles around the food in little apothecary jars?
I’m afraid to branch off from the norm because the words, “it needs to be better than ___________’s wedding” come from my beau’s mouth WAY too many times.
Thoughts? Better ideas?
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s tacky. I have strong feelings about tacky and this isn’t it.
Then again I don’t have mentality of ‘it needs to be better than x in y’s eyes’… I wouldn’t even know how to assess that… so I really don’t know how y (the majority of your guests) would perceive it. Since your Fiance probably has a clear idea of what ‘better’ would involve, I’d suggest he’s the best person to consult on it.
Post # 4
I’m not sure that I would feel like the food was really supposed to be a centerpiece, I would just assume it is bread on th table…
Also, with the sangria jars, they would have to be set up off the tables so the spout would work and might be too much of a barrier to the people across the table. It could also be awkward for the person closest to the spout – you don’t want them to feel like they are bartending your wedding.
Post # 5
@joya_aspera: Baha! Agreed! He’s just in a pissing contest with his old frat brothers from the way back on whose wedding is better than whose. *rolls eyes*. Ridiculous.
I’m SO glad you don’t think it’s tacky. I’m awaiting to see what others think. 🙂
Post # 6
@CoCoCourtney: So, should I put candles around the food as well? Or scratch the whole idea all together?
Yes!! You make a fantastic point as far as the spout goes! It could make for a real mess. Perhaps the jars could be put on a spinny-thing? They’re sturdy.
But, I don’t think they’ll feel like they’re bartening the wedding because there will be an open bar with soda/beer/wine as well.
Post # 7
I think thats a great idea!
And maybe favors could be those cheese knives? You know? With some nummy gorumet mini cheeses as like table scatter? Or, you could even make the table number/place card? With like some you know those glass bowls they use for tea lights? You could put a mini cheese in it and put the name card in the cheese with a tooth pick maybe…I dont know that could be silly if not done right.
Anyway, I think it could be really pretty if you do it right and it seems like you have a great plan. Not tacky at all.
Post # 8
That’s really cute. I’ve also seen, maybe on weddingbee, where a bride had a cake at each table to serve as wedding cake and the table number. They sat on cake stands and they served it after dinner.
Post # 9
I honestly think this is a great idea! You’d just have to work out the whole spout placement thing for the drinks. I spent a lot of time/money on “creative” centerpieces for my wedding and I really wish I would have done something like this instead! The drink jars will add color to the room and the food will keep your guests happy!
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
You can get votive candles really cheap- I picked up ours at Big Lots. I don’t view food as a centerpiece, unless it’s a bowl of fruit, for example. (Although cakes on each table could maybe work.)
Having sangria on each table sounds really messy- I can see that ending up on the tableclothes- and how is that going to work? People reaching across the table to refill?
Post # 11
I would love the food idea! I agree a little with some people not knowing it’s a centerpiece and that would only be upsetting because it looks like delicious food going to waste!
We had no flowers as centerpieces. We bought a buttload of jars in different sizes and put candles in them. They were so popular we actually just lent them out to another wedding last weekend. They did the same thing but tied twine around each jar which I must admit made it look even better than I thought ours did!
Post # 13
I like the bread basket idea and the individual cakes that a PP suggested, but not the drinks in the center of the table. That just seems awkward and sort of messy. Definitely use the cute jars, but put them as a separate drink table that people can serve themselves from.
Here are some images I found that could help you:
cheese “cake” that could be served with bread baskets
Here is a link to a couple’s wedding where they used lemons & limes as centerpieces. They had it in their backyard for under 10k and it looked really cute http://www.younghouselove.com/wedding-album/
Post # 14
I think it’s nice, and as an idea NOT tacky. It could look tacky if it’s not done correctly, but the same could be true for flowers, candles, and other more traditional centerpieces. I think you should go for it!
Post # 15
I think it’s an awesome idea. More useful than flowers, and you can eat it!
Post # 16
I like the bread basket photos just posted. There are also really pretty, but cheap centerpieces that can be made from candles. Check the DIY section and DIY boards for ideas.