Post # 1
My reception for about 96 is happening on the outside deck of our venue. This space will fit enough banquet tables for everyone for dinner, but then most of the tables will need to be removed for the post-dinner festivities. Based on this fact, it feels excessive and pointless to spend the money and time to decorate the tables with centerpieces and only be viewed for 2 hours at most.
It’s at a rustic resort, so there will be lots of potted plants and flowers around, as well as the natural scenery and we plan to put up string lights on the pergola covering the deck.
Could it look nice with simply tableclothes on the tables?
Has anyone else taken the no centerpiece route? How did it look? I’d love to see pictures.
Post # 3
It is absolutely fine! You could have really festive table cloths and napkins. You can have a bread basket in the center filled with yummy assorted rolls; you could ask the caterer to prepare center dishes of appetizers so when people sit down they can start munching as opposed to having butlered app’s. You could have glorious place cards at the table and instead of having a table with name cards you have a list which tells people where their table is, and when they get to the table they will see the fancy place card. People will move them around so don’t worry about putting jack and jill side by side when jill would rather sit next to tom and harry. Just tell your friends to feel fee to move the cards around, or let them come and help w/set up. If that’s impossible, put the cards in the order they are to go around the table and fasten it w/a rubber band and let the caterer take care of the placement.
Don’t stress over the minor details because no matter how much attention you pay to this; people will move the cards around the table when no one is looking!!
Post # 4
I was wondering the same thing – will anyone even notice if I have no centerpieces? As a guest, they’re nice to see upon first glance of the room, but after that, it’s like they’re just invisible. They also make it more awkward to reach for salt, butter, etc. I’m not a fan of cut flowers and really don’t want to be spending thousands on them. I’ve thought of buying up some potted flowers and plunking them down at every table.
Post # 5
I think your space sounds amazing and probably doesn’t need anything on the table. I like the idea of a bright colored escort card though. Also, how does your venue feel about votive candles? That’s a really cost effective way to dress up a space w/o being excessive.
Post # 6
In case this might help someone else in the future, we’ve decided to go with white tablecloths, burlap runners, and a pretty table number in the middle of each table with two quart sized mason jars with votives on either side. The mason jars will have polished river rocks at the bottom for the votives to rest on and I’ll tie a piece of twine around the top of each jar.
Easy to set up, cost effective, and pretty. I can always use mason jars and candles post-wedding.