- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
Hi all! I am getting married in a little less than three months and wasn’t beginning to panic until now…we’re having a very low budget wedding, which leaves little money for reception decorations. Even after coming through the amazing ideas on the DIY board, I’m coming up empty…I’m not overly creative and don’t know how to pull this off. Here are the challenges:
Our reception is in a historical building, so we’re not allowed to use candles.
We’ll have approx. 10-12 big round tables for the guests to sit/eat at, so need centerpieces that don’t look puny on such big tables.
We live out of state (the wedding’s in my home town), so will only be arriving a few days before the big day. So I either need to make the decorations beforehand and drive them down, or make them once I am there.
I love the look of flowers but can’t afford a florist or, frankly, most flowers purchased wholesale. And I lack the creativity to pull off an elegant centerpiece.
I’d seriously considered making a baby’s breath centerpiece in black eiffel tower vases (our colors are black and white), and ordering the baby’s breath in bulk to make the centerpieces a few days in advance, but after talking to some florists, I’m thinking I’m out of my league with this idea. This is where I need help!
For one, how tall should the vases be? I thought two feet would be fine, but one florist really turned her nose up at the idea…should I go with 32 inch? Taller? The vases get increasingly more expensive the taller I get..
Second, with just a single vase on the table, will the table look naked? I really don’t know what else to put on it…a mirror seems strange without candles on it, and scattering rose petals would look odd next to baby’s breath arrangements, like we cheaped out..
Third, the florists said we’d need to get the baby’s breath almost a week in advance and let them soak to open up…which I won’t be able to do because we won’t be in town to handle it and I don’t have a place to store them for that long or someone to get them for me and do this…
Sorry for the long post…I’m sitting here freaking out. This was the one idea I had and now it seems to be falling apart / getting really expensive. I don’t want the reception to look tacky or cheap (even though it will be cheap!). But I need a simple idea, and many of the DIY ideas are overwhelming to consider, in time/creativity/cost/etc…
Any suggestions??? And thank you so much in advance for your help…