Post # 1
Was looking for lockable cardboxes online earlier, then had a lightbulb go off and thought, “Why not get a locking comment/ballot box instead?” Found a few that I liked, however I’d have to determine if the slots were big enough for bulkier cards. After the wedding and reception, we could always use the box for putting mail in, or some other items later at home.
Did anyone else have multi-purpose or unique/unusual ideas for decorating? Bridal bouquets doubled as table centerpieces, etc? Feel free to share your talented work or inspiring ideas! 🙂
Post # 3
FI and I have been bouncing around cheap but creative ideas for our table numbers but haven’t had any luck. We started receiving some RSVP cards back and i was noticing that the cards have the same striped pattern and colors on the back of them that were on the invites and that are part of the overall wedding “look”.
We are going to experiment and glue 2 cards together to make 1 card so that the backs with the pattern and colors show on both sides. We are then going to use stamps or some other method to put a large number on the new card and then display them somehow on the tables as a way of marking table numbers.
I’m excited about this because it means we don’t have to spend any money on table numbers, other than what we pay for the stamps, and the colors and patterns from the invites will be displayed again on each table. Plus we get more bang for our bucks spent on invitations and RSVP cards!
Post # 4
We will most likely be using our bridesmaids bouquets as centerpieces (plus a couple more since there are more tables than BMs). We have a locking wood cardbox that I hope to find a use for after the wedding 🙂
Post # 5
@Sweet_Tea: This isn’t a terribly “unusual” idea, I guess, but I am definitely multi-purposing! We’re talking with our potential florist about re-using our ceremony aisle decor as reception centerpieces – it’s trios of cylinder vases with submerged orchids and floating candles on top. They’re 3 different heights, and there will be probably 8 lining the aisle, which will then be moved to the reception to be used as a centerpiece.
They’ll look similar to this, but probably white flowers:
So those will become one of 3 centerpiece types – a tall floral arrangement, short floral arrangement, and the cylinder trios. To be honest, they weren’t that inexpensive (same price as the short arrangements) but given that we’re getting aisle decor out of them also, I’m pretty pleased!
We’re also using 4 of our tall centerpieces as ceremony decor (2 in the front and 2 in the back).
Post # 6
We got a plastic box custom made (about $3.50) to match our bonbonierre boxes. We also kind of matched our dads gifts with the favours too. We bought them 21yo Chivas Regal and tied a white bow around them.
Post # 7
I’m folding 1000 paper cranes…
Also our centerpieces are going to be test tube racks with tubes filled with colored liquid… and, if I can get around to it or rope my mom into helping, paper flowers made of books and maps.
Post # 8
@hlayers: Ikea has two sided frames that are very inexpensive. They are only 99 cents each, come in a few color selcetions, and are easily spray painted any color.
Post # 9
@julies1949: Those would be PERFECT!! unfortunately they’re not for sale on the website and there is no Ikea near me 🙁
Post # 10
@hlayers: Is there no Ikea within driving distance?
Here are all the current listings for Tolsby frames on Craigslist:
Post # 11
@julies1949: The closest Ikea is like 5 hours, but it doesn’t matter because I scored 10 of them off of eBay! Woohoo! Paid a little more than $.99 each but its ok. Thanks again for showing me those!