Post # 1
I am running in to an issue with my reception decor ideas.
The overall theme for our wedding is shabby chic/garden/music (there will be touches of music throughout as we had met in college band). We will be getting married at a city owned botancial garden and then having the reception at the Holiday Inn nearby.
My colors are light purple, light pink, and sage green.
For the centerpieces we are doing clusters of three white milk glass vases (that we already have). There will also be 5-6 clear votives around the vases.
I’m wondering if I need to get table linens or runners.. Or will white vases on white linens look ok?
Here is a photo of my venue:
I’m afraid with all of the colors going on that colored linens or runners would clash. Luckily, that green on the chairs is one of my colors.
This is what I was thinking for the milk glass vases:
Also, does anyone have ideas for those columns?? I really wish they weren’t there.
Colored uplighting would be too harsh. I really wish the columns weren’t there, but we value the this coordinator’s service level more than another venue that was more expensive, didn’t have columns, and the coordinator was a little scary.
Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
@cara.gorman: Welcome to the Hive!
White on white will look fine. You can tell by looking at your own pic. If you want a base for the centerpiece you could use a wood slab.
As far as the columns, sometimes the more you do to hide something, the more attention you attract to it.
Luckily the wood also fits with your theme.
If it really bothers you, I would go to Staples and get them to make engineer’s prints of some of either you and FI’s pictures, or pics of weddings in your family- parents, grandparents.
Engineer’s prints are printed in black and white on thin paper in various sizes at really inexpensive prices. You then glue the print to foamcore, which then can be mounted easily to the columns as it is so lightweight.
Post # 4
p.s I think Kinko’s also does these as blueprint prints or draft prints.
Post # 5
Welcome to the Hive! Hope you find it helpful!
My BFF wanted some color on her tables but didn’t want a table runner. I ended up making some 13″ x 13″ squares in her wedding colors. We used 6 different fabrics, which I had already used in a bunting for the guestbook, gift and dessert tables. Here’s what it looked like:
(Sorry for the sideways one but you get the idea!)
In retrospect, I wish I had made them larger, but we were working with the left-overs from the bunting and the bride specified the dimensions. Had I seen the tables before hand, I probably would have made the pieces 20″ at least. It was super easy and anyone with a sewing machine should be able to help if you want to go this way.
Post # 6
@cara.gorman: Welcome! Could you wrap / drape them in some kind of white sheet? Love your theme, looks soft and pretty.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@cara.gorman: I think you should stick with white linens, to be honest I think a lot of the colored and satin-y linens that are common these days are pretty tacky. Especially considering the theme of your wedding, I think white will be very fitting and will look great with your centerpieces!
Maybe you want colored napkins, so you don’t feel like it’s too much white? Napkins are a lot cheaper than tablecloths, and they add a nice pop of color. I bought used blush-pink napkins from another bee, and they were super cheap – and I think they looked great with my white tablecloths!
ETA: For the columns, I can’t think of any super easy ways to hide them, but what would really transform the room and kind of help dim the colors of the carpet and columns would be to have some white and maybe light pink uplighting. Dim the lights in the room, and put white uplighting along the walls. Maybe even hang some strings of cafe lights, to give the room an enchanting look that matches the romantic/shabby chic vibe. Something like this?
Post # 8
Thank you for your comments! I really appreciate them!