Wedding reception decor opinions needed!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


@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
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

p.s I think Kinko’s also does these as blueprint prints or draft prints.

Post # 5
6948 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015


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
10834 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@cara.gorman: Welcome! Could you wrap / drape them in some kind of white sheet? Love your theme, looks soft and pretty.

Post # 7
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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? 


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