Post # 1
The venue we picked has their own rental company and they do a gorgeous job. However I don’t much care for decorating for the ceremony. Will it be lame just to have the chairs lined up and tables with candles on them? What are some other simple (and cheap!) ideas to decorate? I’m not crafty enough for DIY projects but if it is very simple and enough instructions, I think I’ll be able to do it.
Plus: Is the idea of lining the aisle with candles tacky?
I realized I should’ve put this in decor. Sorry!
Post # 3
@MissBabeski: No, it’s not tacky. I’d just be afraid of catching on fire in my dress. Can you put the candles at the altar? ALso, there are simple/elegant centerpieces that include glass bowls, water, and floating candles. Have you explored that option?
Post # 4
I’d say it’d be more dangergous than tacky to line the aisles with candles. too easy for them to be knocked over, in my opinion….
as for easy DIY centerpieces, how about getting bouquets of flowers from your local stores (kroger’s, foodlion, wal-mart, etc) that are your colors and just putting them in vases? You can get vases for good prices at a variety of stores (IKEA, Dollar Tree, etc).
Another idea would be candles in the center of the tables in holders and votives. Or even in those little lanterns you can get from Michaels (or any other candle holder that you can get in large quantities).
bowls/glasses of candy? they can double as centerpieces as well as nibbles for the guests! (that’s kinda what we’re doing, as well as candles).
Also, a REALLY easy DIY are coasters.
You get the ceramic tiles from lowe’s/home depot (the plain white or off-white ones are cheapest). Take a photo and trim it down to fit on the coaster. slather the coaster with ModPodge. Let it dry, then add a layer on top. let that dry. Repeat two more times. add a sealer (you can get any time from any hardware store like lowe’s… ask in the Paint dept. for one that repels/stands up to heat). let it dry and voila! instant DIY coaster.
and yes, it’s THAT EASY. I did one over the weekend. 15 minutes per layer of modpoge for a total of an hour. (bottom + 3 layers on photo). I’ve still gotta add the sealer, though. (didn’t have that on hand…).
you can use ANY photo printed out from CVS/Wal-Mart/Walgreens, etc. I had a photo of my art that I’d printed a while back on hand and used it.
Post # 5
Was your photo an actual glossy one or was it printed from your computer? That sounds really easy and doable!
I’ve thought about the dress catching on fire. Okay scratch that. I was thinking of having tables on either side of the alter with the candles and getting tall vases and putting flowers in them and filling with water. And then taking those vases and putting them on every other table for the reception, and the other tables that don’t have the vases, and I don’t know what it’s called, but get those brown branches and putting some orchids on them. Should I have the same centrepiece on each table or is it okay to have two different ones as long as they are about the same height?
Post # 6
@MissBabeski: Thatt sounds very nice. I am having three different centerpieces that I am spreading around the tables. So all the tables won’t have the same decorations, but they tie in.
Post # 7
@MissBabeski: it was a glossy. I make my own artwork, then print them out on glossy paper (usually 4×6) at CVS. I trimmed the 4×6 down to fit on the 4×4 ceremic tile. Put a layer of ModPodge straight from the bottle onto the tile, then placed the trimmed photo onto it and centered it. I let it dry 15 minutes, the added the first layer of modpodge. let that dry, then repeated the process two more times. It ended up looking like one I had BOUGHT. (except for the fact the one I bought goes to the edge and isn’t “raised”, but on well. the top is SMOOTH and you can BARELY feel the raised portion.)
hehehehe, my FI thought it was one we’d bought at first! lol (It’s actually tempting to make these and try selling ’em on Etsy to see if anyone would buy ’em.)
Oh, and this is the art I did for a character in the novels we write. 🙂 He is my ultimate FAVORITE character, lol, so I’m REALLY glad it turned out so well! LOL!