Post # 1
a lot of you know I’m trying for a ‘playful’ ‘whimsical’ ‘casual’ feel at my reception. probably an early dinner (lots of old people) or lunch, not a lot of alcohol if any, buffet style soup and sandwiches.
some ideas I’ve had were
1) a photo scavenger hunt (stuff like ‘a couple kissing’ or ‘something round’ etc. got the idea from Martha)
2) a magnetic poetry wall (maybe a wheeled chalkboard?) where the line for the buffet will queue
okay, part of what got us here was not wanting to break the bank. so … that leaves me dreading the thought of floral centerpieces. They just seem SO expensive! Especially in the winter (when we’ll likely get married) and nothing is in season.
I thought about doing single bud ‘vases’ using test tubes (J is a science teacher), but that’s pretty … labor intensive, since my dad would end up needing to make stands for ALL of the them (he does woodworking) and we’ve got like 20 tables probably.
What are some fun centerpiece ideas you’ve seen/thought of/come across/etc. ? I’m totally happy to DIY them, but am not really a ‘manazita’ branch kind of girl (it took me forever to figure out what the crap those ever were!), or the ‘stick tissue paper into foam shapes for 95 hours’ kind of girl, hehe.
Any help? Maybe, can anyone think of a way I could incorporate old board games or kids games into centerpieces? like hungry hungry hippo or rock em sock em robots? or candy land?
Post # 3
Wow, daydreamwanderer. First the soup and sandwhich buffet and now this? You continue to “Oooooo” me. And in that vein:Ooooo I LOVE the boardgame idea! I’ve never heard of it, and I think it’s creative and will go with your theme perfectly. I don’t think you’d need to do anything special with the old board games….just plop them in the middle of the tables and let the games begin!
Fiance and I are thinking that we’ll do photos of us as centerpieces. We’ll either go with angular circles, or use those plastic frames that are semi-circular.
Post # 4
I love the test tube idea- You could purchase racks for the tubes-
Half way down the page are a few wooden options, and after doing a google search I found silver and plastic ones you could paint.
If that’s not an option- I saw a wedding that used large white bowls full of lemons (peaches/apricots would be really pretty too) and a few small white flowers stuck in the crevices- it was very pretty. There’s always the candle centerpiece angle as well, not to mention something similar to this. I also like the idea of doing a wedding cake centerpiece for each table in lieu of a huge wedding cake. You could have it coated in sugar crystals if you’re going to a winter theme.
and here’s a page from offbeat bride http://offbeatbride.com/2007/02/non-floral-wedding-centerpieces#referrer you may want to view.
Post # 5
@Miss Helen, thanks. I’m blushing a little bit. Actually, I think that compliment was one of the first “woah… I’m actually planning a freakin’ wedding!” moments I’ve had. hehe….
@maureen9004, yeah, I’ve looked at them through bulk science suppliers and stuff… I’m worried that they’ll either 1) be too small for the tables (we don’t have a location booked yet, but most venues have round ten tops), and worry putting, say, 3 racks on each table, with only 3-4 flowers in each, will just look … lacking. Plus it adds up quickly, and would be a TON of setup work!
I’m not sure… I was thinking about asking Dad to make round racks (or semi circle, put 2 on each table) to save cost of making them. He is a real whiz with his skill saw, and would like to be involved I think. I’ll have to find SOMETHING for him to make!
I’d like to come up with something playful or interactive but worry the board games on tables would make it feel like a kids’ birthday party, you know?
oh yeah, and I can’t BEVLIEVE i haven’t seen that Offbeat Bride article! GREAT ideas!!!
Post # 6
I love the old board games idea – and it would photograph so well! Definitely just “set up” the games in the centre of each table; if you want to give them a bit more height, you can put them on top of antiquey-looking blocks of wood or on top of some old big children’s books.
ETA: Also, if you’re worried about it looking kiddie, you can always mix it up – board games on some tables, other tables can have old books and then you could scatter teacup candles or single blooms in teacups throughout for a whimsical Alice in Wonderland feel.