(Closed) Decorating Help Desperately Needed

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
1765 posts
Buzzing bee

Hi Mona,

(Nice name, my grandmother and my mom had that name).  I have a few ideas, but would like a little more of an idea about your style and colors.  Is there anything in particular that you like or don’t like? 

Post # 5
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

What about getting some single flower vases at a dollar type store an putting a single flower in each one for the centerpeices. Even if you aren’t crafty, you can get some paint from the craft store and paint the vases, if you don’t like the color, to match the color you want. Also, go to the thrift store and look for lace tablecloths and other fabric that would work for tablecloths. Most thrift stores have certain items on sale for even better savings. Ask them when the items you need will be on sale. They should be able to tell you.

Post # 6
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You could go to your thrift store and get a bunch of random vases and spray paint them whatever color suits your wedding colors best for centerpieces. I looked for a photo but I can’t really find one…

Post # 7
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I like the look of burlap on tables.  If you need something to cover the tables with you could probably get burlap for reasonable prices and you don’t need to finish the edges with a sewing machine, you can just cut it and drape the tables for a rustic vibe.


Post # 8
46406 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Your wedding website is great. I would pick up on the colors you used there and go with the burlap runners.

One idea would be to highlight your interests as the centerpieces. Use stuff you already have-sailing for your fiance, music  for the rock star, something to highlight your daughter. Appoint a family member to gather it all up at the end of the reception. As it is a daytime wedding, you don’t need to devote any $ to candles.

Another idea would be to gather interesting driftwood shapes and just use those.

Or, borrow teacups from your older guests and relatives and stack them in a casual manner, with crocheted doilies underneath- also borrowed.

Or, scout out second hand books that reflect your lives and your interests and stack those up.



Post # 9
1765 posts
Buzzing bee


Sorry for the late response.  My husband came home and wanted to go out for a cup of coffee.  I was also thinking of either unbleached muslin or burlap too.  Then what about succulents planted in small galvanized buckets or terra cotta pots or tea tins or even less expensive, a variety of brightly labeled different sized tin soup, olive, tomato, fruit and pie filling tin cans, etc, placed on top of extra squares of your floral napkin sheet fabric?  Then the centerpieces should be heavy enough (hopefully so as to not to tip over, and you wouldn’t have to worry about flowers tipping or candles tipping over.  On another table (more sturdy I hope) you could use milk glass vases and white plates and epoxy to make your cake plates. Or you could put chocolate brown baskets and fill them with granny smith apples and make a floral (sheet) fabric bow on a floral stick and place it on the basket, with a sign that says “take one” and they can double as your favors?  Or you could make pinwheels with messages on them, in a galvanized pail the center of the table.  


See the bucket with green apples?  I would stay away from glass containers that could slide off the table and break.  I also think a sprig or two of lavender tied with a ribbon around the napkin would look nice!  🙂 Rhonda


Post # 10
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

hi there i love the idea of the apples as someone said above… you could borrow basket of all shapes and sizes and fill them with those. that way you could focus your money on linens and candles etc.


Post # 11
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

A pretty gingham check fabric could also make pretty, “rustic”, and colorful tablecloths that don’t really need much by way of centerpieces! Often discount fabric stores will have gingham checks on sale.

I forgot to say that you have my sympathy — we are trying to stick to a small budget and have a room with a view — but the room is relatively plain and it will be hard to do a South Asian fusion look unless we get pretty creative!

Post # 12
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Well I think of different things when I think of shabby chic & rustic.  Rustic I think more country meets chic, shabby chic I think more prints, shades of white and pink, feminine details…

For Rustic how about this:

Yeah, you could do wonderful things with apples & pears in october, or gourds! How wonderful would lots of colored gourds look!  Collect some in a metal tin, or in a vase.  Or get plastic cake plates & stack them and cover them in gourds.  Personally I think that a big pumpkin painted with the table number would be adorable!  You could use muslin for table coverings.  Or have burlap runners and placemats over a simple white fabric. 

Twinkle lights!!!  They are cheap & make a drastic impact. 

Check out Mrs. Cowboy & Mrs. Cherry Pie for inspiration!

For Shabby Chic:

Look for chandeliers at garage sales.  You could still use gourds, just paint them white.  You could buy tea cups at second hand stores or garage sales & make them into candles.  White milk glass vases can be found at goodwill, garage sales, second hand shops.  You could put a couple on a table and fill them with dried grasses, or wheat, or a simple pale colored bloom.  Look at Mrs. Mouse’s wedding, very shabby chic meets garden wedding.

Post # 13
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Tissue paper poms!! 

Post # 14
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’d like to help…can we see photos of the community center…??

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