Post # 1
I’m a bridesmaid in a July wedding and the bride and I are on a mission to find simple, cheap (emphasis on cheap) decorations that can make her reception hall look classy as all get out without being pretentious and stuffy. It’s a tall order. Any suggestions? Can you recommend any links? Do you have examples from your fabulous wedding?
Post # 3
If candles are allowed, I really like the look of candles of different sizes arranged on mirrors as centerpieces. I think it gives the room a really warm glow.
Post # 4
Hmm… i think lighting goes a long way. Maybe paper lanters, candles, mirrors, fruit, bowls or vases filled with water with floating candles, rose petals. In fact i saw a really cute display in a magazine where they "threaded" petals through string …almost like tinsel. With the candles and what not, it looked really cute. Or you could find bolts of fabric at the fabric store and do some draping…. good luck!
Post # 5
depending on the color of the wedding, you can always buy wholesale glass vases (could be 1 tall or 3 dif. sizes per table) and fill it with water and green apples or lemons (cut slices or whole), or limes.
Candles is a great idea two (3 candles per table, 3 dif. sizes), just make sure your venue allows open flame (if they dont then you’d need to find vases to put them into).
Or you can always make a composition of dif. color glasses in the middle with small candles inside (you can buy all sorts of cheap glasses in salvation army or other places of the sort).
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
Is she just looking for centerpieces or does she need to camouflage areas of the hall?
Centerpieces – maybe do mason jars, or "found objects" with one flower/ candle in them. Found objects being things you already have. Ex:mom has some pewter pitchers and bowls – I’m going to put flowers in there for some of the centerpieces. Borrowing stuff from Moms and Grandmas and in laws = free. One of the bees has gone to flea markets/ consignment stores and found items (cups, wine glasses) for centerpieces. They don’t have to be vases to work. Mason jars I think are $30 for a case.
For the hall overall I’d try christmas lights (might already have) and paper lanterns (from Ikea). Don’t know her color scheme or the halls color scheme so its hard to go to far. Potted plants/ trees if you can borrow from someone.
A lot of this depends on how down and dirty you want to get with decorating yourself.
Post # 7
works magic. you can bunch it up all over the place and its mad cheap. sprinkle petals in the layers….nice romantic affect that will heighten the look of those candles.
Post # 8
i saw a weddingbee reader do single flowers in empty wine bottles, which looked really classy. great if you and your friends/family drink wine. you could also combine with some empty tea/coffee canisters, ala martha stewart to vary the heights. that with some loose petals and votives on a mirror would look great. for long tables, i think lower centerpieces work better, like the canisters, and maybe put in a long table runner then scatter petals on top.
Post # 9
I’m with the girl who said candles!!! Get tons of candles ( The dollar store is your best friend)!!! Some cheap fabric from JoAnn’s for some nice pops of color on the tables and call it a day!! Dim the lights in the room and watch everybody ooohhh and ahhhh!
Post # 10
Great ideas! Keep them coming!
PS The bride’s colors are white and a light, smokey green.
Post # 11
You can use battery operated christmas light strands and paper punches to make stuff like this:
I was a bridesmaid and all the BMs pitched in to paper punch and stick the flowers on the lights. Too bad we didn’t get a pic of the decor (that’s my apt), but it looks magical. And it’s so inexpensive!
Another idea is to use ribbons and PVC pipes to make panels of ribbon walls in your color. It’s light, easy to assemble and covers a lot of space!
Post # 12
I’ve started collecting clear glass vases from second-hand shops (goodwill-type places?) and am planning to buy some cheap flowers like carnations to fill them with. Should work out to about $5 per table. They’re all completely different and I’m pretty sure it will look cute and fun, rather than cheap-o.
Getting some frosted votives for candlelight on the tables, to add a bit of warmth to the room, and hopefully that will be about it. The room’s fortunately plain rather than ugly, so once we dim the lights the tables will be the focal point.
Post # 13
get your butt to a craft store like yesterday! they have all of the christmas stuff like 80% off. just because its labeled "holiday" doesn’t mean you have to use them for holidays. (my colors are blue so i scored on the chunaka stuff) I went crazy, just because I don’t know what to do with the stuff NOW doesn’t mean I won’t find a place for it later. I got tons of ribbon, decorative branch like things, votives, bells, etc. all for like 50 bucks. You might be able to find light green but definitely white.
Post # 14
ditto on the holiday supplies. I was able to get 15 bags of crinkle cut paper for 75% off…you can’t beat that!
Another idea, do you have a Christmas Tree Shop store near you? I was able to get votive candle holders at 3 for $1 and 6 packs of plain silver candles (also from the holiday items) for $1 ea. The checkout lady thought we were crazy when we rolled up to the counter with a shopping cart full of candles and holders, but we got like half of my table decorations for less than $50! Another lady who was checking out at the same time said that she did the same thing when she got married!
Post # 15
Get big coffe cans and fill them with sand or stone and put branches in them. Cover the can with pretty paper or fabrick or even pictures oc the bride and groom. You can add water to the stone and have live branches with leaves or use branches stripped of the leaves and spray painted in the colors. use a little spray glue on to of that and sprinle some glitter or something else sparkley on top fo the paint to give a bit of glamour. Or you can add paper flowers in coordination colors tot he branches with a little Alene’s Tack Glue or a hot glue gun.
Post # 16
I read somewhere to focus on the tables, as the outter walls are not going to be the main item people are looking at. Jazz up your centerpieces and forget the walls – that draping and lighting is a lot of money to have others do it for you.