Post # 1
Good morning, bees!
i am starting to seriously think about decor for the reception and I am really torn over centerpieces. Now I know there are tons of “affordable” ideas out there, and I would be totally fine to have a DIY centerpiece. However, no matter what sites/stores and ideas I look at, I know I am not going to be able to do 15 centerpieces for less than $200-300.
Also, because the reception is being held in a small barn, it is very likely that about half of the tables will be collapsed after dinner for dancing room. With that in mind, I also don’t know if it’s worth putting all that money and effort into 15 centerpieces that will be out for a maybe two hours, which I will then have nothing to do with after the wedding is over. I would rather put that money into larger prop-type decor that will stay out all night. I also don’t want the guests to think the tables look completely bare.
So what do I do? Can I decorate other parts of the barn enough that no one will notice that the tables are lacking something? Or should I just suck it up and pay for centerpieces??
Post # 3
You don’t have to go crazy with centerpieces, but you could do something small like bud vases [which you can get for $1 each at dollartree.com], and buy flowers of your choice from your local supermarket [sams club also has cheap flowers].
That being said.. I think if you dont at least put SOMETHING on the tables, be it candles or flowers or something, it might look a bit bare. You could even make bouquets of season flowers that grow in random fields.
And also, decorating the rest of the barn to offset it probably wouldn’t be cheaper than just buying the centerpiecse.
It’s your reception, you can do it however you like!
Are you doing a dessert bar or anything? You could put some edible displays on each table.
Post # 4
@CountryBee13: You could do non-traditional and non-floral centerpieces that accent the tables. And also put more focus on putting decor up in the barn for dancing. I have seen on pinterest boards where people have decorated using fabric ribbons hanging and it looks pretty amazing. Just some thoughts… 🙂
Post # 5
I have a similar siruation but instead of the tables collapsing, we are serving food family style and the table id where the food will sit. Im contemplation a 1″ thick x 6″ wide x 5′ long cedar board, stained a rustic dark color with votive on it, i found said boards for 3$ a piece at a local hardware store. we are also using wine carafes fround at walmart for 2$ a piece for red an white to give a touchbof height. Another idea ive seen was decopaged wine bottles, with candle sticks in then that melt down onto the bottles. you can use news paper, old (reprinted) photos, a craft paper you like whatever. its a cery inexpensive project, just collect bottles! Or you can buy bottles on line for about 50 cents a. Hope this helps best of luck!
Post # 6
What about lanterns with candles?
Do you have a Hobby Lobby by you? If not, you can buy online…they have awesome sales and you can probably buy several lanterns in bulk for the range you’re looking at.
Maybe you can add some cornflowers, black-eyed susans, and other wildflowers to some cheap-o vases that you pick up at The Dollar Tree or at yard sales?
Post # 7
@CountryBee13: My centerpieces are costing me less than $5/table. Luminaries and a little DIY terrarium (made out of recycled trash and some moss).
Post # 8
We had a huge blow-up with our florist the week before our wedding, and ended up having to get the people doing our lighting to do our centrepieces. Bceause we had the cocktail hour outside, and then dancing etc inside, we needed two sets of centrepieces and what she had was only lighting, etc, which wouldn’t work outside.
I ended going to a thrift store, and getting a bunch of vintage books, bud vases and candles and making my own centre pieces for the outside. I don’t have pictures on this computer, but here was my inspiration pic…
Even with a few flower buds it cost us about $20-$30 per table, so it was totally affordable 🙂
Post # 9
You can check out the dollar tree (dollartree.com), save-on-crafts.com, local thrift stores, etc. for ways to find cheap decor for centerpieces. I spent well under $100 for 15 tables. Also, check out the classifieds section here for people getting rid of items.
Post # 10
Someone on here did Dollar Tree centerpieces the other day. I think it cost next to nothing.
You really need something in the center of the tables. You don’t have to have a giant pedestaled ball of 100 roses, but people will notice if there isn’t something.
What about serving your food family-style, or instead of having one big wedding cake, have one for each table? Either of those will make the food the centerpiece. You could also do a number of fancy sodas with a pretty container of stripey straws in the middle as a centerpiece. Candles would also work, as long as you have a fire extinguisher somewhere.
Post # 11
When is your wedding, meaning season wise?
I make wreaths, and table centerpieces based on things I find in my backyard, or in other peoples;)
you can find beautiful things, if you just look growing or around you and they cost nothing. Spend some money on maybe vases/jars,or thrift store finds for holding.
I would think you need something/anything on the tables. IMO you can’t just leave it barren. Even in the end if it’s just some baby’s breath in a jar.
Post # 12
200-300 divided by 15 is $13-$20 for each table! You could def do centerpieces for that! You could do as other bees have suggested and so something practicle like a dessert tree, or you could do potted plants perhaps that you could them set up elsewhere, or lanterns with some silk rose petals (3.99 at ikea) which you could also set up elsewhere after…. the possibilities are endless.
Post # 13
@CountryBee13: I think it’s a nice idea to have something on the tables just my opinion thou. There are cost effective options out there.
Another bee by the name of hisnightowl2014 just made these all items from the dollar tree and she said it was approx only $15 per table.