Post # 1
We’re getting married on a cruise ship and though we’re not expecting many people (less than 12 thus far) I still want to make it special, unique, and bring in some color.
I’m out of ideas and I don’t know what I can do to decorate my wedding ceremony and the reception space. Both spaces are very neutral with ivory/white and browns. My flowers provided by the ship are also ivory. I was thinking about wearing some funky shoes to break up all the blah neutrals with my white dress; but I’m not sure if that will be enough.
I have to come up with something that’s easily packable -cannot be preshipped, doesn’t have candles, preferably is also easy to clean up, and also cheap enough that if it doesn’t fit in our luggage on the way back I won’t be upset. Also in a perfect world, I’d like it to be something practical/functional for extended use and not necessarily plastered with our names.
Candles – OUT,
Glow Sticks – I’m not certain this would be allowed on the boat.
Glitter or Confetti – OUT,
Flowers – OUT too expensive on the ship.
Ribbon – maybe; but I’m not sure what to do with it.
Paper Lanterns – maybe; but are they stable enough to sit on a table/floor rather than hang from a ceiling.
Banner – Ok, but still have to come up with a plan to secure it.
Tins or little take out boxes – I’m hesitating with candy because its going to be hot.
Food/Disposable Water bottle – always a good choice but what?
Reusable Water bottle – these are frowned against by the ship because of people refilling them in unsanitary ways.
I’ve been looking through oriental trading and I can’t seem to find anything that’s colorful and functional that wouldn’t look weird in a ceremony space and/or a reception space.
Post # 3
I’ve thought about pashminas/wraps/scarfs in multiple colors but that would really only cover the women not sure what I could do for the male guests.
Post # 4
@gemchick82: are you looking for favours or decor with colour?
Post # 5
drapping? buy a long reel of organza tie a bow and drape it. or buy some tulle and make some pom poms ( i used my left over favours fabric). you can half make them before you go then cut the ends and fluff them their. or take tissue paper and make some on the boat? can cluster them sat on table or attatch to ribbon and hang from door handles , poles chairs….
do they have vases you can use? or glass bottles of water u can drink and save them as u go?? fill them up with water and add food colouring cluster 3 together each with different amount of food colouring to create different shades?
use burlap as a banner with white paint.to hang Make 2 holes at each end so you can tie it around a pole or something rather than thinking of using drawing pins….
Post # 6
@mypinkshoes: Perfect world both. But either way.
Post # 7
Hear your frustration. What ship are you getting married on? We’re getting off on a port and getting married
Post # 8
Paper lanterns are perfect because they come flat in a package. You can take some little lead fishing weights with you.. Just tape it to the cross bar on the bottom. Use an LED tealight inside.
You can use ribbon on the table in a decorative pattern.
If you want to hang a banner, take some 3M Command Hooks with you. They will stick to any surface and can be removed without causing any harm. You do need to put them up about an hour before hanging anyhting from them so they will be secure.
I think that would be more than enough color.
Post # 9
@gemchick82: a colourful or patterned table runner would break up the white/ivory and you could use it again. it also folds flat for your luggage.
tissue pomanders are cheap and really easy to make. they will look good as a runner on the table and will all some depth and colour. i did this and travelled with them. i made the tissue “fans” but didn’t fluff them yet. i put them in a big baggie and fluffed them when i travelled back home. the foam balls may be 2 or 3″ so a few of those won’t take up much space. you can fluff the flowers and assemble them in no time. you can just leave them behind b/c they are so cheap.
as for favours, whatever you choose, put them in a little coloured paper bag and set it on the table at each place setting. these will stay flat and you can assemble them on the ship. i know that you want to stay away from something edible (heat), so maybe you can get something that would suit a cruise or something at sea. a bottle opener or stopper is small and a dozen of these won’t take up much space.
Post # 10
How about paper pinwheels?
Post # 11
@maypearl: Allure of the Seas with Royal Carribbean.
@julies1949: Oh wow that’s a beautiful table setting. I would have never thought of that.
Thanks for the ideas. Just came back from dragging Fiance to Michael’s/AC Moore, JoAnne/Hancock Fabrics, & a few other shops today. Just trying to get some ideas. The best we’ve come up with thus far is using the “Welcome to Our Wedding Bags” with assorted colored tissue paper or fabric (perhaps the pashmina if I can get a good price) coming out the top as aisle runners or table toppers and then inviting the guests to take one per cabin. Inside the bags will be our “Pinch Provisions” bags, pen/highlighter combo, lifesaver candy, mesh day/beach bags, playing cards, and a little thank you note. I hope that’s enough. I’m just afraid of my guests not feeling well taken care of or special after spending so much money to cruise with us.
Post # 12
@gemchick82: wouldn’t you give the welcome bags to your guests as soon as they arrive on the cruise vs waiting until the wedding day?
Post # 13
@mypinkshoes: We are getting married the first full day on the boat and the following day is our first port. We thought about trying to track down everyone down when they arrived but decided that between the flight, arriving on the boat and just getting settled it might be too much. Most our party has cruised before. I believe the on board wedding coordinator will contact everyone with the time and location of the wedding. But you do make a good point. Something to think about.
Post # 14
@gemchick82: Maybe too much work but I folded 1000 paper cranes for my wedding that I traveled across the world to… I stopped at the step before you unfurl them, bound them in rubber band groups of 10, and strung them on strings when I arrived at my destination. They fit nicely in my suitcase.
Post # 15
I saw some colored LED sumergible lights that could really add color to your table and I love the colored LED balloons both at Save on Crafts.