Post # 1
Well, I think the title says it all. I still have a lot of decor to figure out (pretty much all of the ceremony/reception decor I want on except for tablecloths, napkins, china and silverware which all come with my catering package), but I’m both a) strapped for cash and b) having trouble getting inspired. I am trying to find cost-effective but attractive ways to get everything figured out. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty with a bit of DIY, but I’m hesitating to buy things because I don’t really know what I want in a lot of cases. I’m so lost. D=
What I DO have:
– Place cards (but not holders)
– Card box
– Table numbers
Things I need to find on the cheap that are (immediately) concerning:
– Place card holders
– Ceremony decor – the place is quite pretty, I’m just thinking an aisle runner and maybe some other aisle decor? Pomander balls, maybe? (Anyone have tutorials on how to make either of these? 😉 )
– Centerpieces! This is a really big one for me. I’m trying hard to avoid using flowers, or at least to come up with a way to use cheap ones (and not very many). Big, grand flower displays and really elaborate centerpieces aren’t in the cards. Candles will probably need to be the focus, but it’s hard to get a lot of visual interest with just candles…
– Favours (hopefully something people will actually like!)
Please help! The more of this stuff I can buy on the cheap or make myself, the better. Some things (centerpieces and favours) I just don’t have any clue what to do about and could use some fun, affordable ideas to look into. Show me your inspiration, bees!
Post # 3
Do you have a theme or color palette? It would be easier to give suggestions with some more inspiration.
Do you and your Fiance have any interests or hobbies? These are ideal to personalize a wedding.
Books in combination with candles, and maybe minimal flowers, make great centerpieces.
Many Bees have used paper flowers- use old books or sheet music
you could collect or borrow a variety of containers for flowers
Ikea has lanterns that are very reasonably priced,
also Tolsby frames for table numbers or names. They are two sided, can be painted any color you wish, and are 99 cents each.
Most weddings only have centerpieces for decor despite what you see online or in magazines.
Post # 4
Sorry, I did leave out a few details, you’re right.
Wedding colours are orange and silver with ivory accents.
I looked into doing book centerpieces, actually, as we do both love to read, but I can’t find affordable, stylish books and I feel like modern ones would look odd. I haven’t really thought of any other themes I’d want to use/think would work, so I’ve decided to try to work without.
Post # 5
One of my clients did the book thing and they bought any old cheap books from the thrift store – they said the best luck they had was in the country and getting random hardbacks for $1 and taking the covers off and underneath were these great linen books. It looked fantastic!
Post # 6
Thrift stores are amazing places. You can also do a bunch of tea cups at different heights and designs, that is a nice vintage way. Also to add sparkle, use old broaches and put them nex to the cup on the saucer. I am using a 3 piece candle set I found at Bed Bath and Beyond and putting candles in it. I asked for BBB coupons from all over the country and people just sent a ton in, remember they will take ones that are expired, and each center piece was only $15 which is not too bad.
Also, look at places that can rent you the items you might need. I know there is one place in my home city that does it for a very reasonable price. Other places to look is Goodwill for vases, they are normally at most like $2.
Post # 7
I am doing books for ours but we don’t have ‘colors’ to match so any book works. Here is an example (I love showing it off!):
Post # 8
@Sevyn: Pintrest is amazing when it comes to tutorials on things. I think I’ve actually found a couple Pomander ones, under the Wedding category.
Goodwill and Value Village are both great for scavenger hunting. I found 18 identical tea light holders in one Goodwill alone, all under the price of 50 cents. My aunt even got lucky and found a whole bag of big seashells we could use as tealight holders.
Websites like Recycled Bride are great for that sort of thing too. People buy their stuff and don’t want to keep it after the wedding, so they sell it for a greatly reduced price. I think they are going by “Tradesy” now though. I got my veil there, for half of what I would have gotten it for in David’s Bridal
Post # 9
Try garage sales too! If there is one thing is abunance at garage sales is old books. Sometimes 10 or 25 cents! Read them or resell. You could make these too out of them. Very cheap and cute
Post # 10
@Sevyn: You can make covers for any book with appropriately colored paper. Japanese wrapping paper, or maps come to mind.
Post # 11
Candle centerpieces with a twist- paint the inside of common bottles various shades of your chosen color and use inexpensive tapers. Check with your venue to see if open flames are allowed.