(Closed) Need Advice: Staying Budget (Tablecloths, Chairs, Alcohol)

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think your ideas for chairs and tablecloths are totally fine! Tableclothes are wayyy too expensive. Our venue comes with plain white tableclothes and we are just going with that haha.

For the alcohol… You need to check your state’s laws, a lot of states require someone to serve liquor at events. (i.e. guests can’t help themselves) But if your venue allows you to BYOB, you will still be saving a lot of money by getting a keg – since a lot of venues charge per drink!

Not sure about where is the best place to buy disposable place settings, I would check Costco or Sam’s Club, that’s where I usually buy in bulk 🙂

Post # 4
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I wouldn’t worry about the chairs too much. The only time you will notice them is before the guests arrive! Once there are butts in the chairs, all you will be able to see are the people who love you 🙂

And I second checking Costco or Sam’s Club or other bulk store.

Post # 6
46595 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you have come up with ideas that will be perfect for your reception.

The brown chairs will be perfect with the burlap.

These are beige not brown but you get the idea:

Smarty Had a Party has nice disposables, both faux linens, flatware and cutlery.

Bamboo, corn or palm leaf disposables would be perfect for your wedding too.

There are previous posts discussing the various options:



Palm Leaf



Post # 8
11418 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

In reviewing your list of beverages that you plan to provide, I didn’t see any selections for those who do not drink alcohol. Are you also planning to have any soft drinks and bottled water available?

Post # 10
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@carolyn.sp.79:  I would add iced tea to your non alcoholic selections, also possibly a non cola soda (like sprite or 7 up) if you can make room in your budget.

I agree with Smarty Had a Party for settings. Since you have so much time, you could also get good deals by waiting for coupons to Party City (they offer $10/30 relatively frequently, and I love their settings) or JoAnns/Michaels (they accept each others’ coupons, and you can usually get up to 50% off). You could buy a bit at a time, or go with your friends/mom/siblings, each with a coupon in hand. We did this for some of our favors, and they ended up being the same price or cheaper than buying things in bulk on ebay or the like. 

I don’t know where you’re from, but Old Time Pottery, Pat Catan’s and Flower Factory have amazing deals on things like this, but that’s not an option everywhere.

All your ideas sound really cute! We used wine bottles (not full, though) as table numbers, and it worked out great


Post # 11
1 posts

We are doing my daughter’s wedding on a very limited budget and no alcohol.  It is a very, very DIY rustic themed wedding.   We are also doing a BBQ buffet (sliced brisket, links, mac & cheese, green beans, corn, salad and rolls).   I have white square glass plates but ordereded the bamboo silverware, bamboo salad bowls, and bamboo dessert plates.  We are doing brown butcher paper for tablecloths and making the oyster colored burlap runners.  We are also using the coffee filter pomanders on wine bottles, mason jars, etc., and the covered tin cans for centerpieces.  Unfortunately, she gave me 3 whole weeks to plan, so I am hoping this all comes together.  (Knowing my daughter I had a feeling that would happen so I have been secretly collecting a few things every once in a while).  Will post pics to let you know how it looks! 

Post # 12
11418 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@carolyn.sp.79:  Oh, that’s good. I figured you had to have something in mind for those who cannot or do not wish to drink the alcoholic beverages.  As long as you are offering options that include non-alcoholic, diet, caffeine-free, and caffeine-free diet beverages, you should be fine.

Post # 13
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Will the caterers help out with refilling the decanters? I would skip the Long Islands…that’s a lot of booze to be serving. I’d do beer, wine, and one speciality drink- keep it simple!

Post # 14
42 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

@carolyn.sp.79:  I love the butcher paper idea!  I may have to steal it!  

I’m planning on doing some sort of large punchbowl spiked with punch and also basically just putting out a bunch of liquor and mixers on the table so people can make their own.  I hit a good half off stale at Rite Aid a few months ago so I’m pretty well stocked on the liquor.  

Post # 16
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I love your vision!!!  Mine is so similar.  Your food, decor ideas, and drinks go very well with your theme.  We are having a southern style DIY wedding.  The actual BBQ, Rib sampler, and chicken tenders (for the kids) will be from our favorite BBQ here in Richmond.  And then the sides, mac and cheese, mac salad, green beans, salad, and rolls will be made by family.  We are doing canisters of lemonade and tea, bottles of water, 1 keg of Bud Light, maybe two different flavors of the bottles of Mikes hard lemonades, and cokes.  We are planning on buying the silver looking pails to put them in. 

I need to start picking up packs of disposable plates and bowls every week.  Sams Club and Party City has them.  Party City has sales pretty often.

I know I didn’t really help with your post.  lol  But I just had to comment.  Also, I get married in March so I can send you pictures of how mine turn out.  lol

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