Post # 1
Hello, lovely ladies!
I went to see our reception site yesterday and I’m very excited but I have a few delimmas. The venue is a restaurant and we’re buying the place out between the lunch and dinner rush for an afternoon reception. The vibe is very dark wood, italian bistro and we love it. But we’re having some problems getting creative with the decor.
Because they don’t allow for much extra work for the wait staff beyond the usual place settings (bare dark wood tables, white napkins, white plates) I need to find SUPER quick and easy things that I can provide for them to add to the tables. And the kicker:
The meal is family style with lots of space in the middle of the tables being taken up by food so they don’t want any centerpieces.
We’re pre-setting water bottles labeled with number stickers as table numbers… but now what?
They said a colorful runner MAY be a possiblity. (I was hoping for burlap but with the muted look of the restaurant maybe color is better.)
Buy colorful napkins and use our own? That seems silly when the restaurant provides white ones.
They said they can put a favor on each plate. Maybe a single flower tucked into the napkin?
We are designing colorful menus for a splash but need some help.
The cake table and name card display will help create more of a “wedding-y” feel, but I don’t want this to just feel like a restaurant on any normal day.Colors are chocolate, sage and plum. HELP!! THANKS!!
Post # 3
i would definitely get colored sashes and napkins. you can always try to sell the napkins after your wedding.
a flower in each napkin is a great idea!
Post # 4
I just co-hosted a baby shower where we had the same issue…not really room for centerpieces on the tables. We ended up using the linens that the restaurant provided but we created menus in the theme and tucked them into the napkins for a pop of color. We also used the lampshade wineglass covers since they didn’t take up any additional space (wineglasses were already set as a part of the place setting). We tucked one of the favors (a candy baby bottle) in with the menu…you could definitely do that with a flower. We also used the baby shower invites in the center of each table…you could use table numbers. I think the runner is a great idea as well. Maybe instead of a solid runner, you can find fabric that incorporates all three colors and have some made.
Post # 5
Those are good ideas.
Is there someone you could ask to show up to the restaurant 30 minutes ahead of time to set some stuff up that the restaurant wouldnt do?
Is there space for large pots of curly willows and crystals or something in the corners?
Post # 6
lefeymw, I do think we can put a big arrangement on the guestbook table and some decorations on the cake table. I really wanted to make a bunting… maybe I can find a creative way to drape it around the cake table instead of high.
Also we can’t hang anything on the walls and we’re using assorted picture frames with chalkboard backing for the seating charts. I’m not sure if we need to hang them on a kind of bulletin board and set it up on an easel or what. It’s a little tricky. Spacial delimmas.