Post # 1
I need help deciding on centerpieces for my reception. I am having an “elegant” wedding and using royal purples and white as my main colors. The reception is going to begin around 2:30 in the afternoon and I don’t know how to have a nice elegant reception without going broke. I can’t afford to have real flower centerpieces because there will be almost 30 tables so I was going to opt with either the fake flowers that feel real or try and use a lot of candles.
I would like other brides ideas and opinions on this or send me pictures. Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
@sunshine.lover: Candlelight is so lovely! Stalk Craigslist for your vases of various height and group together with candles. You can also buy the candles “used” b/c once you light them, no one knows they have been lit before (with the exception of tea/votive size of course).Place the vases on mirrors or decorative charger & scatter with rose petals in your colors.
Candlelight gives that elegant/sofisticated look without breaking the bank.
Also, check out http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/07/24/diy-details-centerpieces/#axzz2V0WHeKbO
For more ideas.
Post # 4
@wabanzi: Thanks for the ideas. I was going with a rustic chic wedding and then changed my wedding gown so I have had to start all over. I have about 100 mason jars of all sizes. Do you think that that would look out of place if i had different sized candles lit in them or should I go with buying voltives? Im just trying to save money everywhere that I can!
Post # 5
If your reception is at 2:30 pm it will still be light out. If your reception venue has windows and natural light, you may not be able to achieve the elegant feeling you want. Depending on the venue, the jars with various height candles could look nice, but I think it would give more of a country chic look.
Be careful. candles can be pricy especially larger ones. You may be able to do simple floral arrangements for the same price. Have you considered roses in bulk from Costco cut an placed loosely in one of the jars with a ribbon or lace wrap. Would you have someone who could cut and place the roses in the jars that morning for you.
The bottom line is that no one will scrutinize your decor the way you do…they will just be thrilled to be there with you!
Post # 6
@sunshine.lover: Are you changing just because of the gown or because you really want a classic/elegant look (vs. the rustic chic)?
Post # 7
1. Afternoon weddings can be a waste of candles unless you have no outside light and the main overhead lights are on dimmers. Buying the number of pillar candles to so something like the first pic would be astronomical in cost.
2. I’m not a believer that the decor has to go with the dress. Brides are most often dressed far more elaborately than any of the other guests or the decor.
3. Have you considered placing a votive nested in something- pebbles, sand, lentils etc etc in the mason jar and adding a few personal touches like books, cameras, old radios etc to reflect your hobbies and interests? If you buy all white flowers(or babies breath) you can easily DIY.
4. You could do the candle idea as in #3 then add a small vase with just one flower. You can use teacups, old silver pieces like cream and sugars, small jars etc, whatever you like the look of.
5. You could use babies breath which gives an elegant look at a lower cost.