Post # 1
I had my rustic and elegant wedding centerpieces all planned out…White 6 ft tables, wide burlap runners, silver candlabras and mason jars with white and green flowers..
I ordered enough burlap from Gemplers for all 15 tables for $50!! http://www.gemplers.com/burlap
It was all going to be perfect until I learned today that I can’t bring outside linens to my reception site. I can only rent their burlap runners which cost $35 each x 15 tables is over $500. Plus they’re super skinny and not that cute. Not what I had envisioned….
I begged..I pleaded..with no luck. The Manager said I could bring in a burlap 18×18 square or 18″ circle. This is the size of a dinner napkin. Now I’m stuck…
Any suggestions for rustic centerpiece ideas? With or without candalabras? Anyone out there run into the same issue? I’m on a budget. I’m crushed!
Post # 3
Are they willing to compromise and let you pay a fee to bring in your own burlap runners?
Can you incorporate the burlap in another way that isn’t technically going to be classed as “linen”?
Post # 4
Uhh why won’t they let you bring them?!? That seems insane. And their cost is insane, runners cost like $5 MAYBE. Wow.
Uh… you could use the square under the center and instead of a runner use some kind of cool trailing vine or branch with candles around it.
Or make the illusion of a runner in flower petals?
Or… use more than one square (I think you are saying you have 6′ rectangle tables? And just have more than one “centerpiece” on the table. Obviously not THESE centerpieces, but this kind of idea)
Divide the table into thirds by using two centerpieces.
Or use something else as the runner like old barn wood (stolen from THIS thread on the Bee!)
Post # 5
Have you checked your contract? Does it actually restrict you from using your own linens?
If it does, you could make large burlap flowers and place them together as a runner.
Post # 6
i would argue that technically the burlap is not linen, and it is part of your center peice. you are still using their linen and you have chosen their wonderful venue because they are the best in service, but this seems like the worst service and you don’t want something so simple to ruin your wedding day and for you to inform all your connected brides of the unaccomodating un professional attitude of this venue.
don’t let them take advantage of you – like these other posts that have other examples of table runners – the flowers for instance – would the venue tell you you couldnt use it. If all else fails I think the old wood plank would be a fantastic comprimise. Sorry if I flew off the handle a bit, I just really got worked up about them not letting you have your vision. I hope this works out the way it should!
Post # 7
Is it a fire risk issue? You could always fireproof them. (spray it with something called flambar)
I would also argue they’re not linens. And more to the point they cannot provide you with a suitable alternative. (Since their option is too skinny).
I’m not planning yet, but this is one of the reasons I am seriously considering a backyard wedding. Even the venues that say “we want to help you achieve your vision” don’t let you do anything.
Post # 8
First, I agree with others who have stated that runners should not be considered part of the linen service (they are not essential like the tablecloth and napkins) and you should make it clear to them that your burlap is part of the centerpiece, not linen setup.
Can you cut circles out of the burlap you purchased? Since they’ll allow 18″ circles, you could cut out 4 or 5 circles for each table and line them up along the middle as a runner/centerpice base. Then alternate mason jars/candelabra/mason jars/candelabra/mason jars on each circle.
Post # 9
You could also use the square, overlap them in a diamond shape, a essentially create your own runners using smaller squares of fabric.
Post # 10
@Miss Mauverick: Thanks for the idea. They said I can use one square per table! I called them today and they said I can create a circle, but only one per table! They did say I could drape ribbon around the table.
Post # 11
@ladyartichoke: Wow, I really wish I would have read their fine print. This is one out of 9 things that I was told was not allowed and it went to all inclusive to quoting me about $2500k in upgrades. Backyard wedding is the way to go!
Post # 12
@chasesgirl: I love this idea…I don’t know if it will work with a round table though. What are your thoughts?