- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Once again I am in need of your advice (I can foresee that this is not the last time either). A little background info to make thing more clear: we are planning an asian-fusion, completely DIY wedding on a very small budget. Our colors are red, black and gold (and white or ivory). Our decor so far includes LOTS of origami decorations, fake latex flowers (moth orchids, lotus and peonies, white and pink), stalks of bamboo harvested in the nearby bamboo grove, manzanita branches, ikebana ceramic vases, river rocks (black, white and multicolored), lanterns and candles. All this will be eventually assembled into nature inspired asian-themed centerpieces.
Our guests table decor includes white round floor-length tablecloths, bright red table runners decorated with a golden tassels on each end and black napkins which will be folded and have a menu card inside. Also each guest will have a red origami favor box sitting on top of their folded napkins. I was thinking about adding round gold chargers to the table setting to add some glamour to it. However, I feel like it might make the table setting too formal, too serious and our wedding overall is more or less light hearted, not formal at all. So, I was considering other alternatives to the gold chargers and here is what I came up with so far:
Option 1 – 12″x12″ cork tile as a placemat (I could actually do some stencils of japanese characters for ‘love’ or ‘happiness’ in black on them), kinda like this
Option 2 – a bamboo placemat
Option 3 – woven round placemats (I LOVE these placemats, found them on IKEA web site, but since they are about 2$ per piece I’m not actually sure if we can pull these off)
Option 4 – a square of origami paper with a pretty design on it like these
Option 5 – gold chargers.
Another consideration of course is the overall cost. If I would go with regular chargers, I will be able to resell them and recover most of my initial investment, as they are popular with other brides. However, I’m not sure if I will be able to resell the other placemat options and I will end up with 80 identical placemats on my hands. So, what would you recommend? What would you do in my situation? Any opinions are greatly appreciated!