Post # 1
My fiance and I have already booked a reception venue at Bridges restaurant in Granville Island, Vancouver…that’s where we had our first date and it’s a special place for us.
the thing is, we also like the vintage/nature look, but is having a lot of trouble imagining how to turn the nice restaurant that way without breaking the bank.
The tables are long…and they suggest having two centerpieces and we’ve got 15 tables so it means 30 centerpieces and as many of you probably can imagine, it’s crazy expensive >.<
I was wondering if someone have any ideas…i thought of burlap runners from save-on-craft…bird cages as centerpieces (but i can only afford one per table)..but everything adds up, candles add up..etc etc…and we just want to make it look neat.
Any ideas? any affordable rental place in Vancouver for vintage decors?
ANy suggestion is great!! Thanks!
Post # 3
What about hitting some vintage shops to collect various pieces you could use for centrepieces? You might find some nice lanterns or vintage pieces. You can always spruce them up with a coat of spray paint. You have lots of time to start building a collection of pieces. I did vintage teapots that I had our florist fill, and I bought them over the course of about 6 months. Also try Kijiji and Craigslist.
I also found a lot of stuff at Dollarama for accents, so have a look there. Sometimes they have stuff like bags of moss or river rocks. You can also order boxes of moss from your florist and it should be pretty cheap. I got a big box from a wholesaler for about $20 and I still have most of it left over!!
Oh and don’t forget to stake out what you like at Michael’s and shop with your 40% off coupon! You can download their app if you have a smartphone and the coupons are all on there, so you’ll never forget one again 🙂
Post # 4
Burnaby Bag and Burlap sells wholesale burlap, so you should be able to get it locally for fairly cheap. Also try the flea market or Antique Alley in New Westminster, or antique stores in Cloverdale. You can get some great deals, and people are generally willing to bargain when you are buying multiples. Some of the antique places will even buy the stuff back after the wedding, so it’s almost like renting.
If you can’t tell, I’m also having a vintage wedding in the area! So much fun! Good luck!
Post # 5
Watch the free ads in Craigslist and place your own wanted ads. I gave away a bunch of silk cherry blossoms to a bride from Vancouver who posted a wanted ad on craigslist.
Shop garage sales for vintage items- much cheaper, also the Cloverdale and Langley flea markets- every weekend.
You can get tree slices free from landscapers.
Remember that you can make your own “milk glass” by swirling white paint inside those cheap glass vases from Value Village and the Sally Ann
Look at this recent ad on craigslist:
Here’s another selling 100 wine cork place card holders for $30
Try http://www.trovevintage.com for rentals
PM me if you want me to keep my eye out for any particular items. I shop the thrift shops all the time for decor I do for charities.
Post # 6
I never actually looked for these vintage style stuff so I totally blanked out, not sure where to go/how to find stuff.
and btw julies1949, I DO want a tree slice and have been looking for a way to create one or get one and yes I keep hearing landscapers give them away for free since they have no use for them but I have no idea where to look for these landscapers? any tips?
just wondering also..how do people usually fill long tables?…my tables are like 150″ long..and I’ve been looking through images and everything…googled and all..but I just can’t seem to imagine how I could put a pretty table together without acutally hiring someone to do it
if you guys can’t tell, I’m totally not crafty and when it comes to these decoration stuff, I’m totally helpless >.<
Post # 7
btw my fiance and I did go out to pick up a bunch of small and large rocks to use as escort cards (or rocks..in this case) and table numbers (just used acrylic paint on the large rocks, turns out pretty good actually)..
do you guys think a bird cage centerpiece would look good on a long table?
I kinda like the idea when I saw images (http://www.save-on-crafts.com/birds.html)
but I thought maybe it’ll kinda be weird…I thought about putting a large pillar candle in each, and maybe lay moss under the candles…and just sprinkle little flower pedals around….but I then realized that might look really empty for long tables
Post # 8
I think what you’re thinking of is “tablescapes”. Google that and you will get ideas for spreading vases, vintage pieces, etc down the length of the table.
see how they have votives clustered, chestnuts scattered and 2 centerpieces down the length of this piece of barnboard
this one shows all sorts of vintage items used in a tablesacpe- even a small suitcase!- caneras, china,flowers in vases, clocks etc
here’s one that shows things clustered on a bulap runner-grapevine balls, succulents, candles, etc no flowers!
Are you looking for a tree slice for under your cake? Just phone up some landscapers and ask of they are going to be cutting down some trees to save you a section. You can also use them under centrepieces
ETA just saw this ad on craigslist for free firewood- check out this kind of ad to get the tree rounds
or this one:http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/zip/2578046838.html
Post # 9
@chx_101: Just to let you know. We were in Ladner today- went into the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Hospital Thrift Shop. They have milk glass and cut glass vases, bowls, serving pieces etc starting at 10 cents.
Post # 10
This is awesome!! I don’t feel alone anymore when it comes to these stuff
often I don’t wanna bombard people who are not interested to help me think where to get stuff..i feel so loved on this board 🙂
i really like the bottles & the barnwood table runner…my FI and can probably find some free fence wood out on Craigslist and stain it darker?
all of a sudden I feel overwhelmed because I’ll have to start collecting stuff…
thanks for all the suggestions!!! I’m going to start collecting tablescape pictures to get more ideas 😀 it’s nice to know where to search for stuff now!
Post # 11
Glad to be of help.
Collecting pics is a good idea. It will help you focus on what you really like.
Then it’s merely a matter of tracking stuff down.
As I said before, PM me if you need any other help or ideas.
Post # 12
Hi everyone!! I’m back and with ideas after talking to my fiance & both of us went around and did research..looked at things that we can get cheap but nice..
so here’s what we’re planning:
-mini potted flowers as favor + centerpieces
we’re going to get terra cotta pots, spray paint them white (since we’re already doing 2 bright colors – purple & yellow, we don’t really wanna add another layer of colors). replicate that project with the right colored flowers from costco. each one should cost ~$1.50 / guest
doubles as a centerpiece grouped in 3s or 4s for long tables and round tables..we’ll probably write “Thank you for sharing this special day with us” or something on the pots.
-bake chocolate chip cookies as extra favors & snack while guests wait for dinner – ~$0.40 /guest
for the tablescape, we’re using burlap table runners, scatter some moss around. placed potted flowers & candles around, also a large rock table number (which we’re picking up from nature & with numbers painted on)
other decors that we’re thinking of having include:
-wood slab cake stand (still trying to find one…)
-bird cage stands
-rock escort cards
how do you guys think that sounds?
one more thing though..I’m having trouble estimating how much moss I need. I have 12 tables + 1 head table + 1 sign in table…Save-on-craft sells a 7lb box for $25 (but shipping is like $20)…and I’m not sure if I need that much??
or does any bee know where I can get moss locally at a reasonable price?
Post # 13
so my fiance & i got together over the weekend, did research and everything and kinda turned this into a more rustic/nature theme…(i think).
we’re going to DIY mini flower pots ( http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/flower-pot-favors-and-centerpieces/6 ) & cookies for guests = should total around $2/guest
the flower pots will also serve as centerpieces.
for the tablescape:
burlap runner with scattered moss coverings
flower pots + candles (we will have 8-10 pots/table and 7-8 tealight candles..should fill it up eh?)
rock table number (picked up from beach and painted # on)
cookies packaged in treat bags placed on plates
how do you guys think that sounds?
other decor we are planning:
bird cage card holder from save-on-craft
tree slab as cake stand (which we still couldn’t find yet…)
river rock escort cards
we do have a question for the smart & experienced bees out there though, we do want to use moss to scatter at diff places to achieve the nature feel indoors. Save on craft sells 7lb for $25 (shipping is like $20). Do you guys think we actually need 7lbs for ~14 tables?
does anyone know where I can find enough moss at reasonable price locally?
Post # 14
Wow! You guys have been hard at work planning. Sounds like it’s coming together beautifully.
I just came on to give you a source for old lumber:
I think I gave you a source for moss in your other post. Because they sell it by the sheet it may be easier for you to figure out how much to buy.
Do a mock up of your tables- use white sheets, brown paper bags opened up to be the burlap runner. Use tissue paper to be the moss. etc etc etc Once you have it all arranged, and the tissue scrunched to a size you like, measure it ( e.g 5″ x 7″= 35 sq inches x 3 on each table x 20 tables) to get the square footage of moss you need.
There are several ads on craigslist for firewood. This one has obvious slabs in the pic. Even if they are too thick, pick one up and worry about getting it sliced thinner later. You could probably get someone at a chainsaw supply store to do it for you free.
Post # 15
sweet! Thanks for the great idea on mocking it up too!