(Closed) Vintage/nature reception decors in Vancouver?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
10849 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 4
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
47203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 8
47203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

Spring Anthropologie Vintage door knobs burlap aqua yellow turquoise depression glass wedding Centerpieces and Decor ideas

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
47203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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 # 11
47203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 14
47203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.





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