Post # 1
I have a bit of a dilemma…ok, a big dilemma :(. A week after we get married (sept 2012) my fiance and I are flying across the country to hold a second reception, since that is where all his family lives. We wont arrive in his home town until a few days before the reception.
Sooo, what am I to do about centerpieces for 7 or so tables?? Since we are paying for two receptions, ordering flowers from a florist isn’t in the budget, and I’m apprehensive about winging it and counting on getting enough fresh bouquets from a local store. and our venue doesn’t really have anything.
Any not-too-fragile centerpiece ideas that are transportable by plane?
Post # 3
Could you just have his mom or someone else in his home town shop in advance for you? Or order online and have something shipped to his parents house? We did lanters with candles of half our tables and they were really pretty and not too expensive. But fragile, so transporting on a plane might be tough.
Post # 4
@Moose1209: Thanks for your suggestion, however his mother is deceased and father isn’t really in the picture. And no female relatives that he is close enough to, or trusts enough to take on this responsibility.
Post # 5
I think there are a lot of good options for transportable centerpieces. What kind of vibe/theme are you going for with the decorations?
I’ve seen a lot of people use stacks of vintage books–that would work. There’s always mason jars–we’re using mason jars as part of our centerpieces. We’re putting flowers in some and candles in others. They’re thick enough glass that you wouldn’t have to worry about them breaking. And if you do want to get flowers (we’re just going to buy ours from a farmers market a day or 2 before) it doesn’t really take that many flowers to fill up 7 mason jars.
Post # 6
Can you find some vintage looking boxes and fill them with fruit when you get to your destination? The boxes will be very light when it comes to taking them on the plane. Remember though, that you could ship those centerpieces out east ahead of the first reception in Alberta.
You could make trifold picture centerpieces. They fold flat for transport. Place a votive candle inside.
Post # 7
Great ideas, thanks girls! I was also thinking something involving DIY silk flower pomanders. I wonder how they would fare in a suitcase……
Post # 8
Silk pomanders are very light. They would work fine. It might still be an idea to ship them east ahead of time so someone can hang them up to fluff out in case they are crushed a bit in shipping.
Post # 9
A friend used these at her wedding if you just have 7 tables you could buy these online and havevthem shipped there. Or call a local store in advance and put in a special order and take the coupons they always send in the mail for 20% off they let you use one per item http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=16040932 Or some kinda simillar candle collection maybe hit up a doll or store when you get in town… Or buy online from dollar tree and have it shipped
Post # 10
What about something like this with silk flowers?
Post # 11
If there is a week inbetween the ceremonies, can you not UPS them the day after, or Monday at the latest?
Post # 12
Perhaps you can call a local store that would have fresh flowers (costco? sam’s club? trader joes?) and just have them order enough flowers for you to pick up so you can DIY your centerpieces with some dollar store/ikea vases?
Sad that you are having this reception FOR THE FAMILY but the family couldn’t help you out a little? or some friends that live there? Is there an address you could ship things to?