Initially I didn’t plan on buying the tree. The plan was to put sticks/twigs into a pot filled with stones/sand to keep the twigs in place. I’m not sure why this plan didn’t happen and why we ended up buying the tree…
But anyway, we did buy the tree, from Hobbycraft no less, although we did manage to get it for £25.00 which is probably no more than a nice pot and stones/sand to fill it would have cost us.
I didn’t have any set ideas for what I wanted the wedding breakfast table centrepieces to be. I only knew I didn’t want floral centrepieces as that wouldn’t have worked with the rest of the wedding.
My Actual Centrepieces
A few months before the wedding the H2Bs Sister advertised on Facebook some birdcages she had used at her wedding, I thought the birdcages were lovely so I contacted her saying that I would like the birdcages for the H2B and I’s wedding. I figured any mutual guests, either wouldn’t remember that the birdcages had been used at the SIL2Bs wedding, or wouldn’t recognise them as I would dress them very differently.
In previous posts I have advised that the budget wedding planning couple can cross favours off of their list to help save money. Favour bags are definitely something unnecessary and guests definitely will not notice if they aren’t there. I still, and always will stand by this. However, if you do decide to include favour into your wedding breakfast, do not spend a lot of money on them. Even at my wedding, a couple were left on the tables at the end of the evening; and had we spent a lot of money on them we would have been gutted.
I’d always wanted to get married in Autumn, I couldn’t ever imagine myself getting married in any other month. I also knew from the start I wanted to bring the natural bounty of autumn into the decorations of the day.
The colour theme: Navy blue and Gold
Other themes: Autumn with a small nod to my husbands love of classic cars
First of all, choose which leaf you want to use, then pick them and press them.
Choose a good sized leaf as it has to be big enough to write your guests names.
In all honesty, I thought I could wait until the leaves fell naturally before collecting them, however the wedding date was 8th October, and I wanted to get the place names sorted three weeks before the wedding, as my hen was two weeks before and one week before felt like it would be cutting it too close. This, along with autumn starting a little late, meant that I had to pick the leaves from the trees. It just so happened that I stumbled upon a Hazel tree that had wonderful leaves the perfect size for place names, so picked more than I needed for just incase purposes.
Picking the leaves only three weeks before the wedding, meant I didn’t press them. This was a risky strategy, so if you can prepare further in advance I recommend you do.
What You May need:
Based on what I used
- PVA glue
- Leaves (in my case, Hazel leaves)
- Spare cardboard
- Spray paint in your chosen colours
What I did step by step:
- Apply a thin later of PVA to every leaf on one side. Allow the PVA to dry before doing the other side. I PVA’d both sides of the leaves as I thought this would slow the decomposing process and would give the spray paint a better effect. Applying the PVA with a sponge is much easier and quicker than using brushes.
- Take your leaves outside and using cardboard as a backing spray each leaf. It is up to you if you spray both sides or just one side. I sprayed one side of each leaf. Allow a good length of time for the spray paint to dry. Using spray paint is efficient and gives a good result.
- Using sharpie write your guests names on each leaf
- Once the ink is dry you can then spray clear paint over them or apply another thin layer of PVA.
I had my MOH, her boyfriend and my (now) husband helping me with the process from start to finish and the whole process (due to drying time mostly) took pretty much all day.
I’m not going to lie to you, it is perfectly natural to be planning two different weddings – your actual wedding and your fantasy wedding. Most of this blog looks at the real wedding, and how to plan your wedding for your real budget; but I’d like to share with you my fantasy wedding. The wedding dress, decorations etc that I would have if money were no object.
What fantasy wedding are you planning?