Budget Table Decorations


For your wedding guests the table decorations are the ones they will have the most time to view so it is important to take time to think about how your table decorations will fit within your chosen theme and style AND within your BUDGET.

There are a lot of companies out there who sell or hire everything you can possibly need to decorate your reception tables. Buying or hiring the full table detailing may not be the best idea for the couple getting married on a budget. As a person I would not be described as crafty by others nor by myself; however DIY reception table decorations are easily do-able by even the most inept crafter.

Work With The Season
Autumn is my favourite month. The colours of the turning trees and plants, the falling of the leaves, the fresh crisp mornings and the bounty of free beauties.
Bring the autumn in to your autumnal wedding
Name cards just got fun..... spray leaves with gold paint. When dry use a soft tip black permanent marker to write names. Autumn wedding perfection!Leaves make perfect place names for your reception tables. I love the look of them sprayed gold with guests names hand written on to them in sharpie.

When choosing your leaves it is best to take them early in the season on a dry day. If need be you could take them while they are still on the trees and even before they start to turn.

You could forgo the spraying and write place names on them as is for a more natural and earthy look.

leaf shapes can even be attached to a natural favour such as an apple or pear for a spring wedding. Attach the leaf shape with the guests name written on it to the fruit of your choice with a pin or tooth pick.

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Other autumnal items to bring in to your wedding are pine cones, acorns and conkers.

Fill the bottom of your jar with acorns, conkers or pinecones, stick in some small branches that still have leaves attached and then add your own touches. The examples here utilises gold bell strings and tiny battery operated fairy lights.
For a December wedding you could add fill the bottom on the jar with small tree decorations and stick in thin branches sprayed white or silver and hang Christmas decorations and fairy lights from the branches.
The battery pack of the fairy lights could be hidden in the base of the jar to keep everything tidy.

Rustic Natural Influence
For a Spring or Summer wedding bring the outdoors in with rustic influences.
Wedding centerpiece ideas Forget-me-nots!!
Team un-decorated glass jars and pots with wild flowers, short pillar candles and a narrow un-treated log circle.

Keeping the center of gravity of your table decorations low enables better communication between the guests at each table; which will create a better atmosphere – what more could a bride want than a buzzing conversational and relaxed atmosphere on her wedding day.
Baby's Breath and Mason jar. Simple and beautiful. Wedding decorations

Babys Breath is BIG at the moment and simply stunning when teamed with simple jars, and works well for any wedding theme!

Go simple and rustic with babys breath or glitz things up by putting clumps in jars that have been customised with glitter or spray painted in the your wedding colour/s.

Spray painted bottles

I’m going to end this post with the elegance of spray painted bottles. The bottles need cost you nothing, just save up some spray painted old glass bottles with gold metallic paint. Used shower curtain rings as bottle decor.wine bottles or even nice olive oil bottles, glass coke bottles or even glass water bottles. You can even ask friends and family to save some interesting shapes bottles for you. The variety of bottle shapes and heights only adds to the effect.

Clean the bottles out thoroughly and  spray paint them your chosen colour. I think metallic colours look amazing!

Add glitz with bangles (the attached picture uses shower curtain rings!), or wrap strings of “pearls” about the thin part of the neck. Put a mix of bottle shapes and heights on each table and stick flowers or feather in the top of the bottles to create height and interest.

These bottles could be stood on mirror plates or complimented with table crystals.

So there you have it; some interesting ways you can create budget table decorations that look anything but cheap!

Continuing the bunting theme


A friend of mine who is also a bride to be, getting married in November this year, and I went to a wedding fayre at a venue near us.

The wedding fayre was my first ever fayre, and to be honest it wasn’t great. I’ve heard people talk about a lot better wedding fares; however I did get a really good idea!

In the reception room at the evening they had tables laid out with flowers and stationary examples and the supplies of those flowers and stationary were also in the room.

One table really stood out for me!

The colour theme of the table was Orange, Yellow and Blue – not exactly to my liking – but I loved the paper pinwheels and the bunting idea for the menu’s.

Here is a close up of one of the bunting menu’s on the table. Although I loved the pinwheels, my budget wouldn’t really allow me to bring in yet another dimension to the wedding, but the bunting for the menu really inspired me!

So while making the bunting as discussed in my previous post we decided to make some bunting for the menu and the place names.
What you will need:

  • Card
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • fabric cut into bunting triangles (to see how to do this see my previous post.)
  • Bunting line
  • Sowing machine
  • Craft Glue

With your chosen card draw triangles onto the card to the designed size. We chose to make our triangles a good size but still smaller than the fabric triangles.

Then cut these out. We used A4 paper, folded the paper in half and drew the triangle going down from the folded side.

This meant that we could write the place-name on the top side, and open up the triangle of card to write the menu on the inside.

You will then want to sow the bunting triangles onto the bunting line. Which is quite easy especially if you have been sowing loads of bunting already.

Simply pin the bunting triangle onto the bunting line and sow.

Due to wedding guest list issues we haven’t got much further than this, and we do need to confirm the menu with the venue, however, once you’ve sown your bunting and written your menu and/or place settings onto your card attach your card to your bunting with craft glue.

Here is a mock-up of the card part.

Making of Bunting


This weekend my MOH and I got together for another weekend of wedding crafts. Some things that we want to get done, such as the Table Plan, Place Names and Menu’s etc can’t be done yet as the guest list is up in the air at the moment due to family issues relating to the afore-mentioned guest list. So we had to move onto the bunting.

The hardest part of the whole process was getting to grips with the sowing machine; as neither of us had handled a sowing machine since GCSE Design and Technology class.

Here are some pictures of us trying to set the sowing machine up for you to giggle at.

Now you’ve had a giggle at us, lets get down to the How To.

You will need:

  • Your chosen fabric (We had four different fabrics, green gingham check, plain cream, gold netting and brown netting)
  • Cardboard
  • Pinking scissors
  • Sowing machine etc
  • Pins
  • Bunting line

1) You need to create a triangle template out of cardboard to the desired size.

With the fabric you have chosen, layer two of the fabrics on top of each other and pin them along the top of the fabrics.


We layered them on top of each other so that it cut down on the labour time of cutting the fabric into the triangles. Don’t worry too much about holding the fabric taut when cutting around the triangles. We kept the fabric loose, so that the fabric triangles were slightly bigger than the cardboard template.

2) Once you have your triangles cut out you may want to choose a pattern for them so that you know how you are going to attach them onto your bunting line. The pattern we went for was; cream & brown, cream, green & gold, cream, green & brown, cream & gold, green etc. This gives you structure to what you are doing.

Once you have decided on your pattern you will then want to start pinning the triangles onto the bunting line.

As you pin the triangles onto the bunting line make sure you are evenly spacing the triangles on the line. We used a piece of cardboard to measure the spaces.

3) Start sowing the triangles of fabric onto the bunting line, removing the pins as you go.


I continuously sowed for the duration of three films. Free Willy, Free Willy 2 and Free Willy 3. Before I knew it I’d mounted up a fair pile of bunting.

Here is the finished product.

What came after the amazing fork pom pom!


The Worlds Best MOH sped through making the pom poms once we mastered the fork technique; so much so that we had a very productive production line. At times I thought I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with my job of cutting the hoops and tidying the pom poms up.

Once we had used up all the wool I had making as many pom poms as we possibly could it was time to actually get making the button holes, bridal bouquet and wrist corsage’s.

Button Holes
One moment I was tidying some pom poms while watching an apparently tear-wrenching film, the next minute The Best MOH EVER was holding up towards me a wonderful button-hole. The film did not make me cry, but the button-hole did. I was so happy! I knew what I wanted to achieve but as someone who has less creativity than an armless gibbon I was sceptical that I would be able to achieve what I wanted to. But there in front of my eyes was the vision coming to life. It needed a few tweaks and finishing touches but she had done it! Just by having a little play around with the items we had in front of us.

pom pom button hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All we had to do was wrap the stem in ribbon and make 4 more.

buttonholes autumn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It felt like a big achievement to have just got the buttonholes done!

Bouquet
We, however, had a lot more to do. The buttonholes were done – aka the easy part was over. Now it was on to the bouquet, which was deemed by us to be the next easiest thing.

Bridal bouquet pom pom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK, so it isn’t quite finished in this photo, it looks a bit dark and look like it is definately lacking something… but we have the basic idea. I wanted to add some feathers to it, and I wanted to add more of the pearls that you can see at the back to the bouquet to add  more character to it.

The buttonholes and the bouquet were done on Saturday (it now being Sunday afternoon). The MOH and I didn’t finish until late on Saturday night. At about 10.30pm we decided to call it a night. We sat and watched a film with a glass of wine admiring our work.

Sunday morning saw my maid of honour wake up early as she always does to another day of wedding crafts.

Wrist Corsage’s
I had the belief that the wrist corsgae’s were going to be the hardest thing to make. Mainly because there are many people on the internet showing step by step guides on how to make a bouquet or a button-hole, but there aren’t many web pages dedicated to wrist corsage’s out there, especially not non flower wrist corsage’s. The un-known entity of what we were about to try and make was daunting but we were also determined.

I will be honest, the process was long and difficult. We didn’t agree on how to do it like we did with the bouquet and BH’s, and our communication broke down a little bit which did not help.

In the end we got there and this was the result of all our hard work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were both really happy with it and thought it turned out really well. So we just had to make a second one and we were done. What do you think? I would really love to know, so please comment and let me know 🙂

I will write-up a bit more instruction about how we made each thing and post more pictures of everything soon.

Seasons and Colours


Often the season chosen for the wedding affects the wedding colours that the bride and groom choose for their wedding day.

Baring in mind the season when choosing your wedding colours is a very good idea, as it can not only make your whole look co-ordinated and in keeping, but it can also make your wedding cheaper.