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
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
All we had to do was wrap the stem in ribbon and make 4 more.
It felt like a big achievement to have just got the buttonholes done!
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.
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.
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.
It wasn’t an option for me, I knew that I would be looking to the high street for many things for my wedding. The first thing I bought on the high street was my bridesmaid dresses. I saw them in the sale, reduced by 50% to £50 and knew that I had to have them. I sent the link to my Maid of Honor (here after known as MOH) who also liked the dress. My MOH was a complete star with the bridesmaids dresses, and if it wasn’t for her there is no way I would have been able to get them at that price. She phoned round the stores hunting down the right sizes as there wasn’t many of them left by the time I saw them on the website. We did have some issues with getting them, but thanks to my MOH we got them and they looked great! The shop where I got them from? Debenhams!
For me, I wanted the bridesmaids dresses to be something my bridesmaids could wear again and most important were comfortable wearing. The dress had also really good reviews online and seemed perfect for the autumnal wedding we were planning. when the dresses arrived my MOH tried hers on and she loved hers. The one we got for my BM was too big, but have kept it, as the dress hasn’t gone back in the sale down to £50 again yet. When it does I will get the smaller size she needs and sell the bigger one.
I got my day wedding invites for FREE 😀 from a couple who had got married and had loads of invites left over, so just had to buy my evening invites, which came from a high street discount card shop.
Poundland offers a small range of wedding paraphernalia, such as banners, invites and cake/favour boxes and confetti. In Poundland one day I spotted some Favour boxes that seemed nice so picked them up. £1 for ten – BARGAIN!
So, just think, everywhere is worth a look, as you never know what you are going to find. The above boxes will need minimal assembly to take them from flat packed into the box form they will take. We will be putting the dress boxes on the table for the women, and the suit boxes for the men. Pounland no longer stock these, however they do currently stock favour boxes with a simpler design that could be pimped with ribbon to fit your theme.