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Category Archives: Ceremony and Reception Decorating
March 15, 2013
Make a not-so-perfect room lovely!
If the ballroom where your reception will be held is not your favorite, create a romantic setting by using low lighting and soft linens to hide imperfections and draw your guests’ attention to your tabletops instead of the overall environment. What your guests will remember is sitting at your perfectly decorated, magically lit atmosphere rather than the plain venue.
Enhance your décor with lighting
Everyone looks good in candlelight, so why not create a romantic setting using candlelight on your tables? Candlelight is an inexpensive way to visually take up space without going overboard on wedding decorations. (If you want the effect of candlelight without the flame, consider using flickering LED rechargeable votive batteries).
Be a green bride
If you are looking for ways to have an environmentally friendly wedding, transform your space with green plants and potted trees rather than expensive cut floral arrangements. You can rent plants and potted trees from a florist or greenhouse, or give the plants away as gifts after the wedding.
Share the costs
Is your friend or sister getting married the same year as you? Do you share the same tastes? If so, consider pooling your resources together and purchasing wedding decor, tabletop or centerpiece items that you can both use. For instance, if you need centerpieces for buffet tables, consider purchasing neutral candle holders that can be transformed with different candles and bows at each event, or vases that can be reused.
Make your flowers do double-duty
Transfer the floral arrangements from your ceremony to your reception to save costs. And those beautiful pew bows? Add them to chairs at your reception or to centerpieces for extra flair!
Enjoy the budget-friendly wedding planning ideas!
September 10, 2012
The humble canning jar. Who would have thought that it would go from holding summer’s preserves to being such a popular wedding accent?
I absolutely love how creative brides are getting when they decorate their weddings with canning jars. And it’s not just country or rustic weddings that are benefiting from canning jar accents! Take a peek at some of these ideas to get inspired to incorporate canning jars into YOUR wedding!
Introduce your wedding theme and ask guests to mark their calendars with our Jar of Flowers Save the Date – your wedding date is printed on the canning jar design for a personal touch!
Speaking of flowers in jars, canning jars of all sizes make great vases for all your wedding flowers. Use small jars wrapped with wire and hung from hooks to accent your aisle or walkway with flowers. Use larger canning jars to hold big floral arrangements at your ceremony and reception. Group different sizes of jars in the center of your tables and fill with loose arrangements of summer flowers for centerpieces.
Canning jars also make great candle holders, especially for outdoor weddings, as they are tall enough to prevent the candles from blowing out. Hang the wired jars from stakes to create a path and to accent your outdoor event. Add candles in canning jars to your centerpieces for soft light on tables.
And what better way to serve old-fashioned lemonade and other beverages than in a canning jar? It’s a fun and casual way to add flair to your cocktail hour and reception.
Enjoy the inspiration!
September 6, 2012
Here are more fun ideas for creating double-duty favors for your wedding reception:
Having a destination wedding? Why not jump on Ebay or Esty and scoop up a bunch of vintage travel postcards? Frame the postcards in inexpensive wooden frames to decorate your tables. Give the framed postcards to guests at the end of the wedding as favors.
Here’s a new take on the candy buffet: create one on each reception table for decorative impact and to make it easy for guests to help themselves to the sweets! Gather a variety of vases and containers and fill them with candies (try a different color scheme on each table for a unique look) and create centerpieces out of them for each table. Use a metallic scooper as the base for your table number and finish off your look with favor boxes for guests to fill and take home.
Serving beautiful cupcakes or other gourmet desserts at your wedding dinner? Put them on display at each table! Find tiered serving dishes and arrange your dessert treats creatively on them, along with personalized favor boxes for taking dessert home if guests would like to enjoy some after the wedding.
Want more ideas? Check out yesterday’s post!
Enjoy the favor fun
September 5, 2012
Your budget is tight, your vision is big, but making your wedding truly one-of-a-kind is starting to feel overwhelming. Rather than overspending on BOTH wedding favors and decorations, here are some ideas on how you can combine the two and still have an amazing event everyone will be talking about.
Edible favors can make a reception space pop if displayed correctly. Cut out sugar cookies in shapes that match your wedding theme (snowflakes, flowers, your monogram initials, etc.) and include a hole at the top before baking. Then decorate with glittery sugar, metallic beads or colored sprinkles to match your wedding colors. Attach a ribbon to each cookie and hang from a branch you’ve anchored in a decorative pot on each table. A cookie wonderland!
Can’t afford to go overboard on flowers? Go to your local nursery and pick up several sheets of your favorite perennials and potting soil. Pot the plants in tiny terra cotta pots and wrap each one with ribbon or twine. Include a personalized note with each plant (we think something like “Love is in bloom” stamped out in vintage block lettering is cute). Group the plants in the center of your tables and encourage guests to take a plant when they leave.
Create fun and unique place cards and favors in one by adding cards printed with guests’ names to inexpensive frames. Encourage guests to take the frames home. Then when you send your wedding thank you notes, include a small photo of the two of you for including in the frame.
Come back tomorrow for even more great ideas on double-duty favors!
Enjoy the creative and affordable ideas!
August 23, 2012
Need some sweet insider tips on how to cut costs while still having a dreamy wedding cake? Read on!
Keeping It Real
Fake tiers may be a game changer in wedding cake costs, but fake flowers can be a whole different ballgame. Sugar flowers that look impressively real can look gorgeous on your wedding cake – and they’re edible too! – but, they require extra time and effort on the part of your cake designer, which means you’ll be shelling out the extra dough! A cake blossoming in real blooms will look amazing and will keep your costs down. Locally grown flowers that are in season during your wedding are your budget-friendly best bet.
If you’ve got a big guest list but an itty-bitty budget, figuring out how to feed everyone may be a bit daunting. Well – let them eat cake! A great money-saving tip is to have a smaller wedding cake at the reception for the cake-cutting (tradition is free!), and then sheets of cake in the kitchen that will be served to your guests. Once the cake is taken to the back to be cut for dessert, your guests will never know the difference – but your wallet will.
August 22, 2012
Is the cost of your wedding cake cutting down on your full wedding planning bliss? Sure, wedding cakes are one of the focal points of any wedding reception, but just like your all-eyes-on-you wedding gown, you don’t have to spend a wad of cash to have something fab!
So how do you have the wedding cake of your dreams without slicing into your budget? Read on for some cost saving tips for a deliciously budget-friendly wedding cake.
If towering tiers of frosted chocolatey goodness are what you had in mind for your wedding day, it’ll cost you. But consider this: brides are donning fake eyelashes and nails and hair extensions on their wedding days, so why not fake the cake? Have your designer decorate Styrofoam layers for a great presentation. Everyone will ooh and aah, but no one will be the wiser!
Keep it Simple
Time is money – but it works both ways! One of the main costs for your wedding cake comes from the amount of time required to create your confection. The more intricate and detailed the design, the longer it will take for your designer, and the more dough your designer will take from you. The icing on the cake? The simpler the design, the less cash you’ll be forking over for it. Work with your baker to come up with a beautiful design for your wedding cake that still expresses you and your wedding, but that will cost less of the designer’s time and your money.
Come back tomorrow for even more cost-cutting cake tips!
Enjoy the sweet ideas.
July 5, 2012
I’m back with even MORE ways to add personal touches to your wedding. If you haven’t already, read up on the first six tips in Monday’s post and then read on here for great ideas.
7. Place cards
For place cards, decorate with a theme that fits your event, whether it be a sunset-colored palette that corresponds with your beach photos as table numbers, or mini envelopes designed to match your menus perfectly.
8. Custom lighting or lettering
Add a custom monogram for your dance floor or love poem to temporarily place over the fireplace mantle in your ballroom. Use floral motifs on the walls of your reception venue or your initials on the dance floor. The lighting options are endless and enhance the environment of your event with that extra personal touch.
9. Invite right
When designing your wedding invitations, it’s important to keep in mind the formality of your event. If you’re hosting a black tie affair, lots of bold color in your invitation might not be right, so spice it up instead with a custom wedding map to guide guests to the ceremony site. Use icons to represent places of importance to you and invite them to share in your experiences. If your event allows for a more playful invitation, design accordingly! Be colorful, be creative, and be unique. Choose layers, designs, pockets, colorful envelopes and more to state your style right.
10. Ceremony service
Writing your own vows will no doubt involve your guests in your experience. But if you’re not comfortable with this, that’s okay too. Bring in a creative element that causes you to interact in other ways. A song sung by your best friend, painting two sides of a heart to connect one another, having each of your bridesmaids and groomsmen light a candle or add to a floral arrangement. Anything that breaks up the formality of a ceremony can bring guests back into the moment and make for an unforgettable experience for the two of you.
A little wedding fashion flair can make a bold statement at your event. Opt for a pair of powder blue shoes under that beautiful ball gown or a purple sash on your dress. Perhaps a monogrammed umbrella, a splash of color somewhere, a hint of personality, or an added unexpected accessory for you or your bridal party. Any of these elements can spice up your event and stand out in the crowd.
12. Entertain while you dine
Photo montages are a popular way to entertain your guests during dinner. Project photos of your courtship, your entire lives, or even a video montage of your travels together. Consider having some fun with it and involve your bridal parties in the taping of such footage, and share the planning process with your loved ones. No matter what you screen, your guests will appreciate that extra something during a sometimes otherwise dull dinner hour.
Are you brimming with creativity now? Good! Start creating your unique wedding, and be sure to tell us all about it with a comment on this post or on our Facebook page.
July 2, 2012
Personalizing your wedding is easier than you think – really! Incorporate some of these ideas in to your ceremony, reception and decor for that personal touch.
1. Personalize your programs
Use this opportunity to have some fun and introduce your guests to the people in your life. Write a brief story about each member of your bridal party in your wedding program. Tell guests how much you appreciate their attendance. Share some fun photos from your engagement session and perhaps tell the story of your engagement. The possibilities are endless. Fill your pages with personal stories and messages to keep your guests entertained while they wait for the magic moment.
2. Favors that you favor
Select a wedding favor that is meaningful to you as a couple. Ensure your guests enjoy and remember your event by selecting something that speaks to you. This doesn’t have to be an object if nothing comes to mind. A donation to a charity close to your heart, or an element of the décor guests can take with them will remind them of the thought you put into your event.
3. Play lists
Whether you’ve got a big band, a club DJ, or an iPod playing your tunes, it’s important to consider the audience at the event, but more so what you and your new husband like. Personalities shine on a dance floor, and when you are comfortable, having fun, and enjoying your genre of music, the party’s energy level will heighten.
If you opt for a traditional wedding cake, order a groom’s cake for your fiancé to enjoy. A southern tradition becoming more popular in other parts of the country, it’s a great way to include the groom. Design something that is perfectly representative of him and he’ll not only appreciate the gesture, but your guests won’t forget it either. If you host a dessert bar, select items from your childhood, the region you wed in, or sweets that are special to you, and involve your guests in every experience and selection you make.
5. Centerpiece and tabletop décor
Consider sourcing your tabletop décor in your own home. Incorporate family napkins, vessels for your flowers from containers in your home, or table runners that belong to your grandparents. Mix in that hint of something personal to an otherwise rented table and your guests will enjoy the connection (and conversation piece.)
6. Table cards
An obvious choice to adapt your reception to fit your style. Name your tables after locations of dates you went on together, of photos of the two of you, or some of your favorite things in life, just about anything that gets people talking and thinking about you.
Come back Thursday for more great ideas for personalizing your wedding!
Enjoy the personal touches!
May 25, 2012
Thinking about exchanging your vows in the great outdoors or contemplating an indoor affair complete with personalized decor? Before you sign on the dotted line with your venue locations, you better weigh these positives and negatives first.
PRO: You’re in a Controlled Environment
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow is going to derail your day. As a matter of fact, you can pretty much assume your guests will enjoy the comfort and security of knowing your vows will go off without a hitch and they’ll be protected from the elements.
CON: There Could Be Rules on Space and Decor
Your wedding vision could be slightly marred by the fact that your decor might need to be minimized to meet the rules of the establishment (as is the case with most religious institutions, museums, and historical landmarks). Check with your event planner or wedding vendor to find out what stays and what goes BEFORE you sign a contract. Also, not all your guests might fit the available seating. So weigh what’s more important: A killer space or the fact that some of your extended family and friends might not make the cut on the guest list.
PRO: 2-in-1 Packages
Many indoor event spaces have the ability to double as both your ceremony and reception venue. This could potentially save you big – especially if you’re thinking about having your venue cater your event too. This can give you leverage to negotiate for a lower price OR additional add-ons, like your wedding cake, free valet parking, etc.
CON: Higher Demand During the Colder Months
Good luck trying to find an indoor space last minute in the late fall or winter. Given the freezing temps outside, indoor wedding spaces are usually at a premium and harder to come by if you put off booking it in advance. We suggest 6-9 months out just to play it safe.
PRO: Little Decor Necessary
Pretty flowers, rolling hills, elegant gardens, and greenery aplenty — a scenic outdoor ceremony doesn’t require a lot of flourish to make it spectacular. As a matter of fact, decorating for your ceremony is a definite no-brainer when you book your wedding at someplace like a vineyard, beach, park, etc.
CON: Lighting Limitations
A pretty ceremony spot doesn’t automatically equate into a picture-perfect affair. Depending on the time of day, shadows and overhanging trees and brush could make it a challenge for your photographer and videographer to get good pictures. Keep in mind it’s always a good idea to take your vendors for a walk-thru beforehand (or at the very least ASK them for suggestions before you drop money on a deposit.)
PRO: More Family Friendly
Keeping a toddler or a 10-year-old engaged and occupied is much easier to do outside than it is in a restricted indoor space. From blowing bubbles to hula hoop and kite lessons for the kiddies, ALL your guests will have a great time when Mother Nature plays host on your wedding day.
CON: The Weather
While we’d all love a crystal ball, the simple fact of the matter is that having a wedding outside is a gamble. You just can’t anticipate rain, high winds, or a sweltering heat wave when planning something up to a year in advance. If you’re worried about any of these things ruining your perfect day, maybe it’s time to think about scoring a tent, heater, fans, or a venue that offers an indoor space to accommodate guests if inclement weather does strike.
Enjoy the inspiration!
May 9, 2012
As promised, I’m back with more gorgeous ideas for an outdoor wedding that really blends in with nature! Check out my inspiration board and then start planning your own nature-inspired celebration.
When you’re dining al fresco, be prepared for what nature may “contribute” to your celebration in the form of busy breezes. I love the idea of having natural wood planks for tables — and actually nailing down the menu cards! This kind of tabletop also means you won’t have to worry about linens getting caught in the wind or glasses of icy lemonade leaving water rings.
No outdoor event is complete without having s’mores around a bonfire. An outdoor wedding should be no different! Offer up s’mores fixings in fun containers and create a station where guests can help themselves when the fire’s ready.
Get creative with your place cards and table number cards. Pin name tags to green apples and secure table numbers with wine corks tied with twine. Then fill your tables with candles – and wrap the votive holders in grasses for a unique touch. Scatter rocks, mosses and green flowers amid the candles and you’ve got natural elegance.
Accessorize with napkins printed with a natural design and add rustic touches (twine, ribbon, etc.) to things like your ring bearer pillow, flower girl basket and more. The finishing touch? A loose, hand-tied bouquet in shades of green – it will look like you picked them just before you walked down the aisle!
Enjoy the natural inspiration!