As I approach the end of this series, I’m starting to get into the stuff I really enjoy: the decorating part! I mean, I like planning and choosing and making lists as much as the next gal (actually, I probably like making lists more than most people I know), but the fun part comes in the personal details.
Last week, we discussed ceremony decor; this week, I want to address reception decor. Regardless of your individual choices, most receptions have the same, general components, and usually the biggest money-sucker of all of these components is the dreaded centerpieces.
Even the penny pinching-est out there would say that $10-15 for a centerpiece and table cloth isn’t so bad. But when you do the math, the dollar signs add up pretty quickly.
Ready? Math time:
200 guests @ 8-10 people a table = 20-25 tables
20 tables @ $15 = $300
25 tables @ $15 = $375
And that’s just if you have 200 folks. Woe to you if your wedding is bigger (ours was).
If you have ugly tables at your venue and must cover them, factoring the cost of buying or renting table cloths or runners is very important (in fact, this can be one of the biggest expenses for the tables).
Then if you want flowers in vases, tea lights in glass votives, and some other clever nonsense decorating your table, well… you can see how all this stuff adds up.
Fortunately for us, we were able to negotiate a great deal on these fancy schmancy table cloths, and because of their color and sheen, they dominated the table and our centerpieces were simple in comparison.
For the centerpieces, we ordered orange roses and some cool berry thing I can’t remember the name of, then took green filler from my parents’ backyard. Each arrangement was placed in a silver pitcher (my mother used her own then borrowed the rest from every aunt, neighbor, friend, and suburban lady we know). The effect was elegant and simple, but not exactly the same at every single table (we like variety).
So, here are some cost-effective options I have found on the interwebz. And I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that a lot of these involve Upcycling. (I mean, aren’t these the things we have come to expect by now?)
Sharing time. Tell me your ideas, whether realized or imagined, for some cost-effective reception decor! Don’t be shy.