Brides, are you looking for amazing wedding table decoration ideas? Ideas that are doable on even the most modest of budgets, that are appropriate all year long, you can go big or small with, use on round or rectangle guest tables? An element that will add an intimate yet stylish look to your wedding reception space? A wedding table centerpiece that is oh so pinnable and will go with any and all color schemes and themes? For these reasons and more, I offer you the often overlooked, hard-working, unassuming, humble candle.
Candles can play THE starring role on some of your tables—head table, guest tables, and cocktail tables. They are affordable and versatile and can add a great touch to your sign in table, cake and/or dessert display tables and bars.
Candles might just be the most cost-effective element in your decorating toolbox.
And I hear some of you already bemoaning the fact that your wedding venue explicitly says “No Live Flame Allowed”. Never fear…we can help! We use battery operated everything…pillars, votives, tea lights and even floating candles… to create the same look.
#1. Glass vases with floating candles are our go-to element when we’re facing several challenges like a dark, dingy space, or maybe the space only has florescent lighting and it’s either all on–too bright–or all off–too dark, or absolutely no room in the budget for florals. If candles are the centerpiece, remember this expert tip: use as many as you can and use various heights and styles. Notice in the picture below how we used various heights in glass with floating candles and inundated the tabletop with many different styles, sizes and color votive holders.
photographer: Melanie C venue: Temple Hilton Garden Inn designers: Posh Events and Confetti Rentals florist: Woods Flowers
#2. Brass candlesticks with glass sleeves to protect the taper/flame is a recent trend in wedding table centerpieces and we can’t stop looking at this head table. The designer, Karla McNeill Events, paired our champagne Rain Drop Sequin Table Runner with the attendant bouquets (see our article http://five-ways-to-stretch-your-wedding-decoration-dollars) with tapers protected by our modern glass sleeves for a look of timeless elegance.
#3. We love this look because we know the white hydrangeas are artificial–but almost no one else guessed it! Florist Creative Innovations knew that by tucking in real baby’s breath, this cost saving strategy would go unnoticed. Add in a few cylinder vases of different heights with floating candles, gold mercury glass candlesticks and gold mercury glass votive cups and this sophisticated head table is breath taking.
#4. Looking for simple, affordable and easy? This budget friendly wedding table centerpiece includes a single hydrangea and a wood slice for added warmth. It’s set off by clear glass vases with floating candles and a few mercury glass votives to bring it all together.
#5. Talk about simple: glass cylinder vases with floating candles set atop two silver mercury glass candlesticks. We simply tucked in artificial peonies and succulents for a finishing touch.
Expert Tip: use a sequin runner down the center of the table like we did–it keeps a small, simple centerpiece from looking lost.
#6. Again, various height candlesticks with pillars and a few votives peppered in keep this sweetheart table, well, sweet. Notice how we carried the candles to the floor and how their light bounces of the sequins? When you’ve got a beautiful sequin linen and overhanging wisteria, it’s okay to keep it simple. As a matter of fact, it’s best.
Expert Tip: always place your tall tabletop elements so they frame the bride and groom, never blocking them.
photographer: Dani Cowan Photography venue: The Performing Arts Center, Killeen, Tx designer: Chris Cowan of Confetti Rentals and Karla McNeill of Karla McNeill Events
#7. If you’re looking for “greener” wedding centerpieces, adding greenery and glass is a great starting point. To give some height to the tablescapes, we simply used our glass candlesticks to raise the water filled cylinder and added a floating candle. And because we kept our table decorations somewhat minimal for this wedding, we livened up the room with our 3′ diameter artificial greenery chandeliers. Talk about a conversation starter! FYI, this was a room flip of monumental proportions. Kudos to Karen with Posh Events, the staff at Cathedral Oaks and TCP Catering.
Expert Tip: it’s best to leave room flips to coordinators, facility and catering staff–I still get nervous just thinking about it. The ceremony took place in front of the white voile backdrop…which doubled as the backdrop for the bride and groom and their wedding party. I love it when we can get double-duty out of our decor–it saves our client’s money!
#8. I still love this table we did six years ago! Notice the amount of bling and sparkle on the table–pave napkin ring, vase wraps and the medallions dressed up the pillar candles beautifully. Imagine a room full of these tables–it was magical. And florist Creative Innovations hit just the right note with the tall silver vase filled with baby’s breath!
#9. Holiday wedding centerpieces can be just as simple as these berry branches in water-filled cylinders topped with a floating candle atop our elegant red matte satin table linen. Designer Giselle Callahan did a wonderful job at The Phoenix in Waco.
#10. This look includes our mercury glass votive candles, champagne mercury glass candlesticks and glass cylinder wood spool with battery operated pillars surrounded by moss, artificial greenery with a deer antler and artificial succulents. I even spy a blush hydrangea in there to match the blush linen!
photographer: Katelyn Kasper designer: Confetti Rentals decor rentals: Confetti Rentals
We hope you found inspiration and at least one idea to borrow! Just remember, if you’ve stolen from us, you’ve stolen twice because we are fortunate enough to work with the most amazing brides, grooms, designers, coordinators, venue operators, florists, caterers and all manner of wedding industry professionals on a daily basis to help create every couple’s perfect day.
Please call us at 254-939-3302 or hit the contact us button–we would love to talk about your event.
*Everything seen in this article and on our web site can be found (and rented for your wedding) at Confetti Rentals, 2802 Capitol Way in Belton, right here in Central Texas. If you are a vendor and did not receive credit, it’s an oversight, please contact us and let us know. It’s important to us that we let everyone see your amazing work so they can contact you!
By CeCei Cowan
“Budget” is sometimes a nasty word, especially when you’re planning a wedding for hundreds of guests and you have limited funds. We know the struggle is real…but we know how to make your wedding decoration dollars do more. By incorporating five of our favorite recycling tricks, we can help you save money and sleep better knowing your decor dollars are working smarter.
Wedding decorators define “recycling” a few ways…but repurposing an element from one space to another, thereby saving money, is one of our favorites.
For a prospective bride and groom, deciding on wedding decorations for both ceremony and reception can seem daunting, to say the least, but terrifying isn’t all that much of an exaggeration either! This type of overwhelm is common and the cure is to work with professional wedding vendors. These professionals know how to take your vision and guide you through choices to help you make selections that not only bring your vision to life, but do so within your budget. Herein lies the real challenge. From tables and chairs (the easy decisions!), to selecting altar and aisle decor like arches or pergolas, to wedding table settings with linens, centerpieces, dishware, flatware, stemware, to wedding reception decoration ideas like backdrops, ceiling fabric and up lighting…the list goes on and on. With so many necessary and fun elements to choose from, costs add up quickly. But there are ways to trim some of those costs and recycling or “repurposing” is one way to stretch your decorating budget.
One of our favorite ways to stretch the budget is to recycle the attendant bouquets to the head table and other areas like the reserved tables, cake table, bars, etc. There are a few points to keep in mind but if you’re aware of these limitations and are okay with them, you’ll save money! First, chances are the bouquets will not be in place when your guests enter the reception as the wedding party will more than likely still be taking pictures. And, as your guests are in the reception room, they may see the bouquets brought in and placed in the empty, water-filled vases. Is there a work around, you ask? An easy option is to keep the guests in another area for cocktails and nibbles while the wedding party and close family members are taking pictures. Once pictures are complete, the coordinator or a family member scoops them all up and places them in the vases. Once the bride and groom arrive, they can tour the reception space briefly, fully decorated, then the room can be opened to guests and the bride and groom announced as man and wife. This is an easy way to stretch the decorating budget, allowing the bride and groom to see months of hard work finally come together, the guests to be entertained during pictures and to see the space fully decorated as well. Most attendant bouquets are between $65-$95 so recycling them from the ceremony to reception centerpieces can save you, on average, $80. If you have five attendants, you’re saving $400. If you have 12 attendants, you’re saving $960. Yes, you read that correctly!
Other ceremony floral–especially floral staged at the beginning of the aisle–can be repurposed. These arrangements will not be in the photos at the altar area and can be immediately moved to the cocktail area or reception space. Ditto for the columns or wine barrels that hold these arrangements. The ceremony decor, such as columns and floral arrangements, used in the altar area cannot be repurposed until after pictures. Even with that limitation, we usually move these larger arrangements to the head and reserved tables.
Another great way to reuse these altar pieces is to place them at the departure door or use them to frame the sparkler walkway. I love the departure pictures–where you typically see the biggest, happiest smiles of the entire day! Why not make it picture perfect and save around $300-$500?
Repurpose the altar decor itself for an awesome photo backdrop or frame over the sweethearts or the cake. Warning, this is not for the faint of heart but can be done with careful coordination between your coordinator and a few catering or family members. Think about using this particular large-scale recycle only if the ceremony and reception are held at the same place so minimal breakdown is needed and no truck/trailer necessary for hauling, loading or unloading. The intrepid bride can save big with this ceremony recycle: upwards of $200-$500!
Another way to stretch your budget for wedding decorations is by reusing your aisle decor–again, these decor elements will not typically be in the wedding photos and can be moved immediately after the recessional. We’ve found that many of our brides want lanterns placed down the aisle. Why not repurpose them as part of your wedding table settings and use them as wedding table centerpieces? Be sure to have other elements on the guest tables to complete the look. We love using a base–like a wood slice, mirror, table runner, etc– and surrounding the center with mercury glass votive cups, open geometrical shapes with floral or fairy lights, a small floral element like a single white hydrangea in a small mint julep size vase, etc. This decorating tip can save you $120 or more depending on how much aisle decoration you have incorporated.
Lastly, recycle your ceremony chairs. Believe it or not, this makes sense in certain situations and can stretch your decorating budget even further. Especially if you’ve chosen a more expensive X-back or chiavari chair. Use this tip if your having an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception and they are only a few feet away from each other. Many times this is the case when your hosting everything at your private residence or your grandparent’s barn. The ceremony may be under a wonderful oak tree that you played on as kid and the barn just a few steps away. During pictures, invite the guests to enjoy your signature drink on the patio so your coordinator and a few close family and friends can place the chairs around the tables. If you have 10 people helping and they each move 10 chairs in 10-15 minutes, that’s 100 chairs repurposed in under 15 minutes, saving you at least $300 for folding garden chairs and around $750 if using the more expensive chiavari chairs.
Everyone, even DIY brides, can use any or all of these cost saving tips to stay on budget and get an amazing look at a lower cost. With a little prior planning and coordination, these real world, actionable tips can help you save hundreds of dollars on your special day! So, go ahead and upgrade to first class with the savings, we won’t tell anyone!
We hope you found inspiration and at least one idea to borrow! Just remember, if you’ve stolen from us you’ve stolen twice because we are fortunate enough to work with the most amazing brides, grooms, designers, coordinators, venue operators, florists, caterers and all manner of wedding industry professionals on a daily basis to help create every couple’s perfect day.
*Everything seen in this article and on our web site can be found (and rented for your wedding) at Confetti Rentals, 2802 Capitol Way in Belton, right here in Central Texas.
By Cecei Cowan
We had such much fun helping Molly + Judson with their beautiful backyard wedding. Traditionally, backyard weddings can get a bad rep in the decor department…not for Molly and Judson! Using the most magnificent Oak Tree in the backyard of Molly’s childhood home, Ginny with Creative Innovations created a an elaborate and beautiful draping floral piece for the couple to say their “I Do’s” in front of. Their reception was equally as stunning with our use of fabric drapery, string lights, chandeliers, and of course the pop of fun, vibrant blues through out to add some spunk!