Consistently throughout our planning process, I tried to scour Craigslist on a regular basis. For the most part this didn't work out for me too well, because I tend to exhaustively research to feel that I've found the “best deal.” By that time, typically the item listed is already gone. I did luck out in one VERY budget-savvy way… Our cupcake stand!
A past bride was selling a very sturdy cupcake stand from her recent wedding, and I was able to snatch it up for only $40! It turns out that a friend of the couple was a professional welder and had constructed the stand as a gift. “Heavy duty” is an understatement. This thing is STOUT, disassembles for easy storage, and its parts could easily serve as a weapon if needed. While originally a flat white, a good friend of mine offered to shabby it up to more fit the vibe of our wedding, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! In addition, a friend getting married in October is next on the borrow list.
To match our burlap runners, she cut squares of burlap with a hole in the center that fit over the center rod of the stand. She made sure not to glue or secure these, as they laid better and could also be taken off for future use, or if I decided I didn't like them. The horribly time consuming part was the painting, which I feel could be a great tutorial for any BSB's who don't mind to get their hands dirty. While Lin is a pro at this, CLICK HERE for a YouTube tutorial that uses Elmer's Glue.
Here's the final product:
Final photos by The Perfect Pear.