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centerpieceCenterpieces: $142

Mason Jars: $75 for 30
Milkglass Vases- .50 each at thrift store- $7.50
Green glass vases and votive holders: $20
(All were .30c each at Old Time Pottery- we got 45 votive holders and 15 green vases)
Burlap for table runners- 15 tables: $39.49 (For the record, ONE burlap table cloth from the rental company would have cost us $40. Boo-to-the-yah! We bought the burlap at the local Farmer's Co-Op- so any of you burlap brides out there- word to the wise- do not buy your burlap at a fabric store!!! )


Pomanders: around $50– We made 10, so $5 per pomander ball

$35 for 10 balls at Hobby Lobby with coupon
$12- Tissue Paper- 3 different colors- 4 packs of each
$2.50 Mini Glue Gun
$2.50 Glue Sticks
$2- wire
$2- Ribbon- on sale at Big Lots
(Don't be embarrassed to shop at Big Lots, thrift stores, Goodwill, etc. It's more embarrassing to waste money than to shop at secondhand stores, in my opinion.)

DΓ©cor: $192

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  • Jessica

    Where did you get your Mason Jars?

  • Wowie, wow, wow! Where did you get blue mason jars that cheap? I too used blue mason jars and thankfully was able to borrow over half from a friend who had them in her barn but those things are not cheap in general. Also, way to go not getting your burlap at the fabric store. Your pomanders are gorgeous! They look real. Great job!! I’m looking forward to checking out more of your blog. Kelly

  • good for you, girl! the decor looks amazing in the pictures and i’m sure it looked even more adorable in person.

  • love. love. love. the color palette!

  • Wow. I love your pomanders. Can’t believe how much they cost you!

  • Jennifer

    What size balls did you use for your pomanders?

  • Jessica

    Hey, if you’re wanting to unload those burlap runners, I’d be interested (if they’d fit a 64″ table)!

    Everything looks LOVELY!!

  • Budget Savvy Bride

    To answer the questions:

    @jessica- I got the blue mason jars on eBay- I thought that was a good price… but I actually saw a stand selling the same jars at the Nashville Flea Market last weekend for $1 apiece. I seriously would have bought every single one of them if I had had a way to carry them all. They had over 100 of them. So sad πŸ™

    @jennifer-I used 6 inch styrofoam balls!

    @jessica- I used the runners on 60″ round tables… they only hung over the edges by 6 inches or so on each side.

  • I wish I had more time to search thrift and goodwill stores. I can’t believe people would be embarrassed to shop in thrift and goodwill store, not only are the products cheaper but it better for the environment to use and depending on where you shop the processed often go to charity.
    I need to find a way to do table runners that cheap (without using burlap I want blue or red) anyone have ideas?

  • Miss B

    Once again, good job darling!! You do not have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful reception. Hopefully people will realize that!!

  • Well, I’ll have to tell my dad πŸ™‚ haha! He’s actually about to turn the BIG 5-0 in September. I will always remember that moment πŸ™‚

  • Hi, I’ve only just found your blog – Awesome!

    You flowers are seriously amazing. Can’t wait to read more.

  • You go girl! I love Big Lots and Hobby Lobby- especially my weekly 40% coupon! Your wedding blows me away over and over.

  • Erika

    I love this! I have been looking for inspiration for burlap table runners! I am also going to do chair sashes as well! Did you just cut them, like you didn’t have to do anything else to them? How long and wide were they? Thanks…sorry for all the questions. Could you email me at [email protected]

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Teri

    Hey there…love the pics…I am getting married in October next year and am desperate to find runners….did you have to finish the edges or did you just cut them straight on….I love the look its so nice…alot of people have said that the burlap smells bad UGHG did you experience any strange odor from it??? Thanks Teri
    PS are you looking to sell the table runners??? Teri

  • little miss

    Question – did the burlap you bought have any incredibly strong smell? Quick research tells me there is the untreated versions (often smells like a barn) and treated stuff that can be used for indoor purposes.

    I want to use burlap for table cloths, but would prefer something that doesn’t make any of my guests feel ill. πŸ™‚


  • Tina

    Where did you buy the tissue paper from? I love the colors.

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  • We're also doing burlap table runners. How wide/long were your runners? What size tables did you have at your reception? I'd greatly appreciate the info.! πŸ™‚ [email protected]

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