I recently had my friend who is coordinating the reception set-up come to my house for dinner followed by a dry run for the centerpieces. It was a good thing we practiced too. Along the way, we figured out a few ways to make the set-up simpler, in addition to realizing we needed a few more items to finish off the table.
Anywho, here’s what everything ended up looking like in my table décor run through! Remember it’s rough, and in my kitchen, but I’m excited about what’s to come.
First off, we started with a stack of books from my collection (with some additions from my parents and my fiance’s parents) on top of a simple gray square of fabric sewn by my mother-in-law to be.
We added a handmade paper flower made from a book page.
We placed a framed quote on love (hand-written by a dear childhood friend) on top of the books. Each table will have a different quote, hand-written, and placed in a gold frame. And, completed with a bouquet of flowers and candles.
What will be different at the reception?
*We’ll be using pink roses instead of carnations.
*The reception venue will be more prettily lit than my kitchen at 11 p.m. 🙂
*We’re sprinkling gold candy kisses
Estimated Cost (for 25 tables):
- Fabric square: $13 (purchased at a local fabric store)
- Books: Free
- Candle holders: $35 (for 75 sets purchased on Amazon)
- Vases: <$25 (we shopped at Goodwill on 50% off days)
- Frames: <$30 (we shopped at Goodwill on 50% off days, then paid $6 for spray paint)
- Paper for quotes: $4 (my friend gifted her time, and purchased the pens she wanted to use)
- Candy kisses: $15 (purchased on Amazon)
- Sub-Total: $122 (or $4.88/table)
I didn’t include the cost of lowers above, because everyone has different preferences. I’ll write more about where I’m sourcing my flowers later, but you can get a few simple stems for $5 if you purchase wholesale or purchase silk during sale.
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