Hellooooo friends! Who’s been to a winter wedding? I never have and I’m just dying to be invited to one! There’s something so cozy about the idea of marrying your best friend on a chilly night filled with music, dancing, comfort food and your favorite people. To pay tribute to the season, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite winter wedding ideas!
1. Winter barn wedding | 2. Erika Obrien cake design | 3. Winter inspired invitations | 4. Hot chocolate mason jar wedding favors | 5. Hearty soup served in mugs | 6. Cotton bridal bouquet | 7. Rustic tablescape
Remember in the 90s when every wedding dress had puffy sleeves and bridesmaids looked like they were wrapped in yards of tacky wallpaper? Our newest series, Tired, Trendy & Timeless, will help you look back at your wedding photos without getting Saved By the Bell flashbacks. In this series, we will show you the “then and now” of wedding fashion, food and decor. Let’s dive right in.
Mirrored centerpieces are a fabulous way to add more dimension and light to your wedding tablescape. But if you pair them with dated accents, you’ve got nothing but a big shiny mess. Here’s some inspiration to keep your mirrored centerpieces fresh.
Trendy: DIY mirror planter box centerpiece, Tall mirrored vase
Timeless: Pink ranunculus centerpiece
I love the idea of integrating something special into your tablescape that means something. For this tablescape, I made salt dough cutouts (super cheap, and a cute accent!) of the State of Oregon. The idea of having a state cutout is fun especially if you’re having a destination wedding and want to welcome your guests to their destination. Paired with napkins in a contrasting color, those little guys pop!
For this tablescape, you need to make salt dough cutouts! Salt dough is easy to make — one batch is just one cup of salt, one cup of water and two cups flour. Mix them together into a dough, roll them out with a rolling pin and cut out with a cookie cutter — the shape choices are endless. Try your initials, the state where your wedding is or the state you’re from, or hearts. Bake them in the oven for two hours at 250 degrees and then get ready to decorate with them.
It seems as if spring has finally stuck, so this week we celebrate Freebie Friday with a fun, geometric wedding centerpiece (with free printable table numbers) inspired by the beautiful foliage of spring and Sara’s awesome DIY Geometric Painted Pots tutorial last week.
And do you want to know the best part? This entire centerpiece cost me LESS THAN ONE DOLLAR (as long as you don’t mind being a branch thief – which I don’t). Here’s how:
I found this funky “top” vase at a thrift store for a whopping 75 cents, but any short glass container will work. Look at your local thrift store or dollar store. In our cheap opinions, if you’re paying more than a $1 for a vase, you’re doing it wrong.
I filled my vase with beautiful cherry bllossom branches from a tree outside my front door. Next, download your free geometric table numbers (1-20). For best results, print on white or cream heavy card stock. Poke a small hole in the top of your table number and tie it to a branch using whatever you have around the house. I actually used dental floss.
We hope you like this spring-inspired wedding centerpiece as much as we do! Just in time for Easter, we think this would also be a fantastic, easy centerpiece for your Sunday dinner. We would love to hear what you think in a comment below!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! This week has been a total doozey here at MarryThis! We started out this week with a power code-a-thon session to make our wedding guides easier to download than ever (No more forms! It’s just two clicks!); we had a great response to the launch of our new free wedding guide, An Intimate Beach Wedding AND our lovely and talented Sara is off in London (we miss you)! Big thanks to all of you who have downloaded guides this week!
On Monday, I showed you how to create these cool painted geometric flower pots — today I’m showing you how to create a budget tablescape from them! Potted plants make ideal centerpieces because they can be gifted to guests afterward, they’ll last way longer than cut flower centerpieces and you can pick less expensive plants which will make a big impact on your bottom line.
For this centerpiece, you’ll need your own painted pots (see the DIY tutorial here) plus some fun plants to fill them. I chose heather, a small shrub, and Corsican Mint, which is a ground cover plant that offers a nice punch of green. These are both very affordable plants (about $5 for the heather shrub, and $2 for the mint). Pair with a pop of color in the napkins you choose and a fun table number and you’ll have a winning centerpiece.
I love this DIY project today because it’s easy and it’s budget-friendly. You can also customize it to match your style and taste, in addition to the colors of your wedding. And best of all, the finished product can be a centerpiece, decorate your venue or be a gift to your friends and family who helped you make your wedding so great.
Terra cotta pots (choose your size based on what you want to put in them)
Pattern tape (like skinny masking tape, available at the craft store)
Glossy finish lacquer
1. Paint a base layer on your pots. Let dry completely.
2. Make a pattern with your pattern tape. Go nuts! Make it your own.
3. Paint another color on top of your pattern tape as you wish. Have fun with it!
4. Remove the tape while second coat is still tacky. Let dry, then coat with clear glossy lacquer to protect the surface.
Come back Thursday to see a fun wedding tablescape using these budget pots as centerpieces!
Making a budget tablescape is all about finding low-cost materials that are still pretty and charming. One of my favorite low-cost materials that work well in decor are fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits are the perfect thing for a summer day and they can provide a cheerful centerpiece for very little cash.
You really only need two things to do this tablescape — large hurricane vases (which you can most likely rent from your rental company at a very low price) and boxes of lemons and limes. Talk to your local grocer about getting a discount by buying fruit in bulk quantities and you’ll save even more. On the big day (or the day before), enlist some friends to help you peel off those pesky little stickers and fill each hurricane vase with enough lemons and limes. After the wedding? Fresh-squeezed lemonade for everyone!
No flowers at your wedding? That may have sounded absurd a few decades ago, but nowadays, having a non-floral wedding is a common occurrence. Plus, non-floral centerpieces have evolved from the ever-popular pillar candle to ideas that are so creative and fun that you and your guests won’t miss the roses.
Here’s why we love this trend:
It can be cost-effective. A floral centerpiece can range anywhere from $25 up to hundreds of dollars. However, by being a bit resourceful and imaginative, you can make centerpieces from materials found at dollar or craft stores, cutting down your décor budget considerably.
Personalization comes easy. Create a centerpiece with elements that fit your style and personality. Love books? Build a bibliophile centerpiece by stacking your favorite hardcover books on the table. World travelers? Use mementos from your trips. Another bonus is that you can customize each table so it’s unique, encouraging guests to mingle while checking out each table’s centerpiece.
It’s a two for one deal. Centerpieces can be beautiful and functional. Use a fruit centerpiece for your guests to nosh on later in the evening. Or decorate and stack your party favor boxes in a pyramid shape. (Make sure to tell your guests that the centerpieces are for the eating and taking so they feel comfortable picking apart the table.)
What are your favorite ideas for non-floral centerpieces?
I have a thing for clever or beautiful packaging. I can prove my devotion to it with the bottles in the photo below. Both of the bottles featured in this tablescape, I carried home with me from my European travels. There are so many well-designed bottles and packages that I like the idea of hanging on to some for your wedding decor.
The only thing this tablescape will require is a little planning. Find the pretty bottles of wine, vodka or water and switch to that brand for awhile until you’ve collected enough. There’s no need for them all to match. Then clean them out and fill them each with a few flowers. I used roses, which you can buy for approximately $10 a dozen, but you could go with a more budget-friendly bloom and you’ll be sailing way under your $25 per centerpiece allotment. It’s good for your wallet, it’s good for the environment and it’s lovely to look at. Win, win, win.
Happy Valentine’s Day! And of course, you had to expect that on a wedding-focused blog, we were going to totally eat it up. To celebrate today, how about a fun Valentine’s tablescape?
In coming up with a way to have striking tabletop decor at your wedding without spending a fortune, it’s important to think outside the box on materials. A classic wedding tablescape features a floral centerpiece — but that can be expensive.
Enter the humble cookie cutter. In pink and red hearts, they are the perfect foundation to a tablescape. As a bonus, they cost about a buck. And paired with inexpensive ceramic lovebirds, they make for the ultimate ode to love.
To make this tablescape yourself, you must first find cookie cutters. I found mine at a local kitchen store, but buying them online or in bulk is most likely to save you more money. These ceramic lovebirds came from Target at $2.99 each. That means that for $25, you can have a set of lovebirds and 19 cookie cutter hearts at each table. Pile the hearts up, scatter them around or put one on each plate. It’s sweet, romantic and even a bit modern. Happy Valentine’s Day!
With all this winter weather lately, here’s some pep for your day. I love this tablescape because it’s loads of fun, incredibly inexpensive and super easy to put together.
Glitter dots are so colorful and exciting that you could get away with no centerpieces. And that will save you lots of money.
To make this tablescape, get to the craft store — stat! — and pick up 12×12 sheets of glitter scrapbook paper to fit your wedding colors. Also pick up a round paper punch for about $10. Then park yourself in front of a movie, cut the paper into strips and punch as many circles out as you can. Collect the circles in a bin, and when you’re setting up your tables, sprinkle them all over the table for good measure. That’s it! Fun, peppy and so easy to do.
Do you have a crush on terrariums? Cause I TOTALLY do. Every time I see one I pretty much lose it. They’re cute, they’re low-maintenance and they have a certain design quality to them. Here’s something you may NOT know about terrariums, though: They can be cheap. And you can make them yourself.
The idea for this tablescape is a little different than the usual tabletop decor for a wedding: This time, you actually skip the centerpiece altogether. Instead, you put a small terrarium at each place, which doubles as a favor. And anytime you have a double-duty item, you’re talking about a money saver.
Making these little terrariums is an easy task. You just need little globe vases (which you can score at the Dollar Store!) plus a bit of soil and some rocks, and these little succulent plants. Layer the soil and rocks in the bottom, put the plant in the middle and then put each vase at each place setting. You can even make them in advance — they don’t take much maintenance (just a little drip or spray of water about once a week). Each terrarium costs about $4 to make, so at an 6-person table, you’re talking about $24 per table, which includes your favor budget. Boom.
Hey all, and happy new year! We’re so thrilled about all the great content that’ll be coming your way in 2012 from MarryThis! This morning, we’re kicking off with a new series on budget tablescape ideas. It’s really easy to dump loads of money into your tabletop decor, so this series will show you some ideas for centerpieces and color schemes that you can pull off for less than $25 each.
Some of you know that about a month ago, I got back from a truly amazing trip to India, so I’m kicking off this tablescape series with an India-inspired post.
The amazing thing about India is all the colors and textures you see in the environment. I combined a pattern with oranges and reds in it with mustard yellow napkins and a teal candle to make the table vibrant and fun.
To do this tablescape for yourself, start with white or black linens from your party rental company, and ask for napkins in a bright color. Then your decor begins:
First, use a scarf that won’t completely cover the tabletop but will set the table’s visual tone.
Second, set up your candles with one large pillar in an India-inspired candleholder (which will cast enchanting shadows throughout the night) and then use a smaller tea light in a contrasting color glass holder.
One secret to making this simple centerpiece look lush and exotic is using small round tables. By doing this, there will be less room in the center to fill, and the combo of the rich scarf and deep colors will fill up the entire table nicely.
Stay tuned for a new budget tablescape every couple of weeks. I’ve got some cool ideas coming up, but if you have one, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.