Table decorations can be bold, beautiful and creative without costing a fortune if you simply make them yourself. All you need to make stunning do-it-yourself table decorations is the ability to find beauty in the simple things around you, like glassware, silk flowers and even fruit.
Centerpieces are easy to create yourself, especially because you can add your own personal touch. Start out by searching local discount stores, such as Wal-Mart or Dollar General. These types of places usually have discounted glass platters, bowls and vases that you can use as the main component of your centerpiece. And they sometimes will only cost a few dollars. If you can't find the exact number you need, don't be afraid to mix and match different styles. You can also do this if you are shopping at thrift stores, since it is highly unlikely you will find very many duplicates. Once you have the base of your centerpiece, you must decide what you want to do with it. You can add water, rose petals and floating candles to make a centerpiece that is both pretty and easy. You can buy floating candles for a little over $0.50 each on websites such as Candles4Less.com.
If you are having a winter wedding, you can use things from nature for a very original centerpiece idea. Collect small branches, leaves and pine cones, and use spray paint to coat them with a silver shimmer. Place them in a bowl or vase and surround them with candles to make a shimmering centerpiece. You can also fill bowls or vases with colorful fruits to match your theme. If you are able to find tall, long vases, you can fill the bottom with colored rocks, fill the rest of the vase with water and add a few long-stem flowers. You can also use tall wheat grass or a dogwood branch to add a more natural look to your centerpieces. NettletonHollow.com sells beautiful color variations of tall dogwood branches. TheWhiteAisle.com also sells artificial crystal-beaded flower branches for $6.99 that would make gorgeous, tall centerpieces. If you add a few candles to the table, the candlelight will bounce off the crystal for a romantic lighting effect.
Depending on the type of favor you want to give, they can become pricey and some will probably be left behind. One very easy do-it-yourself favor idea is to make a donation to a cause in the name of each guest. If you or your significant other has a charity or cause that is meaningful, this is a great way to give back, and your guests will find meaning in it as well. Once you have made the donation, design and print cards explaining to your guests that in lieu of a favor you have made a small donation in their name and the meaning that particular cause has to the bride and groom. You can even laminate the card and make a bookmark by punching a hole in the top and tying a ribbon through it. Your guests may even continue to give to the cause if they find meaning in it.
You can also assemble mini candy bags for each guest. There are many places online, such as Joann.com, that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make each bag. You can fill each bag with mints, M&Ms, candy hearts or any other type of candy. You can also use ribbon to attach a note thanking each guest for being a part of your special day.
One creative idea for do-it-yourself table numbers is to use pictures to set a theme for each table. You can use pictures of you and your significant other throughout your relationship, rotate pictures of the bride and groom throughout their life, or use pictures of places you've visited together. You can make these by cutting pieces of card stock, attaching the pictures and then using number stickers to attach the table number in the corner.
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