Choosing a wedding table decoration can be a very difficult decision, because there are so many options that you have available to you. Keep in mind that your guests will be seated for a big portion of the wedding, so you want to make sure that you set the right mood. Before you even start thinking about table decorations, there is some other important information that you need to keep in mind. Below you will learn a little bit more about this information.
The first think you are going to have to decide is how much money you want to spend on your table decorations. Of course, this is going to involve more than picking a number and trying to stick to it. You are first going to have to get a basic idea of what table decorations cost. You do not want to set a budget for a hundred dollars a table and find out that the most basic decorations are going to cost you two hundred dollar a table. This would cause you to go way over budget in a heartbeat.
Speaking With the Venue
Before you get your heart set on certain decorations, you need to speak with the venue manager and find out about their specific regulations. For instance, some venues will have regulations that won’t let you use candles or breakable glass. So do not get you heart set on using certain decorations and then later get your heart torn out, because you found out that you could not use these decorations.
Some venues will even provide you with table decorations. Of course, there will be a charge for using them, but you might find that it will be much cheaper and easier to take advantage of these table decorations. Just make sure that you check out these venues provided decorations ahead of time, because they may not match your wedding theme.
Time to Setup
Another very important thing to consider is how long the decorations are going to take to set up and when you are going to start arranging them on the reception tables. You need to make sure that you schedule a date ahead of time, so that you can visit the venue and prepare your decorations. If the decorations you chose are complex and take a lot of time to set up, then you might want to consider asking some of your friends to help with these arrangements. Your friends will always be more than happy to help you out, if they are available.
While you want to choose table decorations that will provide a fun and relaxing environment for your guests, you also want to make sure that they are comfortable and have enough elbow room. For instance, if you are going to be seating eight to ten people at one table, you might have to choose small centerpieces. This will ensure that all of your guests have enough room to sit and eat comfortably.
Creating a table diagram and making the correct measurement can help you out with this.
Many brides like to go down the DIY road and there is nothing wrong with this process. However, it means that you are going to need to start planning really early, because you are probably going to have to research designs, order supplies, and put the decorations together. If you want to go this route, and then make sure that you develop the decorations at least a couple months in advance. Schedule a day when you can actually see what they look like in the venue. Sometimes things do no turn out the way you thought they would. This will allow you enough time to make other arrangement, if you need or choose to do so.
You also need to consider the elements of the environment, in which you are hosting your wedding. For instance, chocolate and fresh flowers may have a hard time standing up to the extreme heat.
Season of the Wedding
The season in which you are having your wedding could play a big role in deciding your wedding decorations. For instance, if you want to use fresh flowers, then you should consider using flowers that will be in season. This will not only save you some money, but it will also make the flowers much easier to access.
If you plan on hosting an evening event or you will be in a dimly lit environment, then you should think about incorporating some kind of lighting into your decorations. This will provide your guest with adequate lighting, so that they will able to see their meal and each other, while they are chatting. Christmas string lights, traditional candles, battery operated candles, or lanterns can work wonders, in these types of situations.
The height of your centerpieces can also play a big role in your guests’ comfortable and mood. You do not want your guest to have to keep sliding around the centerpieces to see each other. Tall centerpieces can also prove to be problematic, if you plan on an outdoor event. However, this does not mean that you cannot use tall centerpieces, just make sure that you use them in the correct situations. If you want to use them outdoors make sure they are secured down.
Many couples like to offer centerpieces as wedding favors. This is a great way to save some money, if you are on a tight budget. You can offer one centerpiece per family. Just make sure that you buy or create enough of them, so this option is possible.
You may be better off financially, if you purchase separate wedding favors, because centerpieces can be quite expensive, even if you are developing them yourself.
Your table decorations will play a huge part in the way your guest feel, while they seated and remember your guests will be seated for a big portion of the event. You want to choose decorations that are inviting and match your wedding theme. As long as you take the information above and apply it to your decorations you will be just fine.