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5 Budget Ideas For Fabulous Guest Tables

Every bride has a vision about her wedding and how she wants the reception to look and feel. Here are 5 ideas on ways you can still have your table décor look fabulous at your wedding reception even when you are on a budget.

candles1. Use various sized candle holders & vases to create a dramatic look for evening weddings. Putting water in the taller vases with a floating candle will add “sparkle” to the table from the reflection of the water and candles. This centerpiece was from a past bride who got married at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio.

DSC_01502. Use the bridal bouquets as centerpieces for the head table or even on the guest tables. Purchase plastic vases and you can save a fortune! These gold vases were plastic and you couldn’t even tell. McNay Art Museum, San Antonio.

hydrangeas centerpieces votives wedding table

hydrangeas centerpieces votives wedding table

3. Hydrangeas are great filler flowers and come in a variety of colors. Use a few in a vase with a little of greenery & even some twigs you find in your yard and you have a very beautiful, yet inexpensive centerpiece. Add petals and votives for a nice addition to the table as well.

vintage pearls picture wedding reception table

vintage pearls picture wedding reception table

4. This past bride of mine wanted an antique feel to her reception. For the tables she added faux pearls place around the table along with picture frames she had gotten at a dollar store. Because some of the flowers were out of season that the bride wanted, the florist mixed in some faux flowers in the centerpiece. Can you tell which are the fake ones? No one ever knew.

various vases inexpensive flowers doilies budget table

various vases inexpensive flowers doilies budget table

5. This bride was on a very tight budget. She collected various sized vases from garage sales, dollar tree, and food containers to create a collage as the focal point. She then use cheaper flowers and baby’s breath to give the vintage look she was going for. The paper doilies & votive add the last touch to the table & tie the colors together. Simple but cute! Botanical Gardens, San Antonio.

I have so many more ideas for budget friendly décor. If you would like to ask me a question about your wedding please feel free to contact me., 210-595-9263.

Ideas on Transforming Venues for Wedding Receptions

It seems these days that many couples are paying for their own wedding which means they might be on a tight budget. They are getting creative in their planning and doing a lot of DIY projects along with finding good deals on venues. One option is having it at the church you are a member of. A wedding I just coordinated in San Antonio is exactly what they did. They had the reception at the church’s Parish Hall. The room was pretty basic and we knew that having other focal points throughout the room was going to be needed to add to the ambiance of a wedding.

I thought it would be fun to show you the behind the scenes of how the room was transformed for the transformation at receptionwedding_reception_preparing_3wedding_reception_preparing_4 - Copywedding_reception_preparing_5wedding_reception_preparing_6wedding_reception_preparing_7wedding_reception_preparing_8wedding_reception_preparing_9Legendary Linens did a great job in creating a focal point on the ceiling with lights and drapery. They also added uplights around the room and a canopy for the bride and groom’s sweetheart table. The couple decided to add some elegance with china, chargers, chair covers and sashes as well. Throughout the room there were added touches of pictures, antique items, flowers, lanterns, candles, a slide show and more. For a wedding on a budget, it turned out beautiful!

Trudy Scott, Royalty Event Parties, 210-595-9263,


Importance of Wedding Timelines

email_postcard_timeline_1000As a new bride-to-be do you know what a “Day Of” timeline is? A timeline is the chronological order of events that occur the entire day of your wedding. It can start from when you wake up in the morning all the way until you leave the reception. When I create a timeline for my couple I like to know what/where they will be prior to the ceremony and always include that in the timeline. I include all the tiny details including when vendors are arriving to set up, special songs, names of those giving toasts, blessings or announcing, what the DJ will announce, when vendors leave and even details of when I will be loading the car with the gifts. Nothing is left out! I do this so everyone (the couple, vendors, & myself) are aware of what is to occur throughout the day so everything goes smoother and if something does go wrong we can correct it more easily.


Besides the “Day Of” Timeline, there are other timelines the wedding coordinator can create.

  • Bridal Party Timeline – Would include activities & duties of the bridesmaids & maid/matron of honor
  • Groomsmen’s Timeline – Same as bridesmaid’s
  • Vendor Timeline – A separate timeline that gives the vendors just the times/details of what they would need to know for the “Day Of”
  • “Week Of” Timelines – Great for destination weddings (planner & guests would have separate timelines)

I go a step further and supply the couple with the order of the processional for the ceremony. The list would consist of all the full names and phone numbers of the wedding party and those participating in the ceremony. I like to have their numbers just in case they are missing and I need to locate them.

I then create the list for the announcing of the wedding party for the reception. I give the DJ a copy of this a few days prior so he has time to figure out all the pronunciations of all the names. I also verify with the bride and groom how they want to be announced as entering. For example, I now present you with Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Shellie Smith.”

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