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Below are questions and answers related to “Wedding Decorations & Decor” which have already been submitted and answered by Andi, our seasoned wedding pro. See if these might solve your problems and spark some wedding decorations ideas, too! Click Here to view more “Ask Andi” questions and answers on a variety of wedding planning topics.

Wedding Decoration Ideas and Questions

We will be having beautiful floral centerpieces on all of the tables at our reception. There will be so many I don’t know what we will do with all of them. Do you have any ideas?

There are several ways to effectively utilize the centerpieces after the reception is over. Have a person from each table take one home. To avoid any confusion, mark one chair at each table by placing a piece of masking tape on the underside of the chair. This works well and can be easily removed. This guest is the chosen recipient; however, they in turn can give it to someone else if they choose.

Make the announcement to have your guests check their chairs during a sit down portion of the reception, such as when the meal is being served. If there were special guests that could not attend the wedding, arrange for a centerpiece to be delivered to them, along with a note from you. Additionally, I would suggest delivering them to a local nursing home or hospital, where they would also be much appreciated.

Best Regards,
Andi

My fiancé and I have just started planning our wedding and are finding out very quickly how expensive it is! Our families are contributing, but we are covering the majority of the cost. How do I plan an elegant, beautiful wedding without spending all of our savings?

As anyone who has planned a wedding knows, they can be very, very expensive. It’s amazing how quickly the costs will add up without you even realizing it! There are several ways to cut corners on cost and still have the wedding day of which you have always dreamed. One of the best ways to save money is on decorations and décor throughout the ceremony and reception.

The first thing you want to do is figure out what is really important to you and your fiancé and go from there. Simplicity can be very elegant. Talk to your florist about transferring the flowers from the ceremony to the reception and making them into the centerpieces to cut your florist bill in half. If the cake cutting is not an important detail for you and your fiancé – skip it! Buy a sheet cake from Costco and have it sliced in the back and served after dinner, your guests will never know! Look into renting a chocolate fountain for dessert instead of a cake.

The days of wedding rules and etiquette are over! It’s about making this your day! There is no rule that says there has to be favors on the table or a bouquet toss or even a sit down dinner on Saturday night. Make your reception a “cocktail hour or “dessert bar” on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon. Usually the costs are lower on these days as they are not “prime time”.

For the bride who wants all the traditional aspects of an enchanting wedding day, there are still ways to save. Find a location that offers packages which include the little things; chairs, table linens, dinner packages.  Order a one-tier cake for the cutting, and then serve cupcakes or pre-sliced cake to the guests. Look into DIY (Do it yourself) invitations, programs, and favors, even centerpieces! There are endless ways to save money on your big day – all it takes is a little creativity, effort, and help from family and friends!

Best Regards,
Andi

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