Please help…I need some suggestions.?

by DIY wedding planner on May 18, 2012

I already have my wedding venue picked.
It will cost about 3,000 for the food, a 4 hour open bar, the wedding charge, and the cost of them to decorate the gazebo for us, and the cake. All for 100 people.

Now, I need some ways to save some money on decorations for inside the reception, centerpieces (they can make them for between 3-8, but I’m hoping to be able to do them cheaper), favors, and anything else you can think of.

My MOH and other bridesmaids that I have talked to have agreed to help me with DIY things, so instructions or websites would be great.

Our colors are bright blue, silver with accents of white.

Thanks for any help you can give!

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Cortney Elin May 18, 2012 at 5:04 am

Two friends who love to sail got married. We used fishbowls (with two fish in each bowl) as centerpieces, favors were little “love knots”.

We’ve also done mini jukeboxes at each table (they’re actually pretty cheap, check out eBay). Favors for that party were old vinyl records (the small ones) that we’d picked up at thrift stores. Lots of Beatles, Beach Boys, Monkees, etc.


Kristy May 18, 2012 at 5:33 am

$3 to $8 for centerpieces is great, let them make them! That’s a great deal if you like what’s being offered.

You really don’t need much decoration in most venues. We aren’t having anything other than flowers. You could get ribbon and tulle and make bows as accents or drape it where needed. Potted plants can be purchased or rented as well and make a nice accent. If you purchase potted plants they can also be given away as favors, my brother had crysanthymums at his wedding, purchased them 4 for $12 and gave them away as favors. Or, do homemade baked/edible goods (cookies, carmel apples, jams, jellies, etc).

Good luck!


PrettyBright May 18, 2012 at 5:40 am


Alicia May 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

Make a pretty cake for each table and put a dot under one of the chairs. The winner gets to take the cake home. See if you can get boxes from a local bakery for transport. If you have friends that like to bake you are set. The favors can always be matching cupcakes.

I don’t know, food seems to always go over well with guests. Then they don’t have to feel obligated to keep anything stored at home.


B2B07-17-10 May 18, 2012 at 6:31 am

I’m not sure about centerpieces for under $3, it depends where you live and if you can find things at dollar stores.

Centerpiece Ideas
You might consider trying to get some kind of glass bowl or vase, put some glass rocks that match your colors or natural colored rocks, put some water in it and a floating candle.
Another idea would be find a square or circular mirror get a pillar candle (matching your colors) and then put some natural colored rocks or the glass colored rocks on the mirror.

Favor Ideas
Find a simple, but good sugar cookie recipe and use cookie cutters to shape the cookies. (experiment with different shapes and styles to see what you all like and is the most economical). You may have to vary the cooking time a little depending on the shape. After they have cooled down completely, ice them with either homemade icing or store bought. Then using another color of icing and icing tools you can do a monogram of you and your H2B’s initials or “Thanks” or something like that. It may be cheaper to dye white icing to blue by adding some blue food coloring to it than buying blue icing. I don’t know if you can buy silver icing nor do I have any idea on how to dye icing silver.
You might also try they put favors on sale quite often…



Aqua Aura May 18, 2012 at 7:26 am

Here are some web sites with ideas and photos and some cocktail recipes in the blue theme, you could consider.

There is a photo of a Cup cake wedding favour which you could make quite easily and change the colours & icing food colouring to match your preferences.
The pic top of the page shows a light blue, with matching ribbon and tiny candy pearls, you could buy silver ones from a shop.
This is an idea which is very cheap to make for 100 people:

More centerpiece ideas gallery:

This web site has cup cakes which are in the blue and silver theme you want, just make your cup cakes and copy these and make center pieces:

My Personal suggestions:

Floating silver and blue candles would look nice in a glass bowl of water with a little blue food colouring in the water, and perhaps sprinkle some silver glitter onto water, or tiny white flowers.

Cup cake Favour’s blue icing, silver candy pearls, small white silk flower, with a small attatched card.
Cup Cake Favour’s with white icing, blue silk flower, silver candy pearls. with small attatched card.

Blue food colouring in lemonade soft drinks, in a tall glass, with white straw, fed through a blue silk flower.

Blue colour cocktail drinks:

Good Luck with it all.


erinlenore May 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

I LOVE the fish idea! A blue beta fish at each table in a cute little fluted-top bowl would be beautiful! They are really inexpensive at Wal-Mart. They might even have them at the dollar store. Then you could give the fish away to a guest at each table.


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