The first piece of your simple but elegant decor, or even your not so simple decor, is silk flower petals. Most often rose petals, these can be purchased at most craft/hobby stores (such as Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabric, etc…) in a wide array of colors, and varying sizes. No matter what colors you have chosen for your wedding, you’re sure to be able to find flower petals that are pretty close, if not the perfect match! Petals make a great fill-in, wherever you have a little empty space on a table, and look beautiful with a stark white tablecloth background. You could use this idea on the guest book table, cake or punch table (around the bottom of the bowl), gift table, or anywhere else you’re looking for a shot of color. All you (or your decorators) have to do is sprinkle the petals around until you create a look you like. Mix and match colors for effects and depth.
For an quick, easy, and beautiful centerpiece for guest tables, visit your local craft store – or anywhere you can find glass bowls or vases. The style you choose, whether it’s bowl, cup, or vase, is totally up to you. Personally, I chose a water garden style, which looks like a bowl that has been slightly flattened, so the top and bottom are the same size, and the center bulges outward. I chose to mix white petals with the color for our wedding (fuschia), filled the glass water garden about half full of the petals, and topped it with a single white silk lily. Each of these cost me only about $8 and gave the perfect ‘simple, but elegant’ look I was going for! (I couldn’t believe how nice they looked, knowing the flowers weren’t real.) Once you’ve achieved your desired look, place it in the center of a table. If the table is rectangle, sprinkle flower petals outwards the long way, creating a division in the middle of the table that will still allow your guests to be able to converse (unlike tall candle arrangements or oversized florals). If the table is square or circular, try placing petals in a tight circle around the outside of the glass, or sprinkling a few here and there as though they fell. There are so many options and variations, the final look is really up to you!
One of the best ways you can save money on your decorations, with this idea or another, is to plan ahead! Many craft stores that sell the items needed to put together centerpieces and table decorations have weekly sales, some with coupons, and some that are just in flyers – but most limit the number of items you can get at the sale price. With a little planning, you can space out your purchases and end up with a total savings of 40, 50, even 60%! Who knows – you could even find better sales than I did and save even more!