I have no idea why, but one of the first things I thought about when I started planning my wedding was table decor. I knew that I didn't want something fancy or plain or boring because none of that really fit the style of our wedding (or who we are as a couple). But I also knew that it could be a little annoying, frustrating, and expensive if I got too crazy (especially since I was planning a wedding out of state). But I decided I wanted a fun little vintagey hodge podge theme (those are totally words, right?) so I forged ahead with it.
And it turns out DIY wedding table decor is pretty fun (and easy). Here's what I did.
Plates & Silverware
I decided pretty early on that I really wanted to do the whole mismatched china and silverware thing. I have no idea why, but it just looked so beautiful in my mind. I was a little freaked out at first because I wasn't sure if we would find enough, but we actually ended up finding more than enough.
I shopped garage sales and used/thrift stores and was able to find what I needed. I purchased a dinner plate, fork, knife, and spoon for each guest as well as a small plate for cake for each guest. Even though we had a buffet, I still put the place setting out for each guest so everyone could see it all together.
Unless you love it, don't pay more than $1 for each piece. You're buying a lot and it adds up fast.
Find out when there are deals or sales. My mom helped me snag a few discount days at thrift stores because she's considered a senior citizen. There were also other days where you would get a certain percentage off.
Avoid sets. They aren't worth the money because there are so many pieces you won't use at all.
Wash everything really well and then pack it away so it's safe. Paper towel works excellent for packing because it provides cushion and will keep everything nice and clean.
Because I was (and still am) totally obsessed with mason jars, we decided to use them as the drinking glasses. We actually gave everyone their own which meant it could serve as part of the favors and a seating chart. I tied a little card to each jar with everyone's name and table number. I used different colored and patterned ribbon to go with the fun little mismatched theme.
Buy them during the summer if you can. Since it's canning season, lots of places have a good deal on jars so you'll get the most bang for your buck.
Think about water as well. We were actually supposed to get water goblets from our caterer, but they messed up. If I had to do it all over again I would have bought smaller jars for water and then it would have went well with the decor.
Have you ever seen how much centerpieces cost? I was mortified. And maybe I might sound like a cheapskate, but I don't care. I was all about cutting costs with this wedding. I wanted something that fit the vintage theme, but that wasn't too fancy. While we were at a garage sale, Mr. T spotted all these cute little tin vases and watering cans. So that became our thing. It took a little time, but we managed to find something for each table. We found most of it at thrift stores and garage sales, but also managed to score some cool stuff at Hobby Lobby as well.
Then we just had the florist fill each container with our wedding mix.
My sister and I also made all of these fun little mason jar candle holders. (I've mentioned them before and promise to share how I did it). We used lace, ribbon, pearls, and some other fun vintagey touches. Then just put a tea light in them. They looked beautiful during the day and even more beautiful at night.
I made my own table number holders and then I found a cute little printable table number template over on Etsy. We actually printed them on paper that also had our first conversation already printed on it.
Misc table decor
We found these cool jugs that looked like old timey moon shine jars. I fell in love with them so we filled them with water and put them on each table.
I also made confetti out of different patterns of kraft paper and paper from old books. I used mustache and lips hole punchers as a nod to our proposal. And I also added in some little cut outs from our first conversation on OkCupid. P.S. I also have some awesome wedding confetti over on my stationery store website (shameless plug, I know.)
I also printed fun little I Spy cards for each table. I thought it was such a neat idea and thought it would help open the conversation for the guests at each table since everyone didn't know everyone.
I was absolutely in love with how it all came together which is probably good since I didn't see everything together until the day of. Now that I think about it, that probably wasn't the best idea I've ever had. But it all worked on in the end so sometimes dumb ideas are awesome.
It even looked pretty awesome at the end of the night when it was all messy. Or maybe our photographer just did an awesome job of capturing it.