DIY Wedding Reception Pro-tips

Featured today on The Budget Savvy Bride!

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We share 5 pro-tips
on how you can keep your wedding decor costs down without compromising your Pinterest board vision!

When it comes to DIY your wedding, it can very quickly feel like your budget is dwindling with all the costs that start to pile up. Having spent 10 years maximizing our brides’ budgets we know a thing or two about stretching your dollar to achieve a beautiful reception without breaking the bank.


Pro Tip 1: Start with your numbers

Figuring out your quantities, ie how many items you’ll need (how many bouquets, bouts, centerpieces etc.) By knowing your numbers and breaking down exactly what you'll need, you'll be less likely to over order on flowers and only spend on the decor that you actually need.

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Here’s an example: 

In regards to her reception Rachel needs: 

15 Reception Tables made up of: 
10 x 60” round tables 
5 x 6’ rectangular tables
1 Head table (2 eight foot tables pushed together, so 16 feet of decor needed!) 

Head exploding yet?

Don’t worry! We’ve been in the business for 10 years and this is all second nature to us so we can help make you a game plan!

Let’s Break it down

Not in the drop it like it’s hot sort of way, but in the basic math we learned in grade school sort of way. 

By knowing the number of tables and the type of tables you’re working with we can break down exactly what decor you'll need for each of them. Trust us… it’s usually significantly less than you expect when you first start pinning to your Pinterest board. (We’ll show you how, don’t worry.)

Pro Tip 2: Apply the rule of 3s. 

At Bloom Culture we always break down the reception table decor into three categories or three “table styles”, if that makes more sense to you. The idea here is that you don’t need a flower arrangement on EVERY table to create a beautiful look.

For the the 15 reception tables Rachel needs, it might look something like this: 

Table Style 1 - Round Table Design: candle trio with hand placed greenery at the base.

  • 5 tables will be Votives and Candles which can go a long way, you can fill in the table with candles (use LED if your venue does not allow flame). 

  • Hand-placed greenery can go a long way and is very affordable! You don’t always need thick elaborate garlands of eucalyptus!

Melissa Marshall Photo

Melissa Marshall Photo

Aubrey Marie Photo

Aubrey Marie Photo

Aaron Snow Photo

Aaron Snow Photo

Emily Nicole Photo

Emily Nicole Photo

Table Style 2 - Round Table Design: flower centerpiece in vase.

  • 5 tables will have a single arrangement. We like to use the single arrangements on round tables because you only need one arrangement per table.

Aubrey Marie Photo

Aubrey Marie Photo

Holli B Photo

Holli B Photo

Table Style 3 - Rectangle Table: 3 or 5 bud vases mixed with votive candles (or decor that may come with the venue, like lanterns). 

  • 5 tables will have bud vases, where you place a few individual stems of flowers in little bottles, are an affordable way to make an impact. I suggest using various heights in a small grouping, or a couple of bottles every few feet.

  • Some venues have decor that you can use like lanterns or candles. Use every bit of those and we can help you personalize it with flowers or greenery! 

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

Pro Tip 3: Reuse your Bridal Party Flowers for your head table. 

Head tables are traditionally rectangular, which makes for the perfect opportunity to repurpose your bridal party flowers. 

Put the bridal bouquet in the centre, and then your bridesmaid bouquets spaced out on either side. All you need is vases with water in them pre-placed on the table and then you can drop the bouquets in as soon as you’re done with having photos taken!

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Pro Tip 4: Repurpose your ceremony flowers . 

Just appoint someone in your family or tribe to move these flowers from the ceremony to the reception. The arch becomes dessert backdrop or a photo booth. The ceremony urns or arrangements can be repurposed to the entry of the reception or to flank the bridal table. SO many options but if you’ve already spent the money on these pieces might as well get the most bang for your buck out of them! 

Emily Nicole Photo

Emily Nicole Photo

Emily Nicole Photo

Emily Nicole Photo

Pro Tip 5: Use personal items or heirlooms as decor

Instead of buying decor items, why not use something meaningful to you as a couple for your tables. For example: Photos, or heirlooms like my grandmother's rose glass collection (if you feel comfortable using them as decor). Books that mean something to you or just books in general. I mean if it matters to you as a couple, try to incorporate those types of items into your reception. We had a bride who made sand terrariums with a single cactus or succulent to help supplement her floral decor and it was beautiful! She also used her beautiful pottery collection to add detail, she is one smart cookie.

Choate House Photography

Choate House Photography

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

OKAY! Does that feel WAY more achievable (and like you only need to spend about half the budget you originally intended?). 

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If you’re considering DIY-ing your wedding decor, Bloom Culture specializes in not only wedding flowers but in making your whole reception reception beautiful at a price point that feels comfortable. We work with DIY brides to remove all of the guess-work; we do the hard part so you can do the fun part. We will help you set a floral budget, determine the best flower varieties to use, and how to spread them throughout your reception to make it feel impactful.