Low Impact Wedding Series - The Decorations

We had such a beautiful location for the wedding we felt that it didn’t need much decoration. My one recommendation to others is to start with a beautiful place. It will be so much less work in the long run.

Linen Rentals: For the reception we were in a very beautiful church, but the community room was very plain. We weren't really sure if we were going to be able to use it because it was set to be completed at the beginning of June and they were behind. They actually opened the room one week before our wedding, so that's when I really started to consider how to decorate the hall. The quickest fix was to rent white table cloths from a local rental company for each for an 8 person round table. We also paid each for several long table cloths for the gift table, family pictures and guest book table.
Total rented linens 4.12

Cloth Napkins: I insisted that we have no disposables used at our wedding. So when it came to napkins I looked into renting cloth ones and discovered they were about {MAINCONTENT}.40 a piece to rent. So instead I bought many, many vintage cloth napkins in lots off eBay for less than {MAINCONTENT}.40 a piece and ended up with enough for one per guest so there was one at every place setting. It added a lot to the room and people sat at places because they wanted a certain napkin. I am pretty sure people took them home too as I was missing about 20 at the end of the day!

With the rest I plan on making them into a quilt at some point, but even missing 20 I have more than enough for that project.

Misc: In a previous post I mentioned the floral center pieces I made using my mom’s antiques and flowers from her garden. I also made flower arrangements for the guest book table, bathrooms and the family wedding portraits table.

Total cost - 4.12

For more information and ideas on how to decorate your wedding reception venue go to our advice pages, or to hire a stylist for your wedding go to our Green Wedding Directory.

Published: 20-07-2009

Published By: Rosie


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