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October 9, 2010

Fall Harvest Inspired Weddings | Dinner Reception Tablescapes on a budget

As the autumn leaves turn their brilliant hue…. two in love will say, “I Do!” – One of my favourite quotes I’ve ever read on a wedding ceremony program inspires decor all around this season. I love Fall! The air is crisp. The colours are beautiful. The food is delicious!!

One of our WG brides is planning a Fall Harvest-inpired wedding for October of next year at the fabulously intimate (and stylishly rustic) Navy Hall in Niagara-On-The-Lake. At a recent event design consultation with Bride-To-Be and my WG sidekick, Catriona, we inspired our bride with my head-over-heels-love of tablescapes. A perfectly lavish decor style to accent long, rectangular King’s Tables, a beautiful tablescape doesn’t need to be super expensive!¬†As we discussed ways to create decor magic (on a budget), our Fall Harvest bride told us about some of the decor items she’s purchased already (some wrought iron pumpkins, candle holder lanterns, etc). She was concerned about buying 15-20 of any individual decor item, as some were significantly pricier than what she planned on spending for wedding centrepieces. Ofcourse, there’s a simple WG solution to this!

When designing tablescapes (at your wedding or on your dinner table), you don’t need multiples of identical items to create a repetitive look – all you need is symmetry! I told our bride not to buy any more of the expensive items, but for all the decor pieces she finds from now on, just to buy equal amounts of them. Our design plan is to mirror the tablescapes at the two, long, side-by-side guest tables, with a similar tablescape created on the “head table” portion of the table arrangement, but not identical to the other two. Make sure all the decor pieces have similar elements that tie together the over-arching theme, but they don’t need to be exactly the same. And the least expensive option for Autumn-inspired wedding decor? dried leaves! lots of them. scattered throughout the centrepiece (and they also double over as elegant place setting accents!)

While doing my inspiration research for this particular bride, I came across some fantastic DIY decor ideas – with “crusted” candles and pumpkins topping the charts! Originally found at HGtv.com, just take your Fall-coloured pillar candles, apply double-sided table around them, and roll in split peas, lentils, beans – in all different colours, shapes, and sizes. You can see specific instructions here!

You don’t have to be having an Autumn inspired, Fall Harvest wedding to be excited about these decor ideas! Use these fabulous elements to adorn your Thanksgiving table, or the October/November decor around your house:

[Soup served in a gourd]

[Pumpkin table numbers - or place settings]

[Pumpkin drink cooler | Pumpkin Candle Holder | Pumpkin Luminaries]

… on that note: Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

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