Always a Blogsmaid: Color is Free

Posted by Azure on February 19th, 2009
About Always A Blogsmaid

So, today is my first day posting for OneWed and I am just thrilled! I'm hoping to bring you some of the fun advice that I share with readers of my own blog as well as inside tips that's usually reserved for my clients. As always, I love taking reader questions, and to get my "online life" at OneWed started, I'm going to share a question that I get again and again from brides.

The Question: I'm on a tight décor budget, what can I do to make the most of my reception space?

The Answer: When it comes to reception décor, always remember two things: (1) Color is Free and (2) Color is almost always your friend!

No matter your budget for floral, you can usually throw in color to accentuate your floral design, color scheme or unique event space. People go on and on about linens, which are awesome, but in truth sometimes if your linens are included at your venue, upgrades can get quite pricey. So today, let's turn our attention to the little things- really little- like votives! Using colored votives is often exactly the same price as using clear plain ones and an addition that you can often order in bulk online if you don't want to pay your florists' marked-up price.

The first photo shows a fairly classic table enhanced by red votives. They really make the floral arrangements pop. But the bride didn't just stop there, she used the ribbon accents on her favor to draw out the red accent color. The seemingly small detail makes the whole table feel a little bit more coordinated.

Even for more casual fare, colored votives can spice up the dreaded plain white linen. At this barbeque buffet wedding, featured in the second photo, the colors of the very simple floral arrangements were picked up in the votive AND the napkins. The colored napkins added about 15 cents per guest, but they made a world of difference when you looked at the room!

Are any of you adding any unexpected little dashes of color to your reception décor?

Always a Blogsmaid: Color is Free

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