Victoria With Roses featured this great DIY wedding project. Instructions can be found at iDiY.

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I love this idea and, if you’ve got the time, it would be a fun favor for guests at any event.

I just read this post from Vintage Glam Weddings and thought the ideas (found in the Country Living magazine) are incredible.

I love the freshness of the garden location. The mismatched place settings are gorgeous. I’d love to have a china collection like that of my own one day!! The simpleness of the chairs and bench is so lovely.

However, I also know from my own garden themed wedding that all these beautiful touches are time intensive. The table settings from my wedding were only center pieces since we were having afternoon tea, buffet style. We used a combination of small flower arrangements of wild and garden flowers with tea cups of ivy and pictures of family weddings. Smaller cafe-style tables had teapots with small arrangements. At the end of the afternoon, we gave the teapots to my mom, my mother-in-law, my grandmother, my sister, and the female half of our marriage counseling couple.

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Regretfully, we didn’t get any good shots of the tables, but these pictures might give you an idea. We set the centerpiece accessories on top of tiered cardboard boxes (we put slightly deflated volleyballs underneath the biggest boxes to provide stability for the floral vases which had the green foam instead of water). The boxes were covered with gold silk sheets and pillowcases we cut into smaller pieces and a brown shimmery fabric. Every table had a floor length chocolate brown table cloth.

It was really lovely :o)

To get an idea of the way we added height to the tables at the reception, see the post about Chase & Kristie Elliott’s wedding.

So when it comes down to it, there is an infinite list of people you’d like to thank for being a part of your wedding. But, if you’re sticking to a small budget, that’s just not realistic.

We decided to give gifts to our wedding party, our parents, and our pre-marriage counselors. I also gave a little something to the women in my life that were involved in the wedding in other ways.
For our wedding party, we had a photo-shoot at Avery Point, a local spot with lots of grass and trees, a mansion, and a great view of the Long Island Sound. Then we picked out a frame for everyone in the wedding party and gave them all a picture of us. We did the same for our parents.
In addition to the picture for our parents, we gave our moms gift certificates to a local spa and our dads ties for the wedding.
For the two little flower girls, we got them lockets at Things Remembered with their initials inscribed. The ring bearer was all excited about his new ice cream bowl and spoons!!
We got our pre-marriage counsellors a gift certificate to a local restaurant.
Little gifts for friends include a cookbook, picture frame, smelly soaps, water bottle with a verse on it, coffee + mug, a favorite book, etc.
My husband was in a wedding party last fall where the gift was a bottle of wine from the vineyard where the reception was held. His sister and brother-in-law gave their wedding party small Nalgene water bottles with their name and wedding date on it.
Once you get creative, the ways to give great gifts and save money are infinite!