If you are opting for the traditional wedding rehearsal dinner with a romantic, sit- down dinner, we have some special ideas to help you decorate your room. If you have chosen a theme for the celebration, then you will want to decorate according to what is appropriate for your theme. We have many suggestions online to help you with about any theme you can dream up!
• To make your party site look more intimate and festive, drape and swag gossamer across ceiling, walls, and table skirting. If you are not familiar with gossamer, it is a wonderful, lightweight fabric. Twist two colors (preferably the bride’s colors) together for a stunning look. The gossamer drapes so beautifully, that if your room is softly lit, it will have an ethereal glow.
• Never underestimate the power of decorating with balloons as they can transform any size room into a cozy space in minutes at a very low cost. You can choose to inflate balloons with helium, but that is the only option. In order to save money, inflate hundreds of balloons in colors to match your theme without using helium. Tie a 6-8 foot piece of curling ribbon to the end of each one. Using scotch tape, masking tape, or straight pins, hang balloons down from the ceiling so they hang at different lengths. Curl the loose end of the ribbon with scissors.
• Think mood lighting – candles, candles, and more candles. As long as there are no small children around, fill tables with various-sized candles and keep them lit throughout the evening. Prior to the party, put your candles in the refrigerator or freezer. Cooler candles will burn for a much longer period of time.
• Floating Candles look absolutely lovely, and you can even color the water with a little food coloring to match your theme colors. Place a glass bowl, or several different sized wineglasses filled with water on a mirror. Add small candles, and enjoy the romantic effect they produce!
• Hang twinkle lights everywhere to complement the glow of the candles.
Decorate with a personalized focal point by creating a personalized photo standee or wall graphic using one of your engagement photos.
Table Decorations & Napkins:
• For your centerpieces, choose flowers in the bride’s colors. This will set the tone for the next day. You might even check with her and see if you can arrange to share flowers or vases to help with costs. Be sure to have a larger flower arrangement at the table where the bride and groom will be sitting.
• Fill crystal bowls or vases with brightly colored glass ornaments (silver for 25th, gold for 50th) and place them on the table in a bed of metallic shred.
• Personalize your table decorations to your guests of honor. For example, one table could display the bride’s cheerleading poms from when they met and another table could show the groom’s baseball glove from his college years.
• Confetti is a great extra touch to add to any table. Scatter it down the center of the table to tie in the number of years, colors, or theme. If you plan ahead, insert a few pieces of confetti in the invitations and then sprinkle the same confetti on the table to connect the two.
• Add elegance to your affair by creating place cards for your tables. If the group is small and well connected, make copies of old photos of each guest with the honored guests. Adhere them to a heavy cardboard “tent”. Let each guest find their seat by locating the old photo of themselves.
• Order personalized napkins and have them imprinted with your party slogan and design of your choice. Select a metallic or foil imprint. The napkins will serve several purposes – great decorating in disguise and a delightful memento of the party that can be saved in scrapbooks for years to come! Napkins can be laid out on a buffet table, or displayed at each place setting. Place napkins in the center of each place setting at an angle, or unfold them and place them in Glassware for a tall dramatic look.
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