Another component of our upcoming Planning Session is selecting the linens and other decor items. This is an area in which we are hoping to keep costs down—the venue already has a lot of personality, and shouldn’t require a ton of upgrades. However, this is easier said than done. When you’re already spending so much fracking money on the rest of the day, you want to make sure the visual of your wedding day corresponds to all the work/money you put in!
Thing #1: Linens.
Image via Pizzazzerie.com
Image via TheKnot.com
So, a few months ago, I heard from a florist that one way to have dramatic-looking tables without spending an arm and a leg on floral is to upgrade your linens. If your linens are anything other than white, your eye doesn’t go straight toward the center piece, and you can get away with something very simple without it looking super simple. Also, even if upgrading linens costs money, it almost certainly does not cost as much as a huge floral centerpiece!
With our wedding having a black and white striped theme, I was crossing my fingers that black linens might also be considered “standard”… and I recently found out I’m in luck! Black table linens are not an upcharge. I can even do white napkins (like that last picture) to get a stripey-look, and there will be NO ADDITIONAL charge. I’m so excited by this development, hive!! It seems silly, but it’s actually a pretty big deal for our pocketbook.
I also LOVE the black & white runner in the first picture though, so I think I will inquire to at least get a price on something like that. Maybe we could do it at just the sweetheart table or something.
Thing #2: Furniture.
Photo by Randy Chapman
Image via A Practical Wedding
Clearly, I feel conflicted about this. Photo #1 is clearly the ultimate dream—I mean, how gorgeous, right? But really, what I’m trying to realistically pull from this photo is the idea of a white chair (like a chiavari) with a black “backdrop” (aka tablecloth) peeking through. This would mean renting chairs. SIGH. How many brides have struggled with this expense? At about $10/chair, Is it worth it or not worth it? Right now, my thought is to possibly only rent chairs for the main floor. About a half to a third of our guests will be on the Mezzanine level (sort of a half floor up from us on the main floor), so I’m thinking I could leave those chairs be, and only pay for the 60-or-so chairs on the main level. It’s still a lot of money though.
Photo #2 shows square tables in our venue. I went to a wedding last year with square/rectangular tables, and I thought it made a really big visual impact. Especially with our striped theme, I think the square shape makes a lot of sense. Apparently these cost $25/table, plus a delivery fee of $100. Not too bad, I don’t think! Or am I in bride brain and that’s still ridiculous? It’s hard to tell these days…
And then there’s another side of me (the Photo #3 side of me) that says SCREW IT. Who cares about the furniture?? Do whatever is standard (circle tables with the chairs that come with the venue) and save the money. Either way, we will get things priced out at the Planning Session so that we have some more prices to go off of, and we’ll cut from there.
Oh and side note—at this particular venue, we are not allowed to use outside vendors for linens or furniture. If we were getting married at one of the convention centers, we could, but for some reason, Atlantic Dance Hall is special, so we are stuck with whatever pricing Disney gives us. Which totally blows for this bargain hunter.
So what do you think…to upgrade or not to upgrade? Are these silly expenses that I won’t care about the day after the wedding and would rather have the money in our pockets? I cannot decide…