Table Décor for Rustic Weddings


Mother of the Bride, if a rustic wedding is in your daughter’s future, have either of you given any thought yet to style-appropriate table décor? Your decision might be influenced by whether or not the reception will be indoors or outdoors or whether the theme is more specific to ranching, farming, a throwback to the Old West, or just country living in general.

The mason-jar-with-flowers idea shown above is simple yet adorable and could fit in well with a variety of rustic weddings. Simply start with a mason jar, add a swatch of burlap and ribbon around the middle, tie off a twine bow at the top, and fill the jar with some simple and inexpensive baby’s breath and another flower in one of the wedding colors. The result? Super cute, easy to make, and budget friendly as well. Can’t beat that, huh?

So MOB, if rustic is the order of your upcoming big day, share this great idea with your little bride-to-be daughter and see if she’d like to use it for her table centerpieces or as table (or stump!) décor or as accent pieces in other places. These cute mason jars will be sure to add a touch of beauty however they’re used!

*You might also like to read Table or Mantelpiece Décor Idea for a Rustic Wedding, Watering Can Wedding Centerpiece, Table Décor Finishing Touch: Fresh Rose Petals, and Wedding Table Décor: Add Pizzazz with Confetti.

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*Flickr photo by Sweet Carolina Photography, Creative Commons License

Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Bouquets as Cake Table Decor


Mother of the Bride, have you and your darling daughter discussed the wedding day décor for the cake tables yet? Remember, you will have two tables or areas to decorate—the main cake table and the table for the groom’s cake as well. Yes, the cakes will be decorative in themselves, but something more is really needed to add color and beauty to the white tablecloths you’ll more than likely use.

One smart and gorgeous solution is to use the bride’s and the bridesmaids’ bouquets to add beautiful accents to the cake tables. Since you already have money invested in the bouquets, why not use them beyond the ceremony?

Not only will the bouquets already be stunning, they will provide coordinating color, already be paid for, and will require no extra work. Just tell the bridesmaids ahead of time where they are to place their bouquets as soon as they arrive at the reception. Or have someone else assigned to gather the bouquets as soon as the post ceremony photos are taken so she can get them to the reception site asap.

MOB, this is one of those times you can kill two birds with one stone. Take advantage of it and move on to the next item on your to-do list. After all, you’ll probably be adding to that list as fast as you check things off, right?!

*You might also like to read Cake Table Tip for Weddings: Display Engagement Photo, Table Décor Finishing Touch: Fresh Rose Petals, and Wedding Table Décor: Add Pizzazz with Confetti.

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0307*Top photo by Flowers Photography; bottom photo by Chris Humphrey Photographer