For my wedding, I had a lot of ideas . . . I mean a LOT! I had a binder of about 20 different themes, color palettes, and ideas. If this sounds like you, don't be discouraged. As soon as you sit down with your future hubby and discuss what you want the feel and the look of your big day to be, you will be able to edit and simplify! Also, your venue will definitely dictate your decor and color palette, after all, you want your wedding to compliment the venue not compete with it.
Now, when it came to decor, I had a lot of craft projects I wanted to do. At one point I even wanted to make a life size chess set for the cocktail hour (that quickly got vetoed). One of the biggest projects I had on my list was to build a wall display to serve as a backdrop behind the dessert table. Our lovely wedding coordinator Wynn, from Wynn Austin Events, and her assistant Janice said they could make this for me if I told them what I wanted.
I have always loved the Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica, and they have this fabulous plate wall . . .
. . . So I e-mailed Janice the pictures above, and said I wanted a gray antiqued wall with white plates. Next, I found some great shabby chic plates at T.J. Maxx for about $3 each, and dropped them off.
. . . here is how it turned out . . .
As for the table decor, we rented linens from Wildflower Linens, and reused some of the flowers from the ceremony. Also, my fabulous Auntie Mae knew how much I love topiaries and brought a few for us to use. I found the "Love is Sweet" banner on Etsy, and I made half the bud vases (see the DIY here), the others I bought at Save On Crafts. The rest of the plates and cake stands I found online or at T.J. Maxx. Below is a little buyers guide.
I was contacted a lot about where I found everything for the dessert table, so I hope this helps! But feel free to comment or contact us with any questions!