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No matter what your style or colors, the seven-inch-square Celine plate ($7.99) would be perfect for individual candies or minicookies on each table. And how's this for a great centerpiece bowl and favor all-in-one: the Circleware Downtown seven-piece vodka-shot set ($29.99), which comes with a seven-inch-diameter bowl and six different colored-glass vodka-shot glasses. On every table, fill the bowl with roses and orchids, and then place the glasses with a single orchid stem all around the arrangement. Each couple can take home one of the individual vases. Very chic!
Marcy L. Blum, MLB Events, New York
Where else can you walk in the door with $20 and walk out with a major wedding decoration—plus change? I love the idea of taking the shadow-box wall shelf by Wilton Industries ($17.49), filling it with photos of the bride and groom (or of their parents' weddings), and hanging it above the escort-card table. Also from Wilton: an assortment of pretty frames—in jewel, pewter, and brass designs—that would make lovely table-number holders ($3.99 each).
If you were thinking of chair covers for the head table, consider Essential Home's 100 percent silk gusseted pillows instead; they're only $19.99 each, and you'll have throw pillows for life! Outfitting the flower girls can be expensive, but not if you opt for the tiny-ballerina look of Rhythm Studio Basic Dancewear's leotards and poufy skirts ($8.99 each) in pink or white. Speaking of kids, keep them busy with their very own goody bags; the stationery department's got cute little satchels ($6.99 each) you could stuff with crayons and puzzles.
Here's an easy way to kitsch up the furniture for the after-party: a few armfuls of 16" Glam Girl shag pillows ($12.99 each), accompanied by a few 50" x 60" shag throws ($24.99 each), all in hot pinks and purples. And if that's not sweet enough, consider decorating the dessert buffet with French Preserves Candles ($7.99 each)—they resemble strawberry, raspberry, and concord-grape jam jars. Everything looks better by candlelight, even chocolate éclairs!
Scott Corridan, Corridan & Co., Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA
Never have I seen so much style for so little dough! Which made me think, why rent when you can buy an entire silver-and-pewter table? The breakdown: from Fieldcrest, camel-colored Irish linens, including tablecloth ($39.99); a cocoa-embroidered runner (24.99); and eight matching hemstitched napkins ($39.99). I added a trio of antiqued candlesticks (from $14.99), a pewter footed centerpiece bowl ($14.99), silver votive holders ($5.99 for six), and candles ($1 each).
I'd stick a white daisy in a sweet bud vase ($4.99) and put one at each place setting for a favor. Place settings could also feature white metallic-leaf chargers ($9.99 for four), white glazed-porcelain dishes ($39.99 for four five-piece sets), water tumblers ($7.99 for four), white wineglasses ($9.99 for four), and red wineglasses ($12.99 for four). Finally, I found cute drapery rings in a powder-coat pewter finish and used them as napkin rings, holding the place cards with the clamps. Cost? A total of $9.99 for ten pieces! Partner them with fantastic fleur-de-lis scrolled drapery tiebacks that double as table-number holders—very chic in a shabby, whitewashed finish at only $12.99 a pair, and way fresher than a silver frame with some number in black and white. Your entire table checks in at much less than the $500 per-table minimum that it costs me to rent specialty items. And the fact that you can keep it all for your own personal inventory? Brilliant.