Table runners can add so much personality to
a table for (depending on your fabric choice)
a very reasonable cost.
Here are a few examples from Pinterest:
Jesi Hack Design on Design Sponge
Recently, I helped a friend of mine decorate the tables
at her daughter's wedding reception. To get a pop of color
for not too much money, I made table runners out of
material similar to the color of the bridesmaid dresses.
So that we could possibly use them again for other parties,
I made them 108" long...that would even work on
an 8 foot long table in the future. Since the fabric the
bride and her mother chose was 54" wide, when it was
cut into three sections, the resulting width was 18" wide.
Not that you would have to but we did add a point
to the end of the runner. I was too lazy to measure
but just pulled the two corners together until
there was a straight line, hand pressed a
crease along the fold and then cut along the crease.
Then I ironed in and sewed a hem along all. 27. of. them.
(If you don't sew, you could use a product like
Stitch Witchery to turn under a hem or don't
hem them at all!)
It was a lot of work, but I think the end result
was worth it. The bride's family rented cream colored
cloths to cover the reception tables then we
placed the runners on top of those.
There were 7 tables on the other side of the room also.
The food table was actually three tables pushed
together to make one long run of tables.
In keeping with the idea of making the runners to
be used again, we just used 3 of the 108" runners butted
up against each other instead of making one long one .
When all the food was on the table, it
was not noticable that there were actually three runners.
Here is one of the runners on the guest book table:
There were several generations of family wedding photos on this table.
We ended up with a couple extra runners so we
criss crossed them on the bride and groom cake tables.
I was surpized how creased the table cloths were from the rental company but I didn't say anything...
what could you do at that point a few hours before the wedding?
Also trying to keep the table centerpieces at a reasonable
cost, we hunted around for inexpensive elements to
mimick a look the bride had seen on Pinterest.
The mom found dark brown framed mirrors for less
than $10 each. We had had a "paint party" to prime the
frames white then dry brush them with two other shades
of off white paint colors. Then they were sanded down
to make them have a time-worn look.
In the months leading up to the wedding, we kept our
eyes open for clear glass vases to place on the mirrors.
Most of them were around $1 and came from Old Time
Pottery, Dollar Tree, WalMart, and Target. We put
seven vases (all different on each mirror) on each table.
I also kept on alert for vintage-y looking elements on
sale in the jewelry section of craft stores to add to
the tallest vase in each arrangement with a navy ribbon.
Just in case you are interested, here is a
breakdown of the table top costs:
(material $8/yard...bought 3 yards for each 3 runners)
7 stems of flowers...$7
4 votive candles w/holder...$4
Jewelry Charm w/ribbon...$2
Everything (with the exception of the flowers) can be re-used/repurposed.