How to Save On Tableware & Center Pieces for Cost Effective Weddings & Events
Updated: May 29
For my catering business I do not charge for the use of my tableware. This is a differentiator I use to win business. The typical catering company charges for this rental.
Centerpieces are a standard for almost all weddings. This is another area of cost that can be addressed with a little bit of planning. Go online and find inexpensive vases on Amazon or web sites like Etsy. Our local farmer’s market has very large bouquets of flowers for $20-$25. The picture to the right uses stemless wine glasses, smooth rocks from Pier 1 and flowers purchased at the market the day prior. Splitting out purchased bouquets into simple, elegant centerpieces makes an attractive tabletop, does not take up a lot of precious table space, and does not block the guests from interacting with each other.
Even a discount florist will charge $25 per table arrangement. For 11 tables in the example above that comes to $301.40 with tax. This option comes out to less than $7 per arrangement or $84.39. A savings of $217.00.
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