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Devoted September 2018

Cocktail hour table decor

Katie, on May 4, 2018 at 1:39 PM Posted in Style and Décor 0 25
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Just curious to see what others are doing for centerpieces for they’re cocktail
hour tables. I’m torn between doing a simple floral display or candles as I’ve seen both done at weddings. I’ve also been to weddings where they didn’t put anything besides tableclothes and just kept it super simple!

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Latest activity by FutureMrsCha, on May 5, 2018 at 1:32 AM
  • T
    Super December 2018
    T P ·
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    Any option to decorate would be lovely! It would be less expensive to purchase small candles or tea lights, but even with simple table drapes alone, the cocktail hour space can be configured to look quite lovely.
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  • Pegs
    VIP July 2018
    Pegs ·
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    I always liked candles for cocktail hour. I don't know... something about it sets the aura and tone of the night. I would mostly expect to see flowers during the reception.

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  • Katie
    Devoted September 2018
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    Agreed! I’ve even seen tables set up with just 3 simple votive candles which adds just the right amount of simple elegance.
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  • Katie
    Devoted September 2018
    Katie ·
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    This is exactly what my mom said.
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  • Brittany
    Master April 2019
    Brittany ·
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    We are going super lowkey for cocktail hour. We don't have any floral planned for cocktail hour except for some greenery that will sort of "tie" the tablecloths together like this:

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  • Katie
    Devoted September 2018
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    Love this, I may end up doing this as well.
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  • OnCloudRawls
    VIP June 2019
    OnCloudRawls ·
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    I'm having a nice tablecloth, a picture in a frame and a couple votives on each cocktail table

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  • firstoneat56
    Master August 2017
    firstoneat56 ·
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    I don't think I've ever seen anything on a cocktail hour table other than candles, if anything. Cocktail tables and highboys are small and people need the room to put their food and drinks down, and sometimes their purses. Check with your venue to see what they provide. My venue provided the tablecloths, all the candles and the mirrored disc they sat on in the picture.


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  • Brittany
    Master April 2019
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    Some candles on the top will be perfect!

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  • firstoneat56
    Master August 2017
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    Ooooh, that's pretty!

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  • Officiallymrs
    Super May 2010
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    Since I’m having my ceremony and reception at the same place I’m having my wedding coordinator take the lanterns I will have lining the aisles ( they will have flowers in thema nd on the top ) and having her repurpose them for cocktail hour .. saves $$ and they get more use then just our short ceremony
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  • Pegs
    VIP July 2018
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    This is a super cute idea. May even do this myself, as we haven't decided on cocktail hour decor.

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    I'm not decorating ours at all, just tablecloths since it's outside. But I'll have some cute love quote signs & pictures of us around the area too.

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  • earias
    Champion December 2017
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    We had very simple, small floral arrangements and ivory linens with a mix of high and low tables.

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  • R
    Just Said Yes June 2018
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    I am doing tablecloth and little things on each end of the and mint bags at the seats of each guest
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  • Katie
    Devoted September 2018
    Katie ·
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    Okay so I just found these assorted candles on Potterybarn.com which go with our gold, white & blush scheme perfectly. So I think I’m going to use these along with either white or blush tableclothes and tie the underneath with greenery as mentioned above.

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  • Katie
    Devoted September 2018
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    Our coordinator did mention that we will have high and low tables as well. Smiley smile I like this as not everyone likes to either stand or sit.
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  • Brittany
    Master April 2019
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    I think the mismatched votive holders will look great

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  • muriel
    Champion June 2018
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    My favorite cocktail hour decor at a wedding I attended, was pictures of the bride and groom through the years. We didn't all know them during the same time periods, so they were a great conversation starter.

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  • J
    Just Said Yes August 2018
    Jahmony ·
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    I am keeping cocktail time simple since I am going all out for the reception..
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