Here are some pics of the fruits of our labor.
Basically, the idea is to use old pieces of cut glass that you can acquire from yard sales, thrift shops, and Granny's attic, and use them as decor/candle holders for the reception tables. The cut glass is ideal for giving some serious sparkle for those on a serious budget. I would use smaller pieces (wine glasses, dessert bowls, punch glasses, etc. ) for my votive candle holders, and the larger pieces, like Vases, to hold some seasonal dried flowers and grasses. And so, my journey began...
I would scour Craigslist and the local newspapers for postings for multi-family yard sales and off I would go! Between 2 trips (by "trip, I mean an entire morning of driving to various yard sales) with my Mom, one with one of my bridesmaids Heather, one trip with my future Mother-In-Law, at least one trip to every thrift store in our area, and various donations from family members who have been keeping an eye out, I have managed to garner about 150 pieces of glass that will be used as candle-holders, and another 20 or so larger pieces that can be used as the centerpiece, each piece costing no more than one dollar, and often times, much less!
Here are some lovelies taking a bath in the dishwasher. (Hey! Some of these guys have been stored away for years!)
But, the cut glass concept appealed to me for reasons other than just budgetary.
First, I love the idea of recycling something old, and giving it a different purpose, a new lease on life. Anyone who knows me and Andy (the groom) well, knows that we hate waste. This was a pleasantly unexpected way for us to re-use old items that would otherwise just sit, dust-covered, until someone finally cleaned out their basement and tossed them away in some landfill.
Mini pitchers, how cute! Shannon loves anything miniaturized.
I've never gone to Yard Sales prior to this, and it turns out that most people are very friendly and chatty. It delighted them to hear that their grandmother's dessert cups, or a vase they decided to part with after 30 years, was taking on a new life for one day.
They will make their reincarnated debut on November 27, and then, hopefully, with my full blessing, some of our wedding guests will take home their favorite pieces from their table. Maybe these lil treasures will take a permanent place in someone's china cabinet or table.
Perhaps Shannon will invite me back to let you know how everything turned out!