Today is going to be a great day on Once Wed! I am so excited the lovely Chelsea of Oh My Deer is here to share with us her interpretation of a wedding table on a budget. I’ve been so fortunate to form a friendship with both Tec and Chelsea over the last year, and when Chelsea agreed to put together a table for the site I was thrilled. If you are a bride looking for a hairpiece for your own wedding or for your bridesmaids, definitely check out her adorable etsy shop, Oh My Deer. Thanks again you two!


When Emily first asked me to be a part of her Table Trends series, my first thought was “birch tubes, wild flowers, and vintage linens.”  And then I realized–I’ve already done that… when I got married.  So it took me a while to come up with something that was still true to my aesthetic, but out of my comfort-zone enough to where I was stretched creatively.


I decided on a mainly yellow and gray color scheme after I a) scored a killer deal on the gray table cloth from Anthropologie and b) worked with several brides lately who have been using the same two colors.  I added pops of teal and green in every so often to keeps things on the light side, but you could add darker colors like cranberry or orange if your taste leans more that way.  I also wanted to create an environment that would be season-less. Click “more” below to see the rest…



There were a few DIY projects involved with this table that can be interpreted into a lot of different looks for a wedding.  For one, there’s the cascading petals hung from the chandelier.  To make this, my sweet friend Miriam and I cut the petals off artificial flowers and strung them on thread, much like you would string popcorn for a Christmas tree!  Just be sure to loop-knot the petals so that they don’t slip down the thread when they’re hung.



We also spray painted the books (which I’d glued shut weeks before) and the centerpiece white.  The centerpiece where the books and vases are placed is actually a framed picture that I purchased from a discount store.  Miriam primed the frame and glass and then gave it a thin coat of white spray paint.  I then cut pages out of an old encyclopedia and glued them on the primed glass.



As for the flowers, I purchased them at a local wholesale florist (Import Flowers) with my yellow color scheme in mind.  I also bought some white flowers to keep things light and airy.  What’s on the table is $40 worth of flowers.  (The ranunculus’ were by far the most expensive, but I’ve got such a weakness for them, and I just KNEW they’d look perfect in that yellow vase.)


Again, I wanted to keep the feel of the table geometric, so I chose flowers that were rounded (except for the freesia, which I used because it smells fantastic and the florist gave it to me for free because it was getting old) and that look nice when they’re bunched together.  Keeping the flowers grouped together, as opposed to mingling them, helped to keep this feel.  Plus, plopping a bunch of flowers that are all the same in a vase couldn’t be easier!  I mean, that’s basically fool proof.


I also created a “thank you” card that was placed at each seat.  I’ve never been a fan of assigned seating at weddings, but I love the look of having something at a seat.  I had them printed at a local printing shop (though you could just as easily use Kinkos) and then rounded the corners with a corner paper-punch.



Though I’m a sucker for a wedding that is themed specific for the season it’s in, I also love one that can translate well into fall or spring, summer or winter.  The table scape is also fairly geometric and two-toned, with hints of more fluid shapes and pops of color (the floral pattern of the table cloth, the pops of green and red in the napkins).  To me, this lent the table to be both modern and warm.

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A big “thanks” goes out to the handsome photographer who took these pictures, Tec Petaja.  The table scape looked pretty in our dining room, but he made it look classy through his lens.  Thanks a million, Huz.


Comments (33)

Kell | Reply

I love this set up. My fiance and I want something very vinatage. The strings of petals are so sweet. I’d like to try this in turquoise.

Hillary | Reply

ah, this is gorgeous. i love her blog and im obsessed with this table. she is so talented!

Little Lovables | Reply

Wow, this is gorgeous and very well thought out!

christi | Reply

this is awesome!! one question–how did you glue the books shut?

TH | Reply

I love Chelsea. She has such an eye for all thing pretty!!

Laura | Reply

Love this! Where are the vases from?

Nicole | Reply

Yes, I too am curious about the vases. I’m looking for reasonably priced opaque vases. Help!

dena | Reply

Such detail! I love all of Chelsea’s work. I’m totally taking this thank you card idea and using it! Thanks!

Dawn | Reply

I love the thank you cards! Is it possible to get a close up of the writing? I would love to do something similiar at my wedding.

amanda | Reply

so cute, my favorite colors are yellow gray and turquoise so this hits the spot.

Terra Dawn | Reply

LUUUUUUUURRRRRRVVVVVE!!!!! I love the colors and the details and every little thing!!! Adore it!!!

Maggie ~ The Freckled Citizen | Reply

Oh my goodness – it’s like a breath of fresh air AS a tablescape! So lovely!

victoria | Reply

i love the idea of a quick little thank you card at each place setting. i’m curious what the fine print says – i’m seriously 2 inches away from my computer screen stuggling to read them! can you share? pretty please!

Kate | Reply

Ikea has those opaque white vases in case your still wondering!

chelsea {oh, my deer!} | Reply

hi guys! thanks for the sweet words! yes, the vases are from ikea (expect the black ones which are from hobby lobby).

i glued the books shut by painting glue inside each cover, closing them, and painting the sides as well.

as for the wording of the thank you notes, this is what they said:

“to our family and friends: thank you. thank you for being our support system, our encouragement, our sounding board when we needed to vent about the cost of a wedding cake, our teacher and guide, and for loving us through the ups and downs of life. we would be unable to boldly proclaim our commitment today without you beside us through the twenty-something years before this blessed celebration. you have helped to make us who we are, and for that we are grateful. so enjoy tonight and let it be but a small gift for all you’ve done for us over the years. with all of our love…”

but if you make this thank you, make it your own; we’ve all got plenty to say thank you for. :)

The Professional Bridesmaid | Reply

I love the thank you card idea!

Dana Cordova | Reply

Really gorgeous work, love the colors and mixture of textures. The thank you card on the plates is a great and fun touch!

carter and cook event co. | Reply

too cute. what a fun idea :)

kasey at thriftylittleblog | Reply

I love the first image… beautiful!!!

courtney {flush designs} | Reply

so sweet and fresh. lovely!

jamie | Reply

what are those little yellow flowers called? buttonpom?

Cori_Jessy - August and Everything After | Reply

That thank you is such a good reminder that a wedding is not only a celebration of marrying the person you’re head over heels in love with, but also thanking the friends and family that have created the circle of support and love that forms around you. So good.

April | Reply

hey, I love the flowers, so bright and cheerful. I also love the “thank you” card, but I simply adored the yellow and white strung of petals hanging from the ceiling, such a great, unique and wonderful idea that I will be sure to remember. Beautiful shots for a beautiful wedding!

micwedding | Reply

really cute favors, i like the yellow colors much, they are really perfect!!

GayRoulette | Reply

Wow neat! This is a really great site! I am wondering if anyone else has come across something
similar in the past? Keep up the great work!