Add a Sprig of Herbs
Just because you're having a formal wedding doesn't mean you can't have a bit fun with your décor. Add herbs like lavender or rosemary .
Reshape Your Own Table Numbers
Desire something unique to your desk labels? Think about number demonstration. Display names or your table numbers on unique vessels like moss topiaries, lanterns, wine bottles or festive pennant flags.
Make a Family Photo Wall
For a simple conversation starter, create a wall of family wedding photos. Adding a row to your partner's family or just mix them all up. Alternative idea: Showcase your (new!) family tree.
Order Calligraphed Menus
Rather than printing out your escort cards and menus, then choose the design one step further with calligraphy. Like copperplate for black tie or something more free-hand for chic there are different scripts for every kind of affair. Invest in talent -- post the job in the college's art department and check out a few pupils for the job if your budget does not allow for 200 calligraphed place cards.
Mood Lighting En Masse
When paired with some dramatic uplighting and luxe fabrics, the accession of tall taper candles turns your space to a magnificent scene of dancing lights.
Create an Escort Card Display
Rather than having an escort card table, create a bulletin board of seats assignments and display it near the entrance of the reception area. Bonus: You will not have guests squinting at cards, trying to decode their table amount.
Utilize a Table Runner That Pops
Look for modern table décor inspiration, like this patterned table runner. Rather than having several large floral figurines, place them out in smaller bud vases to span the duration of the runner (and show off the pattern). This colorful detail will make your rental china pop.
Perhaps not a flower man? No need to splurge on a bunch of centerpieces. A patch of moss, a terrarium, candles, a few blossoms and a succulent or 2 and you've got a tablescape.
Hang Your Flowers
Think flowers are just for your tables? Think again. Suspending lush arrangements a few feet above your guests' dinner plates is a fun way to make a space that is more intimate. (This tip is particularly handy if you are not so fond of your place's carpeting--only keep folks looking up!)
Pick Up Patterned Pillows
For those who have a lounge area on your reception area (or made one with a few rental furniture), get yourself to a housewares section for a number of pillows. Find them on sale (IKEA-style) and then protect them with your favorite patterned fabric for a few low care pops of festive color and pattern.