We wanted some comfortable seating options for our cocktail reception.
I had looked into hiring some couches or ottomans and they were going to cost about $150 each!
Daylight robbery! You can BUY couches for that price. So that's what we did. (Well we were already living in the sticks by this stage so that's what my parents did- thanks Mum and Dad)..
In the months before the wedding they started trawling garage sales, perused roadside rubbish collections and went to charity shops..
For a grand total of $60 came up with these five, (pictured with the famous cushions)
For a few weeks there Mum and Dads house was over run with couches. There was a lounge on every veranda.
But they worked a treat at the wedding. The mix matched-ness lent a slightly artistic feel (I think) and gave people a comfortable place to rest. The brown couches are real leather and actually pretty stylish (I think) and Mum and Dad obviously quite liked have couches on the back veranda so are going to keep those two.
But the cool thing is after the wedding a friend of Mother in Law phoned her to ask if they could borrow the couches for her sons upcoming nuptials.. of course they can! Reusing the recycled! How rad is that!
I think your guests could have a lot of fun in front of the cameras with this sort of set up.. especially if you provided a box of props (boas, hats, wigs, glasses etc) to bring out everyone's silliness.
This is from Notebook magazine from their Christmas edition I dont think it looks that Christmassy. I love the native Australianess of it.. those honky nuts, eyucalyptus leaves and gum blossoms..
When I see a wreath like this I think "ooh something like this would look nice at my wedding.. where oh where could I put a wreath like this.." even though I totally know my wedding does not need a wreath.
Lined up on my parents back veranda is a row a wine barrels.. six of them I think.
My Aunty spotted them for a bargain price in the Quokka. My Mum paid for them. My Uncle used his truck to pick them up. My Dad has been painting them with linseed oil to give them a beautiful deep finish. I really love these wine barrels!
And they have to be the most practical item ever. I am seeing uses for them everywhere.
We are going to cut a few in half use as icy drinks buckets and as upside down to serve as coffee tables.. some will remain full sized to be used as tall bar tables.. and I have to say I like the look of a few put together to make a bar or table as well.. the possibilities are endless!
And when the wedding is over we are going to use them as pot plant holders and for tall boys in our backyard. Money well spent I reckon!