These instructions will give you a high-quality table runner. You can use just about any type of fabric: linen, cotton, velvet, whatever fits the style of your wedding. If you want to use the runner after your wedding and the fabric is washable, wash and dry it before you cut it.
- The length of the runner will be the total length of the table plus 30 inches. Buy runner fabric and lining fabric in a length that is a little more than half the length of the runner.
For example, if the runner is for three 8' tables put together, the length of the runner will be:
(8 x 12") x 3 + 30" = 318" or 8.8 yards. Half of the length is 4.4 yards.
In this case, buy 4½ yards of runner fabric and 4½ yards of lining fabric.
- Cut the pieces out of the fabric and lining as shown in the diagram below. One piece should be half the length of the runner and 16″ wide. The other two pieces should each be a quarter the length of the runner and 16″ wide.
- For both the runner and lining, sew the shorter pieces to the ends of the longer piece with straight seams and the right sides of the fabrics facing each other. Use a 5/8″ seam allowance.
- Press the seams open.
- Pin the runner fabric the lining fabric, right sides together. Sew around all four edges of the runner, leaving a 5″ opening. Trim the fabric at the corners of the runner.
- Pull the runner fabric right side out through the opening. Press the edges. Sew the opening closed by hand. Sew around the entire runner, 1/8 – ¼” away from the edge.
Long tables are very popular for wedding receptions at the moment, and they’re especially appropriate for small weddings. They engender an intimate atmosphere and promote conversation. Premiere Los Angeles florist Amy Child Marella, owner of The Hidden Garden Floral Studio, calls them “Feasting Tables”, and she offers some questions to think about when designing tablescapes for long tables (you might also want to take a look at our 7 Tips for Designing Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget):
1. What is the width of the table?
You want to make sure the table is wide enough to incorporate the dinner ware, glassware AND the flowers (or whatever your table centerpiece is) Most long tables come in 32 in widths, 40 inch widths or 48 inch widths. My personal preference is 40 inch wide. This gives the guests ample room for their service ware and the florist ample room for the arrangements without making the table seem too large. Keep it intimate…
2. How full do you want the table scape to be in the center?
This can come down to how many flowers/candles you would like in the center of the table. Should it be a consistent arrangement (as seen in photos below) or do you want a little more “space” between the designs? Are you serving family style so arrangements & food will be incorporated into the center – then your table scape needs to be a little less dense.
3. What is your budget?
Long table scapes can be much more costly than a traditional single piece for a round table. So be aware that there is more product put into filling the center of your 6 foot or 8 foot table. As you can see in our photos below this is a “lush” design of florals, candles and natural elements so our budget per table is rather high.
Take a look at our 7 Tips for Designing Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget
Apple place cards.
Mosey and Alexander’s wedding was destined be a home crafted and home grown affair. Mosey creates a line of recycled woolen crafts and wedding items
, and Alexander works on a sustainable farm during the summer. And with lots of friends and family members who are artists, bakers, farmers and gardeners, many of whom contributed their talents to the wedding, the event was bound to become not only a community celebration, but also a celebration of community.
In planning the wedding, the bride and groom were inspired by the local Maine woodlands and the autumn harvest, especially the apples in the local orchard. The wedding colors were moss, apple, and the hues offered up by the locally available foods and flowers.
Mosey and Alexander under their huppah. The huppah was built by a friend who is a talented woodworker.
The bride's mother decorated the huppah poles with bittersweet and crab apples from the backyard.
The flowers were picked the morning of the wedding at a local sustainable farm by the ladies in the family. The bridal bouquet: Ranunculus, larkspur, yarrow, eucalyptus, straw flower, snap dragons, Chinese lanterns, and zinnias.
The flower girls wore simple white cotton dresses embellished with satin and grosgrain ribbon.
Candied apple hors d'oevres.
Apple tarlet hors d'oevres.
Guests were invited to share handmade pies, tarts and cakes.
For the reception, the wedding moved to a local restaurant and art gallery. Tablescape of moss, Chinese lanterns, acorns and tiny pumpkins.
The big splurge: Wedding cake by Wendy Kromer with forest elements crafted in marzipan.
Photos: Karen Rusten
Source: From Seedling to Sachet: Growing Your Own Wedding by Mosey.
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A gemach? What’s a gemach?
A gemach (sometimes written “g’mach”) is the Jewish community’s name for a special collection of items that can be borrowed at no cost or for a small fee for a short period of time. The term is an abbreviation of the words “gemilus chasadim”, acts of kindness.
Gemachs are usually started by one or a few people who see a need and get organized. A gemach might be in a private home, synagogue, or community center. You can find gemachs that focus on practically any type of items, like toys, wheelchairs, or clothing patterns. I just got an email announcing a GPS gemach. But the most popular kind of gemach by far is the kind that offers items for weddings.
The gemach is an idea that’s centuries old, but gemachs are being rediscovered by couples planning their weddings. Gemachs cut wedding costs – and they also serve the larger goal of cutting consumption.
Whether or not you borrow anything from a gemach for your celebration, consider donating items from your wedding to a gemach near you.
The kind of things you can often borrow from a gemach or that gemach organizers are looking for are:
- Wedding dress
- Clothes for the bridal party and mother of the bride
- Folding tables
- Folding chairs
- Table linens
- Benchers (Prayerbooks with “Grace After Meals”)
Most gemachs won’t be found online. To find one in your area, contact a few local synagogues or a Jewish community center.
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Colors subject to availability.
Renting is a great strategy for planning green weddings…and purple weddings, pink and gold weddings, black and white weddings, and turquoise weddings.
Last Friday I got to do one of the things I love about event planning: visiting a rental showroom and seeing lots of great new table linens and tablescapes. I love playing with table settings more than trying on wedding dresses. For one thing, there are a lot more colors to play with.
For this occasion, the showroom was Select Event Rentals in Laurel, Maryland. I was there to rent linens.
We all know that renting is a great way to conserve resources over buying new items, buying disposables, or even buying materials to make new items. In addition to renting huppahs, we can rent tuxes, jewelry, table linens, and more. I REALLY love renting wedding linens, though, because it gives me an excuse to steal into rental showrooms and get a look at inspired new table settings, run my fingers through sample tablecloths, and fall in love with the newest selection of colors (this season’s hot colors at Select Rentals: plum, bright avocado, and deep platinum). You can’t rent everything, but for a little while you can pretend.
Tonight I found myself spending way too much time playing with Select Event Rental’s online Your Design Table feature, which lets you select different combinations of linens, china, stemware, and flatware. I hope you appreciate how hard it was for me to pull myself away from it to tell you about it. Enjoy!
Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) in Washington, DC held its annual award dinner last week, which makes this a good time to give a shout out for JUFJ’s event planning guide, Green & Just Celebrations. The guide goes beyond the basic buy-local green wedding tips. JUFJ helps you dig deep, so that your once-in-a-lifetime wedding purchases can be as green and just as you can make them. Among the topics covered are buying rings and negotiating the venue contract.
Most of the vendors in the buying guide are local to the Washington, DC area, but some are national organizations that you can find online. And the ideas work where ever in the world you raise your huppah.
By the way, at the award dinner, JUFJ honored four Washington, DC and Maryland area activists:
- David Cohen, co-founder of the Advocacy Institute.
- Carla Furstenberg Cohen, civil rights activist and founder of the independent Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose. Carla passed away a couple of weeks before the award ceremony.
- Gustavo Torres, founder of CASA de Maryland.
- Elissa Froman, legislative associate for the National Council of Jewish Women. As a student at The George Washington University founded the GW Jewish Progressive Political Association.
See our list of unique Jewish wedding vendors in the Washington, DC / Silver Spring area.
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