We are closing out the year with the truth in weddings! We’re back with the second part of a truth squad post full of Washington DC area wedding inspiration! Being the true DC-ers that we are, we love politics here in the nation’s capital and much like in politics there are fact checkers and the truth police calling out politicians and candidates, we are your friendly DC area wedding blog coming back at you today with a follow up to yesterday’s luxurious industrial chic wedding inspiration. More specifically, we are showing you how you can save $1,000 per wedding reception table by going with a slightly different design and making smart wedding budget choices, like making good use of what your caterer may already include in your wedding contract. (Yes, those super gorgeous reception tables that you see in wedding inspirations can upwards of 1,000’s of dollars!)


Today’s wedding inspiration is a fabulously romantic and urban bridal inspiration that is perfect and possible for a Washington DC area wedding. Too many times, the wedding inspiration swirling around Pinterest and on wedding blogs is not feasible for the DC area. And, it is not financially possible for a wedding budget in the real world. Yesterday, we showed you a luxe wedding inspiration, which requires a an equally luxurious wedding budget to achieve. Today, we are sharing with you how to take those same industrial chic wedding ideas and modify them for a wedding in the real world, aka most weddings in the DC area!

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Yesterday, we shared with you the over-the-top tabletop version for a couple who wants to dream big and whose wedding budget might be a little on the larger side. (In case you missed all of its floral elegance, be sure to check it out here.) Today, the same talented team of DC wedding professionals are back to create a pared down version for those of you wanting to create this romantic garden-feel with glam details for your wedding, but on a smaller, more realistic wedding budget.


Photographed by the lovely Michelle Lindsay Photography, and designed by DC wedding planners Bella Notte, the team was inspired by pinks and purples and lush florals to soften the stark DC wedding venue and location: Dock 5 at Union Market. In this practical wedding inspiration, the florals are rustic, romantic, and filled with abundance, yet not so much so that the look is unattainable within a realistic wedding budget. Take a peek at this stunning wedding inspiration, with a spin for the more budget-friendly wedding day.


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From Bella Notte: The moderate budget wedding reception table has many of the same details as the luxe table – a garland runner and gold accents. In designing this version, we selected items that are likely to be included in your standard catering or wedding venue packages. The wide farm table was replaced with a standard with six foot rectangular table, the layered organza linens were swapped out for a simple white twill linen and gold Chiavari chairs replaced the costlier ghost chairs. While the overall design isn’t changed dramatically, the change in these rentals saves $1,000 per table!

Instead of a double width garland woven with flowers for the reception table, there is a single width of garland accented with a handful of small arrangements of orchid and amethyst florals in gold vases. This simpler floral design is more than $300 less than the elaborate woven garland featured in luxe design, retailing for only $150 per table, but still evokes a romantic, garden feel.

For the place setting, we used two different china patterns. First, a gold rimmed china that’s the standard with many caterers and wedding sites in the Washington DC area. Then we incorporated the same dotted dinner plate as in the luxe design, but eliminated the gold charger. Upgrading a dinner plate, rather than opting for a charger, is an inexpensive way to upgrade the look of your tabletop, sometimes costing less than a dollar a plate. Standard glassware, which looks classic and elegant, and gold flatware, added another touch of gold on the tabletop, complete the look. Finally, the place cards for this moderate budget look were DIY’ed with watercolor paint and a calligraphy marker.

One of our favorite things about these two tabletop designs is that elements from the two looks are interchangeable, so if you love one or two particular elements of the luxe look you can incorporate those into the moderate budget look, working to create a design that works within your wedding budget.

It’s the ideal blend of romantic garden inspiration and clean, modern touches that gives a couple the same industrial chic feel for their wedding without breaking the bank. And best of all, these wedding ideas are possible on a typical wedding DC area budget and can be realistically replicated for a wedding with 120 guests.

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Thanks, Bella Notte, for sharing your beautiful industrial chic romantic wedding inspirations! Be sure to visit them at Bella Notte and consider as your wedding planner and designer here in the DC area.

The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to this inspiration:

Photography: Michelle Lindsay Photography
Flowers: Petal’s Edge Floral Design
Location: Dock 5 at Union Market
Planning/Design: Bella Notte
Stationery & Calligraphy: Meant to Be
Cake: Julia Bozzolo’s Distinct Cakes
Rentals: DC Rental
Furniture rentals: AFR Furniture Rental
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Dress: Hayley Paige
Bridal Salon: Lovely Bride DC
Hair & Make up: Alison Harper & Company

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more amazing Washington DC area wedding professionals and our real wedding gallery for tons of stunning Washington DC area weddings!

Photo Credit: Michelle Lindsay Photography

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