If your style is modern, use bold color in the space where you will be having your wedding reception. Personalize your decor by wrapping simple plastic or glass cylinder vases with broad silk ribbons that go with your color scheme. A can of spray adhesive, a roll of ribbon, and a pair of scissors will be all you will need to make a simple, but impressive statement.
If your reception venue does not furnish table settings, visit your local rental center and find out what is available. Most rental centers have a wide variety of styles and colors. For a modern twist, consider renting square dinnerware and glassware. For centerpieces you should have no problem finding square votives and pillar candles. The geometric shapes will look very sleek and stylish.
Bold colored and unusually shaped paper lanterns can add so much to a large space without breaking your budget. Party stores, as well as the internet, will give you more choices than you will want to deal with. It is always a good idea to have your color, style and shape in mind before you start your search. Colorful lanterns add a delightful element to any celebration and an economical way to create the mood.
Outdoor partyware offers a wide range of bold colored glasses, plates and cups. Check your local department store for plastic cocktail tumblers. Find a solid color that matches your color scheme and then place one white hydrangea in each container. Grouping three or four together would make a stunning centerpiece. These arrangements are lovely to look at and very easy on the bottom line.
If you are using a garden theme for your wedding, consider using live plants instead of flowers for all your decorating needs. Consult with a representative from your local nursery and find out which green plants are at their peak during the season you plan to get married. Live plants last longer than fresh cut flowers, and are usually less expensive. As an added bonus, you can then give the plants to your guests before they leave, as a small thank you gift.
Modern style is not fussy or lacy. Modern is simply elegant.