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To pom? Or not to pom?

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To pom or not to pom? That is my question.

Ever since I saw our venue and started planning, I knew I wanted something to hang from the ceiling (see here, and here) but I wanted it to be something different…meaning, I would rather be making something different than the tissue paper poms as directed on Martha’s website.

First, I tried making versions of Dolci Odille’s fabric garland, and then Dolci Odille’s fabric poms. Here’s what I got:

Fabric Poms and Flowers
{photo by me}

The bigger poms in the back are modeled after Once Wed’s fabric poms, one is made from fabric and the other is made from those ruffley coffee filters, both with a small styrofoam ball in the center instead of the paper lantern as they suggest. The ones in the front are just bigger versions of their fabric flower garlands.

  • A garland of the small flowers will just completely get lost in the rafters
  • A garland of the larger flowers just doesn’t look good and it’d take way too much fabric and time to make the amount needed
  • The small fabric poms are my favorite, but still are a too small and I am not sure if they’d actually look different than tissue poms from down below. Why spend the extra time and money then?
  • The larger coffee filter poms just don’t do anything for me. We’re actually working on (as I type) trying to spruce them up a little bit…make them different colors.

I’m not in love enough with the size and feel of any of them to invest lots of time and money into making them for our wedding. Alas, I may be giving up on finding something that is different and that would also not cost an arm and a leg.

My last shot will be to try and do something like these:

flower-pomander-with-hanging-ribbons
{Aaron Delesie via Style Me Pretty}

Riverview Country Club
{our venue}

That’s a photo of our venue…what do you think? Will having some sort of pom/garland take away from everything going on our tables?

wedding tablescape
{Jessica Claire via Style Me Pretty}

Did you think that you over or under-decorated your reception and wish you would have done more/less?