• Ally Holt

7 Budget-Friendly Geode Wedding Details

I've always dreamed of having a Mid-Summer Night's Dream themed wedding with bright color, lush greenery and flowers everywhere. When I began searching for wedding inspiration on Pinterest (a year before he proposed lol), I instantly gravitated towards geode-themed place settings and tablescapes. Graham and I have always been interested in geology, so incorporating agates/geodes and crystals into our theme was a no-brainer. Back then, I had no idea how big the trend would be leading up to my wedding. Suddenly, I was seeing geodes all over the internet and in every major wedding magazine. With a guest count of 150, we really had to think strategically, because as you can imagine, crystals aren't cheap.

Below, I'm sharing a few of the ways we incorporated crystals and geodes into our wedding decor, with some tips on how you can save money when buying for your own big day.

1. Agate Bride & Groom Centerpiece

My friend Blaire gave us the most beautiful gilded white crystal cheese board from Anthropology as a shower gift. We already decided to use Agate bookends as Table Numbers, so I immediately knew we had to use this for our "Mr. & Mrs." table. My mom's friend used gold vinyl to apply the letters, and we surrounded it with LED lights, flowers and small crystals purchased from Michaels. Even though we had crystals all over the reception, this was my favorite.

My jacket was custom made from West Coast Vibes with our monogram on the front and "West Coast Vibes" written on the back. It was the perfect cover-up when I got cold, and I still wear it around LA today!

I'm officially obsessed with geodes, agates, marble, whatever you want to call it! I literally need all things rock right now. One day, I'll have a giant amethyst coffee table.

2. Geode Bookend Table Numbers

We bought all of our agate table numbers from World Market, TJ Max and Marshalls, each for $10-$15. With 17 tables, the cost added up fast, but it was still cheaper than ordering them on Amazon. I wasn't picky about the color, so ours ranged from white, blue, green, pink and purple. I took home the best one below, table #6.

3. Terrarium Centerpieces

We had three different types of centerpieces at our wedding: bouquet bundles, lanterns and terrariums. I originally wanted terrariums on all the tables, but it was over budget at $20-$40 each. We ended up only buying 5 terrariums from World Market and Pier1 and used lanterns and votives from our florist for the rest. A couple of the terrariums broke on the way home, but we were able to give a few to friends and family. Ours still has dried wedding flowers and live succulents growing inside!

4. Geode Slice Place Settings

We loved our Save-the-Dates so much, we decided to incorporate the stationary into our place settings day-of. Each guest received a folded place card with gold meal sticker, a small gilded geode slice and a printed note from us. When I was first planning the wedding, I wanted each guest to receive a geode slice with their name on it, but it would have cost $500 on Etsy. Instead, my Dad and I hand gilded the edge of each geode slice, which we bought in bulk on Amazon. Even though we ended up having to buy double the amount, because the first batch was too small, we still saved a good $100-$200. Plus, the extra geode slices ended up as decorations for tables, and gifts for our wedding party.

5. Marbled Wedding Cake

We had a rollercoaster of a time with our geode cake, and ended up dealing with two different bakeries. The first provided a cake trial, which tasted delicious but looked awful - lopsided, lumpy fondant, with messy turquoise rock candy. I was traumatized. With limited time, we politely switched to a different bakery and recommended by our venue called Gateau Distinctive Cakes. We didn't have time or budget to do another trial, so I nixed the rock candy component and requested a simple three layer cake with marbled fondant and gold foiling. We gave them our place settings as inspiration, and they matched it perfectly! The cake was around $400 and featured chocolate peanut butter, carrot cake, and champagne vanilla layers.

6. Crystal Table Decor

Our wedding ceremony was non-religious, so we created our own unity ceremony where we pressed our thumbprints in red ink, and then on canvas to create a heart shape. We placed it in a Waterford Crystal frame given to us by family friends and displayed it during the reception. It went perfectly with the left-over geode bookends. Random Fact: Graham and I originally talked about using our blood instead of ink, but our parents said it would gross people out. We used a red ink pad from Home Depot instead. LOL Have I mentioned, I love scary movies?

7. Geode Wedding Invitations

The invitations we ordered were from Minted and included an invitation, RSVP card and reception card. I fell in love with the pockets and belts I saw other brides use, so I thought i'd try my own DIY crystal belt as a cheaper option. Creating the belt was definitely harder than I thought, but don't worry! I have a blog post explaining how to re-create these belts with tips so you don't make the same mistakes I made.

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