Check out this months article written for the Shore Bride Magazine.
One amazing aspect of planning for your wedding is realizing all your choices for centerpieces. This can be the first expression of who you are as a couple, to show the world your shared ideals. There are so many options that you don’t have to stop at flowers and candles.
Simple: Gives you the ability to be dramatic without being extravagant. This can be the best choice, since you probably already have enough on your “plate.” This can also be beneficial when on a budget. One very good idea: when choosing flowers, select ones that are in season, since they are a lot cheaper. You can even just scatter petals on the table with some simple candles or a few clear bowls with colored pebbles and a candle in the middle to add a touch of elegance.
Elaborate: If you are looking for a stunning effect, the possibilities of drama are endless. If you are a “the more the better” type of person, elaborate is the style for you. Tall vases filled with water can be a base for floating candles, floating flowers, or even a large arrangement with flowers, willow branches and hanging candles. By adding coloring to the water and a lot of candlelight, this can give them a more dramatic effect. A benefit when using tall vases is that they tower above the guests so the guests can still see each other across the table. This is the case especially if you go with huge cascading floral arrangements or very tall candelabras.
Green: This has become a very popular choice. The more creative you are, the more recyclable materials you can use; from tin cans as candle holders to Ball jars being used as vases. Recycled glass makes a colorful addition to fairy lights in a large jar with fern or other large leaves. One great way to recycle is to use real fresh fruit as centerpieces: apples, oranges, lemons, limes or some other type that holds up well. And any contribution to help our environment would make Mother Nature very happy.
Be sure to make the head table stand out at least a little bit more than the rest. You want to use the same flowers used throughout, but you want the head table to be a little different. One way to make it stand out is if an altar arrangement is used at the church, it can then be moved to the head table. Another popular way to make it different and give your bridesmaids a place to put their flowers is to use the bridesmaids’ bouquets along the length of the table. Don’t forget that everything should flow with the rest of the settings like the linens and drapery. Also whatever you choose should fit to complete the look of the table, so take the size and all that will be added (china, silverware, place cards, menus, napkins, etc.) into account. The most important thing to remember is to make the reception a comfortable setting for you and your guests to eat, drink and be merry.