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The 4 Best Design Tips for Wedding Centerpieces

The 4 Best Design Tips for Wedding Centerpieces

Decorating the reception tables is one of our favorite parts of the wedding design process because the creativity put into the table settings and wedding centerpieces are the design details that guests will most remember. The reception table is where your guests will sit down to break bread with each other and enjoy the remainder of the happy wedding festivities.
When it comes time to “set the table” the key to remember when designing a centerpiece is balance.
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The 4 best design tips for wedding centerpieces

How many tables do I need and what shape are they?

The first consideration when designing centerpieces is to determine how many you need and what types of tables they will be on. Long rectangular tables typically have a runner with several centerpieces placed down the length of the table. Small, usually round, tables for smaller groups of guests will have one main centerpiece.

What’s my budget?

While some brides enjoy the creative DIY process, it can also get pricey if you don’t know where to buy bulk supplies. Working with a vendor will take away the stress of building centerpieces on your own and you’ll know the cost upfront. A typical budget is $30-$60 per each professionally made wedding centerpiece.

How tall should the centerpiece be?

The overall size of the room will help to determine the height of the centerpiece. Small round centerpieces will get lost in a reception hall with tall ceilings. Large full centerpieces will overpower the space in a small venue. Finding the right balance for your reception tables is important. Here’s a tip: Choosing centerpieces that are “chin height” elevates your guests’ conversations to just the right volume signaling to the room that you are all having a great time! The opposite effect will occur with a tall overhanging centerpiece. It brings a little more intimacy and signals your guests to keep their voices at a lower volume.

What color should I pick for my wedding centerpiece?

By the time you are designing the centerpiece for your reception you should already have a strong sense of the color palette. Your color choices should be consistent with your overall theme. Already have your theme in mind? Check out these centerpiece ideas from the Wedding Wire for a variety of themed centerpieces.

Final touches

When you have your overall wedding theme and concept for the table setting the next step is to determine how to arrange the elements on the table. To keep position on the table anchor the centerpiece with a base like stacked books, a tray, or a piece of wood. From here you can add just about anything to create your arrangement unique; consider candles, vases, greenery, shells, stones, photos, lanterns, or seasonal fruit and vegetables.Finally, delicate accents can easily bring the look together without over doing it.    Use fuller bouquets to bring weight to a massive venue. Or go light with a few thin stems in a clear vase. Remember the key is balance.
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How to Create Dynamic Table Centerpieces with Terrariums

Terrarium Centerpiece One rising trend with weddings and even home decor is to use terrariums and succulents. These living centerpieces bring in rich greens and natural beauty to any wedding, as well as give a unique look. Knowing this, here are some options that we have found that are gorgeous and simple. The terrarium featured below comes from Refinery 29's blog and following the link includes easy step by step instructions on how to create it yourself! Terrarium Centerpieces The above terrarium would be a beautiful option for a centerpiece. If you find it to be too large or tall, you can modify it to fit your needs, but the idea remains the same. This is great for for an outdoor or indoor wedding and will fit in great with spring. However, one of the great things about a terrarium is that you choose what lives inside it and can thus choose plants that fit your season and theme best (as you can see in the terrarium from the Ruffled Blog that features deep and lively reds)! Now to take it from pretty plants to centerpiece
  1. Include a table number! Table NumberWith a terrarium like the one above, we would recommend using a classic standing table number or a rustic standing table number like the one pictured above. The classic look would be situated aside the terrarium, whereas the rustic number could have the potential of being incorporated in it. For other options for incorporating the number within the centerpiece, look through our monogram cake toppers since they can just as easily be positioned in the soil as they can be in a cake!
  2. If you decide to create a smaller terrarium, include decorative tea lights or candles!Candle HolderThese beautiful candles would look great next to a colorful terrarium like glittering side stone to the center stone of an engagement ring. It is small enough that it would not be overpowering or competing, but big enough that it won't like it is there on mistake! Plus, the color this candle holder comes in can really work with just about any color scheme!
You Don't Want to Make Your Own Terrarium, But Want the Same Natural Look?  Aside from searching Etsy for someone who will make a terrarium centerpiece for you, you can also visit your local Home Depot or Lowes and take a walk through their pre-planted succulents. Either way, including a coordinated table number and accessorizing with candles or even smaller single plant terrariums will be key in create a dynamic table centerpiece.
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Two Centerpieces: One Wedding

Assembling centerpieces, be it for a wedding or pre-wedding event, can be daunting. If you don’t have the assistance of a professional, your options at time seem limited. When you want to create two separate centerpiece visions for your wedding: one for the adults and the other for the oft-overlooked kids table, the task is downright scary. To ease your suffering, here are two of my favorite quick-and-easy centerpiece ideas, one for an adults’ table, and one that’s a little more kid-friendly:

Crayon Heaven
We’ll begin with the little ones. While this is technically a kids’ table favorite, no one will judge you for whipping it out during a particularly distressing Thanksgiving dinner next year. Everyone can use a little crayon therapy. Crayons and butcher paper, in any combination, will win over hearts at your next wedding function, including the big day itself! My favorite arrangement is a small terracotta pot filled with crayons and a table number sticking out of the center. If you can, use the same table numbers that you’re using for the main event.   A butcher paper table cloth will not only save your linens, but it will keep the little ones occupied until the parents are ready to turn in. Think about matching that style of the TWine bottle centerpiece (outlined below) by wrapping the terracotta pot in twine as well. If you want to combine the ideas, make it cohesive by presenting every place setting (children, adults, or both) with a set of twine-tied crayons.

The TWine Bottle
There’s nothing simpler and easier than a wine bottle centerpiece, and they always look elegant and fabulous, especially at weddings and wedding functions. The most elegant look (I feel) is to group several bottles of different sizes together and insert small tealights or other-shaped candles into the bottom. The easiest way to do this is to cut the bottom of the bottle off and use it as a candle cover. Don’t try to squeeze a candle in through the neck – it never ends pleasantly.   For a more involved and rustic wine bottle centerpiece, with the simple application of twine, a glue gun, and an afternoon with a few bottles of wine, you have a collection of wonderful and professional-looking wine bottles for close to no money. This would be a fun craft for a weekend with your bridesmaids! More in-depth tutorials aren’t hard to find if you’re having trouble!

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Inspired DIY Centerpieces

Centerpieces are one of the biggest design pieces of your reception. If you hire a florist to design them for you, it can get expensive quicker than you would expect. Flowers ARE one of the biggest hunks of your wedding finance pie. So what are some simple, cost-effective centerpieces that any bride can whip together in a weekend with a little help from her loyal bridesmaids?   Vases within vases   The vase-within-a-vase technique allows you to present a complex-looking finished product with almost no hard, sweaty work. You don’t need florist-quality bunches of flowers with this technique, because it’s all about what goes in between the spaces of the vases. Even grocery store-quality blooms will look professional when you whip out this secret weapon.   After you’ve made sure your flowers  have access to plenty of water in the bottom of the inner vase, fill the space in between the big and little vase with whatever fits the style of you wedding. Jelly beans, gum drops, or other candies are a sweet option (plus, you can design according to your wedding colors or go crazy with the variety pack), but the inspiration doesn’t stop there. Many brides choose less-sticky filler options like whole fruit or gift wrap. For a more formal affair, smooth river rocks or sand give your blooms a natural and elegant look.   An Alternative plan for the not-so-crafty bride:   Teapots!   Fill assorted teapots with your favorite seasonal flowers (or paper blooms!). This is a particularly fun option for the bargain-hunting bride who would love to wade through thrift stores looking for quirky pots and odd containers. Offering tea (or favors!) in mismatching teacups to your guests will make your centerpieces feel more connected and completed. Make any garden party into a whimsical event!
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Wedding Sparklers for a Dazzling Day

Wow Your Guests with Wedding Sparklers

Wedding Sparklers

For the bride who wants to try something a little different for her big day, consider the addition of wedding sparklers. Wedding sparklers can be a fun accessory to any wedding, and add literal sparkle to your event! Wedding sparklers can be used as centerpieces, cake accessories, and even as an alternative send-off for the couple looking to make an impactful exit. As centerpieces, sparklers are a fun alternative to flowers or candles, especially for a winter wonderland or Fourth of July wedding. As long as wedding sparklers are legal in your state and at your venue, they are an expressive way to celebrate that are sure to wow your guests - just make sure that you don’t line your tables with paper or other flammables! Group wedding sparklers together in multicolored vases or line them down the center of a long table in individual containers. Your guests won’t expect them, but they surely won’t forget them either! Wedding sparklers are also a fun accessory for a wedding cake. Be sure to warn your caterer ahead of time and make sure they’re comfortable with pyrotechnics. If you don’t want to add wedding sparklers as a semi-permanent part of your day, consider using them as a send-off when your ceremony or reception concludes. Most venues have no problem with wedding sparklers when they’re used outdoors, and the pictures of your friends and family waving them in joy as you exit are sure to be stunning.
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What are the centerpiece ideas just perfect for the wedding table?

If you are looking for captivating centerpieces for your wedding day, there are many online resources available to simplify and enhance the selection. You can make a correct choice provided you are clear about your exact requirements. An eclectic wedding centerpiece decoration acts as a pivotal point of the entire ceremony. A wonderful wedding centerpiece customized for the occasion fascinates all. If you apply imagination, thought and some creativity, you can conceive a perfect centerpiece for the wedding table. For example, you can opt to place a bowl as the centerpiece. It can be filled with fabulous fluttering butterflies. Let them elegantly float on the water! The imagery will make for an attention-grabbing centerpiece. You can create more magic by adding candles to it. You can place candles made in the form of beautiful butterflies for the purpose. Or use orchids with floating candles. These flowers with catchy colors and delicate wings sure will do the trick. How about placing some floating candlesticks in the miniature mouth blown glasses? This will look indeed lovely and stunning when set on a sumptuous buffet table or adorning the ravishing reception table. You can try out some really unique ideas for wedding centerpiece decoration. Such creative ideas will add to the charm of your centerpiece, and make the occasion even more memorable.
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How to create a simple, yet wedding cake centerpiece?

Even a simple a wedding cake centerpiece made on your own can nicely compliment the main wedding cake. So apply your imagination, grab your basic raw material, some simple accessories. You can purchase them from local craft and hardware stores.
Here are easy steps to come up with a simple, yet wedding cake centerpiece: •    Organize supplies and arrange them for easily accessing and identifying them.
•    Separate the discs for each cake. When they’re stacked in order of large to small, the assembly should well resemble a wedding cake.
•    Next, spread just a thin layer of Spackle along the top and also along edges of each of your disc. Spackle should ideally be smooth.
•    Allow discs to dry before you go ahead.
•    Measure the circumference of each disc used to prepare one cake.
•    Ensure that the ribbon is cut so as to fit around each disc perfectly. You may cover the entire each disc or one particular area.
•    Secure the ribbon carefully on each of the discs by using a pin. Use more than one pin for larger ribbon.
•    Glue the three layers of each cake together and let them dry completely.
•    Place three or more cakes right in the center of each reception table.
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Centerpiece ideas

In a wedding, guests do take notice of the wedding decorations apart from the bride and the groom. There are various centerpiece options that are there for you to choose from. Candles can create a good theme for your reception. You can display floating candles in a bowl. Adding colorful petals in the water can add to the beauty of the design. Taper candles look very pretty on the wedding table. These candles do not drip and can be accessorized. They are really good wedding table ideas. Flowers are also a great idea to dress up your wedding table. You can get custom made floral designs to decorate your table. You can also get the flowers made from silk or handmade paper. If you want to keep it simple, you can also put flowers in a vase and decorate. A fun wedding table idea is chocolate. You can opt for a moulded chocolate bride and groom centerpiece. You could even have a tower that is piled with little chocolate bags for your guests. Some people decide for confetti. You can also place cardholders that will match the theme of your wedding.
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