When it comes time to “set the table” the key to remember when designing a centerpiece is balance.
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 touchesWhen 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.
Photo Credit: Claire Morgan http://greenweddingshoes.com/Planning a wedding is a lifetime adventure: unknown, intriguing, and exciting. While most people prefer to hire a wedding planner, some prefer to organize their own to make sure it goes perfect. If you’re planning to organize your own wedding, keep in mind that you will need to invest a lot of time and effort on it. To make sure your plans go as expected, you better take note of the below mistakes so you don’t make them: 1. Not Having a Defined Theme The theme of your wedding will reflect your and your couple’s personality and interests; that’s why you have to define one before you start the whole planning. Not being clear on a wedding theme will lead you to combine different elements or styles, and end up with a characterless and forgettable wedding. 2. Lacking a Budget Estimate Planning a wedding when you don’t have a defined budged could be catastrophic. If you’re unsure of how much you can spend, you might end up burning all your savings, or even worse, getting bogged down in debt. Be careful, you don’t want your wedding to become a complete nightmare. 3. Not Hiring a Good Photographer A close friend or relative –who likes photography- might ask you to let them take the pictures of your wedding. That sounds like a good way to save money, but don’t forget that once the wedding is over, the only visual memories that will last for many years are the photographs. So carefully choose a professional photographer, even better, an expert wedding one. 4. Choosing a Place without Knowing the Date Now, this might sound dumb, but choosing a place for your wedding involves a lot of visiting, thinking, and time. Before choosing your setting, make sure when exactly your wedding is going to take place. Choose a specific time also to know the season and weather you’ll have on your dream day, so you can get ready for every possible scenario. 5. Not Having an Agenda Unless your main virtue is being super organized, you must have an established agenda -enough time- ahead of the wedding day; otherwise, you will probably go nuts. Take note of all the information related to your wedding and create a time table to help you organize all your pre-marriage tasks. Make sure you don’t forget any of the above and we promise your dream day will be smooth sailing. But, above all this, make sure that you really enjoy your wedding day. None of the planning will be worth it if you don’t relax and relish this day like you’ve never enjoyed any other day before. Remember, it will only happen once!
As we enter into the month of September with summer closing down, we can be excited about at least one thing: Fall weddings are gorgeous! With fall weddings you can use rich and warm colors. A step in the rustic direction -which is a very popular trend – is never a wrong move in the fall. Plus, it is the season of change, making it the perfect choice for a wedding.
With fall weddings, your flowers can be bigger and darker with natural tones taking the lead. This is, however, a season where those popular succulent flower choices look a little less at home.film Fifty Shades Darker online
The desired look or feeling is comparable to how you would feel looking up into the bronze and gold leaves -with that hint of green – watching the sunlight trickle through. Rich reds, purples, and oranges of the burnt orange variety are great color choices when using those changing leaves as an inspiration. Also, when deciding on your wedding colors, keep in mind that gold accents will amp up this season’s natural beauty.
For your wedding accessories, items like burlap table runners, wedding sparklers, and rustic wedding cake toppers will really fit into this season. If you are wanting to do a unity candle or sand vase as part of your ceremony, for fall, the candle is more ideal. Also, leaf designs done right can really make your fall wedding look absolutely perfect; you probably just don’t want everything to have that big maple leaf on it!
How to Create an Intimate Atmosphere at Your WeddingWhether you are having a big wedding or a small wedding, you are going to want to have an intimate atmosphere in order to amplify feelings of love and genuine happiness. Here are four suggestions to help you bring your family and friends closer together as you celebrate your new marriage.
- Personalized Name Cards - If you are having place cards for assigned seats, personalize the cards to your guests. If you have a large guest list, this can be time consuming, but it may be worth it to make your guests feel special and like you wanted them specifically to be there. A personalized place card can be as simple as their name in that person's favorite color and can even include an icon or image that represents something about them. Or, to take it even further, you can have a personalized message to them on the back or under their name.
- Ask everyone to unplug - We have seen rounds of weddings that have created their own wedding hashtag for their guests to link photo's to, but now we are seeing couples opt to "ban" cell phones and social media from their wedding. The goal is to get people off their phones and pull them into the moment of the wedding. Some are even including a "phone check" (like a coat check) as a way of making it fun, but also enforcing it. By keeping everyone in the moment, your guests will become more a part of your wedding and even be a key part in building an intimate atmosphere.
- Use a warm color scheme - Warm colors absorb light and bring a room closer together. Even the description of warm pulls to a more intimate feeling. Warm and full of love. So choosing a warm color scheme for your wedding can definitely help you bring a closer feel to your wedding.
- Don't just greet, mingle and interact - Greeting lines are great for insuring that you get face time with each of your guests, but sometimes that cane be overly formal if you want to have a more intimate vibe. Instead, or along side it, try to take a moment with each of your guests (not necessarily one on one). This can be going around to each table to greet and talk with your guests, but also includes having things like money dances or opportunities for your guests to take turns to dance with you and your groom.
Real Wedding: A French Styled Purple Wedding With Trina & SpencerMeet the couple: Tina and Spencer met and fell in love while attending their church activities. Trina quickly picked him out as a cutie and it wasn't long until they were dating. The first time they kissed, Trina snuck a kiss on his cheek as he dropped her off at her front door and Spencer's face lit up. Trina remembers it feeling so special and sweet to see him beaming as he drove off that night. Spencer, nervous, proposed to Trina up at the look out point in Fullerton California after spending more time than normal trudging through trails and sprinklers. Of course, Trina eagerly said yes, but right before Spencer put the ring on her finger he adorably asked "This is the finger it is supposed to go on right?" Essentially sealing the deal for Trina's heart without even realizing it. This sweet couple was married in the LDS Newport Beach Temple followed by a simple ring ceremony through the OC Sailing and Event Center for those that were unable to enter the Temple to be a part of. The wedding and reception was full of joy and fun; however, the night before the wedding they were met with sobering news: Trina's father had passed away. Sharing this, Trina stated that "with love, support, and smiles, our family was able to have an amazing wedding day". Her father's passing made each quiet moment special and she knew without a doubt that her father was still with her that day. Their Wedding Style : French with Purple All Over Their table centerpieces alternated between tall elegant vases with flowers by Saadia Kibirya from Kismat Events and intricate birdcages. Their sign in table included delicately wrapped wedding favors, a cute Mr. and Mrs. frame, and a sign in book with colorful signing pens. Being a couple that enjoys being exactly who they are, they decided to mix up the traditional wedding cake and chose to do wedding cup cakes! The alternating deep and light blue flowers worked beautiful with the purple color scheme and added a nice color pop. Along with the cupcakes they had a small cake so that they could keep the tradition of the bride and groom cutting the cake together.
In order to really establish their theme at their reception, they had a table beautifully set for the the bride and groom. This acted as a perfect focal point and really created the ambiance Trina was looking for.
Trina's bouquet was divine. It featured dark purple calla lilies wrapped in a black ribbon and a simple (and yet it is also decadent) bouquet accessory. The bridesmaid bouquets included as single flower, feather, and neatly tied black ribbon. Deciding to be flexible, Trina wanted her bridesmaids to pick out their own dresses with the only decree being that they were purple. Though this decision lead to a lot of stress and debates on whether or not pink could work instead, the final look of each girl was exactly what Trina had been hoping for. They decided to keep to tradition with cutting the cake, a first dance, and throwing the bouquet. It was extremely important to them that they could enjoy each moment to the fullest. The reception really was full of fun! They had a DJ, dance floor, photo booth, and great food! Trina and Spencer both felt that the night was magical. The Planning Process : Spencer and Tina had a little under three months to plan their wedding, which might seem terrifying, but since Trina had just spent the last year working as a wedding planner, she wasn't too worried. The biggest stress was the bridesmaid dresses, but everyone eventually cooperated.The best way to shop? Online! Trina and Spencer found almost everything online. If it wasn't, they had picked up at Michaels.
The planning flew by and the wedding day flew by, but it will always be a beautiful day to remember.
Engaged on Valentine's Day?Valentine's day is typically a holiday that people see as a dividing holiday; those in love and those that are not. This is has always been something that makes me sad because the heart and sole of Valentine's day is to celebrate love. It doesn't necessarily have to be romantic love either. Everyone loves and is loved by someone somewhere. Be it a best friend, a family member, or a significant other. This concept of enjoying and celebrating love is what makes Valentine's day so wonderful, romantic, and a perfect day to pop that big question. If you watch that Facebook feed you may find that so many couples get engaged on Valentine's Day. It isn't unoriginal and it doesn't take away from your engagement. Think about how excited you are right now. Now think about the idea that hundreds or more other women are just as excited as you are. Is it not amazing to think that there are so many women and couples that are happy and excited and not weighed down right now? And you get to be a part of it! Now, with so many couples getting engaged on Valentine's Day, that makes the day after a day of perusing wedding sites and starting to realize how many decisions and tasks go into putting together your dream wedding. Don't stress! One of the many benefits of not being the first woman to ever have to plan her wedding is that there are tons of resources and tools that will help you handle the madness that truly can be wedding planning. Here are a list of Blogs and Resources that may be Helpful to you:
- Wedding Aces: Etiquette For Wedding Dress Shopping , New Years Resolution: “Don’t Turn Into A Bridezilla While Planning My Wedding” , 3 Tips to Ensure You Enjoy Your Wedding , A Real Wedding on a Budget: Tips From the Bride
- Wedding Wire Online Wedding Planning Tools
- The Knot Online Wedding Planning Tools: Budget, Checklist, Inspiration Boards, etc.
- Wedding Collectibles
- Wedding Collectibles Blog: 4 Simple Ways to Honor Loved Ones at Your Wedding , How to Include Your Canine in Your Wedding , Wedding Cake Toppers for all Four Seasons ,Unique Wedding Cake Toppers: What to Choose?
If the Shoe Fits, Wear it in a Bright Color!
It is of course traditional in mainstream society for the bride to wear all white: White veil, white dress, white shoes. But what if you are one of those gals that just can't help but always want to wear a pop of color? You could select a dress that has colored beading, wear a colorful petticoat, or a colored veil, but one of the easiest and most fun ways to include that drop of sunshine in your white wedding look is to have some peek-a-boo color with your wedding shoes.
Stand Out on Your Own
A lot of brides that want to have that spice of color in their wedding look will choose to have that bright color featured only on themselves, or in a way that is unique to them. For example if you want to have some peek-a-boo green shoes, green may be one of your wedding colors, but you wouldn't have your bridesmaid's wearing the color or even having their shoes being in the same color. If anything, their bouquets may feature some green in either the flowers or in the ribbon. Ideally, your shoe color pop would be in one of the color accents your are featuring in your wedding color scheme, but probably not the main color. Doing this, makes your color pop, more of a stand out, rather than a matchy match look.
Match the Bridesmaids Another options is to match your bridesmaids. This is done in three variations. First you can wear the same shoe in the same color as each of your bridesmaids like shown in the image above. Or, you can wear shoes in the same bright color, but a different style. For example, if your bridesmaids are wearing red heels like in the image above, you might be wearing red flats, or higher heels, or perhaps sequined heels (a little wizard of Oz theme?). The third "match your bridesmaids" is to match not the shoe color, but the dress color. So, if your bridesmaids are in purple dress and black pumps, then you would wear purple pumps.
Color is the Thing
Or if your color scheme really is just COLOR all around, then you might decide to go for a rainbow styled bridal party. With this each bridesmaid gets her own color and the bride gets her own color like in the image above. If you do want to do a rainbow bridal party, we do recommend having the girls and guys wear a solid black ( or other neutral color) and then have the bright rainbow touches in the bouquets, shoes, socks, and ties. There is such a thing as too much color!
A Daisy Wedding: The Embodiment of Love & Loyalty
The Daisy is a symbol for loyal love, purity, patience and simplicity. It is a flower that is said to be over 4,000 years old, popping up in ancient Egypt and Crete (Living Arts Originals). At your wedding, the daisy flower would be a wonderful addition in order to emphasize the strength and loyalty of your new marriage. It is also often associated with playfulness and including daisies in your wedding is a wonderful way to spread smiles and the feeling of simple and pure joy. The daisy is a bright and happy flower, but it is also unobtrusive in that it won't always scream to take center stage.
There are several different ways to incorporate the symbol of the daisy flower that goes beyond having daisy flowers in your bouquet creating that daisy small touch. It starts with a daisy accented wedding cake topper. The above cake topper features an elegant flowing veil, is hand painted, and is accented with two daisy bouquets. Its soft tones and cheerful daisy accents is a perfect way to incorporate a small touch to tie your daisy theme together.
This cake server set is another way to add that hint of daisy to your wedding and matches the daisy cake topper above. The cake server set is likely to be caught in a camera close up if you are keeping the tradition of cutting the cake, so you are going to want the knife you cut with to be decorative as well as functional.
What you will need to decide is how far you want to take the daisy touch. Is it going to be in the background as a small connector between decor and design? Or is it going to be the main theme? If it is going to be the theme, then you are going to want the daisy to be present in everything: the color scheme, table clothes, china and flatware, guestbook, and any other detail that ends up on that planning check list. However, not everything should have a daisy on it, but you will want the colors to coordinate with the daisy. Lucky for you, the classic daisy is white (a very popular and easy wedding color) and yellow (a happy and bright color) which allow you to create a fresh, romantic, and light wedding theme. Just like any wedding theme, it is important to remember to have fun and to not over do it!
Easy as ABC Monogram Wedding Cake Toppers
A lot of couples are going for the monogram cake topper in order to create and individualized and contemporary look. The variations for this style include doing the first initial of the bride and groom ( T & S or T+S), simply having the Initial of the last name of the newly married couple (as in if your last name is Pearson, then your would have a elegant and decorative P), or having the bride and groom initials in a smaller font on each side of the initial for their last name in the larger font (like the cake topper in the image above) . What is fun about the monogram cake topper is that it is both simple and easily adaptable to any wedding theme. Take our Flower and Pearly Accented Monogram Cake Topper for example. This porcelain cake topper can not only be customized for the coloring of its pearl accent, but you can also find this same sleek font and fine porcelain design with a starfish and shell accent with our Beach Themed Porcelain Monogram Cake Topper. Both of these monogram cake toppers are elegant, fresh, and contemporary in design and offer that subtle accent that connects it beautifully with your wedding theme.
If you choose to forgo an accented monogram, the cake topper will still blend seamlessly with your wedding decor. The monogram cake topper opens up doors to a whole new cake topper world with endless choices for fonts, color, material, and accents. If you are a bride that likes the glitter of rhinestones and jewels. There is a monogram cake topper for that. If you are a bride that has always been a fan of the etched glass design, we have those too!
Similar to the basic monogram topper is the monograms cousin, the Mr. and Mrs. cake topper. These cake toppers can simply be Mr. and Mrs., can be customized with your last name, or can have the full name of the bride and groom. Have fun as you decide what cake topper route to take because the cake topper you choose is sure to become a family keepsake.
How to Keep it Classy When Using a Sporty Cake Topper
A newly married bride, Heidi, met her husband on the basketball courts of her college gym. She was in gym shorts, a quick ponytail, and was a force to be noticed. And she was noticed by an equally sweaty and probably smellier Kevin. They flirted (smack talked), then dated (Heidi wore here hair down), and were attracted to each others athletic, spunky, and kind (good sport) attitude. When planning their wedding they wanted to implement that basketball game meeting. Before their guest arrived, they "played" a little one on one and "shot hoops". Heidi in her wedding dress and Kevin in his suit. Heidi also decided to wear cute tennis shoes as her wedding shoes at her reception and put Kevin in matching shoes in order to bring in the sporty and fun personality of their relationship. Heidi and Kevin had a beautiful wedding and a equally lovely reception, but were able to include their sporty (and possibly more frizz haired and smelly) side. Another simple way to do this is to include a fun, sporty cake topper. This is a small element, but will be center stage on top of your wedding cake.
What we love about this cake topper is that it plays on that sweet flirtation the lives the strongest at the start of the best romances. It is a cliched move for a guy to "show" a girl how to do things like bowl, golf, shoot a hoop, as an excuse to get closer together. Choosing a cake topper like this is an inspiration and a promise to always make excuses to be close together. This would a be a tasteful addition to help you add a little fun to your wedding decor without sacrificing the class of that traditional bride and groom cake topper.