- Creative Centerpieces
for Your Wedding!
By Heather Radford
The centerpiece of a wedding
reception is just that, the center piece of what
everyone will be viewing for what could be hours. You want to
make your table centerpieces reflect who you are while adding
elements of grandeur and creativity. So how do you go about deciding
on your centerpiece of choice? Consider the following examples
of centerpiece ideas, and make them your own!
Powerful Petals - Think beyond the everyday arrangements
of flowers. Build topiaries in elaborate pots or a wreath of
flowers to add dimension to the center of your tables. Consider
even the idea of silk flowers, which can later outlive their
traditional counterparts and be used as decoration in family
members homes. Sprinkling flower petals around the arrangements
will bring depth to the center of the table and keep guests
Feathers - Using feathers as centerpieces may sound
crazy at first, but arranging feathers in conjunction with flowers
will attract your guests attention. The feathers are lightweight,
can be dyed any color and show great movement proving their worthiness
on the reception tables. Even consider them for your buffet table
placed in long vases for eye-catching appeal. Peacock feathers
and ostrich feathers are great choices here.
Fruit - Building topiaries of flowers is one thing,
but imagine a topiary or pyramid of fruit. Especially for seasonal
weddings, the appropriate fruits can be built into elaborate
structure for the center of your tables. If your color scheme
is yellow, incorporate lemons, bananas, or grapefruit. Combining
fruit and flowers is great too! Plop fruit in a clear vase and
having coordinating flowers spring from above.
Fish Yes, fish! Use clear bowls filled with water and
a couple of gold fish as your centerpiece. Guests will definitely
have something to talk about during your reception as they watch
the goldfish swim around. If goldfish arent your cup of
tea, think about placing one male betta fish in a vase with a
plant. Only use one betta because the males will fight each other
if placed in the same territory.
Bring in the Baskets In todays world, baskets come
in all shapes and sizes, and utilizing these aspects can play
to your advantage. Pick out baskets that portray your theme and
fill them full of your desired item whether it is flowers, feathers,
favors or more! Line the baskets with potpourri and place personalized
soaps and candles atop it for guests to take home as favors!
Vases Use multi-sized vases as centerpieces. The vases
can reflect your wedding theme and be centered alone or accompanied
with flowers, grasses, or feathers. Each tabletop arrangement
can vary in size and design to give a uniqueness about every
table. Consider underwater lighting in clear vases, or floating
flowers atop the water. People will simply wonder around to view
what the different tables have a top them!
Candles Candles will never go out of style and now with
a variety of sizes, colors, shapes, and aromas, candles can fit
into any wedding these days. Try placing the candles into elaborate
candelabras or candlesticks and set a romantic atmosphere. Other
ideas include placing the candles atop mirrors to reflect the
light, floating them in watered vases, or encapsulating them
within lanterns. Either technique will set the scene for your
Tiered Goodies Building on those candy-holics, choose
centerpieces that give in to temptation. Candy bouquets with
lollypops and oversized stemmed candies, chocolate towers, cookie
towers, individualized wedding cakes and other sweets are great
ideas for putting a twist on your table centerpieces.
Themed Centerpieces While the theme of a wedding should be
clearly consistent throughout all aspects of the wedding, building
centerpieces that reflect your theme or your personal tastes
are an option. Coffee beans in clear vases, wine bottles, birdhouses,
sand castles, seashells, glass stones or river stones, or even
a wishing well for guests to put their best wishes
for the new couple are possible. Its your wedding, so create
a centerpiece that reflects you.