Wedding Reception Centerpieces: 9 Tips to Stunning Arrangements

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Big and small. Short and tall. Monochromatic and bursting with an abundance of color. Wedding reception centerpieces come in many sizes, shapes and colors, making them uber exciting as far as possibilities go, and ultra complicated as far as planning goes. To help you work your way through the endless array of options we’re breaking down everything you need to consider to make your final selection. Follow these tips and there’s no doubt your wedding reception will be a stunner!

The Centerpieces Guide

  1. Keeping Proportion. Make sure your centerpieces are big enough to fill out the tables they’re going to sit on. If too small, no matter how pretty, they’ll simply get lost.
  2. Provide for a Line of Sight. When going with tall arrangements try to ensure they don’t prevent anyone at the table from seeing other guests seated with them or any other important focal points, like your head table. You can do so by going with slender or clear vessels.
  3. Play with Height. One of the easiest ways to provide for visual impact is to play with varying heights within an arrangement. To get the look use various vessels or components to create a grouping.
  4. Go Beyond the Florals. Add interest to your arrangement by including additional elements like decorative props. Whether it be a wooden slab or a vintage drawer, props do wonders for the overall visual.
  5. Play with Color. Create instant drama by using bold colors or unconventional color combinations.
  6. Budget Considerations. If on a small budget consider going with faux flowers over fresh blooms. Create unique arrangements and the real deal won’t be missed.
  7. The Power of Candlelight. There’s is no better foolproof way to add beauty and romance to your centerpieces, and your wedding, than by using candles. The key factor to creating the look? There’s no such thing as too much candlelight!
  8. The Size Factor. Going big is not a must do. Long and low arrangements can be just as beautiful. Consider using varying low vessels for a grouping that creates a runner down a rectangular table or a full cluster on a round.
  9. A Touch of Bling. And when all else fails, add a touch of bling for guaranteed wow factor.

And now for some eye candy!

faux birch tree centerpieces

wooden floral pomander balls floral candelabra

floral table runner

art deco inspired floral arrangements

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Create Your Own

If you’re feeling inspired and considering working with your friends and family to create your own arrangements than come back and visit us this Wednesday when we show you how to pull it all together.

xoxo.

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A Girl and Her Table {The Series}: Bursting with Color – The Fall Bride

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It may still technically be summer but the days are getting shorter, the nights a little chillier, and we’re eagerly pulling out all our warm and woolly sweaters. Why? Because just around the corner awaits Fall, with all its glorious deep rich colors, an ideal backdrop for a stunningly beautiful wedding. And we LOVE Fall weddings. To kick off our first of many features of the season’s best, we’re sharing our very own Fall inspired wedding shoot in the next installment of our A Girl & Her Table series. So throw on your most fashionable cardigans, coats or capes ladies and let’s take a glimpse into what it looks like to be a Fall Bride.

Her Style Personality

Dramatic. Bold. And far from traditional. She’s the perfect blend of style and comfort, always on top of all trends but only following those that best suit her personal taste. She favors rich and dynamic colors and is convinced that any excuse to wear a cape is a good one.

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She Likes

Playing with unconventional color palettes, pulling together unique design details, and anything inherent to the Fall season. Extending her appreciation for the comforts of life, she wants her guests to feel right at home at her event.

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She Has to Have

Anything and everything that pays tribute to her love of the season and the beauty of nature. And if it’s of the red color persuasion, it’s pretty much in.

fall wedding - cake table

owl cake topper

woodland pretties
featured here: porcelain owl pair figurines cake topper

candy apple favor

fall fair favors
featured here: rustic country design square tag

signature drink - cranberry cocktail

rich indulgences
featured here: mini martini glasses

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take our trail
featured here: rustic country design wedding directional sign

Are You a Fall Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, come get further inspired on weddingstar’s fall wedding pinterest board.

If this isn’t quite your style, check out one of our past series features, The Candy Colorful BrideThe Garden Whimsy Bride, or The Wanderlust Bride.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Dipped and Tipped – Adding Gold Accents

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This past Monday we shared with you insight into one of the hottest current wedding color trends, the mighty metallic Gold. As a follow up we figured it only fair to show you some DIY ways to add its glitter and shine to your wedding day. From dipped to tipped, today we’ll show you how to use three varied and simple painting techniques to “goldify” your wedding accessories. We’ve selected three specific decorative accents to apply our techniques to, but we highly recommend using this only as a guide, letting your imagination run wild with all the additional ways to make the look yours. Time to get out your paintbrushes ladies!

The Supplies

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The How-To

diy gold paint dipping

Technique #1: for a perfectly even fine tipped finish, dip whatever point you want accented into your paint. Pull out and let access paint drip off.

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Technique #2: for a fading out finish, use a fine tipped paintbrush to apply your paint. Concentrate the paint at the top and brush it out moving downward. Multiple applications may be required.

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Technique #3: to add interest to any accessory, pick a focal point and using a flat tipped precision brush apply your paint.

The {Golden} End Result

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Make it Sparkle.

For another DIY way of making your wedding day glitter, check out our A Touch of {Art Deco} Gold post.

xoxo.

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Wedding Trends: Seeing Gold

Glossy. Matte. Glittered. No matter what finish you put on it gold currently holds the spot as one of the hottest wedding colors. And chances are that has everything to do with its unique ability to bring elegance and interest to any color scheme or wedding theme. It’s like a bride’s best decorative friend! What’s the catch? Knowing how to use it. If overdone gold can easily go from brilliant to gaudy. Because we’d hate to see a little challenge stop you from using this gorgeous hue, here are our top picks of foolproof ways to incorporate it into your wedding day look.

gold charger plate

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gold glittered paper feather

featured here: gold glittered laser expressions feather tag

acrylic chair markers

featured here: black and gold opulence design engraved bride and groom acrylic signs

Love This Look?

If you love this look and want a few DIY ideas on how to make it yours, come back and visit the blog this Wednesday for our accenting with gold post.

xoxo.

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Selecting a Wedding Reception Venue: Top 15 Things to Consider

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Here‘s how you don‘t want to choose your reception venue, “eeny meeny miny moe”. As the hub for your wedding day and the biggest part of your budget spend, you want to make sure that your selected venue space meets all your wedding needs and expectations. And considering how many options there are out there, navigating through them efficiently is mission critical. Is it a challenge? Absolutely. Do you need to stress about it. Not with our handy checklist! Here are the top 15 things you want to consider in making your final decision as to where you’re going to be spending your big day.

The Venue Selection Checklist

1. Your Budget. Before you even step out the door on your search for the perfect spot, sit down and figure out how much you can and are willing to spend on your wedding. Don’t forget to include into the equation all the spend outside of the venue cost itself, i.e. photography, planning, entertainment, decor, etc. The average total budget usually works out to double your venue spend, and that’s just to cover the standards.

2. Your Expected Guest Count. Understanding your expected guest count upfront is important. Consider only venues that can meet your capacity requirements comfortably, while leaving room for all other logistical needs, like a designated dance floor.

3. Experience. How long has your venue been in business? How long has the current Management been in place? Given how much spend goes into your venue rental, you want to book with a space that comes with a strong reputation and experienced Management. Ask for referrals from previous couples and do your due diligence by searching for online reviews.

4. Fine Print. Before getting excited about a space carefully review their entire venue offering. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a contract to read through all the fine print. Assess what’s included with your package and what’s extra. If you’re on a tight budget look for a place that offers all your standard reception needs, like tables, chairs, linens and dinnerware. If you have a substantial budget and are looking for a customized event ensure the space will allow you to bring in all your own rentals at no additional fee.

5. Exclusive Vendors. Find out upfront if the venue has a list of exclusive vendors, especially if you’re considering a customized event. An exclusive vendor list means you are limited to selecting suppliers the venue has partnered with, with no option to bring in your own resources. If outside catering falls under restricted selection, do some research into the caterers in question.

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6. Permits. Are any special permits required to hold your event? If so, are you responsible for managing the process or will the venue handle it on your behalf and charge back the cost to you? Common permits include photography and alcohol serving permits.

7. Restrictions. Are there any event related restrictions you should know about? Whether it be an early end time, noise constraints or restricted candle use, make sure you are aware of all the things you can and can’t do on the day of.

8. Construction. Are there any plans for venue updates or upgrades? If so find out when they are scheduled to occur and when they will be complete. The last thing you want is for any part of the space to be under construction on the day of your wedding.

9. Neighbors. Take a look to see who or what resides around the venue. Is it something that could potentially impact your event? For example, if you’re planning an outdoor event and the venue of interest is near an airport make sure you’re familiar with the noise levels you can expect on your wedding day.

10. Style or Theme Fit. Does the overall look of the space fit the style or theme you’re planning for your wedding? Consider the color scheme throughout the space and make note of the flooring / carpet and all permanent fixtures. If these things don’t work with your target style consider moving on. It costs a lot of money to transform the look of a space.

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11. Onsite Coordinator. Is there an onsite resource who will be responsible for your event from start to finish? If so make sure you meet with this person before signing the contract, to ensure you’re comfortable with their personal offering. An onsite coordinator is someone you’ll spend a lot of time with and who’ll play an integral part in making sure your day comes together as planned.

12. Space Exclusivity. Will your event be the only one hosted within the space that day? Ideally you want complete exclusivity of a space and its resources. If multiple event accommodating venues are something you’re considering, assess what areas will have to be shared, i.e. entrances and bathrooms.

13. Outdoor Venue. Indoor Option. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding assess what the indoor backup plan is in case weather becomes a factor. If the answer is a tent, confirm who will be responsible for arranging for one and any additional rental requirements that come with it. Remember to factor in the additional cost of the backup plan into your budget.

14. The Extras. Review all the extras that a space offers that others may not. Pay special consideration to locations that can accommodate an onsite ceremony in a designated area, as well as one that has a great spot for your wedding photos. Minimizing travel from location to location on your wedding day always goes a long way in how successfully the day pans out and how stress free it is.

outdoor wedding

15. Plan Your Visit. Before going to any venue visits take the time to think through all the things that are most important to you for your wedding day as a whole and from your selected wedding venue. Write down any questions that come to mind, remembering no question is too silly.

Happy Planning!

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Product Spotlight: Votive Holders – Small Accents Packing a Big Decorative Punch

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Whoever said you need to go big to make a statement was seriously mistaken, as far as wedding day decor goes that is. Sure big and bountiful is always lovely. But small need not mean simple or dull, especially not … Continue reading 

Wedding Reception Tips: 7 Must See Custom Seating Displays

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There are seating plans, a must do at every wedding, and then there are inspired displays of creativity that just so happen to also guide guests to where they need to go. And it’s the latter that bring to an … Continue reading 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Petals and Place Cards

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I’m of the practical kind so a decorative accent that does double duty as a functional informative wedding accessory is top of my list. Take for instance today’s how-to feature. With the pairing of a floral accent and a coordinating stationery design, plus a touch of trim, these otherwise naturally neutral place card holders take a place card display from “formality” to fabulous. And given how simple the process and how varied the floral possibilities, the final look options are limitless. Here are just a few ways to make the look yours. Because practicality doesn’t have to be boring!

Look #1: Peaches and Cream

peaches and cream place card holder

The Supplies

peaches and cream place card holder supplies

The How-To

sweetheart rose

fill your vase with a single stem of a peach colored sweetheart rose

lace trim

add texture to your vase with a touch of lace trim

pearl embellishment

finish off the look with a subtle pearl accent

Look #2: Eco Chic

eco chic place card holder

The Supplies

eco chic place card holder supplies

The How-To

boxwood

fill your vase with a few stems of boxwood greens

twine

add texture to your vase with twine trim

woodland design place card

finish off the look with a coordinating place card

Look #3: Lavender Country

dried lavender place card holder

The Supplies

dried lavender place card holder

The How-To

dried lavender

fill your vase with a few fragrant stems of dried lavender

mini clothespin

finish off your place card with a single stem of dried lavender attached with a mini clothespin

xoxo.

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Have a Seat: Place Setting 101

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If I had to narrow down what makes for a jaw dropping wedding into just two words I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to say “the details”. (It’s not a coincidence that’s the name of this blog.) It’s the events pulled together by couples who have put their personal touch on every component of their wedding that stand out amongst the rest as unique and truly swoon-worthy. And although I can’t tell you exactly how to personalize your celebration, I certainly can break down which elements to focus on. And what better area to concentrate your efforts on than one that’s repeated by potentially the hundreds, your guest table place settings. From top to bottom, here’s how to personalize yours.

Cheers

Consider what beverages you’ll be serving and arrange for upgraded stemware to serve each in. Consider your wines (separate glass for red and white), water, champagne and any signature drinks. And don’t be afraid to mix and match designs, like something ornate with something simple.

Have a Seat

Take the guessing game out of the equation for your guests and mark their spots with a stylized theme appropriate place card holder. Finish the look off with a fresh floral accent for an unexpected extra.

On The Menu

Get your guests’ taste buds going and add another layer of dimension to your place settings with customized dinner menus.  Incorporated into each setting they act as the perfect plate accessory and bring a sophisticated level of formality to the overall look.

Tiny Treats

Show your appreciation up front with a thoughtful token of thanks. Feature your guest favors at each place setting to ensure they don’t go unnoticed.

mini birdcage guest faovrs

featured here: mini birdcage favor (spray painted white)

Every Last Detail

To really impress leave nothing as standard. Upgrade to a customized set of flatware to complete the decorative visual of your table set up. Keep with the design of all your other setting components for a cohesive overall presentation.

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Pull Your Look

To start pulling together your own customize place setting details, shop the full collection of wedding accessories and day of stationery pieces on weddingstar.com. And come back to the blog this Wednesday for a place setting how-to that should not go missed.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips {Plan by Color}: Something Blue

Robin’s Egg, Powder, Sky, Periwinkle and Navy. No matter what shade of blue suits your fancy, today’s installment of our Plan by Color series has a bit of inspiration to match them all. From one of our all time favorite wedding locales (who doesn’t love a beach wedding?!) to the well styled man in your arms, we’re thinking this mood board features some seriously covet-worthy ways to incorporate that “something blue” into your wedding day. And not because it’s tradition. But because it’s fabulous!

Make Mine Mint

Still looking for your ideal wedding color? Check out our Mint Green mood board for more color inspiration.

xoxo.

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