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 Centerpiece 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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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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What’s Your Bridal Style: A Girl & Her Table {The Series}

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Happy Monday! It’s the start of a new week and we’re over-the-moon excited to be launching a new blog series. Taking cue from all the great feedback we’ve received on the Bridal Style approach to this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine, we’ve decided to use our blog to expand on and explore the styles in all their pretty details. We’ll be breaking it all down to somewhat of a science, showing how personal style translates into a wedding design, in hopes that it’ll spark inspiration for all the brides who have yet to define their wedding style.

We’re calling the series A Girl & Her Table and because we’re in the depths of a long cold winter and in need of a serious pick me up, we’re starting the series with a punch of color and a dose of sunshine. With the Beach Boys playing in the background, and Twizzlers scattered across our inspiration boards, we introduce you to our…

Candy Colorful Bride! 

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Her Style Personality

Quirky, fun and free-spirited. With a permanent smile on her face, there’s no mistaking a candy colorful bride. Her style is eccentric and distinct and she’s not afraid to play around with new trends. She’s likely to go with an unconventional choice of wedding dress and is guaranteed to have some fun with her accessories.

candy colorful bridal personality and style

She Likes

Entertaining friends and family, all things retro and keeping things casual. Bright and bold colors, polka dots and flowers galore!

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color palette inspiration for a retro themed wedding

sweet tooth
featured here: sweet beginnings personalized napkin

She Has to Have

A  Candy Colorful bride knows that the way to the perfect wedding design is through distinct decorative details and accessories. Her wedding needs to be as unique as she is, and she’ll take the time to personalize each piece so that it is. Here are some of her Must Have wedding accessories.

signature drink for a retro themed wedding

pint-sized perfection
featured here: signature drink personalized with candy colorful stationary – small sticker,
polka dot paper straws and
laser expressions paper slides

over-sized gumball machine shaped wishing well

how sweet it is
featured here: novelty gumball machine canister shown as a wishing well and
candy colorful stationary – small round cards

retro themed popcorn guest favors

yummy treats
featured here: caramel popcorn guest favors in novelty popcorn cartons and
clear cellophane bags with personalized insert

retro themed bride and groom seat signage

have a seat
featured here: personalized polka dot bunting banner

Are You A Candy Colorful Bride?

If you’ve finished reading this post thinking this could be you, it’s time for a little more inspiration! Pick up a copy of the Weddingstar print magazine to explore the Candy Colorful feature in full and shop the entire look on Weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Chelsea + Matt: Destination Antigua

Wow – that’s the best word to describe Chelsea + Matt’s destination wedding in Antigua. An incredibly fun couple with laughter in every shot, the lush backdrops and vivid colors of Antigua make their photos an incredible mix of romance and mystery. From frolicking on the beach to kissing amongst the foliage, C+M’s wedding is a perfect showcase of what beauty can lie in-store for a couple that decides on a destination wedding. Not to mention that we can’t get enough of Chelsea’s stunning beach style in her flowing wedding dress, floral hair accents and bright tropical bouquet. Be ready to be inspired – and don’t miss our “A Kiss and We’re Off” Cake Topper that traveled all the way to Antigua! Enjoy! Continue reading

Inspiration: Under the Sea

Yea – it’s finally Friday! And, I want to help you guys kick off the start of your weekend with some fabulous summertime inspiration with today’s brand new theme board, Under the Sea! With touches of nautical charm and seaside splendor, today’s board has ideas and inspirations for every kind of sea-loving bride and groom. From an all out sea-faring bash to a demure yet nautical inspired celebration, I promise you’ll find a host of great ideas for your own upcoming wedding. Landlubbers beware, it’s time for an ocean of adventure – enjoy!

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Anna + Chris: A Blissful Spring Wedding in Virginia Beach

Anna and Chris had an amazing spring wedding this past April in their local surroundings of Virginia Beach! With colorful details and a light airy flow, their wedding is whimsical and beautiful! I’m especially in love all their simple yet vibrant details and their bright pink and navy color combination that really gives their wedding that something extra. Get ready to be inspired and feel the love in the air – this spring wedding most certainly has extra doses of both! Enjoy!

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Ahlia + Eric: Bright + Beachy

Who ever thought a football inspired wedding could be so chic! Meet Ahlia + Eric who had a Green Bay Packers inspired wedding that has me thinking a style guru must have designed the Packers logo – seriously! With the funky backdrops at their venue, the aptly named Post Card Inn, their big day is not only beautiful but full of A + E’s own bubbly personalities. I love all their special details and how they incorporated their own love story into the wedding design. Congratulations Ahlia + Eric!!!

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Diana + Patrick: Destination Sun

Bold. Vibrant. Colour.

Not only does the wedding feature multitudes of colors (though a lovely shade of peach is definitely the focus), but the Bride and Groom’s surroundings in beautiful Playa del Carmen are filled with the kind of life that you simply don’t tend to see in North America. It’s rich culturally, musically and architecturally – a perfect location for a wedding, in my humble opinion.

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{Weddingstar in NYC} A Beach Wedding Theme

Yesterday we covered the ever-popular Sparkle wedding theme that’s chock full of glitz, glam and tons of shimmer. Today, we’re going a bit more, shall we say, down to earth?

With a bright and cheerful coral and aqua blue color scheme, treasure chests and starfish inspired favors, and festive hand fans to beat the heat, we’re celebrating weddings, beach style.

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