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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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 

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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Wedding Trends: Top Markers – Wedding Day Signage

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From paper to acrylic, tin to wood, the use of signage continues to maintain a top spot as a creative and fun way to instantly incorporate personal flair into a wedding day. Whatever functional purpose they may have, whether used to guide your guests or as special markers for your B&G chairs, custom personalized signs never fail to add that extra touch of something special. Loving the concept? Here are just a few fantastic ways to make the look yours.

This Way Please

Make your guests’ experience easy and enjoyable by guiding them to where you want them to go. Select a directional sign in a design that works with your wedding day theme and get creative with your display.

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Leave a Message

Whether used to provide specific instructions or for a general heartfelt welcome message, custom wedding signs naturally play double duty as subtle decorative accents that do wonders to make your guests feel special.

bunting banner directional sign

featured here: wood veneer pennant banner, personalized to say “welcome”, tied with craft paper twine

vintage tin sign

personalized wooden sign

Acrylic Marks the Spot

If only for a day you and your groom are the center of everyone’s attention. Don’t be afraid to bask in the spotlight by personalizing just about everything with your mark, including your B&G chairs.

bride and groom acrylic chair markers

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

woodland themed engraved acrylic chair markers

featured here: woodland design engraved bride and groom acrylic signs

Make it Yours

To make any of these looks your own, or for additional personalized options, check out the full collections of wedding day signage on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: DIY Favors Made Simple

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If you love the homemade look of DIY but don’t have that necessary “crafty touch”, or the time to pull it off, this post is definitely for you! DIY wedding accessories are a lovely thing. Special bits and bobs come together, layer upon layer, to create pretty little accents. But DIY also requires a certain knack and a good chunk of time to find all the pieces required to pull together the look you’re going after. Then, factor in quantity when it comes to things like guest favors and it all just gets that much more complicated.

So today, for all of you out there wanting the DIY look without all the work, we’re offering up the perfect solution by way of three super pretty, and super convenient, all in one Favor Kits. Complete with all the pieces you need to get you to the crafty end result you’re after, DIY just got a whole lot easier. Happy Friday!

Vintage Finds

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featured here: vintage style favor wrapping kit, complete with 12 paper boxes and 12 mix and match strands of pre-cut satin ribbon, pre-cut lace and paper wraps

diy vintage guest favor kit

shabby chic styled favors

tip: customize your vintage favor boxes with the use of a different colored ribbon

Old School Fun

vintage airmail favor kit

featured here: vintage airmail favor kit, complete with 10 vintage airmail print favor boxes, 10 strands of twine, 5 metal globe and 5 metal compass charms

diy travel themed guest favors

Homespun Charm

sweetie pie mini pie favor kit

featured here: “sweetie pies” mini pie packaging kit, complete with 20 printed paper boxes, “enjoy” tags, wax sheets and pre-cut red and white baker’s twine

diy mini pie kit

customized diy mini pie kit

tip: give the look a twist and a pop of color by using a satin ribbon in your color scheme

xoxo.

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Product Showcase: A Twist on a Wedding Classic

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If you’re like me then hearing that a new design twist has been applied to a wedding staple is always reason to perk up and pay attention. Tradition is a lovely thing but the last thing anyone wants, especially for their wedding, is a repeat of what someone else had. As far as I’m concerned, there’s room for personality and customization in every detail of a couple’s wedding day. It’s pretty much a given that your decor, florals, stationery and even your favors will be tailored to your personal taste and style. But why stop there?! I say take your event to the next level and personalize every accessory making an appearance at your wedding.

To get your creative juices flowing, in today’s product showcase I’m saying farewell to the traditional concept of a guest book and saying hello to the ultra personalized alternative, the Wedding Wishing Well. Keeping with the same meaningful keepsake concept that a traditional book gives you, with a Wishing Well you not only get a unique design but it also comes with the added bonus of playing double duty as a great decorative piece for your home after your big day. It’s a win win situation really! For some visual reference (and eye candy), here are my top Wishing Well picks, all Weddingstar exclusives.

For the Love of Travel – The Mini Suitcase

Ideal for the Wanderlust obsessed, or for the vintage lover, the appeal of this guest book alternative  is all in its authentic and pretty details. Faux leather bound edges, a vintage liner and a luggage tag that can be personalized with your initials, come together as the perfect defining accents for this piece. The coordinating novel paper airplane stationery offers up a sweet finishing touch. And even if you favor a traditional guest book concept, the suitcase can be used a pretty little decorative accent for any travel inspired wedding theme.

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guest book alternatives - mini suitcase decor

A Touch of Country – The Country Charm Wooden Wish Box

Let’s call this one rustic country gone modern! Country in its concept and modern in its design, this charming box comes complete with unique features including a white wash finish, metal mesh interior, a sweet little love note and a glass front that can be personalized. Whether used with the coordinating miniature scroll stationery or your own personal custom cards, this option is certain to find a permanent spot in your home after your wedding day. Keep complete with the wishes and display as a decorative accent, or repurpose for something new, like a kitchen accent that holds recipes.

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guest book alternatives - country charm wooden box

For the Modern Bride – Cubist Laser Cut Wooden Box

If you consider yourself to be a modern bride, an eco-chic bride, or simply one that’s looking to incorporate unique intricate details into her wedding accessories, this one’s for you. With its key feature a sliding front panel in a distinct laser cut design, there’s no getting more detailed than this! Once closed the discrete look lends itself perfectly to act as home decor. To personalize the piece add your initials and a meaningful message, and complete the ‘day of’ look with the coordinating laser embossed stationery.

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guest book alternatives - cubist laser cut wooden box

Want More Options?

For more wishing well concepts and inspiration check out the Guest Book Alternatives section in the Weddingstar e-catalog or shop the complete guest book alternatives section on weddingstar.com.

If you’d prefer to stick to a traditional guest book, you’re covered! Check out the many options on the wedding guest book section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Contemporary Vintage Wedding Inspiration: Pearls and Lace

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to kick off the celebrations and help you channel your inner romantic with a sneak peek of our Pearls and Lace styled wedding feature. Dripping in pearl accents, lace details, natural lighting and a romantic color palette, we promise this feature will have your heart melting in no time. Continue reading

Fashion Friday: Flirty Fifties

Whoopee! It’s finally another Fashion Friday!! And today’s is very near and dear to my heart – Flirty Fifties Fashion!! Not only do I love the bold styles of the 50′s, but I’ve been absolutely enamored with all the amazing modern brides that are rocking a retro look at their wedding. From fun pops of color with a petticoat or sash to the bombshell vibes of a bold red lip and cat eye combination, today I’m rounding up my favorite ideas for a Fifties Fabulous bridal style! Throw on the Elvis and get ready to shake your hips a little as we take a trip back in time and look at the best ways to get a real fifties look on your big day! Enjoy!

{ By Connolly Ads circa 1950 }

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Laura + Andrew: A Blushing Bristol Bride

Laura and Andrew had an amazing 1940′s wedding this past May in their local Bristol community. With Laura playing the part of stylist, she painstakingly sourced all the incredible vintage gowns for her bridesmaids – even going as far as hand-dying them to the gorgeous pastel tones that we fell in love with the moment we saw them! Not to mention how awe-inspiring Laura’s own dress is, which was luckily found tucked away in the USA, in a trunk that hadn’t been opened since wartime! And, it’s not just the ladies that are flaunting incredible vintage style – wait till you get a load of Andrew and his groomsmen in their dapper duds! Along with their amazing vintage styling, L + A effortlessly combine bright and cheery handmade decor that puts their Bristol wedding over the top and makes it vintage inspiration at it’s finest! Get ready to take a trip back in time, enjoy!

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