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 Essentials: Our Top Ten Favorite Summer Wedding Ideas

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There’s a reason the summer months continue to collectively make up the most popular time of the year to get married. Although weddings by sheer nature are beautiful no matter when they take place, there’s just something extra special about warm weather nuptials. With this Sunday marking the first day of June, the number one month of the year to tie the knot, we thought now would be the perfect time to share our favorite summer wedding ideas. Focusing on little details that  guarantee to make a wedding day special and unique, these ideas are definite essentials for any summertime bride to consider. So grab your favorite summertime sipper, sit back and relax in your favorite patio chair, and get ready for some serious summer wedding inspiration.

#1 – Drinks All Around

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Speaking of summertime sippers, keeping refreshing drinks constantly flowing is definitely one of the most important rules for any warm weather wedding. Go about it in a creative way by serving a signature drink unique to your event and finish it off in style with a theme appropriate decorative paper straw.

For more paper straw inspiration check out our ‘Stylish Sippers’ DIY post.

#2 – The Bright and The Bold

There’s no better time than the summer to get daring with your wedding color palette. Now’s the time to play with bright hues in bold combinations to create a statement look bursting with energy and fun.

#3 – Saying “I Do” Outdoors

Outdoor wedding ceremonies are always simply stunning. No exceptions. It takes very little to play up the natural beauty that an outdoor setting has to offer. Keep your decorative additions simple but full of impact by incorporating things like unique seating and subtly beautiful aisle decor.

#4 – Weatherproof Hair

If you’re taking full advantage of the warm weather with an outdoor event, be sure to weatherproof your hair. An updo is pretty much a must. but it certainly need not be boring. Enlist the help of a professional hair stylist to give you the ultimate outdoor wedding look.

#5 – Into the Wild

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OK, so maybe “wild” is a stretch when talking about doves! Point being, the classic dove release is one of those warm weather possibilities we can’t get enough of.

#6 – Keep ‘Em Comfy

As beautiful as an outdoor summer wedding can be, it also comes with unique challenges. Pesky mosquitoes, the bright sun and the sticky heat, just to name a few. Take care to ensure your guests are comfortable by supplying them with all the outdoor essentials they could possibly need, think sunscreen, bug spray and sunglasses for those who forgot a pair. Fill and creatively display personalized tote bags for a bit of decorative fun.

#7 – Seasonal Treats

There’s nothing more charming than a pint-size ode to summer. Get crafty and incorporate yours by way of a cleverly displayed guest favor.

#8 – Backup Footwear

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You never know what Mother Nature might have in store for the great outdoors. Be prepared for just about anything, including unruly terrain, with some backup practical footwear. And with a pair of Coach rain boots, practical never looked so stylish!

#9 – Light the Way

Nothing adds ambiance to an event like candlelight. Kick things up a notch by lighting them up with the use of unique and trendy candle holders.

#10 – All in the Name of Fun

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Last but not least, regardless of time of year, a must do for any wedding is making sure to take the time to fit in a bit of fun!

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pattern Play – Mini Vase Sets

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A while back we did a post on DIY glittered tea lights that was a big hit with our brides. Because we can’t resist a repeat fan favorite, and because we love what a touch of glitter can do, we’re re-applying this simple to-do concept on one of our mini white vase sets. Whether used as a guest favor, or as part of your wedding day decor, these small stunners are sure to have a big impact with your guests. And for those of you looking for a simplified approach and look, we’re giving you another combo that’s just as lovely. Here’s how to pull together the two looks.

Look #1: Glitter Galore

diy glitter vase favors

The Supplies

mini glitter vases - diy supplies

  • mini favor vases in white
  • spray adhesive
  • spreadable glue {we love mod podge!}
  • glue dots
  • masking tape
  • paint brush
  • glitter
  • spray roses

The Step by Step – Pretty Polka Dots

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Step 1: stick on your large glue dots, spacing them out all over your vase.

Step 2: dust on your glitter.

Step 3: using a clean paint brush, brush off all excess glitter.

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Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 using small glue dots.

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The Step by Step – Stripes and Solids

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Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape three quarters of the way down your vase.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on the glitter.

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Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape at the base of the vase,  and just below the base of the bottle neck.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on your glitter.

thick stripe diy glitter vase

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Step 1: apply spray adhesive glue all over the outside of your vase.

Step 2: sprinkle on glitter, plugging the opening of the vase with your finger to avoid glitter entering the vase.

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Look #2 – Keep it Simple

If you love the look of the vases but want a simplified version, go au naturel by eliminating the glitter. Mix and match the vase color options for your bit of pattern play and a lovely end result.

mini decorative vase favors

The Supplies

mini decorative vase favor supplies

The Look

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Springtime Centerpieces – Birds & Blooms

spring inspired wedding centerpieces

In our part of the world dear old Mother Nature has been taking her time gracing us with some proper Spring weather. Trees remain bare, grass patchy, and gardens full of flowers are but a daydream. So we’re filling the void and brightening things up with some Spring inspiration of our own via today’s DIY centerpiece post, Birds and Blooms. We created three looks, any of which would make for great guest or head table centerpieces, or side table adornments. Taking cue from the freshness of the season we kept the arrangements clean and simple, and thanks to some added birdie accents, so very lovely.

We’re hoping these give Mother nature that much needed nudge, but at the very least that they provide some Spring wedding inspiration for all our wonderful readers. Enjoy!

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Get the Look: The Supplies

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Get the Look – The Supplies

diy birdcage and baby's breath centerpiece supplies

  • small metal birdcage x 3 (remove tea light holder that comes with product)
  • two large bunches of baby’s breath
  • good pair of sheers for trimming

mini white ceramic birds pink mini carnations white stock flower

Get the Look – The Supplies

diy bottle vase centerpiece supplies

  • bottle vases in various shapes and sizes (sold in sets of six)
  • mini ceramic birds (sold in sets of two)
  • one bunch of white stocks
  • one bunch of pink mini carnations
  • good pair of sheers for trimming

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Making a Statement {On a Budget}

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There seems to be a silly little misconception floating around in the world of weddings that in order to have a gorgeous event you need a huge budget. In actuality, nothing could be farther from the truth. While having a substantial chunk of change to put towards wedding day decor might make things easier, it definitely isn’t the only route to creating beautiful ambiance. It just takes a little bit of strategic designing. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite tricks of the trade to getting the look without spending a fortune, the use of decorative props. 

Props come in many different shapes and forms, colors and designs, but they all do the same thing. They all act as unexpected extra touches of pretty that go miles and miles in their impact. Through selective use in choice spots props take a wedding design to the next level, acting as statement pieces without breaking the bank. Some of my personal faves? Decorative drawers and boxes, because of all their creative potential. And when you see them in use you’ll instantly know why. Be prepared to get inspired! 

On Display

Looking to add dimension to your Greeting Table display? Whether it’s purely for decorative flair or to serve double duty to hold items your guests will use, like wish cards for example, this vintage design display drawer is the ideal finishing touch.

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Storage Space

Arguably the prettiest storage box I’ve ever seen! Fill with flowers, favors, or just about anything else you like. Place in an area where all can appreciate and let the decorative details of this vintage inspired drawer do all the rest.

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New Heights

Opting for small low arrangements to save on cost? No need to sacrifice impact. Give your Head Table centerpiece a little boost by elevating it with the loveliest of risers.

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Want More?

Check out all the newest decorative accents in the New Arrivals section of Weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Decor Ideas: Pretty on a Penny Part 2 – Making it Yours

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This past Monday I shared with you all a few secrets to getting gorgeous and budget friendly floral wedding arrangements. The key component was a lovely bottle vase concept which I’m currently obsessing over ever so slightly! Today I’m going to show you how to take the look to the next level, personalizing it as your very own. Truth be told, there are endless ways to customize the look to meet your specific wedding design. And after much back and forth self-debating I finally narrowed it down to my top three style approaches, complete with some pretty petal suggestions.

Style Approach #1 – Charms, Trims and Things 

The Components

personalized bottle vases - charms and trims

featured here: decorative glass bottle set in clear (sold in sets of six assorted sizes), striped cotton baker’s twine in mocha mousse, ruffled fabric ribbon trim in pastel pink and antique key charms in double hearts, heart and intertwined rings shapes

The Completed Look

decorative bottle vases - diy charms and trims

This approach is all about layering. Using whatever ribbon, fabric, twine or string you like to attach a decorative detail like a charm is the perfect way to both personalize the look and coordinate it with your overall wedding theme and design. And the details just scream pretty!

Style Approach #2 – Mix and Match 

The Components 

mix and match decorative bottle vases

featured here (from left to right): white glass bottle (sold in sets of 3), decorative glass bottle in clear (sold in sets of six assorted sizes), vintage inspired ceramic bottle in silver and lavender (sold separately)

The Completed Look 

decorative bottle vases - mix and match arrangement

There’s no real science to this approach. It’s as simple as playing around with various shapes, sizes and colors to bring dimension to your arrangements. The beauty behind it is that it allows you to represent all the design elements and colors within your wedding design. So go nuts and get creative!

Style Approach #3: A Personal Touch 

The Components 

personalized white bottle vases

featured here: decorative white glass bottle set, woodland pretty stationary collection – small antler cling and personalized diecut sticker

The Completed Look 

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What better way to personalize the look then by actually personalizing the look! Whether it’s through a motif, monogram, or a custom sticker, incorporating subtly personalized pieces within your wedding decor really makes the look yours. And don’t be shy about incorporating you. It’s your big day after all!

So that’s a wrap on on my top three. And whether you run with one of these approaches or something completely different, all that matters is that you apply your personal stamp. Happy styling!

xoxo.

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Pretty on a Penny: Secrets to Getting Gorgeous {and Inexpensive} Floral Wedding Arrangements

 

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Confession time. I like pretty things. Well, that’s no secret. I like pretty things and I’m willing to pay the price to get them. But, and here comes the confession, I LOVE pretty things when combined with deals and discounts! Maybe it’s the wedding planner in me who regularly builds budgets and gets thrills from coming in lower than expected. Maybe it’s the knowledge that I can take those saved pennies and put them to something else I really want. Whatever the reason, I’m a sucker for anything that looks high end without the hefty price tag!

If you’re like me, you’ll love today’s post. Not only is it a cheap and cheerful {don’t tell anyone I said that!} way to pull together gorgeous wedding floral arrangements, but it’s right on trend with what’s hot right now. It all comes down to two words, Bottle Vases, and here are the secrets behind the look.

LESS IS MORE 

grey ceramic bottle vase

The simplicity behind the bottle vase design is what makes this look so lovely. The shape is sleek and where decorative details are featured, subtle accents have the opportunity to shine. Single stems look great which means you need very little to make an impact on your wedding day, and pretty petals easily pop.

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A PLAY ON HEIGHTS 

white glass bottle vase set

Nothing does more for a table set up than layers and dimension. Using groups of bottle vases in varying heights is an easy way to accomplish this design principle. Whether used on their own or incorporated into a grander wedding tablescape, the effect is gorgeous every time. And because each vase really only needs a single bloom, it’s a budget friendly look that can be applied to all your guest tables.

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SUCCESS IN NUMBERS 

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If a beautiful bloom in a lovely little vase puts a smile on your face than that look x10 is sure to have you swooning! Pulling together groups of vases to form a cluster is a decorative approach that works for all wedding designs and themes. Individually each vase is the perfect detail for any set up. Grouped together the vases form a fantastic wedding centerpiece.

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Love it?  Want More?

Come back and visit the blog this Wednesday when I show you how to personalize this look and make it yours.

xoxo.

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