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Saturday, October 3, 2015

DIY Wedding Centerpieces

Jane Blanchard, Guest Author

WED-CenterPiecesMany couples are trying to cut costs during the wedding planning process and centerpieces are one easy place to save money if you get a little crafty and do-it-yourself. We love finding all of the unique DIY ideas that brides and wedding professional come up with and are sharing our favorites with you. If you’ve chosen the DIY route for your wedding décor, feel free to get inspired by these creative, beautiful and easy do-it-yourself centerpiece ideas.

Recycled and Gorgeous

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This gorgeous centerpiece captures the raw beauty of nature with a sweet feminine touch. Using a basswood or birch slab as your base, top off the wood with a lace-clad Mason jar and twine-wrapped wine bottle. Fresh flowers add a healthy dose of color to this neutral palette, so fill the jar and bottle with roses, baby’s breath and other greenery to brighten it up. All of the materials for this project can be purchased in bulk; and it makes for a great craft night with your bridesmaids! You have to get those wine bottles from somewhere, right?

Gold & Sparkly

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Add an ultra glam touch to your tables without the high price tag. Fill a small round vase with water, and then add a heap of thick gold glitter or confetti. Once the glitter has settled to the bottom, stuff the opening with fresh flowers in colors that complement your wedding palette. You’ll have a chic, modern centerpiece in minutes with this simple DIY.

Mossy Magic

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These are seriously adorable and really easy to create if you live in area with lots of moss (hello Pacific Northwesterners!). Just fill old cans or jars with some cheap filler (like packing materials), harvest moss from your yard or nearby forest and voila! For an even more unique look this couple covered the cans in vintage wallpaper but we think they’d look great plain too!

Ribbon Lanterns

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For a fun bohemian look make some little lanterns out of jars, ribbon and little tea lights. Again, you can coordinate the ribbon colors with your wedding theme or go for a more eclectic look by reusing old ribbons from your craft bin and making each lantern unique.

Book Lover’s Vibe

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Hit up a local book sale, thrift shop or rummage sale to find vintage books to make up this unique centerpiece. Top a stack of old hardcovers with a Mason jar of flowers, and you’ll have an easy yet elegant focal point for your guest tables. Bonus points if you use books beloved to you and your betrothed (that means you’ll get to keep them in the family library!).

Mercury & Succulents

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Mercury glass is all the rage right now, but the cost of the real thing has the potential to drive up your wedding budget. Faux mercury glass can be achieved in just a few quick steps, and your guests won’t even be able to tell a difference! Coat the inside of a glass container with Krylon Looking Glass spray paint, then spritz the wet paint with a vinegar and water solution. Dab at the inside of the glass with a paper towel to distress the paint to your liking. Once the paint is dry, add some fresh flowers or succulents and arrange as you see fit!

Clever Paint Stick Box

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Can you believe this beautiful display started as a pile of paint stirrer sticks? This DIY centerpiece is sure to wow your guests, and you’ll be amazed at the simplicity of this project! Just apply wood stain the stirrers, fasten them together with strong glue and a few staples, and you’ll have a fabulous floral display box to decorate as you like. No woodworking classes needed!

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Copyright © 2015 – Jane Blanchard. For more DIY ideas, head to Modernize.com.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Centerpieces… Plan With Your Guests in Mind

Filed under: Centerpieces,Flowers,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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When it comes to wedding reception décor, all eyes will be on the table centerpieces. Beautiful flowers for a beautiful wedding are a must-have. It’s important to set the scene for a gorgeous wedding reception with fresh, flower-filled wedding centerpieces.

I’ve attended hundreds of receptions and one of the things that annoys guests are the centerpieces on the tables.

centerpiecestallcenterpiecesNever let your flowers get in the way of your guests’ good time! Some guests have traveled many miles and this is one of the few times that they get to see and visit with their friends. Always have your centerpieces low enough to see over or tall enough to see under.

Low center pieces should be no more than 15 inches tall and tall vases should have about 22 inches of space below the bottom.

When planning your centerpieces, visualize the entire tablescape. You don’t want your tables to seem empty, but you also want your guests to have room to eat. A thin pedestal vase might need some large votive candles to fill space at the base, while a low vase should be accessorized sparingly.

In general, a 12 to 15 inch space in the center of any tabletop should be filled with decor. When it comes to centerpieces, think in extremes; Either go for height with manzanita branches and curly willow or opt for low and full with black calla lilies and red roses.

Don’t feel pressure to use glass vessels. Express your true style by incorporating unique handwoven containers into the mix.

CenterPieceShowcase your arrangements and enhance their beauty with profession lighting. Use pinspotting to focus attention on your centerpieces, colored uplighting to complement the hue of your flowers, e.g., soft-pink lighting for megenta blooms, or amber lights for white flowers, or even LED lights inside the vases to give them a subtle glow.

Surround centerpieces (of calla lilies and ostrich feathers) with tapered candles in antique glass bottles and pearl necklaces cascading from the silver bowls. For a more masculine touch, add in cathedral radios and cigar boxes and top it off with cut-crystal stemware.

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Copyright © 2014 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

the-archives2Click for Archives! ~ commentSubscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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