Brides need to remember that like a well-orchestrated symphony, a wedding and reception should be designed for the overall experience – balance being key. Too often, wedding centerpieces become the victims of over-design, or looking like an afterthought.
|Venue: Julia Morgan Ballroom; Photo: Choco Studio; Florist: Floramor|
Whether you are planning and designing table scapes yourself or
leaving it to a professional planner, here are some tips that can help
you through the process, whatever your budget:
- Consider the ‘bones’ of the room,
ambiance, architectural features, colors and lighting; scale your
centerpieces according to to how much of a ‘feature’ you want them to
be. If your venue is mediocre, make the centerpieces the star of the
show. On the flip side, if you want to highlight a beautiful view of the
ocean or are in love with the rustic beams and chandeliers, then
minimal or simple centerpieces could be the way to go.
- Don’t get married to specific flowers;
instead, research looks and color palettes you like. If there are
flowers you absolutely dislike, then list them. A good florist, will
consider what is in season and make appropriate recommendations based on
your budget and taste.
- Choose your linen and tableware first.
You’ll be surprised at how much these details can add to an overall
design. If you find a patterned table cloth you absolutely love, then a
monochromatic arrangement in the middle would balance it wonderfully.
Also, you’ll know what elements from the linen and tableware you want to
pick up in the arrangement.
- Decide on the spacial plan/placement of the tables
BEFORE you choose your centerpieces. That way, you can envision the
entire room and ambiance as you walk in. Placement of the tables can
also dictate how high or low specific centerpieces should be. Ie.,
shorter arrangements near the stage so guests can see the band.
- Pick 2 or 3 different arrangements and use them with symmetry according to placement in the room; it adds character and can help your budget.
- Consider complementary colors.
The main color of the centerpieces does NOT necessarily have to be the
same color as your theme. If you decide on having pink as your
theme, consider having most of the arrangement in ivory, creams or pale
yellows with splashes of pink. Colors that are complementary to
your wedding theme color bring an added design element to the overall
look, rather than looking predictable and cliche.
- Decide on your giveaways first.
If you are really tight on budget, you can implement your giveaways
into the design of the centerpieces. Ie., small potted floral
arrangements placed on tiers in the center that double as giveaways.
- Bigger isn’t always better. Pretend you are a guest for a second. Can you talk to people across the
table or see the best man giving his speech? If not, lower the
centerpiece! Florists and rental companies are supposed to showcase their biggest and baddest pieces, but that doesn’t mean the huge tree with crystal drops is right for your party.
Remember: taking your guests and their experience into consideration is the key to a well choreographed, successful event.
P.S. Feel free to ask questions in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you.
|Centerpiece 1: Tall centerpieces were used on the two entourage tables. Each one was flanked on either side by pearl cones for balance.|
|Sweet heart table was designed so that our guests could see us and we could see them unobstructed. Silver dusty miller was used in the arrangements to pick up the grey/blue tone of the linen.|
|Centerpiece 2: Floating votive candles with real flowers submerged in water were chosen to add romance to the dark room.|
|Centerpiece 3: Was designed using a donut shaped floral arrangement around the pearl cones.|
|Centerpieces were neutral and simple to complement the pattern on the ceiling and floor.|