Themes and Centerpieces

fall theme centerpiecePlanning a wedding can be fun and exciting. We love to help brides plan all parts of their upcoming wedding, but wedding themes and centerpieces are among our favorites.

Selecting the flowers and other interesting pieces to decorate your celebration can be a daunting task, but carefully chosen centerpieces can be a dramatic way to pull together the theme of your wedding.

If your wedding is around a holiday, the theme and its expression is obvious. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day all suggest certain colors and elements.

Other themes require more thought but are just as fun to create.

Is your wedding and reception near water? If so, use ship’s lanterns or bowls with tropical fish swimming over shells and sand in the bottom.

Is your reception in the country at a farm house or barn? Use checkered tablecloths and make a ceramic or straw rooster the center of each table. Add miniature bales of hay and/or summer flowers and greens in milk bottles or canning jars.

Flower Talk – The Language (and Meaning) of Flowers

Incorporate seasonal fruits in centerpieces. Big bunches of strawberries in the summer, gingham tied baskets of apples in the early fall, pumpkins and gourds with fall leaves would also work.

Celebrate your heritage with national colors, flags, patterns and fabrics. Oriental poppies, tartan plaid table linens, silver trays piled high with Mexican wedding cakes all make a statement.

Create a circus atmosphere with balloons, candied apples, popcorn and candy floss.

If both the bride and groom are teachers, the school house theme is perfect with paper chains, chalk boards, posters, report cards and lots of numbers and letters.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 for ideas of how to make your celebration special.

Book Review – Bridal Flowers: Arrangements for a Perfect Wedding

Book Review – Bridal Flowers: Arrangements for a Perfect Wedding

This post may include affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission for products purchased, at no additional cost to you. All opinions are my own, and I only share products that I love. Please read my full disclaimer if you are interested to know more.

Book Review - Bridal Flowers: Arrangements for a Perfect Wedding

As a wedding planner and designer, I keep an extensive library of wedding related books on hand to help my brides design their own weddings.

Bridal Flowers by Maria McBride is one of my favorites (actually I love all of her books). It is full of wonderful ideas – not just the traditional “must have” wedding flowers such as bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces, (although those too are amazing!), but the out-of-the-ordinary (but inspiring) boas, decorated lampposts, and gilded calla lilies.

Let The Seasons Guide You – Spring

Ms. McBride shows us that flowers are for more than just simply being carried or worn, and includes stunning statement pieces (LOVE the fresh flowers adorning the dramatic back of a wedding gown), as well as understated arrangements (pots of daisies lining the ceremony aisle) arrangements. There is definitely a timelessness to her flower arrangements.

The large color photos by William Stites are fantastic. Sadly so many other books have little or no photos, or just hand drawn diagrams that end up leaving the reader wondering what the arrangement is really supposed to look like. Ms. McBride’s book lets you see exactly what she is talking about.

Bridal Flowers: Arrangements for a Perfect Wedding doesn’t claim to be a how-to book, but is perfect to take along when visiting your floral designer.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Money Saving Tips For Your Wedding Day (That Are Also “Green”)

Many money saving tips for your wedding ceremony and reception are also “green.” Here are some easy ideas to save money on your wedding plans, and they’re good for the environment too!

Corner copy
Corner copy is your reception information that is literally printed in the corner (sometimes centered) at the bottom of your wedding invitation. By using corner copy you will save a significant amount of money. It costs about $10, regardless of quantity. Compare this to what you’d be paying for 100 or more Reception cards.

An added bonus is that since you’ll have less items going into your invitation suite, you may end up paying less for postage!

wedding invitation corner copy sample

Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitations & Other “Green” Tips

wedding invitation corner copy sample

Re-use your ceremony décor and bouquets
You’ve spend good money on something that otherwise will only be used for an hour or so. Get your moneys worth – reuse altar arrangements, pew décor and your bridesmaids’ bouquets as decorations for your reception.

Use non-florals
Candles in lanterns, individual tiers of wedding cake, bird cages for a garden wedding, seashells for a beach/seaside theme, branches, leaves or acorns for a fall wedding are all fun, budget-conscious décor ideas.

wedding cake centerpiece

Use individual potted plants
Group smaller ones together for centerpieces. Then at the end of the evening these can be sent home with guests as favors. Larger potted plants can be used as aisle décor for your ceremony or a pretty arrangement on the bar or escort card table. Send these home as a special “thank you” to someone who helped out on your wedding day. Since the plants can be taken home and replanted there is less waste – excellent for the environment.

Donate centerpieces and left over food
Check with a local nursing home or hospital. Some may welcome the donation of pretty flowers. Also, if your caterer allows leftover food to be taken off the premises, check with local groups to see who has a program for donating food to local shelters.

Accessories
A special cake knife set or toasting glasses engraved with your names and wedding date are nice, personalized touches for your wedding. However, afterwards these types of items usually end up in the attic. Instead of purchasing something that will only be used once, borrow your keepsake items.

Wedding Gown
Borrow your wedding gown from a loved one or go to consignment shop or ebay to find your gown. If you purchase your wedding gown you can donate it or sell it on ebay afterwards.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Bride’s Q&A – Alternatives to Flowers

Alternatives to Flowers

Q. I am not a flower lover! Everything else in the wedding seems more important to me personally, than wedding flowers. My decorator is really encouraging me to go with fresh cut all around, but this will be expensive. Should I pay, is it just me that doesn’t really care about flowers?

A. If you are not a flower lover, or maybe flowers are just low on your list of priorities, then don’t go extravagant on flowers. I have seen weddings that were very elegant, yet pretty minimal on flowers for the decor.

Wedding Q&A – What Should the Flower Girl Carry?

Are there other decorative elements that you prefer instead of flowers, such as candles (an inexpensive look yet such a beautiful ambiance), white Christmas lights, simpler floral arrangements (perhaps a tall slender vase with a couple colorful Gerber daisies?)

Colorful table overlays also add a nice splash of color and texture. Even greenery can add color and texture without costing a lot.

Some alternatives to floral centerpieces are:

Small Decorative Table Fountain

Votive candle in glass bowl

non-floral candle centerpiece

Before your next meeting with your decorator, try to get some type of decorative “style” in mind. Show her pictures from magazines (doesn’t have to be just wedding magazines, fashion and interior decorating magazines are great places for inspiration). Show her what appeals to you and what you don’t like. After this discussion, she should be able to offer suggestions more in tune to what you have in mind. If she still insists on tons of flowers, are there any other decorators in your area you can turn to instead? Don’t pay for something you really don’t want, and don’t let anyone talk you into something you don’t want.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!