We don't always travel as far away from Princeton as Camden but we could not pass up on the opportunity to create wedding designs again at the Adventure Aquarium. How cool is this setting in the Currents Ballroom from this past weekend. Our designer did a fantastic job on this gorgeous tropical themed archway which later became the back drop for the Sweet Heart Table. Decorated with ginger, pincusion and king protea, orchids, free spirit roses along with tropical foliage such as aspidistra, monstera and ginger leaves. Our bride's bouquet was a combination of white dendrobium orchids, orange protea, pink giners and mini pineapples accented with palm leaves and mini monstera. The groom wore a boutonniere created with a hot pink accent flower and a mini pineapple. The tables were tall glass vases filled lushly with all tropical foliage and the Mother's and Grandmothers wore orchid corsages. Imagine the ceremony with the Shark Tank as the backdrop and the soft up lighting of the room. It must have been magical! Would you consider an aquarium for your wedding ceremony and reception?
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Mason Jar Centerpieces ~ a thing of the past? I think not. Folks are still loving these adorable designs. Although they might not be a good fit for every wedding and/or event setting, they still have their place. We are still doing many barn and rustic setting venues and mason jar designs fit right in.
If you talk to other floral designers, you might see really "negative" views on these designs but I don't think it's because they don't like them on principle, I think it's because many folks wanting these designs might not realize that although they are small, it can still take quite a few blooms to fill these jar, hence they are not always inexpensive. As a floral designer and an artist (yes we consider ourselves artists who just happen to work with flowers as our medium) we never like being squeezed for money. I think the problem comes from an unrealistic expectation of what it costs to fill a mason jar. For example, the jars below took quite a few stems to fill and the bride did not want anything too common. She was looking for a sophisticated rustic look and did not want little jars that would be get lost on the table. Because she needed multiple to be placed down a long farm table, this design sure did cost more than a single long centerpiece. These jars below are actually quite a bit bigger than the one pictured above, which translated to a higher cost.
Now speaker as a designer, sometimes when flower trends come along, we are super excited in the beginning but as would be understandable, after your 100th time of creating similar designs, the newness wears off and we are left craving a floral challenge. But if you ask me if I like or dislike mason jar designs, I'm more to the Pro side of the equation. When we are provided a nice budget, allowing for a beautiful flower mixture, I love the look. All baby's breath? I actually love that too because it's a simple, clean look that fits many wedding themes. It's sweet and cost effective. If the client is happy so am I!
I also love pointing out to folks that a simple vase design is also a pretty way to go. The flowers don't have to be in a mason jar if you'd like a little more formality. Take the vase below... I love designing in these simple vases. You can do so much with them, they are the perfect height for a table and a little tie of twine or lace can completely transform the look. When I think of the mason jars, I generally include these pretty vases in as being a similar style. What do you think? What I really loved about these designs below is how we matched the flower color to the napkins. We added a touch of rustic twine and the burlap cloths looked like they went with the lace runner. I think this is one of my favorite weddings ever because although not expensive, it was very well planned out.
What do you think about mason jar centerpieces for your wedding or shower? Are you considering them? I'd love to know!!
Sharing little bits of wisdom from our years of exprerience creating beautiful wedding flowers. We love doing weddings and we hope it shows! Be sure to comment, we would like to know what you think.