We love doing themed wedding, especially a Christmas one. Last weekend had us decorating the ceremony and reception area of the Cranbury Inn for a bride Danielle and Groom Jason. There might not have been snow on the ground but the setting was warm and festive. My favorite parts of the wedding was the place card table which was created using three very large vases filled with winter ilex berries, water and a floating candle. So dramatic! The aisle was decorated with tall vases filled with water, floating cranberries and our hanging Juliette candle holders. So pretty! After the ceremony when the room was quickly changed over, these vases were then placed along the edge of the room to add a touch of warmth and a pop of color. The centerpieces were created with fresh cranberries, red roses, red berries, winter greens and fresh holy. A small but dramatic touch to the tables. Such elegant but simple wedding decor for the perfect Christmas Themed Wedding.
As soon as you become involved in the wedding business, one of the first things you notice are flower trends as they come and go. Like fashion, what's in and what's not does seem to change with the seasons and the years.
For example, this year, anything vintage, shabby chic, sophisticated rustic and southern style country have been very much in style. The flip side of that trend seems to be elegant and classic. Take these centerpieces for our Bride Melissa at the Stone House last weekend. Over sized pilsner vases were filled with river stones for a natural touch but then the vases were filled with cascading phalaenopsis orchids. Although the color them of the wedding was purple in all other areas, this couple went for a clean, uncluttered look by switching the table flowers to all white. Dramatic but elegant was the general feel of the room once all the flowers were in place.
These amazing orchids appear to be an emerging trend among our couples, with quite a few weddings in recent weeks including them. Now that I'm actively booking weddings for 2014, it appears that this trend will continue. Although more expensive than other centerpiece options, they cascading orchids tend to cost less then their dome shaped, above eye level cousins using hydrangeas, roses, etc. which really is a plus for those seeking elegantly over sized without the high price tag. to see these and more of wedding designs, be sure to check out our Centerpiece category on this website.
Well, it's official, purple is still a very hot wedding color and this weekends wedding proves it. Today's reception was held at the Park Savoy in Florham Park and the setting could not have been more lovely. Most of the tables each had this amazing floral display on them ~ cascading purple phaelanopsis orchids and lavender hydrangeas. Sitting atop our 28" tall candle holders and little twirl of curly willow and the centerpiece is elegant yet natural. This location has oval tables and a tall display leaves the line of vision between the guests wide open while adding a pop of drama over head.
About 1/3 of the tables had submerged mini calla and floating candle centerpieces and when the light get lowered, this room is sure to glow. Also another great way to decorate a long
Bride Allison and her new husband Eric are sure to have an amazing night ahead of them. What do you think of these centerpieces? Would you consider these purple orchids for your table arrangements?
I love when bride's do a bit of DIY. Yes, you heard it right, I love when my bride's do a little themselves. Especially like what today's bride Crystal did. She let us handle the fresh flower part, while she and her maids set up some floating candles and votive candles on their own. I especially loved the little boards she found to anchor the centerpieces and the table numbers. She was able to personalize her wedding while not having to worry about processing flowers and worrying about the weather (today hit 95 degrees). She left that up to us and at a very modest cost, I might add. Again, vintage ~ country is very in and these adorable tablescapes were perfect for this tent wedding at Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center here in Princeton. Would you consider doing a bit DIY while your florist handles the floral aspect of your table centerpieces?
I'm always sharing tips on how to allow your florist to create fantastic floral design on a budget so I could not resist talking about one of last weekends weddings.
Bride Jennifer came to us fairly last minute for her Friday night wedding being held at the Boathouse in Mercer County Community Park. Not wanting to break the bank yet follow her rustic, casual theme and include her favorite flowers - sunflowers - I suggested these centerpieces for her guest tables. A large 8" wide bubble vase is filled lushly with lemon leaves, white and yellow asters and touches of babies breath. Two types of sunflowers - both large local and medium sized "lemon yellow" from South America, really filled the table and set the tone for this fun but classic wedding. Touches of curly willow loops along with black river stones in the bottom, helped to distract the eye from the stems of the flowers. Priced at $55 per table, they really fill the space in the center of the table without costing a fortune. What do you think of these centerpieces?
Do you have a love of Whisky? What about wine? Ever notice those super cool bottles that your favorite "drink" comes in? Why not work them into your wedding centerpieces like our Bride Sharon did with her table arrangements this past fall.
Taking her mixture of bottles along with boxes, tins and other fun rustic containers, we created natural and fun centerpieces for her Stone House wedding reception. What we loved about this particular wedding was the fact that she has a love of anything funky and natural. These table centerpieces used typical flowers such as garden roses and dahlias but then we really went "wild' with elements such as echeveria plants, scabiosa pods, craspedia and herbal elements such as rosemary and then added interesting foliage's such as sword fern and seeded eucalyptus. Most tables had more than one element like this one that had a brass tin, a whiskey bottle and a moss nested succulent plant.
In case you were wondering about the other floral elements, the bouquet pictured below was what the brides maid's carried - mini bouquets of all baby's breath wrapped in twine. The bridal bouquet was also all white with a combination of baby's breath, ranunuculus, hydrangeas and garden roses. Simple and clean was the order of the day for the bouquets but by the time guests made it to the reception, the funky ~ natural centerpiece took center stage for this Sunday afternoon wedding.
Ok, I have to admit something here... I admit that I love when I get to do those extra special touches for a wedding. Let's face it, it's always about money right and sometimes those extra special touches that add to the bottom line by costing more just get forgotten.
Take one of this weekends weddings for bride Jessica. Her wedding was held at a brand new Club House and when I say this venue was gorgeous, I mean it's really lovely. Jessica loves everything classic and elegant and had at least a slight taste for a hint of bling. Enter these light fixtures in the ballroom. Although they fit the style of the venue to a T, I noticed that draping some crystals from the fixtures would elevate the whole look of the room, more matching the formal look she was going for. These fixtures took five long strands of crystals and were priced out as a rental (meaning we will pick them up the next day). At $75 per lighting fixture the total cost to dress up these lights was $375.
I can easily see how a family might not want to invest the extra money, especially if they are already over budget, but touches like these are what turn the ordinary into extraordinary. As an event designer, it's details like this that I love and remember. For your wedding, do you think it's worth the extra expense?
Having trouble choosing wedding floral centerpieces for your big day and fitting it all into your budget? We certainly can understand your stress right now and I really strive to make it as easy as possible.
Take this centerpiece for example - created for bride Lori and her hubby Steve at Lambertville Inn. At first glance is looks pretty simple, very purple and I'll bet that you have no idea how big this is. I have a tip for you. When looking at photos like this online, look for something in the photo that you can easily see the correct size. For example, at the base of this centerpiece are fluted champagne glasses. We all know about how large a glass like that is. Now study the glass and salt and pepper shakers in conjunction with the overall size of the floral display. A piece that might have looked rather average in size, now look completely different once you know how to "scale" it in the photo. Do you often see photos that are a close up and don't show anything else to help you determine size? Why not pick out one flower you are familiar with, in this case the lavender roses. Knowing how large the head of a standard rose also gives you a point of reference to help you "scale" the overall size.
This piece stood on top of a 24" tall candle pedetals vase and contained many flowers including 7 stems of trailing phaelanopsis orchid sprays, each with 8 to 12 blooms on a stem, 10 roses, 5 green hydrangeas, 8 plum carnations, 3 stems of stock, and over 12 mini calla lilies. Wow, who would guess this display would take so many flower to create? Retailing at $450, this piece may not be with in your budget but understanding what it takes to create it, just might make you feel better about your floral choices and gives you the power to search floral arrangements on line and determine their size. Remember, the number of flowers it takes to give the desired size, translates into overall cost. The bigger the display, the more expensive it will be. Now that you've learned how to "scale" an online photo, have fun searching to find just the right floral inspiration for your wedding. Want to explore costs a bit more? Check out my youtube videos discussing why flowers cost what they do here and here.
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.