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3 Tips for Charming Wedding Centerpieces

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There are as many different wedding themes as there are brides and grooms, and every couple wants their wedding to be special and unique. Throughout the years, couples will look back and remember the day they took their vows in front of their closest family and friends. They will watch videos and look at pictures, marveling at how young and excited they were.

Every detail of a wedding is intricately planned, from researching the best San Diego wedding packages and venue specials to the bridesmaid dresses to the color of the tablecloths. The centerpieces that rest atop each table are, of course, one of the biggest considerations. Keep reading to learn three great tips for creating special centerpieces for your big day.

Choosing a Theme
Before deciding on a centerpiece, the theme of the wedding must be settled on first. Will it be elegant or playful, historical or modern? What will be used to decorate the hall and the reception area? What colors will be found throughout the wedding attire? The theme should reflect the couple’s personality and incorporate a few favorite colors. Traditionally, the centerpiece contains a sample of the flowers used decorate the rest of the wedding area, but today’s centerpieces are becoming more and more elaborate as couples brave new boundaries that span from non-traditional vases to interactive items to help guests get involved.

Arranging the Flowers
One idea for arranging a unique centerpiece is to find unusual objects to use as vases. A wedding with a cowboy theme might use a vase shaped like a crystal boot. A couple that believes in green technology might use recycled cans or bottles (especially those that are tinted a soft green or blue). Another charming idea is to include live plants that guests take home as a keepsake—try small, unique succulents that are beautiful, easy to care for, and go on living long past the honeymoon. This kind of plant has symbolic meaning too—succulents are hardy plants that can stand up to the elements, and as you expand your new family, guests can expand their succulent garden since these plants are very easy to propagate. Win-win!

Forgoing Flowers
Not a flower person? You don’t have to pretend to be just because it’s your wedding day. Some couples have beautiful and useful centerpieces made from arrangements of candles to help add to the ambiance in the wedding hall. This can help provide a soft, romantic atmosphere for the reception. Other couples may use collages, or collections of pictures from their relationship. Glass and crystal objects displayed in almost any array can add a touch of elegance to even the simplest wedding. If you prefer a tropical theme, you can include large shells as vases, surrounded by sand, or add a special message in a bottle to every centerpiece for the table’s guests. Looking for something more romantic and dreamy? Consider placing bubbles or rice at the table for guests to use during the fond sendoff that closes out the ceremony. Other interesting items sometimes used in centerpieces are feathers, fruit, balloons, or even fish. If you can dream it up, then you can make it into a wedding centerpiece!

Wedding centerpieces are meant to reflect the unique tastes and interests of the couple. It is a reflection of the relationship, and the couple’s past, present, and future. It can be as simple or as complicated as the bride and groom prefer. It makes a statement that guests will remember, and helps set the tone of the event (whether it’s traditional or trendy). On this special day, anything the couple desires goes, and centerpieces are a piece of the event that allows the imagination to rule and the couple’s unique personalities to shine.

 3 Tips for Charming Wedding Centerpieces
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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