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Orchids placed between branches

Silver spray painted branches in very tall glass table top vase

My very good friend Alicia planned these for her spectacular wedding.  Several of you are looking for DIY tree centerpieces pictures, well here you go.  You’re welcome.

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When it comes to DIY centerpieces as the bride, you have to weigh two factors.  What do you value more: time with family and friends or time arranging centerpieces?  Here are some further questions to ask yourself.  1) How far ahead of time can it be created assembled?  2) How much time do I have to create between now and the wedding?  3) How much time the day before the wedding will I have to assemble and arrange?  4) How much help do I have?  5) Would I use any pieces again?  6) Are fresh flowers important to me? 7) How much money am I willing to spend?  8) How far ahead of time can I be in my reception site?  9) Does my vendor (florist, caterer, host site) offer set-up help, linens, glassware, votives, or candles?

The farther ahead of time a centerpiece can be created and/or assembled, the less stressful your wedding week will be.  I am totally a DIYourselfer, but I was unpleasantly surprised how much time fresh flowers take to assemble and arrange.  Plus, the day before is the earliest I suggest doing them.  Afterall, it’s a lot of money to spend for them not to look their best.  After weighing all options, here’s my advice for each of the following winter centerpieces.

Let’s Get it Started . . . Now!

If you want to do it now, and forget about it later, think about all glass and mirrors.  No one looks prettier than in candle-light.  The warm glow softens the face like a Glamour Shot.  See what your venue offers first, then hit The Dollar Tree.  They have  glass holders and mirrors in the candle aisle for a $1 a piece.  And, if you’re a true DIYourselfer, you will use the glass and mirrors again.  I use them under every candle in my house to reflect the glow.  I also use them as tiny serving trays under salt and pepper shakers, toothpick holders, and candy dishes.  For more of a nostalgic feel, check out antique stores, flea markets, and yard sales.  I buy every framed mirror that seems salvageable.  Then I use painters tape and newspaper to cover the glass and spray paint all the frames the wedding color, or gold, or ivory. 

Grouping all of these candles under an antique framed mirror would take it from engagement party to wedding centerpiece.

Roses are a Girl’s BF

If you insist on DIY fresh roses,  I don’t blame you. Nothing says classy like fresh flower centerpieces, but please enlist some help.  For a wedding of 100 people, we ordered 2 boxes of white roses from Cost-Co.  The afternoon before the wedding, we poured champagne and had a de-thorning party.  It took 4 girls 3 hours to prep  and arrange the roses. 

For prep, we 1) removed the thorns with knife or just pick off with your fingers,  and 2) remove the bottom 3/4 of leaves (or whatever will be in water) and any browning, wilting, or bruised petals.  3) Cut the bottom of the stem to desired length at an angle and 4) IMMEDIATELY immerse stem in water.  (You can even cut the stem at an angle while the stem is under water by having a doggie-type water bowl at your station). 

For a modern, elegant look, just use the roses.  Start with the biggest, prettiest rose from the dozen, and then circle around that rose chosing from next biggest, prettiest, until all twelve are encircled.  Place in tall, cylinder vase.  When buying your vase, realize that the size of the opening is going to determine how many flowers it takes to fill it.  The smaller the opening, the cheaper the arrangement.  You could use floral wire or waterproof tape to achieve a modern look in the “wrong” vase.

For more drama, lace or weave the greenery and arrange roses an inch apart.  Greenery not only fills your vase for less money, but adds to visual interest but adding texture.  Mistletoe or seeded eucalyptus are perfect winter fillers for roses, and for even more budget=friendly, only use roses on every other table because these are breathtaking stand alone. 

eucalyptus leaves and buds

Seeded eucalyptus is a beautiful texture to add to white roses for a winter wedding

Breathtaking Purity

You’re like Subway, you want it fresh, but it doesn’t have to be high-maintenance.  Nothing says “wedding”, like the simple elegance of a pure Baby’s Breath arrangement.  It appears on the table as a soft snowfall.  Use it in different height vases with white candles as your centerpiece.  You can have fresh and do it ahead of time.  It’s perfect for your winter wedding.  Ask your reception venue what they offer in terms of mirrors, vases, and candles.  You may only have to buy the baby’s breath (next to nothing, so get a lot!).  If you do have to purchase vases, you can monogram the one at the sweetheart table for a personalized look, but I would keep the rest unadorned b/c you can use them again for a friend’s wedding or your  baby shower (upcoming or before the wedding, whatever).  Check the cost difference of renting vs. buying.  You can find clear glass and mirrors at the dollar store for only a $1 a piece, so if they ask more than that, forget it.  Use your excess baby’s breath to frame your cake table, gift table, DJ table, etc.

very tall white vase with baby's breath shaped in a topiary ball

Baby's breath speaks for itself. Use clear or white vases. Branches add DIY drama. http://ruffledblog.com/white-lace-clouds/

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If during summer, serve old fashion soda.Want to have a hoot at your rehearsal dinner? Host a Hoedown in your backyard!Cut wildflowers or buy bouquets from your local farmer's market.

Arrange in 3 different size containers: mason jars, root beer bottles, and anything with an antique look.

Paper decorations are an inexpensive way to create theme.

If during harvest, serve warm apple cider.

If children are invited, make a Barnyard out of cardboard boxes and stack hay bales for them to climb on.

Nothing says fall like making S'Mores around a fire. Use hay bales for Hoedown-approved seating.

And for a hollerin' good time, hire a square dance caller to bring out the inner-Cowboy in everyone. These hats from the costume section of Target helped us get in the mood too.

Instead of cooking dinner yourself, you'll have WAY too much to do, have a local BBQ cater. It actually ended up being cheaper for me to cater.

Add roasted pumpkin seeds to trail mix and set about the party for people to munch on

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White pumpkin set a top a silver urn. Ivy draped asymetrically.

Cinderella-esk

orange flowers in shape of pumpkin, leaves and stem added to top. sitting on white cake stand.
Perfect for a fall-themed wedding.
mums and daisies inserted into pumpkins
Any color would work with this centerpiece idea.

Better Homes and Gardens had one really elegant pumpkin centerpiece and 2 more whimsical, fun centerpieces appropriate for a fall wedding.

Check out more at http://www.bhg.com/decorating/seasonal/fall/fabulous-fall-centerpieces/?ssdmh=dm17.541100&esrc=nw100d11_6_d2_091711&email=3159964041#page=1

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Summer on the farm is by far the best place to be in June: moderate weather, sweet smelling breezes, and vibrant sunsets.  If you grew up on a farm like I did, nothing could make your father more proud than having the ceremony in your own back yard.  If you don’t have a red barn to use as your backdrop, the sprouting of agri-tourism has turned many old-fashioned farms into charming bed and breakfast inns.  Here’s a couple tips to keep your wedding country classy and not, as we say, “hick.”

The dress: ivory lace strapless, belted straight to floor, no train (it’d just get dirty).  Check out Priscilla of Boston Vineyard Collection http://www.priscillaofboston.com/Designer-Bridal-Gowns?&f5=VY&f2=all

The flowers: daisies, wildflowers, and greenery

The shoes: ballet flats

The groom: seersucker suit

The centerpieces: mason jars filled with flowers

Color options:

Pink     If you dream of a pink wedding, use the bouquet idea above.  Guys will look great in either gray or tan seersucker.  Use clear mason jars and accent with green to keep the wedding appropriate for the rural outdoor setting.

Blue     If your primary color is sky blue use the blue tinted glass jars filled with wildflowers, daisies and yellow roses. Try gray seer sucker suits, if you don’t want to look too matchy with blue. Use a red barn as a backdrop for pictures.  The primary trio of colors from the dresses, flowers and backdrop will be pleasing to the eye.

Yellow      If your primary color is sunshine yellow, look for carnival glass or sandwhich glass to use in your centerpieces.  Both have a yellow tint and will add an antique feel.  A bouquet of one kind of daisies is classic. Beige or gray seer sucker suits. Use a red barn or a wildflower patch as a backdrop for pictures.

Red      Accent your red wedding with drops of blue.  The Americana theme can be completed with blue seer sucker suits on the guys, blue tinted mason jars filled with white daisies, serve strawberries on your cake, and include red and white gingham as a motif.  Find an old red bicycle to use as a prop for pictures.  Check out Lytle Photo http://www.imageryforlife.com/ for other nostalgic prop ideas.  For a more modern, fresh feel, keep the accent blue a robin’s egg shade or turquoise.

Favors: Guest can take home a mason jar filled with homemade jam or candy.
And since you are out in the country, end the night with a fireworks display or more simply, sparklers.

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two purple orchids on green leaf with vase behind

centerpieces for guest tables at my beach wedding in Florida

Centerpieces are the make it or break it when it comes to a budget and to tell you the truth it means little to a guest.  If there is a centerpiece means more than what the centerpiece is.

Cheap, do it ahead, modern beach wedding centerpiece

1. round mirror

2.  add a silk tropical flat 6″ or larger leaf to the middle of mirror

3.  round vase with sand, seashells, and candle

4. add silk tropical flowers and seashells around vase

5.  small votives with white candles

Winter DIY ahead of time centerpiece

1.  Round mirror

2.  tall glass vase with tree limbs spray painted white

3.  Hang silver icecycle and dove ornaments from tree limbs

4.  5 votives with white candles surrounding vase

Here’s a design from one of my good friend’s traditional beach wedding that I did the day before her wedding.

1.  Tiffany blue satin circle serged around the outside

2.  Medium glass vase with 6 white roses

3.  3 small voties with ivory candles

4.  spread sand and sea shells around the vases heavy at first and thinning as you get to the edge of the fabric

take the floral arrangement away for a flat centerpiece

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If you’re looking to save money, friends and family will be glad to help.  However, you don’t want to stress and you don’t want your loved ones stressed out at the wedding either.  Think about it this way, anything that needs to be done the day of the wedding should not be done by you or your wedding party.  You and they need to be getting ready.  Also, somethings are just to important and need a professional.  Here’s my advice.
 
To hire:
Florist – unless you use silk, then you can make ahead of time
Photographer
Caterer
DJ – not only for the music but as the director of the reception
Pastor or Officiant
Tailor -if needed
 
To find volunteers:
Cake cutting – or ask the caterer to throw this in for free
Videographer – who really watches their wedding video anyway? J/K
Decorating reception hall
Driving bride and groom from church to reception
Tying ties and pinning corsages/bouts – if you hire a florist, he/she may do this for you
Take presents to car
Usher/Hostess pass out programs, greet guests, pass messages from officiant to bride, pass out bubbles
 
DIY:
Six months in advance you can
Reserve ceremony site, dressing room and reception hall
Plan and reserve honeymoon
Send Save-The-Date cards
Shop for trausseur
Prepare invitations
Register on-line
 
Two months before
Create reception centerpieces (not fresh flowers though)
Send Invitations
Put together OOT bags
Buy wedding party gifts
Make favors
 
Two weeks before
Seating
Make-up trial run so you can buy new colors to match your present skin tone
Pack for honeymoon
 
6 days before
Mini facial
Pedicure
Manicure (do clear)
 
That day
Hair
Clear coat nails
Eat
Make-up
Get dressed
Get your flowers
Pics with loved ones
 
After
Thank yous
Photo albums
Adjust to married life

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