WED­DING CEN­TRE­PIECES TO USE AGAIN AT HOME

My Wedding - - ADVERTISEMENT - By Vir­ginia Thomp­son

Wor­ried about what will hap­pen to your blooms af­ter the wed­ding? Con­sider us­ing pieces that will last for the wed­ding and then be en­joyed af­ter­wards, rather than tra­di­tional flo­ral ar­range­ments that have a shelf life of only a few days.

Plants can eas­ily be pot­ted ahead of time in dec­o­ra­tive con­tain­ers that match your wed­ding’s colours and theme. You can then plant them in your gar­den to re­mind you of your wed­ding. Minia­ture pot­ted plants also make mem­o­rable wed­ding favours that guests can take home. Con­sider pot­ting suc­cu­lents like aloe vera and plac­ing them in clus­ters to serve as eye-catch­ing cen­tre­pieces. Pot­ted or­chids are el­e­gant and colour­ful op­tions for spring or sum­mer wed­dings.

At one of my re­cent wed­dings, the cou­ple used herbs in ter­ra­cotta pots sit­ting on lit­tle saucers. They smelt fresh and clean, and their varied tex­tures and colours added in­ter­est to the ta­ble’s ar­range­ments. We used three old books stacked up with the ter­ra­cotta pots sit­ting on top. Be­side th­ese a pinecone, a tall twine-wrapped bot­tle with one flower pop­ping out, and a tea light in a jar.

Cen­tre­pieces fea­tur­ing herbs such as sage, rose­mary and pars­ley can chan­nel the aes­thetic of the Ital­ian coun­try­side. Rus­tic pot­ted plants con­vey com­fort and in­ti­macy when they’re used as ta­ble ar­range­ments at your re­cep­tion.

The per­fect dec­o­ra­tive cen­tre­pieces for a beach wed­ding, for ex­am­ple, are glass vases filled with sand and seashells, or even a gold fish in its very own bowl. Gar­den wed­dings can take a cue from the same con­cept, but with colour­ful stones or fresh laven­der in­stead. Chil­dren and kids-at-heart are sure to en­joy th­ese unique cen­tre­piece op­tions, which can dou­ble as party favours.

Can­dles can be reused, al­ways re­flect ro­mance and add am­biance. With so many styles of can­dles to work with, wed­ding can­dle dec­o­ra­tions pro­vide an easy way to craft that spe­cific look you’re af­ter. Never has it been so af­ford­able or sim­ple to de­sign and en­hance your wed­ding dé­cor with can­dles.

If you’re look­ing to use what you al­ready have to cre­ate cen­tre­pieces through­out the year, I highly sug­gest sav­ing as many glass jars as you can. In ev­ery size and shape, they can be reused for just about any­thing. Sim­ply re­move the la­bels and clean thor­oughly (in a dish­washer if you have one) and dry be­fore reusing. Yes, I’ve ac­tu­ally brought a jam or pickle just so I can use the jar when empty!

Don’t just use your jars for flow­ers - con­sider putting a photo of you and you’re beloved into a jar and plac­ing them on the guest ta­bles. Just slide the photo in and turn the jar up­side down and dis­play for all to see. You can fill each jar with items of your choice … re­cep­tion can­dles or bat­tery op­er­ated lights. You can also paint them or glue fab­ric or coloured pa­per to the out­side to match your colour scheme or fes­tive decor.

Dec­o­rat­ing your ta­ble with pic­ture frames adds an el­e­gant look, es­pe­cially for wed­dings and other re­cep­tions. Ta­ble num­bers, fam­ily pho­tos, menus or place cards are just a few items to place in old pic­ture frames. You can trans­form old frames into chalk­boards, write mes­sages or names on them and place them around your home or at place set­tings. Re­mem­ber: you can paint the frame any colour you choose.

Th­ese are just a few ideas that can be quite eas­ily trans­posed from wed­ding to home.

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