WEDDING CENTREPIECES TO USE AGAIN AT HOME
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.