My Wedding - - PLANNING - By Vir­ginia Thomp­son

With their in­ter­est­ing shapes and or­nate de­tails, bird­cages are no longer just for birds. Whether they are made of wood or metal, newly painted or rusted and bent, these stylish flo­ral re­cep­ta­cles in­stantly cre­ate a dis­play and can show­case any­thing from in­door plants and freshly cut blooms to books and nests.

Vin­tage cages tend to be more dec­o­ra­tive and vis­ually in­ter­est­ing than to­day’s mass-pro­duced pet store ver­sions and are typ­i­cally the style most of­ten used for dec­o­rat­ing. You can also find good re­pro­duc­tions that mimic the style and de­tails of their vin­tage fore­fa­thers, but which aren’t an ac­tual, work­ing bird­cage.

As an al­ter­na­tive to your stan­dard flo­ral cen­tre­pieces, bird­cages add a taste­ful el­e­ment and project a sense of or­der and re­fine­ment. They also pro­vide some height.

You’ll find them in var­i­ous shapes and sizes and, if pur­chas­ing them, you can paint away to tone with your theme.

Small flo­ral ar­range­ments can fill up the space in­side most ad­e­quately but let your imag­i­na­tion run wild. Think vo­tive can­dles, wed­ding favours, a seat­ing card or ad­vice cards for the new cou­ple.

To take this idea a step fur­ther, you could try us­ing cages of al­ter­nat­ing heights or sizes, but keep­ing the colour uni­form in or­der to hold the over­all look to­gether. A long row can make a strik­ing pre­sen­ta­tion at your re­cep­tion, and they’re sure to be great con­ver­sa­tion starters.

Hang them off trees to dec­o­rate an out­door area, from the ceil­ing or rafters, and even a mar­quee … and pic­ture cas­cades of flow­ers ooz­ing through the bars.

By sim­ply adding rib­bon, can­dles, flo­rals, signs and other ac­cents, you can make a bor­ing bird­cage into a fun and cre­ative ad­di­tion to your spe­cial day. They are one of my favourite dé­cor items, for both the home and wed­dings - stylish cen­tre­pieces that won’t break the bank. A hand­ful of roses placed in­side and trail­ing ivy spilling through the bars can in­stantly turn an empty bird­cage into a work of art with lit­tle ef­fort.

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