The early 2010s were all about colored uplighting—but let’s face it, “People don’t want to look purple in their Instagram photos.” Wedding expert Mindy Weiss, states that “Couples want more natural, amber tones and are opting for softer, romantic lighting.”
You know what they say, everything that is old can be new again, so create a soft glow and some ambiance with some vintage lighting. If you love antiquing as much as I do, hit up some garage sales and flea markets. And if you don’t, more and more venues and rental companies are starting to have these available because of how amazing it looks.
Some examples that you might want to consider working into your big day include chandeliers, candelabras, Edison bulbs, pendant lights, and even hanging tree lights. For more ideas on lighting, check out my blog on 5 Realistic Ways to WOW at your Rustic Barn Wedding, and read the section on lighting.
As I stated in Part 1 the natural look is very on trend this year. People are grabbing as much inspiration as they can from nature, so why not incorporate that into your tablescapes, making it look like the freshly picked blooms came straight from a meadow. To get that “wild” look, Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet in Los Angeles, say it is all about gathering smaller and larger blooms in more than one color, into a free-form bouquet, accenting with spikey flowers and vines.
In this day and age, especially with the help of the internet, people are getting more and more creative with weddings, making every last detail a reflection of the couple. Who says that you HAVE to have flowers at your wedding? I have seen more and more succulents and greenery take over in the centerpiece department, and I love how it looks. Other alternatives can include potted trees, ferns, lavender sprigs, decorative leaves, flowering plants and blooming branches. You can also add a little glitz to you tables by adorning bare branches with paper flowers, metallic spray paint, or sparkly jewels.
For so long now people have decided on a centerpiece and that’s it. They buy 30 of the same thing and think they are done. When I started catering, I started seeing a slight variation having, alternating tables with either the same two foot tall centerpiece or the same ten inch tall one. But, here’s the thing, all centerpieces need not look the same! Now I know some people are thinking “Whoa! I could barely put together one design and now I have to make 29 more!” That is where having a florist or wedding designer comes in handy. It adds such an impact, and your guests will absolutely notice.
One easy thing you can do to mix up your centerpieces is to use various vases. Your florist might have several different ones you can choose from, or if you prefer to go searching and find your own, speak with your florist first to ensure you find the right sizes.
Those of you who are avid readers of my blog probably know that all of my centerpieces for my wedding were different. I went to every flea market, antique store, and garage sale I could find, looking for unique pieces that I could turn into a centerpiece, whether it was an old clock, jar, lantern, or a vintage scale. Sure it took some time, but it was also a great way to bond with my family and bridesmaids. I also love incorporating candles, be it on gorgeous vintage candle sticks, or in votives scattered on the tables (or both! haha). If you are doing it yourself, the trick to making it look good, is keeping with the same color scheme and having repeating elements on each. So for mine, all of my finds were gold. They all sat upon a log slice, and I accented them with moss balls I got from Michaels and paper flowers that I found on Etsy.