So wedding season is upon us. We’ve been getting a lot of questions from my brides-to-be about centerpieces and decoration. But even if you aren’t planning a wedding the same rules apply for events in general.
A lot of what makes a wedding is the wedding reception itself. The decorations, including the centerpieces, play a major part in setting the stage, so to speak. It’s one of the pieces that ties in the entire experience and one of things that is often overlooked.
What the first thing I should when thinking about centerpieces?
As with most things, always consider your budget, first - but also be realistic about it. Regardless if you are going floral, non-floral or mixed, pieces (vases, candles, floral, etc.) for your centerpiece will cost, but there are many options to stay within your budget. Next, you’ll want to design your centerpieces based on the shapes of the tables you plan to use.
Do I have to use flowers?
No you don’t. But we always recommend consulting with a florist before deciding. By profession, they are much more knowledgeable about your options. They will always have more ideas beyond just flowers and they are fantastic designers when it comes to pulling the centerpieces together. Additionally, if flowers really aren’t your thing, there are always an unlimited number of options that you can mix and match with including votives, candles, feathers, lanterns and different shapes.
If I do want a floral centerpiece, how do I go about choosing what flowers to use?
Again, we always recommend consulting with a florist. If you’re budget-oriented think about using flowers that are in season. And speaking of season, consider what season you’ll be needing these flowers. Especially if your event is outside, be sure to choose a flower that can withstand the natural elements (heat, cold, etc).
Why are centerpieces so important?
In addition to adding to the experience of your event, a lot of activity will happen at the table. Apart from a dining experience, the table is also a social gathering place. Centerpieces provide a pleasant atmosphere. In the same respect, make sure your centerpieces are not too big or too small. You don’t want to obstruct their view terrible or make the centerpieces too big to where your guests have no space at the table. At any rate, they should and will complement the theme and design of the rest of the event.