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Weddings and Wedding Planning!

 

Planning a wedding doesn't have to be stressful!  Let us help make your Wedding a day to remember forever!

 

Decorating the Perfect Wedding

Create the perfect atmosphere for your Wedding Ceremony and for your Wedding Reception with these free decorating ideas and tips.

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Ceremony Decorating Ideas

 

These wedding ideas can take your special day decorations to new heights. From table centerpieces and napkins to aisle runners and ring pillows, we have everything you need.

Your ceremony:
A few wedding ceremony basics include unity candles, a ring pillow, an aisle and pew decorations. Choose from one of several delicately carved unity candle groupings and set them in the alter. Then, if you are using flowers, have your florist add small touches of coordinating flowers and greenery around the candle stand base to tie in with your décor. Be sure to have a separate candle lit somewhere to use in the lighting of the unity candles.

 

For the aisle runner, have your florist or a trustworthy friend secure one end of the runner with heavy pins or tape in the appropriate place. It will then be ready to be pulled out by the ushers just before the bride makes her appearance remind the ushers to take their time it is important that the runner is wrinkle free.

 

If you have a ring bearer to present your rings, you can either tie both rings to the pillow before hand, or if the ring bearer is very young or you are nervous about losing the rings, you can tie fake gold bands to the pillow for appearance only. Each of our pillows comes with two satin ribbons for tying on rings. Make sure you have something on the pillow, fake or real. A young child takes his roll very seriously and might be upset if his big moment comes and there aren't any rings.

 

Work with your florist on decoration for the pew ends. Gossamer is an affordable decoration that is easy to use. Tie the gossamer into bows and attach them to the end. Leave long "tails" on the gossamer for an elegant look.

 

Personalized Bubbles - Personalize with your names and date for each guest to keep as a favor and use to blow at the Bride and Groom as an alternative to rice.




Reception Decorating Ideas

 

 

Wedding bells are a classic decorating item that are easy to use and easy to hang. Place them in small groupings hanging from the ceiling or tied to the entrance door. And decorate the getaway car too!

 

For an unusual balloon look, try the three-foot wide marble balloons. Use 3-4 to a room and weight them down with a sandbag that has been wrapped in gossamer. Use plenty of ribbon to keep them high and out of the way.

 

Gossamer -  Drape it from the ceiling or use it in swags to create a beautiful backdrop for your reception area. You can even tie gossamer into bows for the back of each of your chairs; the uses are truly endless.

 

A wonderful alternative to rented linens and china is disposable plastic table coverings, table skirts, plates, cups and cutlery. All come in a variety of colors to match your chosen décor and have that professional look without costing a fortune.

 

Finally, whether you are serving dinner, finger foods or just cake, don't forget your personalized napkins. Add your names and date or just a simple initial to give your napkins a touch of elegance.

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Centerpiece Ideas

 

 

Place three or more votive candleholders (clear, frosted or cracked ice) in the center of your tables or clustered together at evenly spaced intervals on a banquet type table. You can increase your brilliant light by placing a mirror under one or two of the votives. Place the other candles around the mirror and enjoy twice as much flickering light from the reflection. To add a bit more glitz and glimmer, sprinkle confetti or place gemstones around the votives. These will also reflect the light and add sparkle to your tables. Use a confetti color that coordinates with your theme colors. Finish off your centerpieces with your choice of votive candle color. Choose the color that works best with your color scheme and enjoy the fabulous scent that will fill the air.

 

Tapered candles - The elegant lines of taper candles can dress up any table. We recommend grouping them together in odd numbers 1,3,5, etc. At the base of the taper candles, place greenery, gemstones, wired garland, puddled gossamer, or confetti. Place fresh flower petals around the candles for a romantic touch.

 

If an enclosed flame is a must, try decorative candle lamps. These lamps can be personalized with the date and theme of the wedding or can be left unimprinted. Place at the center of each table with flower petals, ivy strands, confetti or curled ribbon scattered at the base.

 

Floating candles make a beautiful centerpiece for any wedding table. Delicate candles in the shape of flowers can easily be placed in bowls, snifters, or other wide mouth glassware pieces. Simply fill each candle bowl with water (about halfway) and place a floating flower candle in each bowl. Add color to the centerpieces by placing a sprig of greenery or colorful confetti around the base of the glass. Add a few drops of food coloring to the water if you wish to tint it to match your theme colors. Another color option is to add gemstones inside the glass container. Check out the mini champagne bottle votive candles too!

 

Luminarias provide an easy, very inexpensive centerpiece. The candlelight glows softly through the cutout openings for a dreamy effect. Set three or four down the center of a table, with confetti scattered between them, or set one at each place setting.

 

Use white twinkle lights around the head tables, gift table and buffet table... as well as around doorways and plants/walls.

 

 


Centerpieces with Balloons:

 

 

Balloons are an affordable and easy product to use to create centerpieces. Select balloons and curling ribbon to match your wedding colors. Inflate the balloons (always use an odd number-3, 5, or 7) with helium and let the colorful bouquets float above the table. Make sure the balloons float well above eye level so guests can easily see each other across the table. Secure the balloons by tying the ribbons to Mylar covered weights, floral vases, upside-down top hats, or other theme related items.

 

If you prefer not to use helium, attach the balloons to balloon sticks and holders and create a bouquet with balloons. Fill a simple vase, metallic tote bag, or other colorful base with metallic shred, gemstones or brightly colored tissue.

 

 


Unique Centerpieces:

 

 

Use a pedestal-style cake platter as a centerpiece to display a combination of flowers and fruits. For example, pears and apples blend beautifully with a mixture of white flowers. Around the base of the pedestal, tie a flowing streamer of gossamer or wired organza ribbon. The fruit can easily be added with toothpicks to a block, cone, or sphere of floral foam.

 

Place tall topiaries in hand-painted or sponged flowerpots. Fill the topiaries with sugared or fresh fruit, dried or wild flowers, or lemon leaves. Twist gossamer streamers from the top of the topiary to the base, and allow the streamers to flow 10-15" down the table.

 

Fill crystal or glass bowls with colorful glass ornaments to match your wedding colors. Place the bowl on a bed or shredded paper or confetti in complementary colors.

 

A goldfish bowl filled with little colorful fish is unique and guests can choose who takes the bowl home.

 

A large collage of photos featuring the bride and groom makes a wonderful and personal centerpiece idea.

 

Ice sculptures are perfect for winter weddings.

 

Decorative oil lanterns (perfect for Western or Victorian themed weddings).

 

Fine China teapots are great for Victorian theme weddings, or afternoon receptions.

 

Elegant feathers in wedding colors make simple but elegant centerpieces.

 

Use gossamer bows to "gift-wrap" tables. Create a large bow in the middle of the table, and then drape the ends of the ribbon to the floor.

 

Silver bowls filled with exotic fruits make elegant and edible centerpieces.

 

A large ornate candelabra is both unique and grand.

 

Small statues of angels, Cupid, and other ancient figures are romantic. Sprinkle gold or silver confetti around the statues for extra glitz.

 

Spray paint seasonal fruits and/or vegetables (for example for a fall wedding, choose pumpkins, various gourds and autumn leaves) with either gold paint, or a color to complement your theme colors. Twist strands of gossamer streamers through the arranged pieces for a stunning effect.

 

Perfect Speeches Every Time!

 

 


Glow Centerpieces:

 

 

For a fun-festive centerpiece, place glow necklaces in a vase to create glow-in-the-dark magic. Place the necklaces in the vase prior to creating the circular piece.

 


Centerpiece Bases:

 


To create a simple color theme under your chosen centerpieces, cut squares, circles or other shapes of gossamer and layer them down the center of the table. As the gossamer overlaps, different color hues will be created to match your color theme.

 

Mirrors are a simple base piece to create the illusion of size. Place a single mirror or several mirrors together to start your centerpiece and add flowers, balloons, candles or other decorative elements.



Floral Centerpieces:

 

 

Work with your florist to create centerpieces with flowers that coordinate with your ceremony flowers. Be careful not to make them so large that your guests cannot see each other across the tables.

 

Instead of table numbers on each of the tables, use a different type of flower on each table to represent the table where your guests are to sit. Create full centerpieces of only one particular flower and place them on each table. Then, when creating your place cards, write the type of flower in place of the table number. Hint: Make them easily recognizable flowers that everyone will know.

 

For a less expensive floral centerpiece, consider using silk flowers instead of fresh. Also, you can create beautiful yet inexpensive vases by taking old glass vases, found at garage sales, auctions and in your basement, and gluing colored pieces of tissue paper along with confetti to the outside.

 

Use a color of tissue paper that will coordinate with your ceremony colors.

 

Use a single flower placed in imprintable clear cylinder vases at each place setting. Imprint the vase with your names and wedding date and ask your guests to each take one home as a thank you gift for attending your special ceremony.

 

The centerpieces don't have to be large and expensive. A simple vase with a single flower and greenery can look elegant. Couple the vase with a mirror surface and a few scattered gemstones or votive candles. This makes a complete centerpiece without a huge cost.

 


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