Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Centerpieces, Schmenterpieces....

Ugh. Centerpieces. Should I be excited about this? I feel totally lost on what to do. At first, I was just so uninspired by anything I could find online. Nothing felt right to me, or represented my taste and sense of style. i wanted something chic and unique.Floral centerpieces are gorgeous. I see that, but I am not the biggest flower person and I think alternative ideas are an easy way to save money. But what? My original idea, to my Mother CP's dismay, was goldfish. I have this vision of various odd shaped vases with navy stones and goldfish. 3 or so on each table. How cute, right? I couldn't find a good picture but kind of like this.


The worry was the fish dying during dinner and then having to have someone on goldfish duty. I mean, can you imagine eating dinner, enjoying your dinner and seeing a dead fish floating in the centerpiece? There is also the problem of what to do with them afterwards. Would people take them? Should I supply goldfish food and baggies? I still love the idea though and am trying to think I fit would work for the cocktail hour centerpieces, but to have 20+ fish may not be the smartest idea.
So on to a new idea. What about odd shaped candle holders? I love this picture and it would look gorgeous in a room with no windows.

I have always loved floating candles. They are romantic and make the room glow. So maybe something like this?source
So I was flipping through a Pottery Barn catalog, I came across some lanterns. They were colorful and modern and were totally my style. Could they work for a wedding? A black tie wedding, specifically? I rushed over to the store to see them in person. And then I bought 18 of them. What do you think? They are much bigger than they appear. Imagine Pillar candles in them, and tea lights all around them.

Here are the ones I actually got, sitting on my window ledge. Aren't they unique and just so pretty? I plan on using a mirrored tile under and little tea lights all around it.

Have you thought of, or seen any unique ideas for non-traditional centerpieces?

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Blogger Allison said...

You may like the centerpieces from this wedding featured on the Little White Book: http://brideslittlewhitebook.blogspot.com/2008/12/chris-and-emily-at-studio-418.html

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 4:24:00 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I LOVE them! Please do a mock-up and post pictures!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 9:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks!! It is definitely a strecth of the imagination, so I really appreciate when people "LOVE" them. And as for the mock up, I will, as we get closer :)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I adore the beautiful floating candles centerpiece! Beautiful! I love the combination of the orchids with the smooth rocks! So beautiful!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 1:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely ADORE the lanterns!! You're making me want to change my colors (for the tenth time) so I can use them!!

Thursday, December 04, 2008 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great ideas...love the goldfish idea.

Saturday, December 06, 2008 3:49:00 PM  

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