04.14.2011 / Nuptial Nostalgia: Centerpieces

Wedding season is quickly approaching and as I help a close friend through the beginning phases of the planning process, I’ve been reminiscing about my own wedding almost 2 years ago (my how the time flies!!).

I decided to share with you some of my favorite DIY elements that I created for our Old Hollywood inspired bonanza.  I think I’ll break this post into a few weekly posts so I don’t overwhelm you with a novel of a post.  It was a wedding on a budget, so I had to prioritize the money (location, photography..) and DIY whatever I could.

Part 1: DIY Centerpieces!

The tablescapes I created for my wedding included DIY menu cards and centerpieces.  I had quite a time trying to figure out what to do for the centerpieces.  We had our wedding at The Bushnell, a historical theater in Hartford, CT.  The beautiful room(part of an addition on the historical part) that our reception was in had 35′ windows on 3 sides and a spectacular orange Chihuly glass sculpture on the ceiling.  I didn’t want my centerpieces to compete with the views or the sculpture (or the 18 piece swing orchestra we had as a wedding gift from Brian’s parents, tee hee), and the flower centerpieces that I could envision just weren’t in my budget.  What other choice did I have?  I hand made 200+ tissue paper flowers of course.   Although it was a daunting task, I had a quite a bit of fun with it.

I took Martha’s Pom How-to and played with it until I came up with a small-scale flower that looked elegant and a little quirky.  You should have seen my apartment as I went through the process!  Purple tissuepaper everywhere!  And Hubby was still willing to marry me- amazing!

100+ and counting.

Each bunch of 16 – 20 (depending on flower size) got bound with flower tape and shoved placed into silver bud vases.  I also printed table numbers on acetate and used a wire holder to suspend them over the ‘flowers.’  On the table the bud vases got placed onto a square mirror which was placed diagonally on a larger square of green fabric.  The green fabric was actually fabric napkins and came surprisingly in the size I was looking for (yay HomeGoods).  All they needed was a quick iron.  I was so happy with the way it looked when it all came together.  AND I had guests wanting to take the bouquets home (which of course I let them)!

Did you make DIY centerpieces for your wedding?  I’d love to see!

*all the wedding photos above are courtesy of our fantastic photographer, Erica Lyn

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