Hey guys! Still alive, but been very busy with planning. Here's a few of my ideas for centerpieces, I'm hoping I can get some opinions from you fine folks!
First off, a few important details about my wedding. I've been to the hall recently, and we have now decided our ceremony will be taking place there, instead of just the ceremony.
The reason is that all the outdoor locations we want to have our ceremony require quite a bit more walking over uneven terrain than the grandparents will be able to manage. Also, this will mean I don't have to worry too much about "outdoor" decorations aside from maybe something for the door to the hall.
I've now learned from visiting the reception hall however that the pillars are close enough together to have some fabric or vines between them, with roses spaced out in the center of each sash. We went to walmart over easter and bought some white and pink fabric, I'll have samples of that posted a little later on.
Other things I have learned: The tables are NARROW. This means all my centerpieces have to be very small, so they won't get knocked over. Thus, as I'll have roses both wound around the pillars and between my fabric & vine draping between them, I don't necessarily have to have roses on the tables.
This is my first idea. I actually got it from someone else's wedding thread but I've lost the link. The basic idea is to have plants (I have some branches as an example) floating in water. I was thinking a piece of lace around the base or something might also be pretty, so we added one to the center vase to see how it would look.
In terms of displays for, say, the guestbook/favor table however I can do much larger things:
The little green plant in this photo is one of an assortment of free samples I got from a local florist. Wonderful man, took us right down to the freezer to show us which of the flowers we wanted that he had in stock and gave us little samples of the ones we liked. There are some plants it's a little harder to fake, so the filler for my bouquet will probably involve a few small, real flowers.
Back to the actual centerpiece, my mom has all kinds of brasswork, lamps and vases scattered about the house, so I popped my roses in this one. You can actually see a few of my new roses in here. They look quite beautiful in the sunlight. You can't tell from the photo, but we put crystals in the bottom of the vase piled around a small LED candle that makes the vase glow.
Which is another idea I had, actually. I found a very affordable ebay lot for a large number of waterproof LED candles. You can also get small numbers of them coated in wax. I've been thinking with the narrow tables, alternatives to real fire might be nice.
These are some things I'm thinking of putting into my fiancee's headwreath. We're both making wreaths for eachother, and I've found that finding a masculine headwreath is somewhat of a challenge. I was thinking eucalyptus buds, fake berries, and ming fern all looked fairly interesting, any plant suggestions though are welcome. I'll have shots of my samples up a little later, but a few have wilted a bit so I may just find photos of them somewhere.
I want to avoid fake plants for the wreath, so nuts or berries that dry nicely are always a plus.