Decor and Design

Ideas for Non-floral Wedding Centerpieces

Traditionally wedding centerpieces are comprised of different types and sizes of floral arrangements. However, there may be some brides out there who don’t like flowers or are allergic to them. Or some couples may want something different from traditional centerpieces or are looking for ways to save money. For those brides there are a variety of different nonfloral wedding centerpieces that are possible. For example:


Bell Jars fill with twigs, moss and bird nests are a wonderful option for those brides seeking a rustic look for their wedding.


Fruit such as lemons is a nice colorful alternative to flowers. They look great in a decorate bowl or large glass vase.


Candles are a great way to add ambiance and warmth to your reception without breaking the bank.


Cake centerpieces are another cost effective way to get more bang for buck by serving as both decoration and dessert for your guests.

For couples who want to forgo floral centerpieces they are many options available, it is just a matter of being creative and thinking outside the box. Don’t be afraid to be different!!

Wedding Send Off Ideas

The send off is a traditionally part of the wedding reception that occurs at the end of the night. The send off gives family and friends of the newly married couple to gather and wish the bride and groom goodbye and good luck. There are many different ways to send off the happy couple. For example:


Ribbon wands are a popular choice for many couples. They come in variety of colors and make an easy DIY project for the bride who is looking to save some money.


Falling leaves in various colors is a festive and eco-friendly option for couples who choose to get married in the Autumn months. This option also requires no cost and is a great way to stay in budget!


Using Sparklers as a send off is a dramatic and memorable way to end a fabulous evening.  Before purchasing your sparklers make sure to check with your venue because some venues don’t allow them and they are illegal in some states.


Bubbles are great option for a wedding send off. They are fun and require little to no clean up compared with the classic wedding send off of confetti.

There are many options for fabulous ways to send off the bride and groom at the end of their wedding. The send off is no different from other parts of your wedding that can be personalized, so use this as an opportunity to express your style as a couple!

Pantone’s Color Of The Year 2011

It’s official – Pantone has released their 2011 Color of the Year:

Is anyone thinking of changing their wedding (or business) colors to add in this new choice?  2010’s color of the year, Turquoise, will always be OUR color of the year!!

The Green Wedding Series: Decor

In the first part of our five-part series, we’ll be sharing some ideas for incorporating eco-friendly decor into your wedding.  You don’t have to skimp on the look you want in order to be “green:”

  • Select a location with a naturally beautiful setting.
  • Choose flowers grown locally to reduce the amount of fuel used in transportation.
  • Ask your florist about organic flowers or flowers grown without heavy pesticides.
  • For centerpieces, consider pretty plants that can be added to your garden instead of cut flowers.
  • Rent as much as possible – most florists have a variety of containers for your centerpieces so that you don’t need to purchase new ones.
  • If you will be using candles, select beeswax or soy versions.
  • Re-use flowers as much as possible.  For example, move ceremony arrangements to the reception, and use your bouquet as the centerpiece on the sweethearts’ table.
  • Donate flowers to a local hospital or retirement home after the wedding!
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Wedding Trends: How Do You Keep Up?

I had a great question from a bride last night at The Wedding Party’s “Fully Engaged” event – “How do you keep up with all the new trends?”  And my answer was simple: a lot of the same ways you do!

  • Magazines: In fact, I have the latest issue of Weddings Unveiled sitting next to my computer as I’m typing this.  Hopefully I’ll get to read through it one of these days!  In addition to bridal magazines, I also read lots of industry publications regarding special events, catering, etc.
  • Blogs: I have over 200 blog subscriptions in Google Reader right now.  Does that mean I read every one, every day?  No.  But I love reading the headlines, scanning the photos, and if something really catches my eye I’ll read it in more detail.  Not all of them are wedding-related either; some are about interior design, some are about fashion, some are about running a business.  You never know where inspiration will strike!
  • Conferences and Trade Shows: This one is more unique to industry pros, although you may find ideas at your local bridal show.  Personally, I attend at least two conferences a year, where I can see over-the-top decor ideas, learn about new products, and talk to other event planners from around the country.

But the real answer to the question is this:  We don’t keep up with the trends, we create them.

Most wedding magazines are published only two to four times a year.  That means that the weddings in the current issues may be over a year old already.  Which means the details that went into that wedding were planned for at least a year before that.

I keep hearing about trends like “feathers” and “monograms” and all sorts of other wonderful ideas – but we have been using those ideas for several years now.  As an example, check my post about Kimberly and Victor’s March 2008 wedding using these “trends.”

Re-creating something in a magazine is great, but ask your event designer, florist or planner about creating a look that is uniquely “you!”