Branch Centerpieces?! HELP!

posted 2 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t have a picture but I went to a shower where they spray painted branches silver and they looked great!

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The “stem” of the branch before it splits into smaller branches needs to be above eye level. That height varies slightly with different  chairs, but generally you want to keep it narrow below 14″ above the table.

Alternatives to manzanita:

curly willow

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick

Brown Kuwa branches

Mitsumata

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Hi Im also interested in this post! Did you get any new ideas?  Im also wondering from where I will get the branches..maybe from a valley or somewhere not that popular – somewhere where there are a lot of trees but not a protected public place obviously (if its legal).  I was also advised that a “nut” tree or almond tree have beautiful branches (im not a tree expert so sorry if Im not saying the term correctly). And im also interested in doing the flowers submerged with a candle! Its like we have the same decor!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  niki2015.
Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I don’t have any pictures on this computer anymore, but you can see that I posted a few pictures in a previous thread that I commented on. 

We made our own branches.  We actually used lilac bushes that worked surprisingly well!  We spray painted them in silver, and then added “snow”.  We hung crystals from them.  They were a huge hit!  They hotel actually kept them to decorate the hotel with for Christmas.  They were a lot of work and a lot of trial and error, but they turned out amazing.  They did not block conversation at all!

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 

mrsdevries:  Remember to check http://www.adhuntr.com/  for manzanita branches being sold by another bride after the wedding. For used branches, it’s best to buy fairly local so you can check the condition, but you can save a lot of money.

If you do a search for manzanita branches, you can narrow the results to your geographic area on the next page.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

 

mrsdevries:  That’s a good question…..I would cut a few and try them out to make sure they would hold.  I would think the the crystals that we used would be comparable in weight though, depending on how heavy of a votive you used.  One of the reasons that we chose to use our own was that we felt many of the ones that you could buy online, were more straight up and not enough branches to hold the crystals.  We started the trials around April (I was married in November), and then we cut all of them around October after they were done blooming and the leaves had fallen off.  I do believe we used all of the ones that we cut in April as centerpeices as well.  They ARE a pain in the butt to transport though!!!  They are somewhat fragile and bulky, so we actually had just a few in oversized paint cans, and had like 20 paint cans that we had to rent an enclosed trailor to transport them in.  Part of the fragility of ours was the “snow” though.  If they all rubbed against one another, the snow would flake off!!  Definitely experiment with differnt types of branches….we did, and the lilac id what worked best for the look we were going for!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

mrsdevries:  I live in europe so it is out of the question shipping from the us – shipping + tax…not worth it.  I really wanted a tree as a centerpiece…but whenever I mentioned this my mom and FI all were like “what? are you crazy? how are you going to put a tree on a table??” So that is why I wanted the branches effect.  I think Im going to start looking in February for the actual branches but as mentioned before, I had to look for a place where to store them first! Also, transport to the venue – probably will be taking them 3 at a time but the venue is not that far away – only a 10min drive. Any of you actually had a tree as a centerpiece?? I want the branches to be above your head when you are sitting.  So when you stand, maybe they will be eye level. 

Also, the first pic that you posted – do you think that putting them in that vase is enough? I think that if a plate bumps into that vase, it will all tumble down.  I had an idea of getting a very thick branch at the bottom (before it branches out) and putting it in a stand sort of like they use with christmas trees.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

Soon_to_be_wed:  yours were really beautiful. Do you mind me asking – what are the branches in? is the vase of the branches the same as the ones with the flowers? If yes, were they sturdy enough?

Post # 15
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Worker bee

Those are the start to my centerpieces. I roughly brushed some silverish paint on them. I also added a black and silver damask table runner under the black fabric. And then our menus and stuff filled in. The branches are dogwood, collected from outisde. Christmas “jewels” are hanging. 

 

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