Post # 1
I wanted to share my ideas for my DIY beach wedding centerpieces. We
are renting a beach house and are having the reception there so not
only do I have to decorate the dinning area but also all the other
parts of the house we will be using during the event! And our cater suggested spliting the reception among all the different floors of the house. So like having dancing and the cocktail hour on a seperate floor as dinner. I love the idea but that means more decor!
The home has these amazing;y large dinning tables and chairs with beautiful dark wood that I do not want to cover up entirely with linens because I love
them so much. Therefore I am thinking about using table runner’s down
the center with silver charger plates under each place setting (I should say my colors are blue, ivory and silver accents and I’m in love with blue hydrangeas and blue orchids). Here is a mockup if the centerpiece ideas I have:
I plan on doing each table with either the starfish, clam shells, or scallop shell votive holders and creating an ichibana vase out of them with orchids (as in the center image but calla’s was all I had on hand). I want to do the center vase on the runner as it is on the first image with one of the ichibana’s on either side (where the starfish are) and then one of the large sea urchin vases on either end with another hydrangea. That way it will span the entire length of the table and still have some height variation. The runner also has some shimmer to it which will reflect the light from the candles.
My other idea for the other floors is to use some of the large center hydrangae vases and these (but with orchids):
I also got these thin floating tealight holder to put in the pool! They look like this but just imagine like fifty of them in the pool at sunset:
FH is half Japanese and it just so happened that my favorite flower is orchids and while looking for a way to display them in all their beauty i cam across the ichibana vases. Also when we first started dating we folded 1000 cranes and strung them together, together. As per tradition our Senbazuru shall make the journey from PA to NC to be at our wedding (just trying to figure out how to display it!)
Here is a picture of all the little cranes:
What do you think of my ideas? Is anyone else not covering their tables with linens?
Post # 3
Wow! Great ideas! Lots of different ways to be beachy, without going overboard!
Post # 4
Beachbride: Thanks for the comment. I was hoping to get some beach feel in there without making it all about the beach.
I’m sorry the pictures turned out huge!
Post # 5
Your tablescape sounds great. It sounds elegant. I like the how the colors contrast with the color of the tables and chairs too.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown
I really like the clams shell idea. It’s gorgeous and those cranes are amazing!
Post # 7
LOVE IT!! Does the beach house have a two level deck? if so the cranes would be beautiful hanging from it… i think it’s so special that you-all have them from the time you first started dating!
Post # 8
Miss Cake: Thanks! It was super easy to turn the votive holders into the vases. I just used a pin frog in the bottom to hold the flowers and all they need is a little water
Crebre80: The funny thing is that when I was younger (like ten years before FH and I even met) I tried to fold 1000 tiny cranes. I only got ~300 of them done but it’s just so ironic that this now part of my FH heritage. I still have the ones I folded in my room and showed him when we started ours. He thought I was joking till he saw all the little guys.
The beach house has three different floors and there is a deck on each level. Maybe we could hang them above the area we are going to use as the dance floor to act as a ‘chandelier’? It wont light but might make a pretty focal point.
Post # 9
I love the vase with the flowers in it and a floating candle on top. I want to do something like that for my centerpieces. It’s very romantic and sweet, plus you could use a tropical flower or use a starfish or sanddollar on the bottom instead of using aquaglue to hold the flower down.
Post # 10
SD, you definitely are my wedding soulmate. Where in the world did you find those darling sea urchin vases? I studied marine biology in college, so my favorite little critters have to work their way into this wedding somehow and those would be a totally rad start! P.S. The blue hydrangeas are gorgeous…they’re going to look fab with the silver chargers.
Post # 11
I love the hydrangea and the glass sea urchin vases. The tables are beautiful so yeah, let them show!
Post # 12
haha I know LO your my wedding twin! I majored in marine sciences and biology so I’m all about getting critters involved too (although the beach wedding idea was FH’s even though everyone thinks it was me because of my major). I think the store I found them at is called Velocity. Just do a google search for sea urchin vase. I bunch come up. They are rather tiny and pricey but I just had to have them.