- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Hello fellow bees!
With the wedding looming on the horizon, I decided to take the inventory of the centerpiece-related items I’ve acquired so far and to put together some mock-ups. I had a very difficult time deciding what I wanted to do to begin with (too many good ideas :)), but eventually I narrowed it down:
1) I wanted to stick with our color scheme – red, black, white, gold;
2) I wanted to include symbolic elements that are important in Asian cultures and are usually associated with weddings or other joyous events – butterflies, cranes, peonies, lotus flowers. Also, I wanted to achieve a recognizable asian overall look.
3) I was going for a natural feel and wanted to incorporate some ‘zen’ elements – moss, river stones, water;
4) I collect china and art pottery and wanted to include some of the pieces, since they are covered in gold and are beautiful;
5) I wanted to stick within our budget (which is almost non existent) and therefore the centerpieces must be mostly non-floral;
6) I wanted to incorporate origami one way or another, b/c it constitutes a significant part of our decor overall.
However, it was nearly impossible to fulfill these requirements and stick with just one or two types of centerpieces, like what you would usually see. We will have 10 guest tables and therefore will need 10 centerpieces. What I was trying to do is to have the same elements and the same colors used in all centerpieces, and just vary an arrangement and add one or two different main elements (like using glass lantern vs paper lantern).
I came up with 6 different arrangements using these common elements: Metal/glass lantern on the tray (there will be three of these, all identical), paper lantern on the tray (also three of these, all identical), the remaining four – on the moss/rocks mat, with varying main elements.
My question to you is this: do you think all these varying centerpieces look cohesive enough (like a variation of the same thing) or should I make all centerpieces look exactly the same? Or just stick with lantern/tray arrangements?
Thank you for your opinions!
1. Metal/glass lantern on a tray
2. Paper lantern on a tray
3. Large candle and peony
4. Candles and submerged orchids
5. Large candle and lotus flowers
6. Pagoda lantern and a peony
Also, do you think they look asian enough?
Thank you for your help, I really appreciate it!