The centerpieces for our DIY Asian-themed wedding – opinions please! (Pic heavy)

posted 3 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Should I keep my centerpieces as they are?
    Yes - they are cohesive enough and look like a variation of the same theme : (32 votes)
    73 %
    No - choose just one and make 10 identical arrangements : (2 votes)
    5 %
    No - stick with paper and glass lantern arrangements (make 5 of each) : (0 votes)
    No - redo the whole thing, they are hideous! : (10 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
    1024 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    They’re all beautiful and are very cohesive! They look great!


    Post # 5
    2196 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I think they are definitely cohesive enough. I like them all 🙂 Very pretty

    Post # 6
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    WOW! Those are all SO stunning!

    You are seriously gifted with cerpiece design!

    Post # 8
    2915 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

    Wow I love them all. What a great idea!

    Post # 10
    472 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - The Villa

    These are gorgeous and make me wish I was asian! Lol. I love this. I’m doing the same kinda thing… elements varying a tad b/c i’m diy-ing and it is impossible to get the same thing for all 18+ tables.

    Do you have decor for your sweetheart table? I’d love to see that… that’s where i’m hung up the most.

    Great job!

    Post # 11
    42157 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    They definitlely reflect an asian vibe and you have done a great job unifying the various elements. I just think they are at times overdone.

    1. I would not use the gold candle holder in the front, and reduce the number of votives on each side to 3.

    2. Same thing for the votives and not use the things scattered in the front.

    3.Just too much-take away the square red candle, if you want to use the gold holders with a candle or flower, then don’t use the votives- or vice versa. Again reduce the number of votives.

    4.too much again. use the cylinder vases or the bowl vase with the candle- not both- reduce the # of votives

    5.I like the lotus blossoms in the gold dishes, so I would not use the votives, or the gold dish on the left

    6.use the gold dishes or the votives- not both

    Post # 12
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Two thoughts – 

    1. The two major Asian design influences that I saw when I lived in East Asia were either more Japanese-zen style (very clean lines, muted neutral colors, lots of wood and stone, uncluttered) or totally over the top traditional Chinese (red and gold, lots of details, metallic, flowers, etc).  Your centerpieces have elements of both – some seem too fussy to be zen-style, while others don’t seem quite exuberant enough for the more traditional Chinese style. So I think that it might be more cohesive to lean towards one or the other.

    2. You might want to be careful about color combinations because the ones with a lot of red and green and gold look very Christmas-sy!  

    Post # 15
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @eakhmet:  I think these are awesome. I like how they’re each unique but have common items in each one, like the moss. I’m assuming each table has 8 votives because thats a lucky number? I like the concept but it feels a little unbalanced on tables that have a lot of other votive/floating candles in the design. I like how you incorporated the 5 elements. Every table has earth (moss), fire (candles).  It’s hard to tell from the pictures if each of the designs incorporate the other 3.  Some have metal trays, and water for the floating lilies and candles, and wood. Are you numbering the tables for assigned seating? If so then maybe each table can have its own lucky element (butterflies, stars, lotus, cranes, peonies, dragon, Phoenix…) and use the name instead of numbers.

    Post # 16
    1787 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @eakhmet:  “The thing is, I’m neither Chinese or Japanese and we are not having a traditional Japanese/Chinese wedding with all the ceremonial elements that are usually present there. Therefore, I felt like doing 100% authentic decorations would be inappropriate.”

    I think cherry picking bits from different cultures that you’re not a part of is not super appropriate either. Are your future inlaws Chinese or Japanese, or do you have any Chinese or Japanese friends whose opinions you could ask?  They would probably have a better idea about what’s appropriate. 

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