Post # 1
We’re having an autumn-themed wedding in October and are experimenting with lanterns, leaves, etc. This was my first stab at it – what do you think? My biggest concern was that maybe people would think the leaves look too fake? I think they’re pretty awesome and really authentic-seeming, but I’m not sure if the rest of the general population is repulsed by fake leaves? Thoughts?
Post # 3
hoenstly, the leaves look kinda tacky to me – at least in the pictures. They remind me of a lot of fundraiser banquet things I’ve gone to (girl Guides, school etc). I love the lanterns though. I think they creases in the tablecloth are also bothering me – I would use something plain instead of the grid pattern, it seems a little busy.
Post # 4
I think the leaves are nice, they just need to be arranged differently. Maybe put them in more of a pile around the lantern, so it looks like its nestled in freshly fallen leaves. They just look a bit too regularly spaced at the moment.
Post # 5
@princess_r: I think they look cute! Not too distracting, and I think people will appreciate that you didn’t use real leaves.
Post # 6
@gingernutjo: +1 I really like that idea!
Post # 8
I think you’re off to a good start. The leaves are just OK, but not really a wow factor. If your going to use them try grouping them together a little bit to look more natural. right now they’re spread out which I think makes them look too intentional. The lantern is great, but the black is a little stark against the white tablecloth. I love autumn and I think there are so many beautiful colors, especially if you look at all the trees as they’re changing…deep reds, mustard yellows, different shades of orange, and even dark purples. Is there a way to incorporate some of those colors? Right now the orange and black seem Halloween-y, which is cool if that’s what you’re going for, but doesn’t read as Autumn to me. Goards might be an inexpensive way to bring in some color and texture. You could hollow them out and use them as holders for the tea lights. 🙂
Post # 9
To make it more complete, maybe add some decorative squash and mini pumpkin around the lamp. It won’t make the leaves look so awkward on the table. I do like them though, and agree with a previous poster, that you should pile them around the lantern more. Here is a great example of what I am suggesting.
Post # 10
Oh, and here are some more examples of how you can incorporate mini pumpkins and squash to your table setting so you don’t have to pile up the leaves around the lamp. Basically, you can use them as candle holders or vases, and have them surround your main lamp on the table. That way, your lamp can be in the centre, and the little pumpkin and squash are accent pieces. You can have the leaves scattered across the table this way, and it won’t look so plain.
I’ve seen people put the actual glass vases in the mini pumpkins. So if you don’t want to put a candle directly in the pumpkin or squash, you have the option of using the glass candle holders inside them. You can also just use the squash or pumpkin as accent pieces on the table in between the mini candles.
Post # 11
@princess_r: I like it, and I like others’ suggestion to gather the leaves up a little more around the lantern. Also, if your wedding is really in Fall and real colored leaves are falling at the time of your wedding, I wonder if you’d want to mix in some real leaves? Perhaps just couple yellow or brown leaves on each table would give a little variety and make the centerpieces appear more natural… Just a thought!
Post # 12
I have the same lantern and the same pillar candle for mine! hehe
My wedding is at an aquarium so I tossed in some natural sea shells around the base of the candle and left it at that. I would absolutely remove the leaves from the table. If you want to do fall, wraping the bottom of the lantern with fall leaf vines from the craft store would look great, kind of like a wreath. I did a burn test with the candle and lantern for five hours and while the top gets CA-RAZY hot, the middle, bottom and sides/glass did not 🙂