Post # 1
I’m having a hard time deciding on centerpieces. Our reception will be a cocktail reception with a mix of high top tables and low round tables. The venue offers a mirror tile, 3 votives and a bubble vase at no charge for every table. I’m not in love with the mirror tile, but I could make it work. I also thought about doing a chocolate square linen in the center of each table as well.
I want all of the tables to look different, and have considered using just the votives on some tables, just the bubble vases on others, and doing a few tall vases on some tables as well for varying heights.
What are your thoughts to the best set up? Here’s a pic of the items the venue offers.
Any ideas??? Please help!!!
Post # 3
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Have you considered floating candles and/or flowers? They look so pretty, but they’re really affordable as well!
Post # 4
I like your idea of having some tables with all bubble bowls (I’m picturing 2 bubble bowls with some "naked" votives [not in glass holders] and some with all votives in the glass holders. I think that will add a lot of uniqueness and romantic candle light! 🙂 Chocolate squares would look good under the mirror tiles. You could put the mirror with it’s corners at the flat sides of the chocolate squares instead of having them mirroring (LOL I make myself laugh) the mirrors. Does that make sense?
We’re using bubble bowls that look sort of like that and we’re putting some sand in the bottom with some rocks and a votive in a glass holder (He proposed on the beach), plopping them on a stand and we’re surrounding them with plants in small pots. Just a suggestion.
You could float a candle in the bubble bowl, and/or put some pretty glass marbles or sea glass in the bottom, or you could even just have a candle in the bowl with marbles, sea glass, rose petals, confetti, etc. spread around the bowl.
I think there’s lots of things you can do, and it would be fun to play with! 🙂 Let us know what you decide.
Post # 5
I was thinking of floating a flower within each of the bubble vases. I like the idea of naked votives around the bubble vases, but I need to find out if my venue will allow it.
What about tall vases? Should I incorporate those too?
I was thinking of tall vases with flower petals floating within and some candles around them. Is three different table decorations too much?
Post # 6
Would the tall vases also be round? I’m having a hard time picturing tall square vases with short round bubble bowls… BUT that’s just me. If I had them in front of me to play with it might be different! 🙂 If you do use square vases I think having round choclate things under them (and leaving out the mirrors) would look neat, but I don’t know if you want to deal with finding/making the round things.
Tall vases with petals might not look 100% right because (in my mind) the petals would all float to the top or bottom, I don’t think they’d float in the middle. You could float flowers in them too (If it’s big enough) or even submerge whole flowers in it. Like this:
Post # 7
I think you should go with a really modern, miami beach cocktail reception! I love the idea of calla lilies submerged in a bowl. (You can get fake ones since they will be submerge)
You can mix up the colors, at each table so they are not all alike. A bowl with calla lilies in the center and votives surrounding would be amazing!
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Post # 8
I’m having the same type of reception, with high and low tables. Our venue offers similar mirrors, votives, and a glass hurricane piece. A couple of ideas:
Keep the votives and hurricane, buy wooden picture frames that could act as a sort of tray for the votives when placed flat on the tables, or even just pool satin fabric under the mirror and votives.
I ended up finding cheap glass vases at stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshall’s that are all similar, but in several different styles (for $3-$6 each). I’m keeping the mirrors and votives, and having tulips in casual arrangements in each vase on top of the mirrors. I’ll tie a ribbon around each vase to pull it in with the rest of my colors.
lara bee – how are you arranging the tables? are you mixing the high and low tables, or having either the high or low tables more around the perimeter?
Post # 9
Thanks GrumpyBear722. The tall vases would be round too. I’m definitely not using square vases – it just won’t work with what they are giving me already. I like the idea of grouping a few taller vases together. I like the floating candles too. Definitely adds to the romance of the night!
Thanks Leigh24! I like the idea of pooling fabric under the mirror and votives, much better than just a piece of fabric! And it makes it much more romantic. As for how we’re arranging the tables. I think we’re going to mix them. We have a huge dance floor on one side of this fireplace where we will put a mix of both high and low tables around it (the high tops don’t have chairs, so we want to make the area seemless, and not cut off dancing from the rest of the party).
And just so you know the feel of everything – all of our flowers will be soft and flowy, like garden roses and dahlias. My dress is very soft (chiffon) and flowy, with flowers on it, and that theme is carrying through. We are also having a 7 pm ceremony, so the reception will be right afterwards at sunset. Candles will be all around, so it is very soft, and romantic.