Post # 1
So I am trying to think of a really neat and unique centerpiece for the wedding reception. Our colors are gold and black because my fiancee and I both went to Purdue and we thought it would be neat to incorporate our college in our wedding but not over do it. So I was thinking it would be fun to get a purdue glass for the centerpiece or maybe a boilermaker special statue or something like that. But I am not sure how to arrange it so its not overdone or too plain. Any ideas or opinions? Any suggests would be greatly appreciated! Please and thank you.
Post # 3
What were your original thoughts with certerpieces, are you doing flowers? Maybe using a nice beer stein glass with the purdue logo on it as a vase? Or use a shot glass with a purdue logo as a votive holder? I’m not sure how that would look though. What about building a centerpiece off of one of those small mirrors and either painting or stenciling a logo onto the mirror? Could you have a friend take pictures of you two at different spots on campus and use them as table cards – maybe with a little description of the location/place on the back of the card.
Post # 4
We’re both Michigan State alumni and will be doing the table names as places around campus. I considered using MSU votives but thought it would be a little overkill.
I like the idea of using a mug/glass, etc as a vase, though.
Post # 5
I’m not a big fan of using influences for your centerpieces unless it was just the colors. Some other ideas to incorporate your alma mater is to wear a collegiate garter – I’m wearing a Notre Dame one. Another is to have a groom’s cake that is college inspired in addition to naming your tables after campus related things. While my Fiance did not also go to Notre Dame, I’ve been to some ND grad weddings where there was a groom’s cake that was shaped in the shape of the football stadium, another that was a replication of the dome.
I think using college inspired things is really cute and a great idea, but if you are making it such a focal point -it college vases with the name on it or big ribbons all over the place, it might be a bit overkill. Then again, it could turn out to be really cute! I’m just having a hard time imagining it.
Post # 6
Another idea is to use the colors for your centerpieces and to leave the actual Purdue name out except for your sweetheart table or wedding party table. That would be just enough where it isn’t overkill.
Post # 7
We’re incorporating elements of college – but not making it the theme. We’re being introduced to Eye of the Tiger (he’s an Auburn fan) and his grooms cake is their stadium, and he’s wearing Auburn socks. Small details that won’t interfere with the rest of the wedding.
Post # 8
@Laylabelle – that is such a cute idea! I love how you are incorporating it, but not making it the center focus!
Post # 9
I would say maybe use the gold and black in the centerpieces and then maybe just a very small logo or something on the vase or something.
Post # 10
I’m an Indiana University grad, and as much as my fiancee and I love our alma matter (where we met) I think *and I am only one person*- that making it the centerpieces might be a bit much. Only because I’m not a big fan of ‘themes’ for a wedding. However, I do LOVE the idea of incorporating your college into your wedding. I was thinking you could make your table numbers- the football numbers of your favorite Purdue athletes, having a boilermaker groom’s cake, or playing the Purdue school song for the processional. I think its the more subtle details that your guests will really appreciate!
Post # 11
Hmmm I don’t care for the idea either, is there anyway you can incorporate the colors with lighting or favors? I don’t want it to look like a sports themed birthday party or something like that.
Post # 12
I think it all depends on the style of your wedding…are you going with black tie/formal or cool cocktail or totally informal? At a completely informal shinding, you could go full kitch-cute & get away with it – helmet chip bowls turned into vases with single color & flower style arrangements. At a cocktail style event, the colors could be at bit more classy with black low (almost flat) bowls & floating votive candles (the candles can be cream rather than gold because the candlelight will give them that golden glow). If you’re throwing a black tie affair, go all out, with classy style with black table cloths & gold tulle (its more a more matte, subdued gold) as skirting underneath with gilt chairs, with tall (above heads), bare, twisty branches in glass vases that have white lights (ala David Tutera) entwined so that golden glow is above your guests heads as they eat & mingle at the table.
(okay, I need to stop fantasizing about your reception…it’s procrastination from planning mine)
Good Luck, whatever you two decide!