Enchanted forest wedding, need opinions please!

posted 5 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Would branches be overkill at an outdoor wedding?
    Yes, the branches are too themey. Just stick with flowers, moss and candles. : (14 votes)
    29 %
    No, branches will drive home the enchanted forest theme. : (34 votes)
    71 %
  • Post # 3
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    9019 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I like the second picture best. It’s more oak tree like and less “Holy crap branches everywhere stabbing you in the eye oh jesus where am I”

    I like the tightly bunched and bound twigs that look like they “go together” instead of a random assortment of sticks.

    Post # 4
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    1994 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I honestly think it would be fine either way.  I think you can capture your theme with just flowers, moss, and candles on the table, but I also think the branches would make a nice touch.  I don’t think branches are necessary, since you’re already outside, but I also don’t think it’ll come off as silly or redundant either if you chose to add them.

    Post # 6
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    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    While I really like pictures one and two, what really strikes me about them is that they are quite elaborate – they have impressive lighting on/around them, the rest of the table is set up quite elaborately, these are big centerpieces that can be hard to tell the scale of in photos. I don’t think you’ll get the same effect outside.

    Since you said you aren’t over-the-top people, which I sort of think you need to make this look work, I would shy away from these style of centerpieces.

    I do like branches as centerpieces though, I think they can look really cool. But I’d encourage you to look for inspiration photos that are of outdoor or tent receptions and that are a little more “taken by the average person” rather than the highly stylized and profesionally lit photos.

    Edit: Just read you’re on a tight budget. Yes, I would cut them in that case. While it seems like branches should be cheap, these are very full, long, stylized branch centerpieces. It is going to be difficult to do them on a budget and have them look good.

    Have you seen the submerged branch centerpieces? Those are really cool and provide some neat candlelight and the outdoorsy element without being as large/demanding. The vases can still be pricey though.

     

     

    Post # 7
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    2053 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Mrs2B000:  I understand your dilemma. Do you have a photo or link to your B&B? Might be easier to gauge and answer more accurately in seeing your venue and reception location. I think with the right balance you can achieve the look without going overboard.

    @Hyperventilate:  “…and less “Holy crap branches everywhere stabbing you in the eye oh jesus where am I” ” LOL!!!!! This cracked me up. 🙂 Yes, it can be like that sometimes.

    Post # 8
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    4627 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @NAvery:  I love those submerged branches!

    I don’t think it’s redundant to have branches on the tables. It will just complement your setting.

    Post # 9
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    1102 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Love the submerged branches as well! I would totally do branches outside!

    Post # 11
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    375 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I don’t think it’s redundant, but I would hate to have a mini-forest between me and my friends if we were seated across from each other! I suggest keeping the centerpieces low, and I think the submerged twigs are a nice look. Branches could be laid horizontally on the tables if they won’t get in the way.

    Post # 12
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    8487 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I think the thing that makes them look so special is because they bring the outdoorsy enchantment to somewhere it wouldnt be otherwise. I think if you had them outside it would sort of take away from them.

    Post # 14
    Bee
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    @Mrs2B000:  Skip the branches and focus on lighting – candles, strings of globe lights, etc. And add some color to the table, like those purple flowers you posted, or really anything that adds some non-earth-tone colors – when I think of an enchanted forest, there’s more than just the browns and greens and grays. And I agree with the PPs that branches can get in the guests’ way if they’re trying to talk across the tables.

    But seriously, I think the lighting can change the whole mood much more than branches (especially if it’s a nighttime wedding!) Our venue provided lights, here’s a couple photos – you can see how much they add to the atmosphere:

    Hoppily Ever After: Dancing in the Moonlight :  wedding houston pictures pro pics recap Wedding0209 Wedding0209

    Hoppily Ever After: Toasts, Phobias, and a Persian Poem :  wedding houston pictures pro pics recap Wedding 589 Wedding_589

    Hoppily Ever After: Toasts, Phobias, and a Persian Poem :  wedding houston pictures pro pics recap Wedding 616 Wedding_616

     

    Post # 16
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    205 posts
    Helper bee

    Love the branches in the water

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