Post # 1
Hi fellow Bees,
I have been scouring the interwebs for images of decor for an enchanted forest wedding and have found a lot that I like. One idea that I’ve seen is to incorporate manzanita or other branches into the centerpieces at the reception, but all the pics I’ve seen of this have been at indoor venues. These tree-like centerpieces look really good in part because they bring the outdoors inside and there’s an interesting contrast between a refined ballroom and the woodsy branches.
My concern is that our wedding is already outdoors in a kind of woodsy setting outside a B&B. Will it seem silly or redundant to have branches on the tables when we are surrounded by real trees? Should we just stick with the rest of the decor I liked, which included birch containers of pretty flowers, mercury glass votives and tapers and moss accents? What do you think, will branches be overkill? We are not “over the top” people. We’re going for a cohesive and sophisticated look. I’ve attached some images of what I’m talking about.
Thanks so much for reading! I’d really appreciate your opinions!
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@Hyperventilate: I agree with you completely. Just have to figure out how to recreate it.
@SincerelyShe: Thanks so much for your opinion. We’re on a SUPER tight budget, so if it seems like the branches are unnecessary, we may just cut them out.
Post # 6
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
@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.
“…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
@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
Love the submerged branches as well! I would totally do branches outside!
Post # 10
Thanks ladies for all the great tips.
@NAvery: Good advice. I will look for some more realistic outdoor photos. I like the third pic of the submerged branches with flowers.
@Cornflakegirl: Here is the website for the B&B, but unfortunately they don’t have any pics of the exact area where the reception will be. http://www.southernpalmbandb.com/index.html
Post # 11
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
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 # 13
@Allyfally: That’s exactly what my concern was. Thanks!
Post # 14
- 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:
Post # 15
@Mrs. Wallaby: Your wedding looks lovely. That’s actually our plan. We wants tons of candles on the tables, more candles in lanterns hanging from trees, strings of lights above the tables and maybe some paper lanterns hung from the strings as well. And we definitely want to bring in color with the flowers, chargers and napkins and/or tablecloths. I agree with you that lighting is more important than individual elements of the centerpieces for creating a mood. Thanks for all the great advice!
I think I’m leaning towards leaving out the branches. I talked to my FH and we decided that we need to go look at our venue again to determine just how woodsy the reception area is. We’ve only been there once so far. The spot where our tables will be is actually covered by pavers, so it’s like this large patio area, not completely in the woods. If we feel it’s very removed from the trees, we might still use the branches. But I will take everyone’s advice and keep them unobtrusive.
Post # 16
Love the branches in the water