By Joan Salmon
There is a lot that goes into making a wedding day look magnificent. One of such is decor as it helps to tie together several elements at the reception. Any seasoned event decorator knows the value of finishing touches for the overall ambiance of the event and centrepieces are some of these.
Just consider all the ways a well-designed centerpiece can contribute to your event space:
It will be the center of attention at the dinner table—guests have no choice but to spend most of the event gazing at the centerpiece!
It creates a visual atmosphere that sets the mood for your event
It ties-together the theme of the event and helps bring it to life
It acts as an icebreaker for guests at events with assigned seating
Provides an opportunity for individual expression
Can be souvenirs for guests
Leaves a lasting impression—good, bad or otherwise!
With all those benefits, you need to ensure that your centrepiece fits well into your overall decor. Myra Kibalzi of Viable options, shares a few tips on how this can happen;
Work with a maximum of three colours
Kibalzi says these must blend yet easily build on each rather than one being stronger than the others. “Always have that simple colour to help break the monotony yet blend all colors together. This is usually a cream, champagne, or a white.” She adds that the colours will also be a great guide for the table linen and flowers to be used.
Choose your table linen
For strong and deep colors such as royal and and dark colors, Kibalzi advises that one chooses a neutral table linen to add life and contrast.
Know the type of flowers to use
When one wants colour outside the linen or accessories, it can be achieved within the floral arrangements. “You may have a mixture of various flower types but you should only mix if they blend well within the theme yet contrast well without stealing all the shine.”
She says you may also add feathers, pearls, crystals, aqua, or candles to floral arrangements to add an edge to the floral arrangements. “You must decide on whether it is natural flowers, artificial flowers or a mix of both. Nonetheless, you can still have the wow factor without flowers, by arranging your pieces well in an amazing manner.”
Nonetheless, the table type says a lot about how you will make your centerpiece so that the outlook is amazing.
“Depending on the theme at hand, your centerpieces should always have one major piece to build on. That could be a frame, stand, lantern, box, or globe, ” Kibalzi explains. She adds that round tables usually appear bear if you do not have a base. “This can be attained by use of mirrors, woodcuts, table runners, and DIY paper cutouts. All in all, this base should blend in seamlessly.”
Faith Bugonzi, the director of Nana events says, the number of tables also determines how your centrepiece will look like. “If they are many, high and low centerpieces are used interchangeably.“ She says that if the centrepieces are carrying flowers, a height of 24 inches is ideal as anything lower would obstruct people from seeing beyond them. “These are coupled with low flower holding centrepieces which sit on the table and then candles are arranged to add effect. However, if the centrepieces are carrying candles, any height is okay.”
Bugonzi advises clients with big weddings to opt for only high centerpieces so that when people sit, there is still a bit of drama and table decoration is not drowned.
For these tables, Bugonzi says, centrepieces could be low seeing that people will be seated across each other. ”With that in mind, use flowers running across the table; from one end to another.”
If one prefers high centerpieces, she says, they must be very high to avoid obstruction as well as allow people to talk to each other.
Kibalzi adds that one may also go for sets or pairs in terms of centerpieces and use varying heights as this gives the setting a clean and full look always. “For example, have one high piece in the middle coupled with others side by side fading out into the table. Bottom line, with rectangular tables, a single centrepiece will look lonely thus the need for multiple pieces.” Nonetheless, it is great to keep them narrow to avoid crowding the table.