By Joan Salmon
The look of the tables at your reception has a huge impact on the overall look of the reception. However, some decorators may not think too much into it. It is not just about putting a few items together to make a centrepiece but putting thought into it, such as creating themed centre pieces. It may seem a lot of work, may cause your budget to go a little higher, but with a wedding being a one-time event, you want to ensure that when you look at your pictures, it is with joy rather than disdain. That is why going an extra mile to make this piece of decor stand out for all the right reasons is worth it.
Here are some themes worth looking at;
“With this theme, the centre piece has to have an African touch and creativity is important to make it look great,” says Susan Mukiibi of Suki Events.
It is ideal to incorporate your culture into such centerpieces by using say, drums, gourds, cow horns, small pots, small woven baskets, small musical instruments, wood carvings, wood crafts, bead work, or miniatures of animals, depending on where you come from.
She adds that a touch of African fabric such as the kitenge, waxed material, bark cloth, animal print, and animal skin, will complete the look. “Imagine a gourd with flowers, sitting on an African print fabric! It is one way to reminisce on the olden way of celebration. However, with this theme, less is better regarding flowers.”
For that tropical or summer feel, this theme is just right. Angela Birungi of Birungi Events, says your flowers should be in bold colours but even more simple and elegant flowers can be used as long as they can withstand the heat and sun. Such flowers include orchids, daisies, and chrysanthemums.
Rather than choosing arrangements that just blend in with your backdrop, Birungi advises that one enhances the natural beauty of their surroundings with colorful, exotic arrangements that pop as they will look absolutely stunning in pictures.
“Imagine a pineapple floral vase in place of your ordinary flower vase, it speaks about the tropics in a succulent way!”
With a focus on old-fashioned romance and antique details, vintage wedding centerpieces are pretty and airy. Mukiibi shares that for that couple that would like to go back in time, classic vintage details such as ornate metal hurricane lanterns, glass votives, bud vases, and a mossy table runner will do the trick. ”Nonetheless, you could skip the runner and simply place the centerpiece on a lace tablecloth!” Other arrangements could be vintage lantern centerpieces where the flowers sit within the lantern, vintage wooden birdcage centerpieces where the flowers replace the birds, and vintage book centerpiece where that old book with brown worn-out pages from grandpa’s library holds vases of flowers. It sure would add charm to your tables. How about using grandma’s favourite porcelain or glassware vases to create colourful centrepieces? “The options are several but it is important to know that it is the little things that add to the centrepiece’s charm.”
While rustic and vintage have several similarities, Mukiibi says with rustic, it is artificial flowers, wood, sisals, and tins. “Nonetheless, there is no single element that spells rustic more than the humble woodcut. These are often used underneath the arrangements to elevate them off the table. These woodcuts speak to the central concept of rustic; which is bringing the outdoors in.”
Enchanted or woodland theme
Birungi says it is all about stumps with flowers, logs with greenery, moss balls and candles to achieve the enchanting feel. “You can’t help admiring as you get into a forest fairy tale; wood cuttings, bowls with greenery, leaves, and berries. The options are endless.” For a chic touch, she says you can add some glowing crystals within the moss or leaves.
Probably no category is quite as broad as modern, ranging from clean lines to bright, bold statements, Mukiibi says modern wedding centerpieces are compelling and incorporate the latest trends.
“With this theme, more of white is used to better portray calmness and coolness. That is coupled with glass, mirrors, candles,” she shares.
Birungi says if you want to add candles to an all-white table-scape, simple glass jars are what you need to make a subtle statement. “You can use them in varying sizes and shapes to add dimension to your décor or place them around metallics to enhance their light.”
Other ways to work with candles;
Mixed candleholders: For a long, table-runner centerpiece, Birungi says you can mix and match different candleholders – in height, size, and shape to keep it interesting.
Modern: White candles in cylindrical candleholders make for a sleek, modern centerpiece.
Floating candles: In plain glass vases, candles look dreamy for a nighttime event.
For a wedding with red accents, Birungi says you can submerge red rose petals under floating candles to create a romantic ambience.
Tiered candles: Echo your wedding cake with a tiered candle centerpiece.
Whatever the theme, there is a centerpiece for you. Enjoy your wedding!