Friday, February 12, 2010

Simple Centerpieces

Economical centerpieces can be tricky -- flowers are expensive (even wholesale), plus they're difficult to keep fresh, and pillar candles and vases aren't exactly cheap, either.

Our solution was a few layers of lavender tissue paper, wine glass luminaries, a few posies, and a single cylinder vase with two pears resting on a bed of Spanish moss. I absolutely love pears (both their taste and their appearance!), and they fit perfectly into the color scheme. Speaking of which, the color scheme was *officially* sage and lavender. But the bridesmaids' dresses were hunter green, and some of the flowers and ribbons were a deep purple. So we were a little flexible with that!

Here's a better view of the general idea -- complete with two of the bridesmaids' bouquets:

Remember those mysterious wine glasses? I used them as luminaries, with a tutorial I found on I used our silhouettes on the invitation and program, and decided to carry the theme through on the luminaries.

For the bridal party table, I indulged my paper-crafting side by making little placecards -- which, incidentally, went entirely unused. I don't think a single member of the bridal party sat down at that table during the entire reception!

But hey -- they'll look great in a scrapbook! *wink*


  1. I love the luminaries! Silhouettes are such an old-fashioned touch! That is so neat that you did both of your silhouettes! I have enoyed extremely your posts about the wedding!

  2. Oh, I love the centerpieces, Shannon!
    The color scheme is just beautiful!! :)

    ~ Love in Christ,

  3. I love your decorative touches! Wonderful indeed :-)

  4. The luminaries are absolutely beautiful!! I adore the colors ~ and the idea of using silhouettes is amazing. You're so creative! :)

  5. I have so enjoyed reading these posts about your "handmade wedding"!
    My sister got married last summer and she also made her own dress, the cake and many other things. I hope to do the same someday,Lord willing. :)

  6. Everything is so very pretty! What excellent ideas!


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