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Monday, March 12, 2007

flowers and tables (part 1)

I was planning on splitting today's posts into separate flower and table decoration categories, but once I started gathering ideas they began to spill into each other. So today will be a mix of both, divided into a few different installments.

Let's get started with Amsterdam's Marieke Berghuis, who created these beautiful felt coverings for her table flower arrangements. Not only are they eye-catching, but they save you the expense of purchasing fancy flower pots. Marieke got her inspiration and pattern instructions from Marianne of the awesome Applehead blog. Check here for detailed instructions, and to find loads of other amazing projects.

And yesterday's Susie Kilshaw shares her lovely table decoration ideas below. Susie and her husband were married in her hometown of Victoria BC, so they chose to go with very simple table decorations and flowers that matched their seaside surroundings.

Instead of large flower centerpieces, they went with glass vases filled with goldfish and underwater plants. A few vibrant gerbera daisies scattered around the perimeter matched the goldfish swimming inside, while small pieces of driftwood and stones decorated the outer edges.

Then for the head tables, they placed engraved silver trays down the center and covered them with moss collected from beach and small grape hyacinths. At the end of the evening, each member of the bridal party went home with one of the centerpiece silver trays. All of these ideas are inexpensive and simple but stunning.

And I'm excited to share these paper flower decoration ideas from Mackenzie Sala, who has provided detailed instructions on how to construct the below arrangements. These work great for table decorations and colorful flower arrangements. Click here for a how-to guide, and find many other great ideas while you're there.

And finally, here is Amy Chin putting the final touches on her friends' table arrangements. A few people have already written about the stunning white "mum balls". It's worth mentioning that these are quite labor intensive, as they require clipping the stems from each flower and securing the head to a styrofoam ball with straight pins.

If you have some friends to help you out, this is a gorgeous and dramatic presentation. The rest is filled in with hanging green amaranthus and moss balls bought from a floral supply store.

Check in later today as the fun continues... And, as usual, please send in your ideas!


Anonymous jill said...

hi! i love these ideas because you can incorporate green ideas into almost everyone of these centerpieces.

i've been wracking my brain because i'm trying to think of something very different to have as centerpieces. i loved the pinwheels on martha's site today that grace posted about. im having a backyard party after i go off to get married (semi-eloping-style) and its hopefully going to be all about feeling joy, the spirit of the party, and having a blast (while trying to be ecologically conscious)! i'm thinking lots of color, lots of fun, i liked the paper wedding ideas.

my s.i.l. grew strawberry plants for everyone and that was super sweet. i kinda want to add more playful ideas. thoughts? anyone??

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I love the goldfish as centerpieces! How does one stop the PETA people from protesting outside though? (and what do you do with the fish afterwards?)

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Thryn said...

These are beautiful ideas! For the goldfish, they can always be given away to guests, I suppose. Another idea for someone who is seriously committed to investing time for unique (and money-saving) flowers is to make origami flowers (which can be recycled or given away after the wedding).

I'm in the process of making them right now for my wedding, including some "flower balls" made from 6 modular flowers put together that will hang around the room. I plan to post some photos of my progress and diagrams for the flowers I'm making on my blog maybe in a couple weeks. It's fun, but it does take a time commitment as most handmade wedding projects do!

7:57 AM  
Anonymous callie said...

I LOVE the white mum flowerballs and would love to reproduce them for my upcoming wedding.

Is there a link for Amy Chin's site? Or further instructions for these?

Any additional information would be wonderful.


8:50 AM  
Blogger knitsteel said...

I'm very impressed with the paper flower arrangements. In the photos, they looked like real flowers.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous aquarabbit said...

I love this guest blog so much. Thanks for all these amazing ideas!

I am really disappointed though to see you advocating the use of live animals as table decor. I've been to many events that used fish as table decorations and it's terrible to see most of the fish dead by the end of the night because people used untreated tapwater. Expecting guests to properly care for an unexpected "gift" is overly ambitious... if you cannot ensure the safety of the animals you are using, please, just don't use them.

9:38 AM  
Blogger moontree said...

I totally agree with you, aquarabbit. I just added a follow-up to this on this afternoon's post in response to elizabeth's comment above.

If anyone knows of a link to instructions for preapring the water I hope they'll add it here!

10:40 AM  
Blogger moontree said...

Amy Chin was actually a friend/guest at this wedding. Everyone pitched in to help! I'll be doing a feature on these guys Thursday, so I'll try to get more detailed instructions from the bride and groom.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Teresa & Eric said...

I actually had thought of doing larger flower balls on sticks to line the aisle in an outdoor wedding. I'm excited to see how to put my vision into a real thing

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

The mum ball idea was used at my wedding reception in Dec. 2004 using the lime green mums and it was gorgeous. My flower girl carried a green mum ball with a red satin ribbon attached to it instead of a bouquet. The florist called it a "kissing ball." I loved that idea.

5:30 PM  

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