Suggestions For Creating Wedding Candelabra Centerpieces Everyone Will Remember

By Kenneth Hamilton

When you are planning your wedding reception you want everything to be perfect. Everything from the flowers to the food and entertainment have to be just right. If you intend to have a formal reception, with food and drink, you have to decide on more than just the menu. The linens and place settings, and the centerpieces, should set the right tone. If you are planning on candelabra centerpieces, for instance, you need to consider your theme, the venue, the table configurations, and what elements you are going to add to make them memorable.

A theme is important when you are decorating a large event room. This is what pulls the room into a cohesive unit. You can tie your reception theme in with your wedding theme or have a seasonal style reception. Candelabras appropriate for rustic receptions won't be at all appropriate for something as formal as a Victorian themed reception.

You have to consider the venue you are using. The venue may have regulations against guests using any materials that involve breakable glass or flame. You need to know about this from the beginning so you don't end up having to reconfigure your reception design because the candelabras aren't compatible with the venue's regulations. There are easy alternatives, such as battery operated candles, you can use with great effect.

If you are planning on having a head table, with guests seated at smaller tables positioned around the room, you will need several sizes of candelabras. You might have several prominent candelabras arranged along the head table, pulled together with garland. The guest tables may have smaller centerpiece versions of the head table.

Flowers traditionally accompany candle arrangements at receptions. If this is your choice, you must decide between silk and fresh. Fresh cut flowers are the first choice of most, but they can get pricey if you have a big room and a lot of tables to decorate. Depending on how long the reception lasts, silk might be the way to go.

If you're really creative, you might eliminate the flowers altogether and go in an entirely different direction. Flowers can be hard to work with and tricky to transport. Even the silk variety are sometimes a time consuming chore. You could consider going with fruits or vegetables arranged around your candelabras for instance.

Even if you opt for traditional floral arrangements to accompany your candelabras, you can still do something unusual and unexpected. You could intermix your flowers with stone, branches, seashells, or feathers for a creative and whimsical look. Consider not using matching candelabras. You might choose something slightly different for each table to make a striking statement.

There are many ways you can make your wedding reception a memorable event. You don't have to spend a fortune on elaborate centerpieces. With some imagination and creativity you can create an event people will be talking about for a long time.

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