Archive for July, 2014

Decorating With Wedding Columns, Colonnades and Arches

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

When planning a party or wedding, what typical decorations immediately pop into your mind? Flowers? Table linens? Candles? You’d be right, of course, but could you be leaving something out?

For such major life events, there will usually be heart-stopping moments. Camera-ready moments. Moments you’ll want to remember forever. (IE – the bride enters the room; the daddy-daughter dance; your sixteen-year-old sweetie blows out her ceremonial candles; your CEO of 40 years bids his company farewell.) Such scenes need a worthy backdrop. And something dinky probably won’t do. Consider decorating with wedding columns, colonnades (lines of columns joined by arches) or arches to achieve a look that reflects the towering significance of the event.

These items may be imposing, but that doesn’t mean decorating with them need be intimidating! Eyeball these suggestions on how to turn wedding columns into exclamation points:

  • Most commonly seen surrounding the nuptial couple as they speak their vows, columns, arches or a colonnade can be bedecked almost as beautifully as the bride. Top with a bower of greenery or fresh flowers. Wrap with organza, tulle or sheer fabric with bows. Twine with climbing roses.
  • Create a canopy by topping four tall columns with a fabric roof.
  • Anchor your head table at a dinner or reception by placing wedding columns, colonnade or arches before a curtained backdrop, lit with white lights or floor spotlights.
  • Surround any notable space, such as a dance floor, with columns. Some people like to accent with balloons and/or fabric streamers that meet in the middle of the ceiling.
  • Flank the bridal aisle with mini wedding columns, connectively draped with sheer fabric or topped with ferns or floral arrangements.
  • Create an intimate photo nook for important guests or the bridal party.

So, you wonder, once the event is over, then what?  “Do we have to find a place to store these giants?”  Does your company or your home have a garden, patio or lawn area? Incorporate the columns into your landscaping for a timeless and graceful retreat that will cause you to drag in a refreshing breath even on the most stressful days. A few general tips for outdoor column use include:

  • using columns to surround an open rectangular area. Create a focal point in the center with a bird bath, sculpture, pond or reflecting pool.
  • placing arches around a stone water feature.
  • encouraging ivy, bougainvillea or a flowering vine to climb the columns.
  • planting bushes near the base of the columns to give them a weighted look.
  • adding complementary lighting to your outdoor retreat such as wrought iron chandeliers and wide pillar candles in hurricane globes.

Have fun with these reusable anchors of decorating! They can be with you for many years, framing your most treasured moments with family and friends.

3 Fabulous Centerpieces That Start with Glass Vases

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Every glass vase size and shape presents a new way to create a unique centerpiece for weddings and other important events. You can grab a handful of flowers, place them in the top and call it a day. This approach is easy, but won’t give your centerpieces the fine detail and memorable appearance that a well-planned arrangement will. The following centerpieces will really wow your guests!

Glass Eiffel Tower Vases

Eiffel Tower vases make
great DIY centerpieces!

The Romantic Eiffel Tower Vase Centerpiece

To create this look, get eiffel tower vases in your preferred size and finish. Add a solitary rose to the top. Classic red roses are a great choice, but you can make it more personal by choosing a unique hue – like the bride’s favorite color (for weddings).  Gather matching flower petals and scatter them around the bottom of the vase and you have a simple yet romantic DIY centerpiece!

The Tropical Trumpet Vase Centerpiece

Trumpet vases are clear, which means you can create a wall of color from top to bottom! Fill the interior with your favorite water bead pearls. Blue is a great choice because it creates the shimmer of the sea. Next, add in a bouquet of your favorite exotic flowers. This look can be accentuated by seashells scattered on the table or brightly colored ostrich feathers worked into the arrangement.

The Natural Cylinder Vase Centerpiece

Cylinder vases come in all sizes, so find something that matches your table size, budget and vision for the finished display. Natural arrangements can very, so don’t be afraid to get creative! Add a twig and river rocks to the interior along with your favorite organic accents. This creates a beautiful scene that looks like a miniature environment! The exterior can be wrapped in ribbon, a strip of burlap, raffia or a layering of materials for added effect.

Eiffel Tower Vases: 5 Tips for Designing DIY Centerpieces

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Eiffel tower vases are frequently used in weddings and other events each year. If you would like to use this popular container in your next DIY décor project, then there are a few things you should know to make sure the finished centerpiece looks perfect.

Eiffel Tower Vases Tip 1: Keep Stability in Mind When Designing an Arrangement

Stability is just as important as beauty when designing a DIY centerpiece. A great way to keep your Eiffel tower arrangement together is to build it around a foam bouquet holder. That way your hard work will survive throughout the event!

Reusable centerpiece mirror

A round centerpiece mirror

Tip 2: Mirrors Make Eiffel Tower Vases Look Even Taller

Eiffel tower vases are appealing because they look tall and dramatic. You can take that one step further by setting up your centerpiece on a round mirror. Centerpiece mirrors give the finished display depth that can really spice up table décor.

Tip 3: Create a Focal Point to Draw the Eye

Don’t make your arrangement too busy. If you have too much going on above, below and on the vase, it may become distracting and difficult to look at. Create a focal point and work to enhance that rather than adding components that compete with it. When using eiffel tower vases, the arrangement on top is usually a great focal point.

Bead Strands for DIY Centerpieces

Beautiful beads add detail to decor

Tip 4: Add Elegance with Strands of Beads, Crystals & More

Instantly add elegance and sophistication to a bouquet by hanging strands of crystals or beads around the base. You can let them dangle straight down from stems or create a gorgeous look by draping them all around the bottom of the arrangement so they hover over the table.

5: Always Display Tower Vases Away from Edges

For safety reasons, always setup your eiffel tower centerpiece away from edges. Place it in the center of tables or along walls when decorating tables that will be pushed against a wall for food, gifts or other purposes.

Arranging Wedding Columns & Colonnades: How to Decorate for Your Big Day

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Wedding columns and colonnades are a great way to enhance the visual appeal of your church, reception hall or other venue. The decisions you make when setting up the display will have a powerful impact on how the event looks to guests, so make sure you are doing it the right way to avoid a décor faux pas!

Venue Windows

Windows will impact the look of any backdrop

Choosing a Location

Find an area that has enough room for your columns and colonnade. This may require measuring floor space and ceiling height before you choose your event accessories. Also remember to look around the area for anything that may detract from the display or anything that could be a hazard.

For example, never block a doorway or a fire alarm. If a window is nearby, make sure the light will complement the display rather than ruin it when the photographer snaps pictures. This is especially important if the window faces the sun during the hours of your event. Not only can it ruin pictures, but it can also blind guests and cause them to look away.

Choosing Accents

Wedding columns and colonnades look great on their own, but they look even better with a few personal touches. You don’t have to go overboard. Usually some fabric or tulle and a few flowers will do the trick. Create a symmetrical design that pleases the eye. That may mean having a larger arrangement positioned at the top and center with smaller arrangements along the sides.  You can also experiment by draping long, wispy fabric along the outside or down the middle.

When choosing accents for your wedding colonnades and columns, remember to stick with lightweight objects. If something is too heavy, it could compromise the balance of the display. This type of accessory is very safe and stable when used properly. Also avoid using a lot of excessively heavy fabrics. Light and airy materials usually look the best and sit comfortably on each column and colonnade piece.

Classic Graeco-Roman Style Colonnade Arch

The Classic Graeco-Roman style colonnade arch

Wedding Columns: How to Choose the Perfect Style for Your Big Day

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Wedding columns are an easy way to add more beauty and elegance to any event. This popular accessory will enhance photographs taken during the festivities and will create atmosphere that is worthy of a major life-changing celebration. There are many styles to choose from, so how do you know which will work best at your celebration?

Empire Wedding Column

An Empire style column

Styles of Wedding Columns

Most wedding column styles are extremely versatile, which means they can be used at any kind of event. Some may blend better with certain types of décor than others. For example, the Empire column is breathtaking and includes gentle grooves and regal display caps. The classic visual appeal of the Empire model is usually better suited to traditional décor styles.

If you prefer modern décor, then the Tuscan or metal columns may be a better choice. The metal version is very sleek yet still retains the elegance that wedding columns are known for. The Tuscan version is smooth which allows it to complement both modern and traditional styles.

Wedding Column Colors

Finishes for wedding columns

Column Finishes

The wedding column finish is also important. Pure white is nice, but some events call for a little more character. When selecting a finish, consider the color scheme of the event and look of the venue. If you plan to go with a warm set of hues, then a warmer finish like sandstone or ivory is a better choice. If you plan to go with cool colors, then blackstone or granite might be better.

Column Accessories

Wedding column accessories are also available and will give you more ways to display your décor. When choosing the right accessories, make sure you consider the space you will have to decorate in. A full colonnade with balustrade might be too big for a small church or hall. On the other hand, a single column may be too little in a large venue. Create a wedding column layout that matches the tone of your event as well as the amount of space you have to celebrate in!