Branch Centerpieces

A lot of people seem to want to know about the branches we used for our centerpieces, so here it is! We bought sandblasted manzanita from Nettleton Hollow and just laid the orchid blooms on the branches. That’s it! No glue, no wiring, they were just placed around the branches. I won’t say it was super fast since we had to do so many, but it was very very easy. Thanks to everyone who put them together for me - I was locked in the prep-room while it was put together.

This is how it looked on the table and on the guest book table:


A big change from when they came in this gigantic box… it was a puzzle to get them apart without breaking them to pieces!

Here are some photos of the table settings and the branches as they were on the tables. I really feel like they made the setting relaxed and natural, hopefully promoting a comfortable, low key feeling. We also wanted low decor, since we didn’t want anything blocking conversation.




This wasn’t our original idea for centerpieces, but I really feel like it contributed to the relaxed, casual feel of the whole wedding. And it wasn’t hard – so if you want to DIY some really natural centerpieces, I think this is a really nice and unique option!


Mrs. Gummi Bear

San Francisco
Wedding Date:
October 2007
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    Bridemarie 40 posts, Newbee @ 7:32 pm

    Those branches still for sale? Send me an email:

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    Alterna-Centerpieces » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 6:09 pm

    [...] For this centerpiece, you need galvanized champagne buckets with a bottle of champagne, or even colorful bottles of Jones Soda inside. Anchor a few balloons on the tables, hang (non-helium filled) balloons from the ceiling, and voila! A gorgeous room for next to nothing. Sweetness! 2. Branches. This can be done a couple of different ways. Either you can gather a few branches and place them in a vase, etc. OR you can lay them across the table (if your tables are rectangular) a la Mrs. Gummi Bear. [...]

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    sarah, Guest @ 11:06 pm

    Beautiful use of manzanita branches. I have seen them placed in big vases before but never directly on a table. I like the touch.
    I am actually trying to find some in Toronto, Canada. I hear they are hard to come by unfortunately!

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    erin, Guest @ 7:34 pm

    Hi Sarah, I’m in Toronto and trying to find manzanita branches too! Any luck? I’m going to call around to some greenhouses next.

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    Andrea, Guest @ 7:58 am


    Hi Erin. I’m not sure if you’re still looking around Toronto but at Angelo’s garden centre, we have people looking for these and we’re looking into bringing them in. (905)669-9220 give us a call!

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    MeaghanH 78 posts, Worker bee @ 4:40 pm

    In your picture of the guestbook, where did you get the raised picture frame? I’m looking for quite a few of them and can’t find any! = (

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    JoeyBloom 24 posts, Newbee @ 12:51 am

    Lovely centerpieces! For more inspiration, here’s a great video on Youtube called Manzanita Trees for Wedding Centerpieces (Crystal Trees, Fantasyland Trees)

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    Cyndi, Guest @ 8:07 pm


    I love these centerpieces!!! I am wondering where you found the fake birds and nests. Did you have anything in the nests or were they just for decoration? I can’t tell from the pic.


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    Sandblasting Film, Guest @ 10:54 pm

    I had never seen a sandblasted branch like that before. Thank you for sharing it online. I really enjoyed them.

    Yet another amazing thing to do when sandblasting.

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    Amy, Guest @ 6:11 pm

    I see you used the 18-24″ pieces. How many did you use per table? How well do you think they’d work on a standard round table?

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    Board #265 | Winter Birds and Berries | Snippet & Ink, Guest @ 9:31 am

    [...] by Ceci New York, red currant champagne cocktail from Martha Stewart Weddings, branches via Weddingbee 0 comments posted +add a comment +share [...]

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