Tablescapes Part 1: The Centerpiece

One issue with having a 16-month engagement: I have quite a bit of time to change my mind repeatedly. This is bad because I am veryvery indecisive about everything, from wedding stuff to what to eat for dinner.

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Of course, this indecisiveness has manifested itself the most while choosing centerpieces. My venue provides centerpieces, which is a great option for some; however, I had (multiple) visions for my centerpieces, and none of them included hurricane-glass lanterns with a tapered candle.

All of my centerpiece ideas centered (hahaha) around flowers. We all know I’m not exactly a flower guru, but I still think they’re pretty. At first, I wanted to keep everything very simple. I thought having milk-glass bud vases everywhere would be clean, simple, and original. Clearly, this was before I had been inducted into the wedding world and saw that milk glass and vintage chic is “in” nowadays. I proceeded to buy around 60 bud vases via eBay (tip: search “milk glass bud vase lot”), using these photos as inspiration:

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However, as my wedding planning progressed and my theme came to fruition, I realized that using teapots as my centerpieces would be so great!

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I immediately started my eBay search and realized that, well, I didn’t want to blow $40 each (with shipping) on Victorian-style bone china teapots. My local Goodwill wasn’t much help, either. The teapots there just weren’t what I was looking for, though I did find an awesome pewter one.

After that disappointment, my vision changed again. I had all of this milk glass I wasn’t using, and I still really loved the vases I had bought. Perhaps I could use vintage teacups with some flowers in them beside a milk-glass bud vase. Vintage china teacups are still expensive but are often sold in sets, which reduces the shipping greatly.

Here’s an example of my current idea (with very poorly edited flowers…fail):

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I’m also considering placing two candles on each side for symmetry’s sake. (Again: pretend the flowers and candles are actually on the coffee table and not in the interwebz.)

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I think they’ll look nice with real flowers, even though my photo-editing skills make them look like a hot mess!

How did you guys decide on your centerpieces? Are you just as indecisive as I am?

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Mrs. Biscuit

Location:
Morgantown, WV
Wedding Date:
July 2011

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    misskarianne 1413 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:52 am

    I love your drawings with this post! We are the same way!

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    Ms. Bird 37 posts, Newbee @ 10:02 am

    I had to laugh at this post because I got engaged in September and we’re getting married in July…that’s a 9 month engagement and I’ve changed my mind on everything about 100x. Its terrible. I need 4 weddings to incorporate all of my fluxuating ideas!!

    I love all of your centerpiece ideas though, and I’m sure whatever you end up with will look amazing!

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    brookeb269 98 posts, Worker bee @ 10:12 am

    the 3rd pic is done by my florist and shot by my photographer! good taste Biscuits!

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    MrsPrince 95 posts, Worker bee @ 10:26 am

    I feel your frustrsation, we’re as bad as you guys (or worse if thats possible).
    But thankfully we have finally decided.
    Now i am in need of one or two other diy projects to keep my mind too busy to think of new ideas.
    I think it will work out great if you have a few candles around the flowers, maybe you could use a sugarbowl in china or something to have the tea-light candles in? Or use the cup for flowers and the sauser for the light.. (that way you save money since you’ll get the sausers with the cups).
    Good luck!

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    Lizzie, Guest @ 10:26 am

    So cute, and teacups would be a lovely souvenir for you or your guests! When arranging things (especially faux-haphazardly), everything looks more balanced if its done in groups of three. I’d say ditch one candle and try a vase+teacup+candle trio.

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    flurrsprite 139 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:31 am

    ahahahah i’m the same way about food… i like all food! so usually i don’t care. if i do care, i’ll demand something ;) the boy doesn’t believe me though, he thinks i’m just trying to be nice… but since he’s the nicest nicest guy in the world, it leaves us stumped sometimes! i think it’s good for him though mwahahah

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    canadianbacon 202 posts, Helper bee @ 10:43 am

    I loved the drawings on this post. My favorite was the one where no one said anything and remained cheerful as the time passed. You would be a great wedding comic strip artist.

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    Kate, Guest @ 11:45 am

    Your drawings totally cracked me up. Thanks for the laugh this morning. :-)

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    MrsPrince 95 posts, Worker bee @ 12:27 pm

    Just found this on the weddingbee shop: http://www.weddingbeefavors.com/product/teacups-and-tealights-miniature-porcelain.html
    Maybe you could use them at your tables?

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    TiffyNicole 67 posts, Worker bee @ 12:30 pm

    My boyfriend and I do the same thing almost every night… “what do you want for dinner” scene.. lol so I definitely know how you feel! lol

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    burlapandlace 297 posts, Helper bee @ 1:25 pm

    I changed my mind so many times too. But I decided the things I don’t use I can use for my garden party bridal shower, which makes me feel less guilty. PS I love teacups. I am going to use them at my bridal shower and turn them into candles as favors. Here is a tutorial:

    http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/11/diy-project-kates-teacup-candles.html

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    biscuit 627 posts, Busy bee @ 3:21 pm

    @Lizzie: Great idea! I originally wanted to do it that way, but I was afraid it would look too weird. Apparently not!
    @canadianbacon: Aww thank you! If only there was a market for that. I think dentistry is still my best career bet haha.
    @MrsPrince: I saw those! Unfortunately, they weren’t exactly what I was looking for. I want colored floral vintage cups that don’t match. I definitely pondered these suckers for awhile though.

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    Duckienz 45 posts, Newbee @ 7:01 pm

    In design you’re best to go for groups of three. I would suggest going with one additional element and if it could be mid height you’d be onto a real winner.

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    Wedding Invitations, Guest @ 8:07 am

    So cute :) And I love the teapots! :D

    Can’t wait to see the final result!

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    piglover 319 posts, Helper bee @ 12:17 pm

    Ha! Your illustrations are hysterical! That is like every night at my house!

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    _Krystal_ 365 posts, Helper bee @ 12:38 am

    Haha my FI saw you drawing as I was reading and he said that it was me exactly! Im glad im not the only person that does that. Wedding Bee>eating/cooking any day!

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