Are you dreaming of a purple themed wedding? Many brides are!
I was recently asked to decorate a table top for an intimate local wedding. The bridal couple gave me the linens and left the rest up to me. As a wedding florist, I don’t normally get to decorate an entire table so this was a fun experience for me, giving me a chance to walk in the shoes of an Event Planner/Designer. The linens are possibly the most beautiful I’ve ever used. My favorite color is purple, so I was in heaven working on a purple tablescape for a wedding. I strive to impress all guests who would be viewing my work.
SIDE NOTE: I have been working with the distinguished, over the top, most fabulous Event Designer – Preston Bailey. He has gone into the training business and has an Event Design Course already online, the Fundamentals of Floral Design Course, now online, and two more floral design courses on their way. I had the pleasure of writing the Fundamentals of Floral Design Course for him, giving me the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time with him over this past year. He’s constantly inspiring me with the most amazing floral arrangements I’ve ever seen.
Taking my cues from what I’ve learned from Preston Bailey, I started to design the purple themed table top. I knew I wanted the BIG floral in the center of the table and I knew exactly what I wanted to use- white hydrangea, purple lisianthus, lavender and white roses, purple stock and lavender snapdragons. Preston says you should design a table top in layers of details.
With that in mind, I decided the additional layers of details would be four silver mint julep cups with purple rhinestone accents around the base and four candle rings around pillar candles elevated on rhinestone wrapped square vases.
I added the birds and bird nests to pick up on the silver rhinestone accents in the linens and, for a little pop of color contrast, I put lavender votive candles into square votive holders that I wrapped with a silver rhinestone accent.
But wait…I almost forgot about the best part: decorating the chair backs – a detail that brings it all together. The bride and groom got the heart shaped florals on their chairs and their guest’s chair backs were adorned with a cluster of flowers.
I also picked unusual shapes for the table settings; chargers, dinner plates and salad plates and mismatched glassware. The proverbial “icing on the cake” – a single chocolate truffle candle set down dead center of the stark white triangular shaped plate – surprise “eye candy” for the guests to discover.
I decided to add rose petal garlands with crystals hanging from the big main centerpiece as my final detail. It was met with rave reviews. In fact, I’m told it is going to be featured in an upcoming edition of a local wedding magazine! I couldn’t be more proud of my work and the opportunity to share it with you readers.
I hope this gives you some ideas and inspiration if you decide to try your hand at wedding décor, or decorating for any special event.
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