Monday, November 1, 2010

Wedding Table Centerpieces - "Country Style"...

...well these centerpieces are not maybe what you'd expect - BUT - they were different, perfect for their setting (in a barn, don't forget) and better yet - relatively inexpensive - which is a good thing since there were over 40.
On about 15 tables, we decorated with "real" sap buckets filled with sand to hold curly willow (free) and dried hydrangeas and sedum(yes, free and free) in place. They were tied with a piece of burlap and placed on an additional piece of burlap. For a pop of color - we used more hedge apples (which again - were free). A couple of simple votives and some white beans and split peas sprinkled around finished it off. Oh and I almost forgot - those white rusty balls - available at the shop - were added just for some interest.
...all lit up...
About 15 other tables were dressed with wire cloches and pretty birds perched high. They were set on cake plates - "borrowed" from many family members - for a lil' height. Some simple honeysuckle, hedge apples, a few dried hydrangeas, a candle and of course, beans, complete the look.

The simplest arrangements on the remaining tables were just various glass containers ( again - Borrowed) filled with beans, peas and candles. Simple - but pretty.


This lil' vignette was on the gift table - a large lantern filled with hedge apples, some leftover gourds, beans in a jar - imagine that - and some willow and peacock feathers.

You can see the willow a lil' better in this picture. Let me suggest if you don't own a "curly willow" tree - DO GET ONE. They are easy to root, quick to grow - make gorgeous accent twigs in all kinds of arrangements and do you know how expensive they are to buy at the store? - well, they are HIGH - that I do know.

Just showing you how pretty doesn't have to be expensive and...

...sometimes - more memorable.
Now, y'all go buy you some beans and get decorating!!!!
Happy Tuesday,
Cathy





12 comments:

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Very original and just lovely! If I ever get married again would you do my centerpieces! Thanks for sharing, Esther

April Mechelle said...

Beautiful !! I love the look! I will need to use beans in future decorating! Thanks for sharing.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh Cathy, the wedding decorations are the most beautiful I have ever seen! Stunning! It must be printed in a magazine for inspiration! What a make over for your barn! Your talents are endless Cathy! Happy Fall!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Peggy Arteberry said...

Beautiful and unique... yet simple!! Hmm... my son is getting married in May '11. I wonder if I can't share some of these ideas? Thanks for sharing!

cindy said...

I t hink they are beautiful. Very talented, you are!

Sheila said...

As a floral designer myself, I've enjoyed seeing these wonderful wedding photos you've taken time to share. I'm all about saving money whenever possible, re-purposing items and using what nature gives us in our area. I'll be decorating for a huge wedding in June and the setting is very much like your barn. I love the colors you used.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Have a wonderful day~

NanaDiana said...

Well, I am blown away. What a beautiful blog. I am signing up as your newest follower. I found you through Cindy over at Cottage Instincts..and now I have to go back and "haunt" her because I told myself I wasn't going to sign up to follow anymore blogs...because I am one of those stupid followers that really FOLLOW..AND comment AND keep coming back...yeah..I am a pain that way! So...here I am, impressed beyond belief. Love your "stuff"...can I come and live with you? Please? just askin....Diana

Angie said...

Wow...gorgeous! Love the colors and textures. You are just too good!

Verde Farm said...

I just have to say, I don't think I've seen a wedding this pretty in any magazine I've every looked in. I think it is a perfect country wedding theme but elegant and simple colors. Wonderful :)
Amy

Melody said...

Holy Barn Stormin Cathy!!! What a complete transformation! That Fairy Godmother did a miracle with her pumpkins and such...better than that old coach that other one did in the movie;) If ya watched those curly willow sticks would sprout roots in water and you can propagate even more trees. I love designing with curly willow..especially taking clear glass vases and creating a Kenzen of curly willow and designing with it. Oh everything looked fabulous.

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Simply beautiful!!! My daughter is getting married next year, and there is so much to plan yet only so much money for everything. Awesome pictures. Thank you for sharing.

Country Dreaming said...

Such creativity!!! Great Job!

Melinda