Food Inspired Centerpieces

Food Inspired Centerpieces ?


According to “The Knot” Webinar that I participated in last week – there is another trend on the wedding radar!  And it’s — are you ready for this?  Food inspired centerpieces!  While I think the above photo has an interesting look…I’m not sure I’d like it on the head table at my wedding, or at that of my daughters’ either.  I think sometimes people want to be different, and don’t know how to do it, so they take a step out there, and sometimes that step is just a little too far.


Ok…I could see incorporating some gorgeous macaroons as a focal point/centerpiece like the ones above at a wedding, or better yet, a shower.  I just love the colors.  They scream spring, and the covered teacups lend a festive air.


Ditto the above photo.  I think this table setting would be perfection for a bridesmaids’ luncheon. The  palate mixture of the pink flowers and tangerines is lovely.  Good enough to eat!  Maybe “The Knot” DOES know what they’re talking about…


And this bouquet of cupcakes?  I love it!  I see this as a gorgeous small table, (say 4-8), centerpiece at a bridal shower.  Then have them do double duty as prizes for games played at said shower!  I know I’d love to win such a gift.


And the lavish display of apples?  Perfect for a casual outdoor wedding or bridal brunch.  I think overall, there is a niche for food as a focal point or centerpiece, but it is best placed in a casual or outdoor setting.  Back to nature and all that…  If you choose to go this route at a wedding event, make sure you get some good patterns from a site like pinterest or google images.

A Chart of Wedding Bouquets

A Chart of Wedding Bouquets is invaluable when you make your flower selections.  Will all your bouquets match?  Or will you choose different styles for different ladies? Please find below a helpful chart with descriptions and drawings, to be followed by photos of each style.



00724e51f9ddc7533c1486665f888283 – ROUND BOUQUET 

The round bouquet is very standard webbing fare for the bride.  Once all the rage, it is loosing favor among the 2015-2106 wedding trends.

002_primary – PAGEANT BOUQUET

While lovely, the pageant bouquet is used less often than all other bouquet types.


Wedding | Inspirations Ideas Planning – CASCADE BOUQUET

The cascade bouquet is quite formal, and used in large settings.  Think Lady Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles.


pink-sweet-peas-bouquet – NOSEGAY

The nosegay is one of my favorite bouquets.  It serves all ladies of the wedding party well, from the bride to flower girls.  It doesn’t take away from a bride’s dress with it’s simplicity.  Kate Middleton carried such a bouquet.

ce1ed9b825954fdc5606a09affe31114 – POMANDER BOUQUET

The pomander bouquet, or “kissing bouquet” is perfect for little hands, and is most often used for flower girls.

Photo: Patty Cloherty photos -And one of my favorites, the POSEY – modeled by yours truly.  🙂

And one other bouquet type that we don’t see on the chart above, but I think is gorgeous…the “HAND-TIED”.  This can be presented with or without ribbon tied around the stems.  The ribbon wrapped stems are for a more formal wedding, the natural look for a more casual affair.




Elevated Wedding Flowers



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Elevated Wedding Flowers … What’s old is new again, right?  Their style comes and goes in waves.  The once trendy, and some still think ‘over the top’ style of elevated wedding flowers – centerpieces – has come back into vogue.  I think they’re lovely, even if others have panned them as ‘too much’ (think Marla Maples’ wedding to Donald Trump – which WAS a little gauche – no politics here, just an observation).


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But there are several advantages to the elevated centerpiece.  They’re beautiful, and you can still see the person seated across from you.  Your florist can also employ many different blooms, as these arrangements tend to be very large.  The downside, they can be costly.  In the 90’s when this stye was all the rage, brides tried to out do each other. Flowers were a great platform  to make a bold statement.


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Don’t discount the pluses of these giant centerpieces because you are afraid of presenting a gaudy image.  They can be done tastefully.  If you choose this style, just make sure your florist is on the same page as you.  Tell her you want beauty and grace, not “Dallas” – remember that television show?  🙂


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You wedding flowers are a key part of your decor.  Make sure you get exactly what you want. Your florist is there to please you.


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Of all these lovely photos, the one above is my favorite.  Can you sense a theme here?  I do love succulents.  I think the addition to this arrangement adds an air of approachability.  The greenery on the guest plate inserts a nice touch as well.  And the bride chose to have some lower blooms on the table in addition.  Too much?







Wedding Flowers


Wedding flowers and music —  two of the most important presentations to be made at any wedding.  Janice, mother of the groom, picked up the baton of theses two curial factors and ran with them!

First the flowers…through the process of writing a blog, I have viewed many, many pictures of wedding flowers.  I haven’t seen any prettier than the ones Janice and KK chose.  In the photo above, you see KK and Tyler at the alter, actually saying their vows.  To KK’s left, you see the exquisite alter flowers.


The new Mr and Mrs… walking down the aisle as man and wife.  This photo shows KK’s bouquets off to a good advantage.  I love how it doesn’t overwhelm her — she’s a little woman.  The flowers are varied and give the bouquet a multi-level dimension.


The bridesmaids bouquets are modeled by my own Tess and Julia, sisters of the bride.  I love the variety of all the flowers, but yet how they work so well together.  There was just enough peach in the bouquets to make them pop.


This photo is so KK and Tyler – relaxed, happy, and so were their attendants.  Their exuberance is definitely highlighted in this shot.  And when it comes to giving photo creds…they belong to me, with the exception of the top photo, (which was captured by one of KK’s girlfriends), on my tiny iPhone.  Hasn’t technology advanced?  Wow…is all I can say!


The last picture above – life long best friends…KK and  her “little” sister, Matron of Honor, Maggie.  I love this picture, just like the girls…And yes, I love the flowers you chose, Janice and KK – job well done.  The music, wow!  Janice hired a string trio to play all the wedding music, and the most beautiful cantor to sing all the responses in the Mass.  I was so happy for the couple, I had no tears, but the sweetness of the music…well that made my eyes well…