Get Creative!

Herbs potted into an old sewing drawer created a perfect centerpiece for a long table. Photo courtesy of Karen Seifert.

Whether you’re looking for a few fresh ideas to liven up your upcoming nuptials, a casual shindig or the social event of the season, consider all the possibilities to make your event unique. Are you hosting your reception outdoors under a tent? Try a suspended arrangement over your buffet, sweetheart table or dance floor. Love the look of arrangements so delicious you could eat? Consider incorporating beautiful vegetables into your vases and bouquets like kale, beets, fiddle-stick ferns and romanesco. Looking for a pop of color but your hue is florally out of season? Experiment with vivid fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges. Those options too tame for your cultured palate? Try something more exotic like kumquats, rambutan, pineapple and figs…

Green bean bundles paired with gourds, radishes and carrots created perfect centerpiece accents for this registered dieticians wedding tables. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Yonce.

Edible flowers are a great way to have an increased floral presence at your event. Looking to stir up some excitement at the bar? Liven up your signature cocktail by freezing flowers to keep your guests cool as they dance the night away. Be sure to check with your florist first before getting your heart set on a particular type as options range from comestible and even nutritive to surprisingly unsavory or toxic. Are you a rustic gal struggling to make your wedding mesh well with your earthy nature? Think about combining herbal elements like lavender, thyme and rosemary to your flower design . If you’re a wordsmith engaged to a “grammar file”, achieving a visual theme to properly express your appreciation for fantastic lexicon may prove challenging. Use that brain power to discover what flowers can do for you! Educate your guests about the meanings and origins of the flowers you’ve chosen by integrating the details of their significance on to your programs, table signage, menus, guestbook and favors.

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