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Should I Make my own Centerpieces?

A graceful and easy solution for wedding centerpieces is to rent them. Many decorators will include centerpieces as part of their package. Renting provides greater variety, it is convenient, inexpensive and it alleviates the awkward situation of "what to do with them after the wedding." Know your guests: In some cultures, it is the practice for guests to take the centerpiece with them as gift for attending the reception.

If you create your own centerpieces, it is common to give them away after the event is over. While it might be nice to take home one centerpiece, most hostesses don't have a use for or room for several large, identical centerpieces. There are many ways you can give away centerpieces that are creative, fun and kind:

• Penny Under the Plate
• Pass the Object with Variations
• Reward the Quick RSVPs.
• Announcement First-come, First-serve.
• On the Sly.
• Bride and Groom Trivia.
• Donate Them
• Birthday or Anniversary Presents

Give centerpieces as thank-you gifts to people who worked hard to help you set up for the party, or who contributed to the event in some other valuable way. Giving centerpieces to those friends who worked with you to make the occasion special is a nice way to thank them. If you are looking for a way to reduce stress on your wedding day, Something Borrowed  has over 30 styles of centerpieces that we will decorate with flowers and ribbons in your colors.

See our blog Centerpiece Design Considerations in a future post or at


Whatever the venue for your reception, lighting will play an important role in the event. People are drawn to light. Make sure you mark your outside entry with appropriate lighting to assure your guests that they have, if fact, found your reception, that they are entering the correct door and to help set the mood for the event. The entry lighting should be consistent in style with what they will experience inside the event. Once inside, highlight the parts of the room that you want your guests to see. Obviously, the main backdrop where you will be standing will need special lighting. Consider also your cake, you want it to glow without melting or casting unwanted shadows. The guest book, your trousseau, the dining area and that beautiful bridal picture you will display should all incorporate lighting that enhances the mood set by the decor without calling attention to itself.
Many commercial venues are equipped with overhead lighting. In most cases that lighting is fluorescent. Fluorescent lighting does not produce the warm, romantic feel that you want your guests to experience as they enter your reception. Plan to turn off all installed lighting and provide your own lighting in the location and style that will set the mood you desire.

Something Borrowed is a leader in creating the magic atmosphere you've always wanted for your wedding. When you want something magic, you want Something Borrowed.


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