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Branching Out

Wedding Design

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Last week we shared a glance of how amazing ferns and other foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the gallery.

fern foliage and branch wedding ideas

From Sarah: It may seem funny to start talking about spring right now, but the fact of the matter is, there are plenty of brides right now who are sifting through fall inspiration boards while trying to plan their spring 2013 weddings. This is for you!

large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage

Spring weddings are such an indulgence. Everyone jumps at the chance to wear light airy and bright colors as soon as they can. Spring bulbs are bright and cheery, and I we want to use all of the pastel and bright colors that are finally available. In our haste to use all things spring I think color palettes sometimes get circus-y rather than showing how delicate the season is. So, today I have a subdued spring color palette that still evokes the light and airy qualities we love about spring. Spring is colorful, but I like the idea of indulging in the muddy colors that are surrounding you in the early spring. The wet leaves and moss that have been hiding under snow all winter show themselves, and that was the real inspiration for this arrangement- the putty colored greens, and the robin egg blue that has a hint of gray. Ferns (as demonstrated by Hey Look’s tablescape) may be enough for your entire tablescape. Here I mixed them with a few other spring flowers, bulbs, and different kinds of moss.
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage


foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the View all images in the gallery

I kept these arrangements very simple. A lot of times earthy brides get scared when they hear the words “big arrangements” because they don’t want anything too complex or flowery. Sticking to things with natural textures like the branches or grasses will allow you to use scale to wow your guests while still keeping things natural and simple.

All photos by Sarah Winward.

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DIY Seating Chart Garland

DIY Projects

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Oh Kraft + neon, I just can’t quit you two. Michaela and Lotta of Hey Look made an easy DIY seating chart garland using one of my favorite color combos. This project brings this color combo to a whole new level of adorableness when you tie the garland on a branch, similarly to this DIY lily branch curtain we shared last year. View all photos from this DIY project up and close in the gallery.

neon kraft paper branch wedding garland curtain
neon kraft paper branch wedding garland curtain

You’ll need:

– paper in the colors of your choice (we chose different recycled papers in neutral colors and some neon pink post-its)
– A circle hole punch or a few in different sizes
– String (package string works well with this technique)
– Paper glue

DIY circle garland seating

Instructions:
1. Punch out the amount of paper circles you want.
2. Dap little spots of paper glue straight onto the string
3. Stick on a paper circle
4. Repeat

neon kraft paper branch wedding garland curtain

This technique is super-quick, even quicker if you work with your fiance(e) or friend – one holds the string tight, the other attaches the paper circles. Once you get rolling, you can whip up a serious amount of garlands within an hour. To make all the garlands in the pictures, it took us about 1.5 hours.

You can hang the garlands from large branches or pieces of wood and hang them over buffet and dessert tables or over dinner tables. You could also hang them from manzanita branches in vases.

Hang garlands down from the ceiling, write your guest names and table numbers onto extra circles and attach each of these to a circle of the garland with a mini cloth pin – you’ve got a super-quick and pretty escort card display!