Picking the Perfect Wedding Centerpiece

Mosteller-Reception-Venue-HickoryThere is a reason they call it a centerpiece: This piece of décor—whether antique, floral, or otherwise—is a real attention-grabber, literally sitting at the center of each wedding reception table and setting the look, style, and feel for your whole event. Needless to say, it is important to put some thought into your centerpieces, and to end up with something that creates a dynamic and festive space for you and your guests.

As far as wedding reception centerpieces go, there is no right or wrong answer; the important thing is to pick something you like, plain and simple. With that said, you probably want to pick something that’s really attractive, something that’s creative, and something that people will be talking about. The question is how.

Setting the Scene with a Perfect Centerpiece

A few general tips for picking the perfect wedding centerpiece:

Add some variety. Don’t just pick one design, but rather pick two or three, and then spread them out across different tables. Ensure a look that is consistent, but also has some range: For example, you may pick the same flowers but put them in different colors or in different-shaped vases from one table to the next.

Work with a local florist. If you can, work with a vendor who will provide you with locally-grown flowers and plants. This will ensure that they are fresh, but it will also help you contain costs.

Have a backup plan. On the off chance that Mother Nature thwarts your attempts to get a certain type of flower on your big day, let your florist know what your backup plan/second choice is.

Think beyond flowers. You can have a lively, “green” centerpiece even without relying on flowers; many couples pick fruits to augment their arrangements, which can be quite cost-effective.

Be practical. Remember that your guests will want to look at your centerpieces, but they will also want to be able to see each other across the table—so don’t pick anything too obtrusive.

Stabilize! Make sure that whatever you pick is sturdy enough to withstand a bit of jostling from your guests—especially once those guests start dancing and/or drinking.

Be consistent. More than anything else, make sure to tie your centerpieces into your broader theme, color palette, and style.

A final thought: Make sure you see the space you’re holding your reception in before you start thinking about centerpiece arrangements. To schedule a tour of Mosteller Mansion, give us a call today!

5 Rules of Wedding Gift Etiquette

mosteller-mansion-wedding-photo_011When you attend a wedding, you usually come bearing a gift—but did you know there are rules of etiquette that surround wedding gift giving? Of course the happy couple will surely appreciate your generosity no matter what, but if you really want to impress and delight them then why not take the time to do things right?

And really, the rules of wedding gift etiquette are not so complicated. We can boil them down into five simple directives—all of which you should keep in mind the next time you’re buying a wedding present!

Always Buy from the Registry

Many gift givers want to “surprise” the happy couple—but the problem here is that you’re probably going to end up getting them something they don’t actually need or want, or something they already have. The overwhelming majority of couples have wedding registries—consult your invitation or the wedding website, if there is one—and the majority of brides say they’d rather their gifts all come from the registry. So there you go!

Practical Gifts are Okay

This isn’t Valentine’s Day, and there’s nothing wrong with getting a piece of bedding, a kitchen appliance, or some other “practical” gift from the registry. In fact, these are generally the gifts that couples are most hopeful to receive.

Your Price Point Should Be Determined by Your Relationship to the Couple

A close friend will probably spend more than a casual acquaintance, and that’s fine—but generally speaking, it’s considered bad form to spend less than $50.

Group Gifts are Welcome

With that said, there’s nothing wrong with getting a group of friends together, pooling your money, and investing in a really big-ticket item for the bride and groom. In fact, many couples are most excited to receive gifts like these.

Ship it To Them

Rather than bring your gift to the wedding—which really just creates inconvenience for the bride and groom—order online and have the gift shipped to them directly. Make sure to do it within two months of the wedding!

So there you go: Follow these basic principles and your gift is sure to go over well!