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Table centerpieces and props tell a couple’s story.

One of the most rewarding aspects of wedding design is the opportunity to customize an event for a specific couple, creating a celebration unique to their personalities, tastes and traditions. In particular, table centerpieces are becoming an expression of a couple and their collective style. Centerpieces may include much more than flowers. Photos, quotes and props that reflect a couple’s time together may be used to tell a story about who the couple is, where they came from and where they are going together.

Pinterest and other social media platforms are filled with creative do-it-yourself ideas for engaged pairs to spark their “couple style.” But many come to realize they lack the time and skills to bring their style to fruition. Not to mention that specific bases or props for DIY wedding decor may be difficult to track down. For these reasons, couples turn to event designers to create their vision.

Each table at this wedding featured a custom centerpiece designed by Creative Ambiance Events. Tent by Chase Canopy Co., Mattapoisett, Mass. Linens by BBJ Linen. Photos: Eloquent Images Photography

Old Hollywood glamour and nostalgia is a perennial favorite wedding theme. For one tented wedding reception, Creative Ambiance Events started with this theme to bring out a couple’s style through decorative lighting, vintage props and floral centerpieces.

Dramatic lighting—Twenty-foot-long, 10-inch-diameter crystal chandeliers, hung around the poles supporting the tent, making a glamourous statement. LED uplights were placed at the bottom of the poles underneath the chandelier crystals so that light streamed upward, generating the perfect sparkle under the tent.

Custom centerpieces—With a different theme for each table, centerpieces reflected the bride’s and groom’s personalities. For example, the bride was a fan of disco music, so one centerpiece featured flowers at the bottom of a lantern with mini disco balls hung from the top. In addition, each table number incorporated excerpts from a song, book or poem cherished by the couple.

0415_tr_2Nostalgic props—Throughout the reception space, unique props helped tell the couple’s story. A favorite element involved two typewriters, with one typewriter displaying the groom’s vows and the other the bride’s vows. Flowers placed in the typewriter lent a soft feel to the antique equipment.

Tasteful heritage—With a Dutch groom and a bride hailing from Georgia, we collaborated with Janet Divine of Simply Divine Catering to create a menu that reflected the couple’s heritage—from southern fried chicken and shrimp and grits to a dessert table of Dutch pastries.

Turning a client’s vision into a custom design is a service that the team at Creative Ambiance Events delights in providing. Every couple has a story, and we love to find unique ways to tell it!

By LisaMarie Dwyer, founder, and Caitlin Carter, design and planning assistant, Creative Ambiance Events, West Warwick, R.I.,

Lighting design by Creative Ambiance Events made a dramatic statement under the tent. Photo: Eloquent Images Photography.



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