Vases filled with fragrant blooms or single stems; these are the norm when it comes to wedding flora, but oh, there are so many other things you can do when decorating for your wedding reception….
For spring weddings:
1. Potted daffodils or tulips; complete with new grass is a charming way to announce the new season of your life. For an even more colorful twist, nestle a resin bunny or Easter egg (if date-appropriate) in the grass at the base of the flower stem.
2. Flowering dogwood or redbud in tall vases filled with water and clear marbles.
3. Large, fragrant peony or lilac blooms floating in shallow clear-glass bowls or on top of larger ones with a white molly fish or white goldfish swimming beneath.
For summer weddings:
1. Ferns mixed with sunflowers
2. Roses just at their peak, snipped close lying in a bed of fringed leaf lettuce
3. Forget the flowers and decorate with watermelon baskets filled with berries and melon balls. The guests eat the centerpieces, reducing the cost of decorations/food.
4. Baskets filled with ribbon-tied bouquets of wild flowers.
For fall weddings:
1. Potted mums are always in good taste.
2. Fall colored leaves (real or silk) amid gourds and pumpkins.
3. Gold or seasonally-colored candles with roses, dahlias, spider mums or pears (or a combination of any/all) scattered around.
4. Medium-sized pumpkins hollowed out to serve as a vase for mums, cattails and/or bittersweet.
5. White pumpkins speckled with gold.
For winter weddings:
1. Long-stem white roses edged in blue or silver laying randomly amid silver ribbon
2. Pink poinsettias mixed with browns; pine cones seed pods and cinnamon sticks
3. Miniature holly bushes in Christmas plaid-wrapped containers.
4. Miniature Christmas trees complete with mini lights and decorations in the center of each table (color-coordinated to match the wedding)