Fall Centerpieces

Whether you’re having an indoor or outdoor wedding this fall, you have unlimited options when it comes to rustic fall centerpieces. Drawing inspiration from Martha Stewart Weddings, we’re highlighting our favorite do’s for your fall centerpiece. From fall produce to colors and textures, you can’t go wrong for your autumn wedding.

Use seasonal fruit

The fall is an amazing time to use seasonal produce in more than just your menu. The top photo of the featured collage showcases soft greens and blush flowers surrounded by fall fruits like eggplants and apples. The bottom left photo infuses persimmons with the burgundy and orange leaves.The bottom right photo highlights the stylist’s use of artichokes, peaches and figs to surround the candles set up in the center of the table. Deliciously beautiful!

Fall Fruit Centerpiece Collage

Let color be your guide

Fall is an amazing time of year for foliage and deep colors. The left photo of the featured collage highlights the use of blush roses and deep red flowers to contrast one another, making them the focal point of the table. The top right photo uses varied purple hues with blush and green leaves to compliment one another. If you’re going for a simpler, yet elegant contrast, the bottom right photo uses single stem white flowers with smaller, darker, and grouped flowers for a variation of fall elements.

Color Contrast Collage Fall Centerpieces

Make it all about texture

Consider using varied textures to enhance the rustic tone of the fall season. The top left photo of the collage features soft flowers placed in a charming birch log. The top right photo uses just the flowers to vary in texture, with gentle pink flowers surrounded by velvet green leaves. The bottom left photo uses a rustic wooden box to hold grouped wildflowers in a mason jar. Another creative way to play with textures is to isolate them, as seen in the bottom right photo. This centerpiece keeps green leaves in one vase and orange blooms in a separate vase. By placing the candle and succulent in the center, each texture is able to stand out at this beautiful table.  

Textured Collage Centerpieces for Fall

It’s easy to get lost in the world of fall florals. Consult with your Event Designer and see which type of centerpiece best fits your wedding venue. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you can have both indoor and outdoor spaces to hit all of the fall elements for your special day!

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Inspiration for Shower Decor

A baby or bridal shower is a precious time in which a bride or mother-to-be share their excitement for their marriage or new bundle of joy with close loved ones. As a result, these events can be stressful if they aren’t planned out and executed properly. Aside from choosing invitations, activities, you want your shower to be aesthetically pleasing as well. A recent event at Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers some key styling inspiration that you can use for your next event.

Styled by Courtney Maggart, of Relish Caterers + Event Planners, this shower focused on keeping the table abundant with goodies, as well as making the focus of the decor the fabulous florals.

An Abundant Table:

You’ll want an attractive table as the statement piece of the main room of your shower. This table should be filled with beverages, snacks, as well as decorations. In the featured collage, you’ll notice that Courtney used tall flowers as the table’s backdrop, with smaller flowers between the chips, dip, and drink glasses. By scattering the items throughout the table, the varied shapes and textures give the guests of this event something fun to approach and pick at.

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Have a Color Scheme:

For this event, the main colors ranged from white to lavender florals with green leafing. These colors are scattered throughout the cake, flowers, and the accentuating tissue paper used as fillers. To enhance the rustic feel of the event, flowers and gift bags were placed in wicker woven baskets and antique oval glass domes. Very charming!

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Insert Conversation Pieces:

When planning an event where not all guests may know one another, insert small pieces to help them begin a conversation. In the featured collage, you’ll notice a framed menu and framed paper instructing guests to fill out a name tag and grab a monogrammed bag, as seen in the upper right photo of the collage. Some small items that show your consideration of your guests will offer them an opportunity to share memories and stories about you!

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Showers, birthdays, or other momentous events are opportunities for you and your loved ones to spend some quality time together. For this reason, you’ll want to invest in a venue that will take care of the stressful elements for you, such as food, decor, and setup. The Event Designers at Celebrate at Snug Harbor are available to help you so that you can enjoy your event, rather than stress over the details. Learn more at celebrateatsnugharbor.com!

Must Have Wedding Decor

There is an entire world of wedding decor out there and it can be pretty overwhelming to navigate. Your best option is to select a wedding venue that has a lot of the natural decor already in place. This way, you’ll be able to focus on just a few minor add-ons, rather than working from scratch. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of stunning scenery, which means most of the work is already done for you! Some great areas to focus your decorating skills on is ceiling decor, your wedding arch or canopy, and small personal touches.

Ceiling Decor:

A little update to a reception ceiling goes a long way. Often, couples choose to drape ceilings with fabric or florals. This is a great idea; however, if you’re celebrating in an already beautiful venue, you’ll want to enhance its features, not cover them up. Try adding bistro lighting to your reception ceiling to shine light on your guests and have a unique and elegant look. The featured photo captures bistro lighting draped in Celebrate at Snug Harbor’s tented pavilion, which is an indoor and outdoor location on the property so that you get the best of both worlds for your wedding reception. Another creative way to decorate a reception space is to use paper lanterns, to make the room pop with life!

Ceremonial Canopy:

It’s always a great idea to decorate your ceremony location. Because Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers both indoor and outdoor locations for wedding ceremonies, you get to be creative with decor and your space. The featured collage highlights two outdoor ceremonies, where wooden canopies are draped and adorned with floral arrangements. The indoor ceremony in the Art Gallery shows a wooden canopy with flowers cascading the beams. Just lovely!

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Personal Touches:

While you should let your venue do most of the work when it comes to decor, every wedding should have a few small personal touches. The collage below showcases ways personal touches have been incorporated into weddings held at Celebrate at Snug Harbor. The top left photo has an antique key bottle opener greet their guests as they take their seats. The bottom left photo features a wooden cake topper, which matched the couple’s wooden canopy at their ceremony. Every sweetheart table should include a Mr. & Mrs. sign, as featured in the top right photo. The bottom right photo showcases adorable bride and groom tags for their drinks!

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It’s important to keep in mind that must have decor does not have to break the bank to be stunning. Your venue should do most of the work, which is why investing in a location that has limitless space and options is going to be key when determining what type of other decor you wish to add. Celebrate offers you these windows of opportunity to have fun with decor, but not stress out over it, since the grounds are already so elegant!

How to Pick the Best Color Schemes for Your Wedding Season

It is common for every bride to feel undecided as to what the best color scheme for her wedding should be. While finding a group of colors that go well together, there are other factors that need to be taken into account so that you can look at your wedding pictures loving the cohesion of hues rather than second guessing your final choices. It is so important to include your favorite colors, but don’t forget to consider the season and the wedding space.

Play Favorites:

Choose colors that make you both happy. Consider your favorite color and your hubby-to-be’s favorite color and try to find a common color that will make the two of you happy to see on your big day. As in the featured photo below of the Tuscan Garden at Celebrate at Snug Harbor, there is a beautiful mixture of colors from the scattered rose petals, floral arrangements, dress, and ties of the groom and his father. While the colors vary, they blend beautifully together.

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Tuscan Garden at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

Seasonal Tones:

The season in which you get married is crucial when choosing your color theme. If you’re looking for tones of blush, powder blue, or pastel yellow, you’ll want to consider a spring wedding so that it matches with spring flowers and greenery. In the featured photo, it’s clear to see how well the pink flowers and alter blend with the trees and grass of the Celebrate at Snug Harbor garden. Summer weddings call for more vibrant colors, such as champagne, purple, or orange. For a fall wedding, you’ll want to consider having one bold color and a few others to compliment the focal color, such as a burgundy with beige and cream. Lastly, if opting for a winter wedding, you’ll want deep pine green with shades of white to highlight the theme of winter.

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Tuscan Garden at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

The Space:

While it’s great to have color themes in mind, it’s best to book your venue before solidifying the color choices for your wedding. In the first feature photo, you’ll see the bride and groom have elegantly matched the woodwork of the door to their birch canopy. The ivory and royal blue tones of the walls are cohesive with the bride’s peach hair piece, blush carnations, and the groom’s navy suit. Don’t forget to look for a space with lots of natural sunlight, if you’re planning an indoor ceremony. The natural light of the Art Gallery at Celebrate at Snug Harbor brings out the peach details to match the navy tones for the wedding guests to see.

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Art Gallery at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

However, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding ceremony, try to let the venue’s outdoor details become your wedding color theme. In the photo of Celebrate at Snug Harbor’s Chinese Scholar Garden, there’s no need for additional colors or a separate theme with the lush greenery. Depending on your venue, your color scheme may already be chosen for you without you even realizing it!

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Chinese Garden at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

Although color schemes are very important for a wedding ceremony and reception, it doesn’t have to be a complicated decision-making process. Your venue sometimes provides the inspiration you’ve been looking for. Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers 83-acres of property to find colors to inspire you for almost any season!

Unique Wedding Themes and Ideas

Here’s comes the bride, all dressed in…a Vegas showgirl-inspired wedding dress? Many couples are turning to unique and innovative ways to celebrate their big day. Have you ever attended a circus themed wedding, 80’s retro New Years Eve wedding bash, a Halloween costume ball celebration? Putting on an outlandishly themed wedding may be over-the-top for some, but there are ideas we can borrow from these over –the-top parties to create your own wow-factor.

 

Photo: Ruffled Blog

80’s Themed Wedding

80’s Inspired Décor One of the most-clever ways to leave a great impression on your guests is to decorate interestingly. If you and your partner at known as the music buffs to your family and friends, then they won’t be surprised to see old records as placemats at your reception. Personalize this idea further by labeling the records some of your favorite songs!

Party Like It’s 1985 Another great way to bring the 80’s to your wedding is by integrating inflatable, neon-colored, rock and roll “toys” into the reception. Neon colors are not something expected to be seen at a traditional wedding, but who says you’re traditional? All this sounding corny to you? Picture your drunken friends singing along and playing inflatable guitar to your favorite Bon Jovi or Journey songs. Now that’s a photo-op!

Music, Dance and Bling Add some fun to your 80’s themed reception by inviting guests to wear their best “glam rock” wardrobe, big hair and lots of tassels. Electronic music ruled and so did the “Flock or Seagulls” mohawk.  Clear the dance floor by starting a dance train featuring all your favorite 80’s moves – The Running Man, MC Hammer “Can’t Touch This” dance, the “Moonwalk” and “The Macarena”.

 

Photo: Style Me Pretty

Carnival Themed Wedding

Kiss and Tell If you’re looking for an adventurous x-factor to build into your wedding, this may be the one for you. A kissing booth is a fun and playful way for your guests to interact with one another. You can choose to have the booth during the cocktail hour or during the actual reception.

Carnival Treats One of the things people most look forward to when going to the carnival is all the fun foods. Make this a part of your wedding by feature treats like candy apples, a popcorn machine, cotton candy, mini hotdogs, slider hamburgers and roasted peanuts. This is a great option for a day time, outdoor wedding cocktail hour or reception.

 

Photo: TBDress

Vegas Themed Wedding

Vegas Entertainment Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without the shows. The most talented performers from around the world strive to perform in Sin City. Bring some of the show time magic home to your wedding by featuring a Vegas-inspired performer!

Creative Cakes If you love Vegas (or just gambling), but want to be more subtle in your approach to showing it at your wedding, have your cake say it for you! Wedding cakes are always more fun when they’re creative. Cake pops can also make a great treat for your guests as they leave the world you just created for them. But don’t just stop at rolled-up cake dipped in chocolate. Enhance your theme with theme-related Cake Pops.

 

Photo: New England Fine Living

Candy Themed Wedding

Cotton Candy Galore Who wouldn’t want to go to a candy themed wedding? Instead of having your reception look like the Willy Wonka Factory, give your big day a sweet touch with cotton candy. Having someone churning fresh cotton candy is something everyone will enjoy. Or you can get really creative and have the cotton candy spun around glow sticks so people can enjoy their sugar while dancing!

Candy Buffet Of course you’ll be offering your guests a sit-down or buffet dinner option, but why not provide a candy buffet option too? You can make this part of the décor by coordinating the wedding color scheme into the candy you choose. It’s just a simple but enjoyable touch that will make your wedding that much more memorable. Looking for someone to customize a candy buffet at your wedding?

 

Remember…

Sometimes you don’t need to do much to create a theme. Often, your venue may provide it for you. If you plan a wedding at a venue near the water, think about incorporating a nautical theme. If your location has an intimate feel, you may want to transport your guests into a fairy tale wedding with your décor.  Use the natural beauty of your wedding’s atmosphere to your advantage.

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