Fall Centerpieces

Whether you’re getting married indoors or outdoors, there’s nothing not to love about fall weddings. For this reason, have fun and be creative with your table centerpieces. We’ve gathered our favorite pieces from Bridal Guide to help narrow down your choices!

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Photo Credit: Josh Lynn Photography

You don’t have to have an unlimited amount of flowers for your centerpiece. Try elevating a smaller assortment of roses and eucalyptus leaves with an oversized flute vase. Top the centerpiece off with rustic branches to complete this wow factor piece.

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Photo credit: Cary Pennington Photography

Give rustic a whole new meaning by painting any existing branches or twigs in your centerpiece. You can keep your floral arrangement small, while making the painted branches your focal point of the table. Very chic!

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Photo credit: Lisa Lefkowitz via Snippet Ink

Allow the fall season to inspire your centerpiece by adding a touch of autumn harvest to it. Infusing small apple branches in this blush centerpiece is absolutely stunning and fitting for both an indoor or outdoor reception.

Carrie Wildes Photo branch and lantern
Photo credit: Carrie Wildes Photography

Sometimes the perfect centerpiece can be so simple and elegant that you don’t need flowers at all. This assortment of antiqued candle holders paired with a jeweled branch is just the right touch for a long dinner table.
You’ll want your table to capture the essence of the fall season: cozy and inviting. So be sure to use elements of the season to grab your guests’ attention at your reception. For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

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Wedding Photos You’ll Love

For your wedding day photos, you’ll want to make sure you capture the most incredible moments of your big day. While you may want to just ask your photographer to try and capture the magic of each moment of the day, it’s much more beneficial to plan out the photos you want to have on your wedding day so you can enjoy your big day with your new spouse.

While photos of you and your bridal party are important, consider the tiny aspects of your wedding day that make it so special. For instance, your place setting that you spent so much time planning for, the cake topper you took so long to carefully choose, and not to mention, beautiful photos of the scenery in the venue you spent so much time dreaming about! Did we forget to add candid wedding shots? Those are a must! The featured photos highlight a few magical moments that took place at Celebrate at Snug Harbor.

Intricate Details:

The intricate details of the wedding day deserve their moment to shine. After all, you spent so much time choosing the perfect finishing touches, you should ask your photographer to highlight them before the day is over. The featured photos showcase table settings, cake toppers, and centerpiece that were set up in the Great Hall of Celebrate at Snug Harbor.

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Photo credit: Dreamlife Photography
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Photo credit: Studio A Images
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Photo credit: Dreamlife Photography

 

Venue Scenery:

Venue scenery is so important. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of photo opportunities and that can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t plan ahead. Fortunately, your photographer and Celebrate’s team of Event Designers can help you plan out where and when to take the best photos. The featured photos below highlight the beauty of the Tuscan Garden, the stunning architecture of the Chinese Garden, as well as the breathtaking hornbeam tree tunnel. These stunning backgrounds help accentuate the beauty of the day!

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Photo credit: Dreamlife Photography
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Photo credit: Michael Dempsey Photography

Candid Moments:

The featured photos below capture the excitement and of both a bride and her family on their wedding day. The first photo highlights the thrill of the bride’s parents. How sweet! The second photo shows that not all pictures need to have the bride and her groom facing forward. Sometimes the beautiful moments are when the bride and groom think no one is looking. The third photo highlights a beautiful moment of the bride and groom enjoying themselves during their reception in the Great Hall of Celebrate at Snug Harbor.

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Photo credit: 1314 Studio Photography
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Photo credit: Funico Studio Photgraphy
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Photo credit: Studio A Images

It will be these types of photos that you and your partner will want to look back on and have in your memory box or wedding album. Our advice is for you to consult not only your wedding photographer, but the event planner of your wedding venue so that you can be best prepared for the photography on your wedding day!

Table Setting Must Haves

Table settings are often an overlooked element when planning all of the details for a wedding reception. But a few minor touches to a table can set the tone for the lavish reception you want your guests to enjoy. Remember that guests love noticing the thoughtful details to help make their memory of your big day last.

Candles:

Never underestimate the power of a candle or two. Candles are the romantic touch every table needs. In the featured collage, the tables on the right have floating candles in tall glasses that vary in height for an aesthetic appeal. These images note that while focusing on a gorgeous centerpiece is a must, so is focusing on what will surround that centerpiece so that it doesn’t look too idle. The largest photo creativity places a candle inside a lantern to make it the focal point of the table, while also having small votives surround the lantern in antiqued holders. The elegance of the candles screams romance!

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Varied Pinterest Inspiration

Identification:

There are so many adorable ways to identify your table numbers so that your guests know where to sit. Brides usually list the guests’ names on a place card on the dinner plate itself, or having a separate location for guests to pick up their place card and assigned table number. Some brides even get creative and avoid table numbers and instead, name their tables after their favorite travel places. The featured photos below include classic calligraphy on a gold-framed chalkboard, as well as a California post card placed on a rope knot. There is no wrong way to do this as long you clearly and elegantly identify your tables or where your guests will sit.

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Photo: Brushfire Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings
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Photo: Mustard Seed Photography via Brides.com

Personal Touch:

There’s always a way to add a personal touch to your dinner tables so that your guests can be surprised or touched by your efforts to provide a beautiful reception for them. In the photo collage are a few ideas that guests have brought to life in their receptions in The Great Hall at Celebrate at Snug Harbor. A personal touch could include drink tags with the guests names on them so that no one gets their glasses confused. This can also serve as a place card! The bottom row of photos from left to right feature wedding favors placed behind the bread plate, a small pumpkin to accentuate the fall theme, and a small white rose next to each menu.

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Varied from receptions in The Great Hall at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

While some personal touches may seem like a small gesture, remember that less can be more.  You don’t need a personal touch on every aspect of your wedding. Just remember that table settings are where you want to add your details!

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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