One of the best ways to express your personal style is through your wedding table décor, and the possibilities for centrepieces are endless — from towering floral and crystal vases to lower vessels filled with flowers and surrounded by candles. However with a little bit of imagination and inspiration, why not wow your wedding guests and make your day even more special with the help of individual and unusual centrepieces.
As one of the most popular wedding venues in the UK, the awarding-winning Italian Villa, based in the idyllic grounds of Compton Acres, Sandbanks in Dorset have seen centrepieces of all shapes and sizes. Laura Bragg, the Events Manager at The Italian Villa, encourages couples to get creative: “The trend for moving away from flowers and creating centrepieces with a difference is getting more and more popular here in the UK. Here at the Italian Villa we are seeing couples really wanting to express their personalities in a way that’s not always possible with traditional flowers.”
Here are five ideas you may like to try:
Literary-loving couples can’t go wrong with a stack of beautifully bound vintage novels in place of a floral centrepiece. Stack your favourite titles or some gorgeous bound volumes for a simple yet meaningful display.
Feathers, whether natural, dyed to reflect your colour scheme or covered in glitter, can really come together to make dramatic centrepieces. Think large, colourful, peacock feathers cleverly arranged.
Clocks, sand-timers and candle filled lanterns or mason jars can create a great rustic, shabby chic look. Bundle them together with a few other antiques for an understated vintage display. Your guests won’t miss flowers!
For a more natural centrepiece, try using bonsai trees or full lemon trees dressed up with additional greenery. For beautiful winter or evening wedding centrepieces, hang tea light candles from branches wrapped with flowers. Guests will be in awe of the soft winter glow!
An idea that’s perfect for the kids’ table (and one which grown-ups will love too) is completing each table with an edible display of sweets. Think oversized lollipops, trees of your favourite colourful sweets or bowls of customised love hearts. Guests of all ages will be channelling their inner child when they see this fun display.
Tony Beales, Managing Director at the Italian Villa says: “We have plenty of experience in helping couples create their perfect day – from edible dehydrated fruits and berries embellishing each table, to entire miniature herb gardens that guests used to season their food – we have helped bring some great and interactive ideas to life! We have also seen some other truly inspired centrepieces at our weddings, such as the placing of fish bowls filled with colourful glimmering goldfish on each table!”
The Italian Villa is the only venue of its kind in the UK and was recently voted the most popular venue in the world in the prestigious Wedding Industry Expert Awards. Nestled between the seaside towns of Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset, near the exclusive area of Sandbanks, the Italian Villa is set within the beautiful grade II listed gardens and grounds of Compton Acres. For more information visit: the-italian-villa.co.uk