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hello everyone!

we're in the final wedding planning stretch here and most things are under control but we could use some advice on one thing - table centerpieces. basically we'd like to do flowers of some kind (involving things like orchids, lilies, roses, branchy bits, etc etc). our tables are 7' across and circular. arranged centerpieces are of course very nice but they're also expensive and neither of us are really comfortable with purchasing flowers and arranging them ourselves. as another option we could do a live plant setup of some kind, but i'm not finding any good examples. does anyone have any bright ideas along these lines? any recommendations for local florists/greenhouses that could do this kind of thing would be awesome.

4 weeks! wow!

Date: 2006-08-12 05:40 am (UTC)
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Date: 2006-08-12 09:47 am (UTC)
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At the last wedding we went to, the tables were very simply decorated with a very small bunch of flowers. There was a card at each person's setting that dedicated the wedding to a friend who'd died of cancer and that the cost of centerpieces was instead donated to cancer research. I dunno...I thought that was pretty cool of them.
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first get a largish tray filled with dirt and wheatgrass shoots (maybe 3-4 inches tall).

Sprinkle with mint.

scatter some bits of shredded pork (unseasoned)

then 3-5 kittens!

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i've noticed that a lot of lists of "creative" centerpieces involve antique birdcages. but they never include antique burd cages filled with birds and kittens!

Date: 2006-08-12 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Winston Flowers could definitely do live centerpieces of some sort for you, but they would probably be pricy. They would be very elegant, though. And the staff are very pleasant to deal with--it's the florist my office uses when we need to send flowers.

Date: 2006-08-12 03:48 pm (UTC)
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They are _really_ expensive, though their stuff is lovely.

I'd recommend flowering branches except I think they might be really hard to get this time of year. But they can make a very elegant and pretty arrangement even though they're simple.

Date: 2006-08-12 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Winston is la creme de la creme of flowers in Boston/North East. Flowering branches are a nice touch. Dog wood is beautiful but I think it's a spring flower.

On a long shot, you could try to go to Trader Joe's a day or two before and buy an orchid per table, if they have them. You might want to scope things out before hand, pick up some decorative pots, and you could go from there?

We got some great flowers from the florist in Central Sq.

Wheat grass is excellent but I'm not sure where you get it.

One thing about centerpieces, you want them low so that some conversation can go across the table if it needs to. I don't think a single, tall orchid would interfere.

Date: 2006-08-13 02:32 pm (UTC)
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yes i've thought of the trader joes idea; maybe we'll do something like that with orchids and other plants. not sure yet. definitely a lot less expensive than the designed arrangements but we also want things to look nice too.

good point on the height of certerpieces. we're not having a formal sitdown dinner/assigned seats so people might be able to work around this, but that's something to keep in mind.

Date: 2006-08-16 03:23 am (UTC)
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winston is super overpriced and arrogant to boot...not to totally bust on them but we've gotten way nicer arrangements done at whole foods for 1/4 of the price...i like their work in terms of thinking outside the box, but totally not worth the $$$

Date: 2006-08-13 02:29 pm (UTC)
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yes yes i know winston does fantastic work. they're the ones who made this arrangement bridget gave me in june.

and i know they are -pricy- too. :)


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