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February 16, 2017

The Sweetheart Table

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Celebrating your big day with family and friends while being close to your newlywed is what makes the day so magical and fires up the romance of it all. As we know, wedding days can get a little hectic amongst the greetings, pictures, dancing and toasts. It can appear to fly by in the blink of an eye! We know how special this day is, how much planning goes into it and, at the end of the day, the bride and groom’s main purpose is to be with one another. At your wedding reception, having a special place for the two of you to catch up and enjoy each other during the excitement is something we find extremely special and essential. Creating a ‘Sweetheart Table’ for two is a great way to find your alone time while still being involved with guests and adored by all. This not only makes the sweetheart table a great concept, but it also adds another decorative feature to your venue. We have a few great tips and tricks on making your sweetheart table one to be admired by all and adding an extra touch of enchantment to your special day.

 

Sweetheart Table - Modern Style - Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

Sweetheart Table – Modern Style – Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

 

The first thing to decipher in the process of building your perfect sweetheart table is its type or shape. This tends to be the focal point of the room, as it is separated from the other guests’ tables. Sometimes, it is positioned across the dance floor, and other times it’s placed at the head of the room. There are many options to choose from and couples mostly lean towards a single round table or a rectangular shape for two. Many couples use their imagination to come up with outside-the-box ideas like a wine barrel or mirrored tables. While this is preference-based, we find that both shapes work well for specific styles and venues. Round silhouette works great in an indoor venue, one that’s romantic, classic and more ornamental. Rectangular tables work beautifully for an outdoor wedding environment due to their symmetry with nature, while also having a rustic or authentic look to them.

After choosing your table structure, the next step is to pick complementary seating. This is where you can really get creative and have some fun! There are many options, whether it’s two single chairs, a bench, a loveseat couch or even floor cushions. Depending on your wedding theme, using a funky seating arrangement can add that innovative feature and be a focal point statement. For example, if you’re having a vintage décor inspired wedding, incorporating two old-fashioned tufted velour chairs is a gorgeous option to play into the style. Yet, for a black tie modern affair, incorporating two straight lined black and white chairs would emphasize the sleekness and the ambiance. It is important to remember that these are your seats for the entire night and even though you want them to stand out as part of the overall design, you need to make sure they are comfortable enough for you and your loved one.

 

 

Since the first steps of choosing the table and chairs are now complete, it’s time to add the décor. The physical table is a design element on its own, yet incorporating details like linens, flowers, signage and candles can really make it pop! Deciding whether you would like to cover the table with linens or simply leave the wood or glass uncovered can create a design detail on its own. Many like to use luscious creams and white linens, while some add glitter, sequins or colorful options to make a statement. Having a wooden table is a beautiful feature for themed weddings and ties in charmingly with an outside setting. While thinking of adding florals to the piece, it is popular to feature one large arrangement at the front of the sweetheart table that sits perfectly between the two place settings. It is also common to use a floral or greenery garland that drapes from one side of the table to the other, often hanging onto the floor for a whimsical touch. If you feel like you would rather keep the table looking a little bit cleaner, adding flower arrangements to the bottom of the table and around the perimeter is another beautiful option. After flowers are all set, candles complete the look! Many don’t realize the vast variety of candles that can be used in wedding design. Including elements such as mercury glass votive, ornate candlesticks, raw candles and crystals always dresses up the table. For most weddings, mood lighting sets the tone, and this is a way to achieve a private romantic ambiance. A few other small touches include signage that reads “Mr. & Mrs.” or possibly a monogram or quotes. It’s a cute touch that makes it fun while adding personal flare.

 

 

Lastly, now that the table and décor have been decided, it is extremely important to choose your sweetheart table’s backdrop. For some venues, this is an easy fix as they have a gorgeous mantle to be decorated behind you or floor-to-ceiling windows with a water view. Sometimes, this is a perfect final touch without taking away from the design of your table. In other cases, if you’re having your wedding in a raw space, there may not be a pretty wall to line up along, so we have a few ideas for creating your own sweetheart table backdrop. One of our favorites here at Bride and Blossom is a flower wall behind the table. You can stick to neutrals or add pops of color for an enchanting scene. If you are looking for a country approach, building a shiplap wood wall with pictures and greenery could be the best route to take. Some more creative ideas include large hanging picture frames, flowered altars and handmade folding doors. Getting creative will ensure a picturesque scene for everyone to remember. Another small trick to finishing your complete look is placing the table on a small lift so that all of your guests can see exactly where you are and you get a better view of your reception.

 

 

Remembering that it is your day and making time for each other is our most important tip! Enjoy the company, laugh together and be swept away with the romantic ambiance of your perfect sweetheart table.

 

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December 2, 2015

Well-Read at Windows on the Water

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We loved being a part of this charming, book-themed wedding for a New Jersey bride who loves getting lost in a story. Vows were framed by a gorgeous blush-and-cream floral archway. Romantic clusters of blooms included Tibet roses, sweetheart roses and ranunculus, accented with geranium leaves, seeded eucalyptus and olive tree greens.

This natural, whimsical look continued with all the wedding flowers. Eucalyptus berries and passion vines gave the bridal bouquet, composed of spray roses and garden roses, organic texture, while sweet pea and lisianthus added delicacy. A garland of lush greenery and fresh-cut blooms adorned the sweetheart table. 

Framed quotes from great authors – from A.A. Milne to Cormac McCarthy – and table numbers printed on vintage book pages, joined arrangements featuring dahlias, quicksand roses, manzanita branches and moss. Illuminated by rustic lanterns and candlelight, the celebration seemed to take place in a fairy-tale forest.

If you’re planning your own wedding and gathering inspiration, look no further than this literary love story. Spoiler alert: they live happily ever after.

 

Photographs by Stephen Govel at Windows on the Water.

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September 30, 2015

All Hearts & Flowers at Bryant Park Grill

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Kyna and Peter’s chic Manhattan wedding, at Bryant Park Grill, couldn’t have been any sweeter. Glamorous bride Kyna envisioned an elegant outdoor affair, shot through with pure romance.

Kyna carried a bridal bouquet of fluffy, light-pink garden roses. Bouquets composed of a single type and color of flower are always a classic choice. The groom’s boutonniere was a single, budded garden rose with an accent of greenery.

Lush reception tablescapes cast a rosy glow for the party, with blush and light-pink roses, Candy Bianca roses in the perfect shade of medium pink, and blush hydrangea. These long, low arrangements were surrounded with clusters of small white candles, floating in glass vases.

Click through the gallery for every detail, from the bride’s gasp-worthy Inbal Dror gown, to a sweetheart-table touch that will charm you: chair-backs hung with rustic heart lights. Sometimes love really is all hearts and flowers.

Photographer: Dreamlife Weddings
Venue: Bryant Park Grill
Bride’s Dress: Inbal Dror

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September 23, 2015

Love at Le Parker Meridien New York

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Looking for an elegant Manhattan wedding venue with a stunning view? Caroline and Jonathan’s celebration at Le Parker Meridien New York will inspire you. This French-tradition hotel offers several lovely event spaces, but floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking Central Park, make the Estrela Penthouse something special.

Bride Caroline chose wedding flowers in a palette of light pink and cream, with touches of lavender, accented with soft green. She wanted a loose, natural look for her bridal bouquet. We included blush garden roses, light-pink roses, off-white garden roses, ivory spray roses and white sweet pea, with blush astilbe, dusty miller and jasmine vine accents.

To create an intimate, ethereal ceremony space, trios of floral arrangements, set at varying heights, featured lush, cream hydrangea, studded with lavender and light-pink roses and garden roses, and finished with cascading amaranthus, ivy and Italian ruskus. High card table and reception centerpieces were variations on this theme.

A low, lush arrangement, in shades of pink and cream, with green and silver accents adorned the front of romantic sweetheart table. Delicate spray roses, petal-dense, garden roses, blush astilbe, stock and hydrangea, with dusty miller, ivy and seeded eucalyptus, glowed in the candlelight as afternoon turned to evening, and the sun set over New York City.

Venue: Le Parker Meridien New York
Photographer: 5th Avenue Digital

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July 27, 2014

The Sweetheart = The One I Love

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unnamed-1I love every single floral arrangement we do at Bride & Blossom. If someone asked me to pick my favorite flower, or color, I would have a very hard time. The same goes for the styles of our centerpieces. That said, I do hold a special place in my heart for certain designs.Right now I am really loving the sweetheart table centerpiece style. No other centerpiece style can really compare with the bold lushness of this particular arrangement. A sweetheart table, in case you did not know, is, as The Knot says,

A sweetheart table is a small table set up for just the bride and groom at the wedding reception. The happy couple sits together, facing their guests, with their wedding attendants and families at tables in close proximity. The advantage is that you get to spend time together and enable your wedding party to sit with family and friends. If you’re not comfortable with being the focal point at the wedding reception, you can have a head table. Your head table can be similar to the other reception tables or it can be a dais table (elevated), to stand out. The head table can consist of all the wedding attendants or include the parents, siblings, grandparents and anyone else who is very close to the bride and groom.

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A sweetheart design matches the layout and arrangement of this particular table. Unlikeother table designs, this one does not reside in the center of the table, but rather sits in front of the couple, near the edge. When people turn to face the couple as they sit, they see a beautiful display of flowers crowning the first line of sight that the table occupies.

Because the visual impact of this arrangement is different than other designs, extra attention has to be given to perfect the look of these styles. The attention to detail, the unique placement, and overall significance of this table arrangement are all part of why I love sweetheart designs so much. They are the perfect finishing touch to any wedding reception, and especially the table that you share with your sweetheart. <3unnamed-3

 

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