Shelby and Max Wedding - High Centerpiece with Candles - Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Emma Cleary Photography

Planning & Inspiration

Modern Candelabra Centerpiece Ideas To Elevate Your Wedding Reception

Shelby and Max Wedding - High Centerpiece with Candles - Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Emma Cleary Photography

Shelby and Max Wedding – High Centerpiece with Candles – Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Emma Cleary Photography

The candelabra has been lighting up tablescapes for centuries. Purely functional at the beginning, they transformed into ornate, gilded displays trimmed with flowers and fruit covering tables at lavish dinners and special events. Elegantly spectacular, it’s no wonder that couples today are still choosing to incorporate the candelabra centerpiece into their wedding reception decor.

Cari and AnShih Wedding - High Candelabra Centerpiece - Lotte New York Palace NYC - by Kelly Kollar Photography

Cari and AnShih Wedding – High Candelabra Centerpiece – Lotte New York Palace NYC – by Kelly Kollar Photography

What’s so attractive about the candelabra is the Old-World allure that it brings to wedding decor. It’s a distinctive aesthetic however and may not work if you lean toward a chicer and simpler look. The question then is can you still have the same sky-high luminosity at dinner, but without the baroque excess and frills? Looking back on our favorite wedding decor trends for 2024, we are happy to say that it’s absolutely possible. Read on for modern candelabra centerpieces ideas guaranteed to elevate your big day celebration.
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Julia and Nick Wedding - Chuppah - Metropolitan Club - Todd France Photography

Weddings

Julia & Nick: A Timeless Affair at the Metropolitan Club

Julia and Nick Wedding - Chuppah - Metropolitan Club - Todd France Photography

Julia and Nick Wedding – Chuppah – Metropolitan Club – Todd France Photography

Julia and Nick met in 2016 during what they now refer to as ‘The Summer of Love.’ “I was getting ready for my senior year at the University of Michigan. I had an internship at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C. and found a sublet to stay at with some girls from George Washington University,” Julia remembers. The night after she moved in, her new roommate invited her to a house party across the street. New to the city and up for meeting people, she gladly accepted. “I walked in and quickly realized I was an outsider. Everyone knew each other and went to GWU,” Julia says. She would also learn that the house they were at was nicknamed ‘The Barn’ and among its residents was Nick, a soon-to-be senior interning at a lobbying firm. Nick was immediately drawn to Julia – they ended up talking the whole night and said ‘goodbye’ by exchanging numbers.
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Brook and Scott Wedding - Reception Atmosphere - High Centerpiece - Guastavinos - Olivia Christina Photography

Planning & Inspiration

How To Decorate A Large Reception Venue With Wedding Flowers

Brook and Scott Wedding - Reception Atmosphere - High Centerpiece - Guastavinos - Olivia Christina Photography

Brook and Scott Wedding – Reception Atmosphere – High Centerpiece – Guastavinos – Olivia Christina Photography

One of the biggest challenges of having a wedding reception at a big venue is figuring out how to fill it with decor. As much as soaring ceilings and endless floor area inspire awe, they also induce anxiety for couples once they start thinking about florals. We always remind our clients that instead of feeling stressed, they should view this as an opportunity to be creative, expressive, and make their wedding unforgettably unique. There are tried-and-true designs and tablescape plans that tick all the boxes for transforming a cavernous space into a warm and majestic scene. From hanging floral installations to bright white floral arrangements to bold and colorful centerpieces, here are stunning ideas for decorating a large reception venue with wedding flowers.
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Rachel and Adam Wedding - Chuppah - Brooklyn Botanic Garden - LH Photography

Weddings

Rachel & Adam: Enchanted Splendor at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Rachel and Adam Wedding - Bride and Groom Portrait Bouquet - Brooklyn Botanic Garden - LH Photography

Rachel and Adam Wedding – Bride and Groom Portrait Bouquet – Brooklyn Botanic Garden – LH Photography

Rachel and Adam met in Washington, D.C., where they lived a block apart. Rachel was attending Georgetown Law School and they started dating four months prior to the beginning of COVID. Rachel remembers, “We were lucky to be together during the pandemic and found a lot of activities to keep us busy.” Now deemed ‘Camp Adam’ by the couple, this time was spent doing everything from playing tennis, hiking, and kayaking to taking virtual cooking and candle making classes to doing puzzles. While many would find being thrown into such an intense situation while still getting to know a person challenging, Rachel and Adam credit this period for establishing the strong foundation of their relationship. “Adam and I perfectly balance each other out. We love to sit on the couch watching TV shows and movies together just as much as we love to play tennis or go out with friends. Neither of us could imagine spending our life without the other.” She finishes, “To this day, we still try to incorporate ‘Camp Adam’ activities into our free time.”
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Lara and Tom Wedding - Low Centerpiece - New York Botanical Garden - Pat Furey Photography

Planning & Inspiration

Fresh Wedding Ideas Using Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year Peach Fuzz

Lara and Tom Wedding - Low Centerpiece - New York Botanical Garden - Pat Furey Photography

Lara and Tom Wedding – Low Centerpiece – New York Botanical Garden – Pat Furey Photography

If you were to imagine a painterly sunset vista, a picture awash with graduating pink and orange may come to mind. Sauntering throughout the composition, harmonizing its alluring scheme is Peach Fuzz, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2024. Where as last year’s color, Viva Magenta, announced itself in dramatic fashion, Peach Fuzz greets with soft caress. Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman elaborates:

“In seeking a hue that echoes our innate yearning for closeness and connection, we chose a color radiant with warmth and elegance. A shade that resonates with compassion, offers a tactile embrace, and effortlessly bridges the youthful with the timeless.”
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Anna and Michael Wedding - Brides Bouquet Clutch - Catch - Zani and Duwayne Photography

Planning & Inspiration

Best Holiday Gift Ideas For Her in 2023 – AKA The Bride-to-Be On Your List

Anna and Michael Wedding - Brides Bouquet Clutch - Catch - Zani and Duwayne Photography

Anna and Michael Wedding – Brides Bouquet Clutch – Catch – Zani and Duwayne Photography

When it comes to shopping for girlfriends this holiday season, it’s the thought and intention behind the gift that matters most, not the amount of money you spend. This sentiment is especially true for the friend who is busy planning for her upcoming nuptials in 2024. To get inside her head and figure out what she really wants, start by asking yourself what you would appreciate if in her same position. New home goods such as coasters and luxury sheets, or a wardrobe refresher such as a winter poncho all spark joy in the life of someone who is eye-ball deep in wedding spreadsheets. To help you nail the perfect present for the bride-to-be on your list, we put together this guide outlining the best holiday gift ideas for her in 2023.
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