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Multiple Designs - One Day

When we begin to talk design with our couples, budget is often the elephant in the room. It’s the decision maker in many instances and sometimes can curb creativity. Beyond that, being able to vocally communicate what they hope to see visually can also be a challenge. So, when we provide deign/floral proposals, we do so with lots of visuals, written descriptions, and clear costs associated.

One of the things you’ll always see on our design proposals are multiple options, and our suggestion for how to pair them together to make an interesting (and cost-effective) overall design. Most specifically, table design is a great way to implement this specific type of alternative. However, the goal is to look expertly layered, and not at all thrown together or overlooked.

Here are a few tips on how to layer/alternate your centerpiece designs to achieve a cost-conscious event design that doesn’t make you miss the magic of a beautifully crafted space.

1. Choose, skillfully, where to layer design, and where to keep exact match.

When designing your tablescapes, and opting for a layered look with 2-3 table designs throughout your reception, you’ll want to ensure all the details BUT your centerpiece are exact. Though the centerpieces may be different, all your tables should still have the overall design - same napkin, same napkin fold, exact glassware, table numbers, and flatware, etc. When choosing to layer, choose skillfully which items in your design to do so with - either your centerpieces OR your Place settings, but never both.

2. Table type can easily dictate design differences.

One built-in design layer is your choice of table style. Adding both round and rectangle tables is an automatic design layer that makes alternate table centerpieces easily make sense. Floral table runners work beautifully on rectangular tables, while round tables are built for elevated options with height, compote vessels, and candles amongst others. This can be done organically to delineate bridal party/family tables, to frame the dance floor, or the perimeter of the room. There are so many floorplan options when adding in both table styles, and a fool-proof way to add in multiple table designs.

3. Keep coordinating florals throughout all of your designs.

Different centerpieces don’t have to mean different blooms. Variations from each design may vary a bit, but most colors and design style should be cohesive to carry through each table. Whether in bud vases, a fresh garland or gorgeous hanging install – the floral choices should be complimentary to each other so that your entire space speaks one language, just with some designs talking a little “louder” than others.

There are so many ways to create a cohesive look for your space, without every table matching exactly. When you mix High/low cost options it doesn’t just help with budget, it helps the eye move across the room to take in so much more than one note. For this reason, and so many more, we suggest alternating table designs to our clients. Some love it, others prefer to keep a more traditional look. All are right – for them, and that’s the most important choice of all. Talk with your planner and florist to see what works best for your aesthetic, your space and your financials. So many beautiful options abound.


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