Wedding Ideas

Creative Centerpieces

Posted on January 06, 2017 by Linda DiProperzio

New Jersey Bride Alex and Emily Real Wedding Centerpieces Meely Dunn
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Every bride wants her wedding decor to stand out from the pack. Emily Trammell hit the jackpot when she spotted jewel-toned mosaic lanterns at Pier 1 Imports. She knew she had to have them for her July 8, 2016, wedding at the Palace at Somerset Park—although she wasn’t sure what to do with them! Luckily, she hired a talented floral designer for her big day: Lisa Plociniak, owner of A Touch of Elegance in Randolph.

Plociniak designed a centerpiece around the lanterns, which were filled with LED fairy lights to give off a warm glow. She used a mix of textures and different varieties of wildflowers—including purple status, light-blue delphinium, spray roses, lavender stock and Queen Anne’s lace—to create a summery look. “We then surrounded each centerpiece with gold candles and rose petals,” Plociniak says.

New Jersey Bride Alex and Emily Real Wedding Centerpieces Meely Dunn

Emily, who was more concerned about color and left the flower choices to Plociniak, was wowed by the results—and so were her guests. “Everyone wanted to take one home at the end of the night,” says Emily. “I go to people’s houses and see one of the lanterns there!” 

The lantern centerpieces are just one example of brides using the unexpected in their centerpieces. “We have done a lot with trees, such as the stump used on Emily’s escort card table,” says Plociniak. Her husband, Michael, carved and burned the couple’s initials and wedding date into the stump, and a floral arrangement was placed on top. Emily and her husband, Alex Dulin, then took the stump home and are using it as an end table.

New Jersey Bride Creative Centerpieces

Other trends include branches that stand five feet tall. Plociniak hangs crystals and candles from the branches and places flowers around them like an enchanted garden. Brides are also requesting tablescapes with multiple layers, such as a lower design accentuated with candle sticks or tall floating candles, as well as different accents like moss, ribbons or rhinestones. 

And of course, bringing in some of the couple’s unique personality can really add an element of wow to their wedding day décor. One recent wedding Plociniak worked on was for a groom who made his own beer, so she included hops in her designs. “We brought in hop vines and incorporated them into the centerpieces and the altar,” she says. “It had an organic, gorgeous feel—and pulling in something personal made the design even more special.”