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Our DIY Wedding Revisited #10: Table Centerpieces for a Travel-Themed Wedding

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In the spring of 2009, I “married” my husband three times! First we filed the legal paperwork to be married (it’s a very cut and dry ordeal in S. Korea), then we had a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, and lastly, we had a wedding reception in California. This series is dedicated to the last event, which was truly my DIY masterpiece. Nearly every aspect of our travel-themed wedding was a DIY project that I poured my heart into. I hope you enjoy this series of DIY wedding projects!

Today’s project: Table Centerpieces for a Travel-Themed Wedding

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DIY Virtual Centerpiece

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I know in the previous post I described what I had in mind for my centerpieces, but it was driving me crazy not actually being able to SEE it. So I finally made a centerpiece for visual reference, but it’s a virtual centerpiece. That is, I basically photoshopped the individual pics I had of the centerpiece components all together, so it doesn’t look perfect,but it’s not half bad either.

After discussing things over with my mom, I’ve decided to nix the Star of Bethlehem altogether. Relative to the blooming period of the alstroemeria, there really weren’t enough blooms that opened up on the Star of Bethlehem to really look nice.

Now, you may wonder, “Why doesn’t she nix the lucky bamboo as well and just stick with the lilies and nothing else?”  But the thing is, I knew that I wanted at least part of the centerpiece to be green–and I mean “environmentally conscious” instead of the color.  With the centerpiece I’ve planned above, the flowers can be tossed when they wilt, but the lucky bamboo can continue living for a long time.

I’ve decided to get some freesia instead of the Star of Bethlehem to supplement my alstroemeria bridal bouquet.  This is a pic of a bridal bouquet that combines these two flowers, and I really like how it looks.

Now that I’m starting to finalize my flower decisions, I know that I’ll be placing an order for the reception soon.  I’ll have to also start practicing corsage and boutonniere assembly!  I don’t know if Korea has alstroemeria for me to practice on, but I’ll at least practice on some other flowers first…wish me luck!

Wedding Flower Update: Test Run

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I recently ordered a bunch of alstroemeria (aka Peruvian Lilies) and Star of Bethlehem to be delivered to my parents house for the following reasons:

1. I wanted to make sure I selected a good store with prompt service and quality products. I ordered from American Floral Distributors and they delivered the flowers on time and in good shape.

2. I wanted to see “in person” (or at least through my parents’ eyes) what these flowers actually look like and if they look any good together.

3. I wanted to do a “test run” on the flowers’ opening time. Because I ordered from a floral wholesaler, the flowers are shipped the way they are to florists: buds still closed, stems still tall, no leaves/greenery removed. My dad has been wonderful about sending me daily photo updates on the flowers. It looks like they need at least 3 or 4 days to look their best.

Here’s a picture of the Lilies on Day 1 and Day 4:

And here’s the Star of Bethlehem on Day 1 and Day 4:

Now, as many of you know about my previous post on Wedding Flower Woes, I really wanted bright yellow daffodils, or a similiarly bright and happy yellow flower. I chose the alstroemeria without realizing how much orange/red these flowers would have on the back side of the petals. I’m still thinking about how much this bothers me–and if it’s enough to make a different flower decision…

As for the Star of Bethlehem, they’re cute, as I expected them to be, but the flowers definitely take awhile to open up. I’ll have to see what I think in terms of my primary yellow flower, though, before I decided to stick with these or not as a secondary flower.

Currently, I had been planning on centerpieces that involve a tall glass vase with lucky bamboo/pebbles in the center, and the yellow alstoemeria surrounding the lucky bamboo (at a lower height). The Star of Bethlehem were going to be sprinkled throughout the arrangement.

Any thoughts from any of you readers regarding this possible arrangement (I know it might be hard to imagine without pics) or the concerns I brought up about the lilies?