Using crystals as an accent is a big trend in reception décor. However, real crystals can be very expensive.
On the other hand, you can use glass beads or polished rocks in several themes to create beautiful decorative landscapes for your table. The number one tip to making a crystal-decorated table shine is lots and lots of candles.
Nothing says luxury more than Tiffany & Co., the high-end department store based in New York City that wraps its merchandise in bags and boxes of a light blue color. One way to use glass beads is by laying a Tiffany-blue tablecloth on the table and create a “runner” down the center of the table with a cluster of clear glass beads. Using a mass of them creates a feeling of luxury that is in keeping with the theme. Add frosted white or clear votives with tea lights among the crystals to make them sparkle.
For an added touch, try tossing a few diamond-shaped beads on the top of the runner of crystals. A chic centerpiece idea is to place a glass cake stand with a cake or mini-desserts in the middle of each table.
Remind your guests of the sparkle of snow without a single snowflake. Use white tablecloths on your tables and add layers of tulle over the top. Place tall, white pillar candles of varying height at the center of the table inside glass hurricanes (a good decorating tip is to use odd numbers). Surround the bases of the pillar candles with clear beads and scatter votives around the table setting.
You can also use this idea for a dessert table, by bunching up extra tulle around pedestal plates, covered boxes and serving platters to highlight your dessert specialties.
Create a table that’s moody with darker colors like red, brown or green, which are very “in” for 2010. Use a dark tablecloth and decorate the center of each table with branches. You can get branches in the summer and fall from many outdoor garden shops or floral designers. A recommended designer for your wedding reception is Donna’s Custom Flowers in Mundelein.
Hang clear (or colored) crystals with clear thread from the branches and cascade them on the table. Add votive candles inside colored cups around the branches that coordinate with your tablecloth color.
One great way to create a romantic setting for a wedding is to seat guests at smaller tables, which is a perfect idea if your reception is in a restaurant. Try for a soft, monochromatic feel with varying shades of pinks or reds by using a tablecloth, napkins and centerpiece all in the same color. Use a large, low, clear bowl – a footed bowl would be perfect – and fill the bottom with clear beads or beads in your chosen color. Add water to the bowl with floating candles and rose petals, all in the same color.
Tip: when using a monochromatic theme, you can opt for economical flowers, such as tea roses or carnations. It will look great and no one will notice you used inexpensive flowers.