Brides who are doing their own decorating may experience some worry at the thought of creating beautiful, breathtaking centerpieces. It’s actually much easier than you think, and the key to being successful is knowing what a vignette is and the elements needed to create a great one. Check out our tips for creating gorgeous beach wedding vignettes for centerpieces.
What is a Vignette?
A vignette is an arrangement of items that complement each other, whether it’s on a bookshelf in your living room or in the center of your reception tables. The items are usually chosen to represent the personalities of the bride and groom or to complement the wedding theme. Here are our favorite tricks for creating a visually striking vignette:
Choose 1-3 Materials
A vignette can quickly go from classy and beautiful to sloppy and unorganized, especially if you have too many items or too many materials. It can also start to get sticky if every piece in your vignette is created from the same material or color. Remember that the trick is visual interest, so choose different materials and textures. For instance, clear glass containers paired with natural elements like starfish or seashells, work very well together. You also get a great beach-themed vignette.
This is a great example of a visually interesting centerpiece making use of a couple of different materials, including glass, a natural fiber woven mat, and seashells.
Utilize 1-3 Colors
In addition to using only a few different materials, it’s also important to stick to a strict color scheme as well. Typically, your wedding colors will work, and the centerpiece is a great way to tie in any accent color you love.
What we love about this centerpiece is that there is interest with the glass, starfish, coral and candles, and it still follows a strict color scheme. Everything in the centerpiece is a shade of cream with the exception of the sea fan. A great accent color could be added using colored twine around the glass candleholders, or even colored candles.
Finally, you’re going to want to create visual interest by adding some different shapes to your beach vignette. If you have tall cylindrical candleholders, add in shorter, wider objects.
This is a great example. The largest element is the tall flower vase, which features twine around the outside. It is combined with a shorter, wider arrangement and starfish for visual interest.
Creating a beautiful vignette isn’t difficult if you pair complementary materials, shapes and colors. What is your favorite element for a beach wedding centerpiece? Let us know in the comments below!