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We are going with a "rustic" theme for the wedding - grapevines, berries,
browns/golds/oranges, etc. I ordered 6" tall tea light lanterns for centerpieces, but I have no idea what to do with them! Eric wants to use a wide ribbon (8" or so) to extend from the center of the table to the edge. I like this idea, but it's obviously not enough.

Any suggestions? We are using 60" round tables, ivory tablecloths.

Oh, and the reception is outdoors so nothing that will blow away. We also do not have the extra budget for a bunch of flowers for the centerpieces.

I was originally thinking large grapevine wreaths set atop a round mirror with the lantern in the middle. Not sure...
 

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Your rustic theme sounds wonderful! For my wedding I had a bit of a rustic theme going on - it was an outdoor wedding/reception in September, so we used a lot of natural elements - the programs were bound with sticks and twine, apples with little leaf-shaped name tags were set on the parent's seats, and grapevine baskets were set out to collect the little notes we asked guests to write. We went super simple with centerpieces - a chrysanthemum plant (cheap!) surrounded by various little fun toys. It was a strange mix of rustic location and bright colors.

But anyway, a couple things come to mind - the lantern could be surrounded with grapevine garland (a garland tends to be a little bit looser and more flowing than a wreath) and maybe intersperse it with a few flowers, or leaves, or some of those fake berries that you can also buy in bunches or garland form.

I saw a very loose garland - looks like it's made of twigs and stuff - on this site. Look in the second row of images - the copper lantern surrounded by fall stuff.

I like the mirror idea - placing it under the lantern. It'll reflect all the candlelight - that'd be nice!

I know I must have seen you post about it before but I've been less active here lately - when is your wedding?
 

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ospunkyo - you are amazing!!! That picture is EXACTLY what I had in mind. I have been scouring the internet for an image to match what I was picturing in my head... you are fantastic!!! thank you, thank you!

The wedding is 9-23-05. Getting close!
 

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If your doing something w/grapes & vines I would get clear glass jars or small bowls (like candle holders). Put purple rocks (or whatever color matches your grapes) into those bowls w/short candles. Then you could drape the ouside of the bowl w/the grapes and vines. You could also set out actual grapes on center plates too. JMO.
 

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I'm glad I could help!

I had a late September wedding too! 9-20-03! We completely lucked out - the day before there was a hurricane - almost lost the tent a few times, and there was a huge downpour that morning. But as people started arriving, the clouds broke and we had sunshine the rest of the day. It could not have been any better.

Good luck with your plans!
 

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I seen this cool thing at a wedding last year. Not sure if it will fit with your theme, but I will share anyways. What they did was they got fire place logs (we live in a place where you can cut your own). They flattened one side of the log and then in the other side they cut out small circles for candles, three in each log. Then they decorated the log with vines, etc. and used it as a table center piece. It might not work for a really elegant wedding. But it was nice for there winter wedding, b/c they used fake snow on the log and branches.
 
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