For any wedding with a garden theme, the centerpieces gracing the tables that your guests will spend their time chatting away at can become the focal point of the room. Therefore, you will need to pay special attention to every detail. Surprisingly, creating a centerpiece can be done in as little as five to ten minutes. For this particular project, you will need to purchase one greenery garland strand with floral or berry accents, a hot glue gun, one long stemmed glass tea light candle holder, and one scented tea light candle. All of these products can be found easily at an arts and crafts store, such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby (www.michaels.com or www.hobbbylobby.com).
First, the tea light candle holder must be at least eight inches tall (or close to it) and have a slender stem (making it unobtrusive for your guest’s dinner conversations) For an example, visit http://www.acandleco.com/index.cfm/fa/items.main/parentcat/1266/subcatid/0/id/180977. Next, cut a five to six inch strip of your greenery garland, adjusting the amount according to the size of your candle holder’s stem. Add a touch of very hot glue from your glue gun at a point where the stem and the base connect at the bottom, and quickly place one end of the garland over the dot to secure it. Next, carefully twist the delicate greenery around the stem. For this part, you can choose to use more greenery to completely cover the candle holder’s stem if you would prefer. Now, place another dot of hot glue where the stem meets the top, and secure. Make sure that your garland does not touch the portion of your candle holder that will get hot due to the candle’s flame . For extra security, light a candle within the holder for a few minutes before adding any garland and test to see which areas are affected by its heat. Remember, your tea lights will be burning for quite a while, so you will want to ensure the safety of you guests by keeping all greenery away from the flame and hot glass.
Now, decorate the table by cutting leaves from any excess garland and scattering them within a six to eight inch diameter around the candle holder. You will want to create a “bed” of leaves as a base for the next step. Now, cut small flowers or berries (or a combination of both) from the excess garland and sprinkle them lightly on top of your leaves. If you like, you can also sprinkle in some sparkling confetti to give your centerpiece a bit of shimmer.
Finally, you must select a tea light When selecting a candle for this project, you may want to take this opportunity to create a bit of ambiance by choosing a candle that is scented. To stay within your wedding’s garden theme, you might consider scents such as gardenia or rose, but stay with something fairly light and fresh. Although this fact isn’t advertised, you can contact the people at www.applecinnamoncompany.com and request tea light candles in whatever color or scent you like from their selection, therefore making you actually able to customize your candles for your big day. However, this is only done with fairly large orders, so expect to order at least fifty tea lights (pricing is about $25.00 for an order of this size, plus shipping and handling). If you prefer, you might choose to use votive candles, which will burn considerably longer, and which you can also customize with The Apple Cinnamon Company.
When you have decided upon your greenery, colors, and candles, it is best to use a white table cloth as a clean backdrop for this beautiful wedding centerpiece. After you have purchased the materials needed, putting together these simple, elegant pieces will take only a few minutes each. A quick tip….remember to have your wedding coordinator or a friend light all of the candles just a few minutes before the reception is to begin, so that you guest can enter a fragrant room that will take their breath away. Also, if you would prefer not to light the candles in order to relieve yourself of any relighting or replacing worries, that is certainly understandable. The great thing about scented candles is that they do not have to be lit to permeate the room with an enchanting aroma!