The Q:"I am having a destination beach wedding and I am following your advice of "Lights and Whites" I have a tent structure, there will be ticki torches on the outside of the tent and on the inside soft yellow ambience lights to give the tent a glow, I am having all white/cream linens and white chairs. Now my question is can you give some advice on what to do about centerpieces. Since the tent is open and it will be beachside I have been told by my wedding coordinator that everything has to be wind-proof. I don't know what to do . Please help"
The A: Readers, in case you're wondering what we're referring to, I gave a heads up to our Beachy Bride a while ago about working with her tent wedding. So, I'm flattered that you took my advice last time and thanks so much for coming back for more!
I really like simple, if you haven't figured that out, so I will make some suggestions that are probably going to be possibly simpler than what you have. Having done both beach side weddings and just general outdoor weddings, TRUST ME the wind proof thing is something you learn the hard way! (Think me, Jamaica, a ladder and tears of fear)
If you want to do floral, I would say to go submerged. If you have the opportunity to do submerged and composite (meaning more than one container) I would suggest that you do so, because the one container looks a little flat, depending on size. Tropically speaking, you could do something like this with 2 containers, one with submerged orchids and the other with even a submerged bird of paradise or anthurium. Then, around it you could put 3 or 4 Smaller cylinders with pillar candles (that are shorter than the cylinder, because that's what protects them from the wind.
If you want to go further with CANDLES (my suggestion), here are a couple of ideas:
First, what if you had 3 or 5 cylinders with pillar candles in each and the bottom of the cylinder filled with petals. Actually, we had a wedding on a roof recently, and it was such a windy day we literally invented this centerpiece because the square votives we planned on using wouldn't remain lit. The bride liked it more than the original idea!!!
You can also consider using hurricane glass holders of 2 or 3 different heights and varying the size of the pillars inside. You can even consider a colored pillar to bring a pop to the table. This was a variation on that look that we did for a wedding at TW this summer. It's not so windy there so we were able to use tapers, also, but I think that we could easily have gone further with more hurricane glass.
These next too examples are of candles that are in oversize candle holder to block the wind. The other thought is to use LED lights, which here in NY you can purchase at B & J floral supply on 28th Street.
These images are by Karen Bussen, and you can see how she used sea glass to bring in some color.
But I think, with the rest of the look, if your florist there can provide it, you should consider setting up mirrors on the tables. I personally think that in this photo, they must have used LED candles because it just seems like there isn't enough wind protection.
I hope this helps!!