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going against the grain?

Winter Details You'll Warm Up To...
Not into deep reds, copper, and gold? Forgo the jewel tones altogether and dress your wedding in winter whites, from the table linens to the china. If you're all about white but want dabs of color, consider adding jewels (faux rubies, citrines, and even aquamarines) to your all-white bouquets and centerpieces.

Spring Things for Everyone...
Not a fan of feminine factor? No one says you have to carry pastel peonies on your wedding day. So, to get the look you want while staying in season, pair your favorite flower with fruits! Ask your florist to incorporate ruby-red raspberries, luscious blackberries, tiny green apples, and even figs into your bouquets and centerpieces.

Summer Details More Beautiful Than Bold...
You can get more decorative while staying unassuming: Instead of plain linen cloths, go for striped linens; instead of clear glass vases, choose ceramic water pitchers or antique urns; in place of bunches of tropical-color orchids, pair monochromatic orchids with roses, dahlias and hydrangeas (all peach, all yellow, or all ivory, for instance) for an added level of textural interest and quieter decor.

Fall in Love with Autumn...
Are you a fall bride who's not a fan of all things rustic? We've got you covered: Instead of rustic buckets or burlap wraps, find weathered copper pedestal vases that your florist can fill with yellow- and gold-toned roses and calla lilies. Pair with yellow-tinted glassware, gold-rimmed china, and golden linens for a festive and seasonal table.

Wedding Flowers: Reception Centerpieces by Season

Searching for some wedding reception inspiration? Take a cue from the seasons and get motivated by some of our favorite seasonal wedding ideas.

Photo: Jessica Strickland, Indianapolis, IN

When it comes to reception style, your tables are going to be the center of attention, so make sure they’re gorgeous! Top them with fabulous fabrics, interesting flatware, and cascading flowers, all inspired by the season of your celebration. Here are a few of our favorite seasonal ideas.

Winter Tables

From dozens of candles in ornate copper candleholders to the most elegant gold-accented china, a winter table should be warm and inviting.

  • Use jewel-toned tablecloths with shimmery chiffon overlays to highlight the season’s natural sparkle.
  • Rent top-of-the-line gold-gilded chargers to add richness.
  • Seat your guests on plush chairs -- many rental companies offer white, wood, or metallic-tone chiavri chairs that can be fitted with velvet cushions to match your wedding-day decor.
  • Use tall, elegant, and regal candelabras for centerpieces. Use rich reds (roses, hydrangea, calla lilies, and even dripping amaranth) to create a beautiful arrangement. Pair clusters of the same flowers at the base of the candelabra and surround the arrangement with dozens of candles. For a nontraditional touch, string baubles around the candelabra.

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Spring Tables

Spring is the season for all things fun and flirty. Make sure your table reflects this whimsical attitude by building an English garden-style setting, either with Victorian flair or a modern slant.

  • For vintage Victorian, decorate your tables with delicate lace overlays or toile-patterned tablecloths, elegant teacups and saucers, and vintage-style table numbers -- you might opt for sepia-toned pictures of the newlyweds in ornate frames.
  • For a modern twist, go for plaid or gingham table linens, color-coordinated plates and glassware (you don't have to always go for white), and color-tinted glassware.
  • For centerpieces, forget the traditional rose arrangement and go for something with a "just picked from the garden" look. Fill wire or wooden baskets with loose and playful blooms in preppy colors: pinks, greens, lavenders, and yellows. Think pale pink ranunculouses paired with peach-color peonies; dark pink calla lilies complementing bunches of green viburnum; and a plethora of sweet garden roses.

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Summer Tables

Summer begs for warm colors, tropical flowers, and unpretentious table toppings.

  • There is no need for fancy goblets when you can go for sweet cocktails in a simple pink-tinted martini glass. From unadorned flatware to lightweight linen tablecloths, your tables should be clean and simple.
  • What we love: pale orange linens, clear-glass vases (or ones lined with philo leaves) for the centerpieces, and clear glass votive candleholders.
  • Opt for breakaway centerpieces -- a collection of smaller containers grouped to look like one entity. You might match a vase filled with fuchsia orchids, one with melon-orange orchids, and another with lime green orchids for an overall tropical feel. Guests can each take a part of the centerpiece home as they leave.

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Fall Tables

Autumn reminds us of a harvest, so take a cue from the outdoors by using rich foliage, sunny colors, and pastoral decor.

  • Think rustic elegance at its best: crisp leaves rimming bouquets and centerpieces; burlap table linens; bunches of berries making as much of a statement as flowers.
  • Twigs and berries or even tiny pinecones could be incorporated into your centerpiece of dahlias, gardenias, roses, or other seasonal flowers. Playing off the colors of changing leaves -- reds, burnt oranges, and yellows -- is an obvious choice for your color palette. We also suggest going for greens and coppers.
  • Another favorite: rustic buckets filled to the brim with sunflowers, orange and yellow spray roses, and lady's mantle.

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-- Allison Micarelli

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