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This is the main buffet centerpiece for the wedding reception (1-19-08). The urn is 3 feet tall and the full arrangement is approximately 9 feet tall, including corkscrew willow, and about 3 1/2 feet wide. I tied dendrobium and cymbidium orchids into the willow with green raffia. My friend Pam made this arrangement too. She loves doing huge arrangements - the bigger the better - and this one certainly fills that requirement.
This is one of the 30 table centerpieces; the vases are 24" tall, so the full arrangements were nearly 5' in height. Inside the vase is a green miniature cymbidium orchid spray, attached to a lime. I knew that without an anchor, the orchids would float. One day I was musing about the wedding details and "limes" came to me. It was a classic "light bulb over the head" moment. I thought it was much more creative than a bunch of clear marbles! Apparently others thought so too, since most of the positive feed-back I've had focused on the use of the limes.
The reception made use of 13 high-boy cocktail tables, and this is what sat on them. I used a 4" square vase centered by a votive candle, surrounded by green, dried split peas! Just before the guests arrived, we placed cymbidium orchids on these tables, one beside every vase.
This is one of the overall views of the ballroom at North Ridge Country Club. There were 22 tables in the main ballroom, 5 on a tented terrace and 3 in another room.