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We See: Suspended Centerpieces

Each week, we take a look at the style and decor trends popping up in the weddings we see on our screens and show you our favorites. This week, we see suspended centerpieces.

Look out, vases: weddings are getting a serious upgrade. We're seeing lots of brides and grooms getting creative with their wedding and reception spaces, and one of the boldest choices we've spied is the suspended floral centerpiece. What could be cooler than a halo of festive flora encircling the wedding party at the altar, or a dinner chandelier draped with the bride's favorite flowers? Elevating (and we mean that quite literally) your arrangements draws attention to elegant architecture in wedding venues and declutters reception tablescapes, leaving more room for what's important: food and conversation. We can't all be Sophia Vergara, but there are plenty of other brides and grooms who show us how a suspended centerpiece can have a place in your wedding or reception.

Chandelier Chic

Talk about a white wedding! Heather and William had Petals & Lucy craft this intricate floral chandelier for their stunning wedding ceremony. The greens in the arrangement tie in to the natural vibe of the venue's exposed wooden beams, transforming the relatively plain space into an abundant wonderland. The white blooms echo the wall's sheer drapery and the ethereal train on that Christian Siriano gown, helping to soften the setting in the most marvelous way.

You've probably seen a million flower crowns, but have you ever thought of putting one on your wedding venue? Ashley and David's oversized, rustic florals were crafted by Lindsay Coletta Designs and, I must say, the effect of this statement arrangement is incredible. The suspended wreath amplifies the awesomeness of the marvelous vaulted ceiling and encircles the couple so sweetly. Who needs additional set dressing when you've got such a stunning arrangement just above your head?

Scaling it down a notch, the folks at Amy Osaba Events knocked this reception out of the park with this understated floral swing decoration. This piece is a fun nod to carefree country fun, complete with spring-fresh blooms and simple loops of rope hanging freely from a high beam. An elevated arrangement like this encourages onlookers to appreciate the whole reception space, not just what's been put out on the tables. It's a nod to what's rustic as well as elegant about this barn venue and gives guests a little something to marvel at over the cocktail hour. Just make sure you don't leave them alone too long—swings are very inviting!

This wintry styled shoot featured on Style Me Pretty shows us that going organic with your suspended centerpiece doesn't have to mean splurging on florals. Fab Event Design created this low-hanging centerpiece of curly willow and hanging iridescent glass orbs, reminding us how décor is in the eye of the beholder: you don't necessarily have to go nuts with flowers to create a unique and memorable tablescape for your reception space. Sometimes creativity can be way more exciting for the eye, and for the wallet. I love the way these branches add texture and drama to this small, industrial venue.

What could be more Charleston than a reception space dripping with romantic flora? I love a fresh take on a classic, which Sarah and Kevin achieved in spades through their design choices. They've taken the table out of tablescape in the best way. Their unique florals, courtesy of Sarah York Grimshaw Designs, completely transformed this clear reception tent into an elegant outdoor ballroom, worthy of any Charleston soirée. Although I love the combination of dark, leafy greens with the softness of roses, the real showstopper here is the cascading green amaranth, which hangs down from the chandelier like precious crystal and references Charleston's signature Spanish moss.

This wedding, with flowers by Fleur in Australia, featured some go-big-or-go-home levels of extravagance when it comes to their arrangements! The suspended floral piece, rich with deep greens and pops of velvety peach, cream, and blush roses, creates an artificially low ceiling that makes the reception space more intimate. The remarkable length of this floral chandelier echoes the long, banquet-style seating and makes the space seem more like an elegant, natural greenhouse than a reception venue. Augmented by the verdant table arrangements, the overhead lushness created an incredible canopy under which to dine.

Whether your floral budget is out of this world or small in size, there are so many ways to get creative with your arrangements! Check in with your local florist for ideas about what kind of work they enjoy best.

Trend-spotters, what's on your radar? Let us know in the comments!