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DIY Wedding Centerpiece, Miniature Version

Wondering how to decorate your cocktail tables for your wedding’s social hour? Those cute, high rounds are great for parking your mojito, but usually too petite for an overwrought floral centerpiece…

Jolene at The Ritz-Carlton Marina Del ReySaw a super simple DIY solution while hanging out on the harborside terrace at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey: First, take your average votive holder (available at the 99cent store near you). Next, take one Gerber daisy in the color of your choice. Cut the stem to 2 inches. Place in the votive holder (with water, of course)… voilà! Instant small-but-mighty cocktail-table décor!

For extra pizzazz, dress the table with a vibrant linen overlay in either a contrasting or coordinating shade, depending on your mood. Wildflower Linen, with showrooms in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, has some imaginative choices.

Fresh-Picked Wedding Favors

Sure, there are lots of people who appreciate the country. But then there are those who are country.

Like people who consider cowboy boots and a sundress “formal wear”. People who frequently brake for farmer’s markets and dream of freeing the wildlife at the county petting zoo because keeping sheep in such a small area “just ain’t right.” People who say “y’all” because, well, doesn’t it roll off the tongue a little bit easier than “you all?” The Condor's Nest Ranch in Pala

Real country folk, take heart: You don’t even have to leave the comforts of country to say your vows. There are many California farms and ranches out there that would fit the bill. And since you always opt for fresh-picked in your daily life, why not give a wedding favor that’ll satisfy your guests’ stomachs as well as their hearts?

Bag The Habit, those clever purveyors of cute reusable shopping totesReusable Produce Bags by Bag the Habit, also offer some sturdy produce bags that were designed to be reused ‘til the cows come home. Fill ‘em up with a batch of fresh fruit, and you’ve got yourself a mighty sweet wedding favor to hand off at the end of the night.

But don’t be surprised if you come home from your honeymoon to find 50 fresh-baked pies on your doorstep. It’s what real country folk do to say, “thanks.”

Ocean View Weddings at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Sure, plenty of zoos have the requisite elephant or giraffe… but the Santa Barbara Zoo has something more: 30 acres of lush, exotic gardens laced with majestic ocean views! Such stunning scenic attributes make the location a “natural” setting for out-of-the ordinary weddings.

Santa Barbara Zoological GardensDay or night, the sprawling lawn of the Palm Garden makes a breathtaking ceremony site. And when the park closes at 5pm, the entire place becomes your private wedding playground. For an unforgettable social hour, schedule a tour aboard the zoo train— and the animals get to stay out past their bedtime for your exclusive entertainment. (There’s nothing like the roar of an African lion to break the ice!).

The Zoo’s catering team boast “Wild Flavors with Civilized Service,” and will assist you with all of your catering and rental needs—from a relaxed barbecue to an elegant affair.

Conscience Bonus: The Santa Barbara Zoo is a private, nonprofit organization. Fees for special events help support the Zoo and its conservation efforts, and may even be tax-deductible!

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Sep 07, 2009.
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