With more and more brides searching for ideas for non-floral or less floral centerpieces, I have seen an upswing in sales of vintage hat boxes. The idea is not new but it is almost always unique to each bride. Vintage (and not vintage) hat boxes are very versatile — there are literally hundreds of different ways you can use them for centerpieces.
As I am not a fan of “a sea of likeness”, I would probably mix it up with different sizes, shapes and heights as well as having some other centerpieces that don’t use hat boxes as their main ingredient.
- Use a large size hat box as a container for a flower, plant or herb.
- Fill a hat box with colored tissue paper & lay items inside from your theme. For instance, a romantic, vintage Hollywood type theme hat box might contain pearls or costume jewelry as accent, a birdcage style hat, a pair of evening gloves draped over the side and tickets to the premier of a vintage movie.
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- For a taller hat box centerpiece, find a Tall Candle Holder with a collar. Decorate your box with a vintage brooch, ribbon, decoupage, pearls, crystals or even feathers. Glue the box to the candle holder collar for stability and… wahlah — instant tall centerpiece.
- You can tower them for a gift table. (This is not the best option for a guest table as it will make conversation hard for the guests seated at that table. (See this article for do’s, don’ts and suggestions for choose centerpieces — Centerpieces for Weddings.
Remember, Centerpieces can be used at more than Guest Tables
Are you having a dessert buffet? cake table? gift table? head table? theme related vignettes? These are all opportunities to use vintage hat boxes as decor.
- For a dessert buffet, decorate the sides of the hat box (or not if they are pretty as-is) and place dessert platters on them. This will give some height and interest to your food offerings.
- Use small gift boxes to hold flatware, favors, candy or other items on special tables.
- Instead of using a lectern for your guest book, set up a small table with your guest book and a vignette that hints to the vintage theme. You could also fill them with magnets that have your new address or an engagement photo that guest can take home. Place a typewriter, old picture frames, a globe candles or whatever in a small display on the table. The possibilities abound.
- Cut a slit in the top of a large hat box and use it as a card holder on your gift table.
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