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If you’re in the planning phase of your wedding, chances are, summer will be long gone by the time your big day arrives. With that in mind, I have some autumn wedding inspiration for you this week.
I love pumpkins; seeing them in stores feeds my anticipation of the holidays soon to follow. Orange pumpkins are pretty and can definitely be used for weddings, but because they’re often associated with Halloween, white pumpkins can lend a more fresh, modern, and festive air. They’re also more elegant in general.
Image via McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design & Sean Flanigan Photography
Here are a few ways you can use white pumpkins:
- Decorate them with your color scheme.
- Arrange them into attractive settings as in the photo above.
- Use them in place of bowls for reception dinners.
- Slice off the tops to create food-tray holders.
- Make them into candle holders.
- Create beautiful centerpieces or table décor.
- Use them as flower vases.
- Line the aisles with them.
- Use them for name-card holders at wedding dinners.
Pumpkins can also be “bedazzled,” stenciled, wrapped in lace or fishnet, or decorated with flowers, ribbon, sequins, metallic paint, and glitter.
I’ve included links to instructions for some of the items listed above. You can find more how-tos on Google. Click here for tips on making gorgeous “dipped” or chevron pumpkins.
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Local farms and farm markets are your best option for live white pumpkins. (Some farms and pumpkin patches actually rent out their premises for weddings.) Keep in mind that live pumpkins are only available from August to November. The following website contains a thorough list of pumpkin patches in just about any area: http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org.
What I’ve found is that most brides use artificial pumpkins or spray paint orange ones white – both practical (and cheaper) options. Keep in mind that once a live pumpkin is cut, it will only last a few days, though refrigerating will help it last longer. One farmer recommends wrapping pumpkins in plastic before refrigerating them. Heat and moisture will ruin pumpkins quickly.
Artificial pumpkins can be found at places such as Hobby Lobby, Amazon, and Wal-Mart. When it comes to using and decorating pumpkins, remember, Google and Pinterest are your best friends.