Winter Wedding Tabletop Challenge: Mixed Metallics & Naturals

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I'm a little sad to say it, but we're down to our last Winter Wedding Tabletop Challenge design. As our final shebang, I'm sharing my own tabletop with you: 'Mixed Metallics & Naturals'.


The Inspiration

As a refresher, here is my original inspiration (see the original post for sources and the details)... I also put together a Pinterest board with more ideas.

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The Tabletop

And this is how I brought my inspiration board to life:

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When I was putting my inspiration together, I really fell for the mix of gold, silver, copper and bronze, but I wanted to incorporate some natural, organic materials to keep the metallics from being too harsh. I think I found just the right contrast with the birch bark, kraft paper and greenery - it really captured that warm, rustic/modern, romantic feeling I was going for, and the shiny pop of metals keep it modern and holiday-oriented.

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Inspired by this bit of gorgeousness that I found via Pinterest, I created a paper runner out of copper paper circles to run down the length of my rustic wood table; I then topped it with bunches of seeded eucalyptus (simply strung into a garland) accented with a length of sparkly silver bay leaf garland. I'll admit: once I topped it with the eucalyptus, the effect of the copper runner was pretty subtle (you can see it better in the photo below). It would definitely pop better against white linen, but I couldn't resist using my table... I felt I needed the rustic wood to complete the look.

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Gold dupioni silk napkins, basic white plates and gold chargers ($1.00 each) sat on top of 12" square pieces of silver linen-textured card stock ($0.50 each); I wanted to show that you don't need ornate/expensive china to make festive table setting. I also used a shimmer silver card stock for the menus, which were wrapped with a glittered bronze ribbon, and the place card tags for the favor boxes. If you're interested in making the place card / favor boxes for your own event, which were my favorite elements of the tabletop, I wrote up a little tutorial on my blog... it's pretty easy and they make a beautiful statement!

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The arrangement in the center of the table was made from two branches of natural sanded ghostwood, which looks similar to driftwood but with a warmer hue. I put the branches in a small birch bark planter and added sequin balls and tea lights... a little bit fun, a little bit whimsical, and definitely dramatic. I loved the way they shimmered in the candlelight!

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Ghostwood branches, skeleton leaves and birch planter from Save-on-crafts; silver sequin balls, silver bay leaf garland and gold pillar candles from Jamali Garden; copper card stock for the runner from Paper and More, silver paper for the menu and place card from Paper Source; all ribbon from Michael's; brown kraft boxes (DIY tutorial here) from Paper Mart; plates, silverware and square votives (all older) from Crate & Barrel.

Well, that's a wrap for our challenge and all five different interpretations of a winter / holiday wedding tabletop. In case you missed any, the others are: Wintry Whites, Rosy & Romantic, Neon Meets Prep, and Colorful Modern. We also (of course) put a Pinterest board together for you with the highlights.

We hope you found the designs, tips, takeaways and DIY tutorials helpful and inspiring! Thanks and mad appreciation go to our amazing blogger/designers - Alex, Marianne, Rebecca and Sarah - it's been a blast! xo

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