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modern fuschia and orange wedding reception ideas

I’m absolutely LOVING with this vibrant Modern Wedding Reception concept by Colin Cowie!

How brilliant are the centerpieces… carnation balls accented with colorful orchid blossoms. If you’re weren’t a fan of the inexpensive carnation before, these designs just might change your mind!

Here’s another great example of how stylish carnations can look – not to mention the clever use of sugar-dusted brownies in place of cupcakes for a fun twist on the typical dessert tower:

modern fuschia and orange wedding reception ideas

Wishing Trees are always a great way to add a thoughtful touch to weddings or occasion showers, but it’s the fabulous, bold design of the container holding this tree that really makes it stand out:

modern fuschia and orange wedding reception ideas

More of the mod containers filled with plants & branches make for fabulous decor on the beverage table, and the use of kumquat, orchid, and rosemary sprig-filled ice balls adds a cool pop of color to the drinks!

modern fuschia and orange wedding reception ideas

Great attention to presentation elevates the appetizers & cocktails to edible works of art…

modern fuschia and orange wedding reception ideas

modern fuschia and orange wedding reception ideas

And last but not least is a clever alternative to the help-yourself candy buffet: pre-filled favor bags displayed on top of loose candy. Cowie suggests having waiters tray-pass these at a wedding, but this would also be great just as a stand-alone display at smaller parties and wedding showers.

modern fuschia and orange wedding reception ideas

For more details & shopping resources, click here to visit the full story on brides.com.


  1. Courtney@Pizzazzerie May 20, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I am loving bright colors this season. The bows at the bottom of the glasses are great touches of color! Edible art is right! What an inspiration to see such a stunning reception. Thanks for sharing this post, Jenn!

  2. Jasmine May 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I think this is very pretty. Great ideas for my reception cocktail hour.

  3. Keisia May 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

    This is simple beautiful. I love the colors and decor.

  4. tiffany May 20, 2010 at 11:15 am

    loving this and the fact that my wedding colors are still popular six years later. love it…thanks for sharing!

  5. Gorgeous! I love the idea of flowers in ice cubes.

  6. Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts May 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    How wonderful! I love the colors and I love the candy treats!

  7. Jaime May 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I think my favorite feature in this concept is the orange table skirt. Lovely!!

  8. Nancy Pfeifer May 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    WOW!!!! I love these colors :) Takes my breath away!!! love love love ALL!!

  9. Pamela Smerker May 21, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Absolutely love that color scheme!

  10. Elle Sees May 21, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Anything Colin does, I’m in for. If only I were a millionaire…

  11. JennyLove May 21, 2010 at 11:55 am

    wonderful ideas! and I love the color scheme!

  12. Ann vonBehrens May 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I love the wishing trees. What a great idea and the colors they used are so vibrant.

  13. Rowaida Flayhan May 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    amazing ideas beautiful color scheme

  14. Diapers&Divas May 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    This is absolutely stunning. The attention to detail is impeccable!

  15. Julianne May 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Wow. So beautiful I love, love, love the carnation balls with the orchids – so beautiful!

  16. Susan Southerland May 27, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Besides the gorgeous decor, the presentation of the food is adorable! Very creative and memorable. What a treat for guests!

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