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When Cristalier Designer #7 faced the challenge to create a Romantic Crystal Wedding Tree in one hour or less, the first thing that came to her mind was...
 
 "Married on Valentine's Day, I know romance!"
 
Taking her cue from cupid's arrow...she was struck seeing Red.

Designer 03
 
Inspiration:
The first thing that came to mind for romance was Valentine's Day. Roses, red boxes of chocolates, red hearts... everything that came to mind was red. I love it when weddings use red in the color scheme, so I wanted to create a Crystal Tree that would bring the color red into the design without being overwhelming.
 
Biggest Challenge:
I did the whole tree with red hearts, and then realized it was too stereotypical. I had to hurry in the last minutes to change the crystals on the bottom of the strands.
  
Favorite Feature:
I liked the way the octagons look in the votive holders. The warm glow from the candle really picked up the red crystals.
 
 
Alternate Ideas:
I think this tree could be beautiful with just about any color flower. I wished there was pink flowers available, I would have mixed the two colors for more dimension. If I had real flowers, I would have used more of the tealight holders as vases to keep the flowers fresh in.
 
 
Final thoughts:
I'm glad I changed out the hearts. Good design is having the ability to create a theme without going overboard. When your tree is viewed, it should fit the event with elegance and style. I think this Romantic Crystal Tree does just that.

Dazzling red makes a passionate statement

 
 
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Metal Tree Color: My tree choice was our ivory one. I wanted the look to be romantic and simple. I also wanted the red crystals to be the focal point. If I had done the tree with orange or yellow flowers, the bronze tree would have been my choice.
 
Tree Size: The popular choice tends to be the 5' metal tree size, so I went with that size. Afterwards, I think with the drop length of the strands, the 6' size might have been better. I could have shortened the strands, but I liked the long length.
 
Crystal Type: I used clear glass strands on the majority of the tree with red french pendants on the bottoms of some of the strands. Be sure to balance the placement of your crystals.
 
Crystal Count: I used alot of non leaded crystal strands. I lost my notes with the actual number, but I think it was about 25 strands. I also used 12 Red French pendants in 63mm size.
 
Accessories: I used deep red silk flowers to decorate this crystal wedding tree. They were easy to attach to the branches. I also used a vine on the larger branches. If you use silk flowers, be sure they are a nice quality.
 
Tree Base: I ran out of time, so I didn't place anything at the bottom. What would be beautiful is a low profile floral arraingement with some scented candles.  

Designer Note:
 
I would like to recreate this tree with all sorts of different flowers. I can image how beautiful it would look with pinks, yellows, oranges, blue, purples. Even a mixture of the different colors would be delightful. The tree could literally become a large bouquet of fresh flowers and crystals. Taking a cue from the the wedding bouquet you could have your crystal tree centerpiece adorned with the same flowers.
 
While I really like the red crystals on the bottom of some of the strands, I know some people would feel they are a bit much. You can use either clear crystals or no crystal at all. Just be sure to balance your color up top.
 
As a final thought, remember when placing your flowers on your metal tree branches, the prospective that your guests will see the tree the most from. If your placing your tree on a table, your guests will be looking up at the metal ornament tree as well at looking at the tree from eye level. Be sure to decorate your crystal tree from the underside as well as the top.
 
Congratulations to all the Brides! May your new life be Brilliant!

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