5 Ways To Decorate With Mercury Glass
Mercury glass has been used in decor since the 1800s, and for good reason. Its vintage shine suits a variety of styles and spaces – a couple of mercury glass vases adds a touch of shimmer to table settings, while pairing vases with candles and romantic blooms makes for eye-catching centerpieces perfect for a vintage wedding.
Be sure to always use a liner in mercury glass vases if you are filling them with fresh flowers or liquids.
Here are five ways to decorate with mercury glass:
1. Showstopping Centerpieces
For a romantic table right out of a fairytale wedding, combine antique silver pillar holders and ribbed votive holders with blooming bouquets of pink and white roses. Alternate the mercury glass pillar and votive holders with tall floral arrangements accented with crystal garlands on soft pink fabrics for an amorous setting for a vintage wedding.
To create a stunning, old-world centerpiece for a classic wedding, fill antique brown bowls with anemones, clematis, geranium leaves, scabiosa, viburnum berries, lisianthus, and sweet peas.
2. As Delicate Table Accents
Antique mercury glass jars with lids, that recall antique apothecary containers, make charming accents for an escort card table when placed among green vases filled with bright green and white hydrangeas and parrot tulips.
For a white wedding, create your tablescape with bright white linens, white sweet peas, roses, and ranunculus in mini glass urns, and mercury glass votive holders. The candlelight from the candleholders adds a lively warmth to the decor.
3. For Natural Drama
Fill vintage mercury glass urns with sprawling eucalyptus for a dramatic natural centerpiece, then surround with mercury glass votive candle holders containing delicate bunches of white flowers.
4. As A Sparkling Centerpiece
Mercury glass can be used to create stunning non-floral centerpieces, too. This table uses a sparkling mix of silver, copper, and pink cylinders and votive holders to add color and pretty candlelight.
5. To Display Table Numbers
Paper flags printed with table numbers add a playful touch to reception and event tables. Secure them in small mercury glass votives, or a hobnail tea light holders, filled with moss.
Want to get even more ideas about how to decorate with mercury glass? Check out our video below, where we provide a brief overview of what mercury glass actually is, popular uses for the timeless finish, and fresh ideas on how to incorporate it into your next event!
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