The husband came up with a great idea for the Settlers themed centerpieces. It ended up being a fun challenge to bring these to life. While we wanted to represent the game, we wanted the centerpieces to still feel somewhat elegant and not be overly cheesy for those who didn't know or understand the board game connection. We ended up doing lots of brainstorming and going through a bunch of iterations for each one.
Wheat / Grain
We added submersible ball tea lights to the vase for an added touch -and good thing we did- because the night of our wedding the power ended up going out >.< Haha. Thanks to our lit centerpieces, the reception room actually looked pretty great and everything ended up turning out well despite losing power for a couple hours.
For the vase filler, we used water beads, which worked well to disseminate the light from the LEDs.
Wood / Forest
Sheep / Wool
Most of our Settlers of Catan centerpieces contained water beads as the vase filler. We had originally tried items like marbles, but decided the water beads looked the best. Water beads start as tiny round plastic-type pellets. When you add water to them, they expand into squishy marble-like objects. Since our wedding colors were royal blue and green, we purchased 2 colors of beads. The week of the wedding we expanded the pellets with water, then stored them in separate ziploc bags until the day before the wedding (to ensure the dye colors wouldn't mix and to keep them from dehydrating). The expansion process can take hours, depending upon the brand you purchase, so keep the prep time in mind when planning.
Brick / Clay
Ocean / Sea
Again, these photos definitely don't do the centerpieces full justice. We had a few skeptical family members whom we discussed our Settlers of Catan idea with. After the wedding they complimented us on how well we pulled them off and were able to make them look nice despite being totally geek themed :-)
Looking for more geeky wedding DIY projects? Check out our Nintendo video game card box and our Magic the Gathering cake topper.