Centerpiece dilemma! HELP!

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

See what’s available at a store like home depot. I ended up getting pea gravel instead of river rocks (same look, much cheaper) for our candles


Post # 4
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@SoontobeMrsKB:  Quick cement in the bottom of the vases?

Post # 6
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@SoontobeMrsKB:  Aquarium/pet store-bulk colored gravel, pebbles or sand For very little $.  Bonus, it can be resold or given away to those with aquariums.  Home Depot is a great place for pebbles & sand.  Get the stuff that’s by the cement mixes (not the play sand). But it’s only in one color-natural beige/brown.

I’ve used plain old cat litter too (über cheap) when the vases are not transparent.  Works like a charm


Post # 7
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@SoontobeMrsKB:  If you want to use plaster of paris to make a disc that can be placed in the bottom of the vase, find a round contaiiner that is just slightly smaller than the diameter of the vase (yogurt, sour cream etc). Line it with saran wrap. Pour in the Plaster of Pris.

Let it set. When it is hard you can remove the saran wrap and place the disc into the bottom of the vase before you add the branches.

Post # 8
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

You can get sandbox sand at home stores too. If you want sand.

Post # 9
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My now husband 🙂 made all our centerpieces. He handpicked all the wood from our local woods area – to keep it stable, he picked rocks from our front yard, filled the vase with water and we had no issues with the branches being so tall. See our pic from our reception last week! Everyone loved them.

Post # 10
2173 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

@SoontobeMrsKB:  Are your vases transparent or not?

If they’re transparent, you could use toilet paper rolls as a cheap “filler” for the center of the vase, and use the prettier stuff around them.  (Check out

If they’re not, you could fill the bottom part with “junk” (ie cement, cheap non-pretty sand), and then put rocks or some pretty thing on top in case you’re worried someone will look in your vase haha.

Post # 11
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We have tree branches in wine bottles, and we’re using these:

I don’t know which site my fiance bought them from, but they were very inexpensive and really pretty!

Post # 12
9652 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SoontobeMrsKB:  I didn’t read thru all the responses to see if its been mentioned but what about rice? Its pretty heavy and shouldn’t bee too expensive

edit…..not sure if your vases are see thru thou? Not sure how it would look….jsut a thought for something cheap that might work


Post # 14
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Salt, Sugar or Rice

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