Post # 1
My venue does not allow candles due to potential fire hazards. So I’m just looking for ideas to somehow still have a lighted centerpiece or at least something that really has that wow effect. Please send pics too if you have them! Also, trying to keep a low budget so I’m all about DIY! Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
LEDs are a candel alternitive… I also reccomend this to everyone looking for something different…FISHES!!!(I know its bad grammer, bite me) But seriously, fish, in bowls… they are cheap if you get the right ones…
Post # 4
You can get electric or battery operated candles; personally, I think the larger candles look more realistic than the tealights, but if you also used flowers or something, I think the tealights could look great. Also, if you google “battery operated candle.” you’ll get a ton of hits, and you can comparison shop for the best deal. Here’s a link:
I think using non-traditional items for centerpieces is a great idea. You could make it really special to who you and your Fi are (e.g if you read a lot, you could use books. if you travel a lot, maybe photo cube collages of all your trips together. both could be lit by battery operated candles, led lights, battery operated christmas lights, etc…). Good luck!
Post # 5
Please don’t use FISH for your centerpieces, they are live animals – NOT props.
I agree with either LED candles for flowers floating in water. Have you checked our Floralytes (I could be spelling this wrong)?
Post # 6
you could fill your vases with colored water and out LEDs in the bottom… it would give a cool glow to the venue!
Post # 7
here is a pic… google "led centerpieces" and look at images.
Post # 8
Here are some ideas I had. I ran across this easy way to make paper laterns using christmas lights today and saved it because I’m thinking of useing it for myself, somehow. I know this shows the lanterns hanging, but if it’s not a fire-hazard maybe you could string the large-bulbed christmas lights along the center of your table and follow the directions in this DIY from Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/good-things/dinner-at-dusk-paper-lanterns?autonomy_kw=lanterns
You can find something to cover the wires that are left in the spaces. Some suggestions I would have: flower petals, other centerpieces, have the lights under a runner with holes just where the lanters need to be. Just some random thoughts.
The LED lights barely seem to give off light, but I haven’t tried the large ones. Rope lights will give a glow, too and they might be safer and smoother on the tablecloth (you just wouldn’t be able to use the latern idea)
Hopefully this extrememly long comment has something you can use. lol. 🙂 Good luck!
OH! P.S. – My brother just had a wedding and his wife wanted fish. It was actually ver inexpensive since the little bowls are very cheap pretty much everywhere you look. Then we let people take the fish home as gifts.
Post # 9
just a thought…you could always use a small strand of battery-operated xmas lights. i was actually just at a wedding where they had a vegas them reception bc that’s where they were engaged. the centerpieces were 3′ tall glass vases filled with decorative stones and a strand of battery-operated lights. on the top (3′ above the table so as not to get in anyones view of anything) was black, white, and royal blue feathers w/ 3 strands of beads hanging down. i don’t have a picture of them unfortunately but they were gorgeous and not at all over the top for the vegas themed wedding…but i do like the idea of the battery-operated lights
Post # 10
Thank you SanDiegoAli! Whenever I search for centerpiece ideas, fish always come up! Yeah, you can give them away afterwards, but it’s still pretty cruel to have them there during the ceremony. There’s the vibrations from the music, and something could spill into the bowl etc,etc. There are definitely better alternatives.
My FI makes fun of me for having a different centerpiece idea every week, like boardgames, books, paper lanterns with flowers, apothecary jars filled with various items. I know that’s not very helpful, but maybe it will help the brainstorming process.
Post # 11
You could use fairy lights and create cones to surround them with pretty translucent paper/vellum. Really effective once grouped together.
Post # 12
P.S. Or try re-purposing paper lanterns and use one (or stack smaller ones) as a light centrepiece instead.
Post # 13
“Please don’t use FISH for your centerpieces, they are live animals – NOT props.”
What about fake candles?
Post # 14
Just to let everyone know. I am not trying to be creul to animals by using fish in my wedding decor. Fish just happen to be the one animal that we can have in our venue. We are animal lovers, I used to work at a petstore. We have a beautiful aquarium in our home that we keep with some pretty fish in it. We also have a second tank that will accomadate all of the fish that we will be having at our reception 9saving it until then). We are not going to kill them or anything, they will be our pets. If a guest wants to take one home we are going to make sure that the whole family is on board and give them some fish food or a coupon for it.
I can see that if we were flushing them after we were done how it would be mean. But the fish are all going to be a part of the family after the day is over.
I apologize if my centerpieces ofend anyone, but this is one thing that connected me and my fh in the first place. We love fish! **NOT to eat** We dont eat fish:) We just think they are pretty and like to puy them to get them out of the store:)
Post # 15
I am doing bare branches spray painted silver and stuck in milk glass vases, and we’re putting paper flowers in the branches. We’re doing LEDs around the base of the centerpiece. I got the idea from Martha’s “50 Top Centerpieces” article.
Post # 16
I love the look of Christmas lights bundled in a glass bowl. I saw these centerpieces at an event, and it gave a great glow to the room. You’ll have to do some research, though. I’m not sure how they plugged the lights in. Fake candles are another great option.