Post # 1
So I did a mock up of centerpieces today … I filled a large (fit 350mL of coffee beans) cylinder vase with coffee beans, hen put hydrangeas at the top (looked sort of like a pomander)…
I LOVE the look of it, but I think it will cause the room’s aroma to be very strong!!!!
I love the smell of coffee beans, but I don’t want it to overpower the room, (there would about 15 -17 cyclinders of them…
Are there any alternatives that give the same effect (with the color and texture combination).
If you have a suggestion, please let me know!!!! 🙂
Thanks bees 🙂
Post # 4
Leave the coffee beans outside overnight. I bet they won’t smell tomorrow. You’ll just have to do that with all the coffee beans.
Post # 5
Oh I love the smell of coffee beans too, Are you serving coffee because it would really make me want some.
I think Boston bee’s idea is great, the only other thing I could think of is ordering fake ones but I googled that and can’t find any, or Raisins? I would say chocolate covered something but I imagine it’d melt. Maybe little dark brown/black pebbles?
Post # 6
I second black beans – and they’re significantly cheaper than coffee beans.
Post # 7
Is there some way you could seal the top of the vases, only allowing the hydrangeas to poke through? Also, keep in mind that hydrangeas wilt very quickly when not in water – within a few hous – so if you want the centerpieces to make it through the reception, you’ll need to have a water supply for them in the vase.
Post # 8
My cousin did this at her wedding and it was beautiful!!!!!!!!!! Her mom then took the centerpieces and now has one in her bedroom, still beautiful a year later. Just leave the coffee beans outside for maybe a week before you make them. Make sure you spread them out and stir them occasionally. Very cost effective!!!
Post # 9
@april30: do you have pics from her wedding you could send me? I’d love to see something similar in action 🙂
Thanks for the suggestions, ladies. I’m going to look around for some alternatives, and try the leave outdoors for a bit, method !!!!! I need to do a long experiment as well, to see if the hydrangeas will hold up for the time needed…
Post # 10
Depending on the type of wedding you are having, there are a lot of choices. Go to the supermarket and check the aisles with the dry goods, like beans, peas, rice, etc.
Post # 11
A couple of points:1. if you want to reduce the cost and maybe also the strength of the smell of coffee beans, place a smaller vase inside the first, and place the coffee beans outside the smaller vase- between the outside edge of the smaller vase and the inside edge of the larger vase.
2. You can also use flavored beans-vanilla scented beans would be nice.
3. You could try dried beans or lentils- they come in different colors.
Post # 12
I would do something a bit different to cut down on costs. First, put a layer of beans along the bottom of the vase. Then stick in some dry floral foam cut smaller than your vase. THEN fill the gap between the floral foam and the sides of the vase with the beans, as well as putting some on top to hide it that bit more. Stick in your flowers and you’re done! You could also wet the floral foam and wrap it TIGHT in a couple layers of tin foal or plastic wrap to prevent the beans from getting wet and poke your flowers through the top. They’d last a bit longer that way 🙂 Coffee beans can be expensive, so you could wind up cutting how much you need by at least half I would imagine!
Post # 13
I don’t have any pictures from the wedding….let me do some digging and see if I can find some pictures!
Post # 14
Hello, so I don’t have any pictures from my cousin’s wedding, but this is very similar to what it looked like!!!