DIY centerpiece (candles, nonfloral, budget) Ideas?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What feel are you going for? Usually that makes a big difference. One thing I really like are river rocks.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

It makes me laugh because this was a Martha Stewart idea, but I’ve seen centerpieces made from black and white photos (printed on vellum, glued to a picture frame).  3 or4 Photos were connected to look like a square lantern and a candle was inside in the middle.  Should cost less than 10.00 a table especially if you use a picture frame matte instead of a full frame.   Here’s the link:

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/photo-centerpiece?rsc=also_try

 

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Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Oakland Manor

I love centerpieces I’ve seen using old books and candles, one of my centerpiece ideas is to use cut wine bottles wit a mix of floating candles, fern fronds, fiddlehead ferns and button mums. The wine bottles are free (the bottle cutter is $40), and the floral bits should be quite cheap. I can’t do a trial run until I get back to the states but I’ll look for more photos. 

Oh woah, and you’re in Hawaii where I imagine there are tons of natural florals available!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

We used candles & flowers… but instead of candle holders we just used glasses. Think of outside the box materials, and then build off of that. If you stay within color groups, as ours was gold/yellow with the candles, then it makes for a simple but impressive show on each table.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Here are some photos that I’ve collected over time.

I, too, love river rocks, candles, and minimalist style.

 

Some comments: Clusters of single vases aren’t the most inexpensive route (though, you can find some small vases @ the dollar tree, and you can order them in bulk on their website), but they are less expensive than large vases. At the same time, single flowers (which you can also order online) are much cheaper than large arrangements.

 

Bamboo is a great, minimalist style, that goes very well with river rocks (and I know of a pretty inexpensive, online source for "lucky bamboo" if you’re interested.

 

The turquoise candleholders are a Martha Stewart idea, essentially they are two vases, one inside the other, with colored water between the vases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

More…

 

I think that potted orchids look really beautiful. Though they are not THAT cost effective, I know of some online retailers that sell orchids in bulk (you can get them for less around $10 each. )

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Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My centerpieces are about $18/table, but could easily be scaled back to fit your budget.  I’m using 5 luminaries on the center of each table (4 smaller and 1 large).  They to came from Martha, but the only skills required are using 4 pieces of double stick tape and finding a paper cutter.

Striped Luminaries

It’s super simple, and I’m using these rectangular vases from Ikea (6" and 9").

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50150563 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My FH and I are gathering tree branches and placing them (quite fully) in a vase and adding really fine sand to weigh it down and hold the branches in place. Then, we are buying lots of little, clear glass votives and we are twisting wire to make our own hanging votive holders. Obviously, we are going to hang those on the branches and that is going to be on either all of the tables or half of them. We’re thinking of either doing vases filling with granny smith apples and dark purple or white flowers OR we’re going to put several mini antique-looking lanterns or a large lantern on the other tables. We are going to other have strategic flower arrangements because I know how pricey it can get. What’re you doing?

BTW, I included photos of what my FH and I are aiming for. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, about the pillars… We found those photos from a woman in Lansing, MI who said it costs over $750 to rent those for the reception. So, we decided to build them!! Yay!

The rest of the pictures display ideas that we might be leaning toward if we decide to do our branches with hanging votives on only half of our 28 tables.

Which of the alternative centerpieces do you think would "flow" the best with the hanging branches centerpiece and our antique/summer-night/romantic theme? (BTW, our colors are dark/medium purple (see David’s Bridal’s lapis), apple-y green and ivory.)

 

One FINAL thing–I found a cool website that shows lots of flowerless/minimal flower centerpiece ideas and here you are: http://www.tickledpinkbrides.com/brideblog/flowers/

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Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i went to a designer’s house one time and saw a vase half filled with pearls and coconut broomstick in the middle with pearls glued to the body and ends of each stick to make it drop around the vase..wish i had taken a pic..

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

How about fish? I’ve seen small fish bowls with something hardy, like a beta fish… then one of your guests gets to take it home (which may or may not be a good thing! but the kids would sure like it if you’ll be having them at your wedding!)

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