Post # 1
***Cross-Posted from DIY***
After much consideration, we decided one area where we felt comfortable cutting back was centerpieces. Our venue is very grand so we wanted something more simple for the centerpieces, and I love the look of orchids, without the price tag!
I also decided that, although I love real flowers, I did not want the stress of DIY’ing the day of the wedding, which is a consideration with real flowers.
I love the sleek, clean look of submerged orchid centerpieces, but was quoted around 100$ for them, so I thought I could definitely attempt these at home. Here is my inspiration:
I found some really nice silk orchid stems at a wholesale retailer for $4 a stem. Personally, I really think they look quite nice, especially in the water. They’re also nice and full.
The Cylinder vases are from Dollorama believe it or not! They’re roughly 4″ diameter, the small one is 6″ tall ($1.50), the medium one is 9.5″ ($2.00) and I have yet to find a tall vase, roughly 12″. For this mockup, I simply put a 2nd 9.5″ on a small stand to create the illusion of height. If I can’t find a third vase like I need, I’ll just have to look more into this… I would also trim the tallest stem so the buds aren’t poking out of the top.
I also wanna put blue floralytes (seen on the right) in each vase to match our blue uplighting, as well as some crystals to hide the floralytes
What does everybody think? Can I get some feedback?
Post # 3
They look great, but I’d recommend using the larger 3″ floating candles and I don’t think you need the crystals or the floralytes
Post # 4
I think they look really good! I actually like the buds sticking out of the top. But maybe they look fake IRL?
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2013 - ceremony at a gazebo outside, reception at neighboring restaurant on a lake
I agree that you don’t need the crystals or floralytes. That is just extra money. The definitely look great!! Try leaving them in the water for the same amount of time they will be in water on the big day to make sure they don’t fall apart or something.
Post # 6
@reebee: I agree that the larger candles will look nicer, I just couldn’t find any for my mockup so I used the ones I had on hand 🙂 You would skip the crystals/ lights altogether then? We will probably have blue uplighting at the venue so we may not need it, and it might be a way to save some costs.
@weim-love: I don’t like the buds because the lawyer in me sees a fire hazard/ possible liability 😛 Also, the buds look a little fake IRL
Post # 7
I love how these look! Where did you get the orchids from?
Post # 8
@sweetchiquita12: I bought them from a wholesale warehouse in Montreal called Calfolia. As far as I know that’s their only location, but you should check it out next time you’re in town, they have a lot of nice looking flowers! These particular orchids are no longer in production though, and I cleaned them out! But they had other colors as well 🙂
I also saw some at Ikea for 1$ or 2$, but they were not as full as these.
Also, JoAnn’s had some pretty ones for about 3-4$ if I remember correctly 🙂
Post # 9
@Miss Care Bear: Thanks so much! I’m having a destination wedding and I wantto make my own centrepieces with orchids. I plan to go to Montreal in the fall so maybe I will look then. I will also check out Ikea cause I live right near it. I was going to go to dollarama but I want the flowers to look lifelike and I dont think there flowers really do lol
Post # 10
@sweetchiquita12: No problem 🙂 Are you looking to make submerged centerpieces? Because I would be sooooo scared of vases breaking in the plane?
Post # 11
I think they look great!!!
I don’t want to be a downer bee, but @Luvita has a point about the fire hazard. You may want to check with the venue on any restrictions (some venues don’t allow open flames, others have restrictions as to how high in the vases the open flame can be). Just a thought! 🙂
Post # 12
I actually LOVE the vase with the floralyte….so chic!
Post # 14
I did this at my wedding and it turned out great. If you use a colored orchid, it will look less fake. Not sure if you want to do that though.
Post # 16
I like the second picture where the vase is not so crowded. And I LOVE the crystals and the floralytes… and agree with the larger floating candles.