Post # 1
Hi Bees —
I am looking for some non-floral centerpieces to throw into the mix, mainly to avoid the cost of flowers. I am leaning towards getting some lanterns and hurricane vases with candles. I love candlelight, and I think these with both go nicely with our nautical / outdoor theme.
This is probably a silly question, but where do I even start with this? Will a florist be able to take care of this? Or is this a more DIY project (I’m not hiring a planner…at least not yet)? Or do I bring in a party rental company? I don’t want it to look tacky (which it might if I try to do it myself, ha, but the point is to save money….so I don’t necessarily want to hire a wedding coordinator just for this).
Any advice you have is greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
My florist does all centerpieces. Just call around and ask? They can probably give good advice on how to incorporate this with flowers to keep the cost low and get maximum impact. Good luck!
Post # 4
If you keep it simple, this is an easy DIY. White lanterns will look nice with your nautical theme. Do you have any blue or green in your color palette? If so you could use beach glass to add the nautical touch without being too cheesy.
I like the look of the non-shiny beach glass,but that is a matter of individual taste.
This is one of my favorite lantern centerpieces. It could easily be changed up for a nautical theme by using a white lantern, candle and beach glass instead of pebbles. The succulents have a water plant look to them.
Post # 5
Thanks, great idea! Our colors are Navy, green, and white, so that is perfect!
Post # 6
I love the look of various vases, wine bottles (used as vases) with lots of candle light!
All of these you could do yourself….just starting asking people to save their wine bottles for you! Also the Dollar Tree sells vases so the flowting candles would be a very cheap option as well!
These are very easy DIY items….good luck and happy planning!
I like your idea of lanterns as well….some that I have seen can be pretty pricey thou!
Floating candles (you could put whatever you wanted in the vase to coordiate with your wedding):
Post # 7
FYI, Ikea carries simliar lanterns to the ones show above for less than $15 each. Their candles are rather inexpensive as well. I just bought 3″x 6″ unscented candles for $1.99 each.
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@NavyBride2013: I did candelabras to avoid the cost of floral arrangements, I bought them and hope to resell after the wedding.
Post # 9
We used lanterns for some of our centerpieces and they turned out very well. We bought them from IKEA for about $8 a piece, dropped them off at the venue the day of the wedding (with the candles already in them), and had our day-of wedding coordinator set them up on the tables. You can also have your florist or venue set them up – though they may charge you extra depending on how complicated your set-up is. Your florist and/or venue might also have some of these things for rent. You’d have to ask.
If your florist doesn’t carry lanterns or vases for rent, then I would suggest just buying your own lanterns, vases, candles, and whatever you want in the vases (sand, rockes, etc.) and putting it all together yourself. Shouldn’t be too hard or time consuming.