(Closed) Pay thousands for centerpieces or go with a simple free centerpieces? Help!

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Why not just use the venues cenerpieces, and save the money?  It seems ridiculous to spend tons of money when you don’t have to.

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I say go with free! They’ll be fine and nobody will miss the flowers

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

I just wouldn’t be able to bring myself to spend that much on centerpieces, personally. I say go with the hurricane glass!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would go for the free flowers. If flowers aren’t that important, use that 1K towards something else.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The free option is not bad, its just a bit dull. Can you pick a different color or add some color?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Go with free for sure! I like them!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would go with free for sure.  I can’t remember a single centerpiece at any of the weddings I’ve been to.  If it were me, I’d rather save the $1,000+ for the honeymoon or something more fun. 

Plus, as a guest, I get annoyed when there’s a giant centerpiece in the way of talking to other people at the table/being able to see the speeches, etc. 

There are tons of ways you can jazz up the free centerpieces.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I agree go with whatever is free/cheap! Nobody is going to remember the centerpieces. I have been to 3 weddings this past year and do I remember any of the centerpieces.. NO! I remember the brides dress, the colors, the food and overall if I had a good time.. That is all. I couldn’t tell ya what the centerpieces even were! We were going to do DIY pomander balls for our centerpieces (I still made 6 of them, they will now the use on the aisle). They are SUPER easy and I am NOT an arts and crafts kind of person. Be careful though because they can become expensive.. those syrofoam balls are about $5 a piece but you can use coupons at Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s etc to get them cheaper! 

Ulimately we did decide to go with a florist ONLY because my mom has a friend who is a florist and while we figured she would give us somewhat of a deal, the deal she gave us was not something we could pass up (600 for ALL bouquets, boutinerres, coursages, 18 centerpieces and 1 big arrangement for the ceremony). Check around with other florists. Maybe this florist hasn’t gotten back to you because she isn’t in your price range but another florist might be!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I agree I would never pay that much for centerpieces but that’s just me. Go with the free or get crafty and make a simple beautiful centerpiece for cheap

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

This is so a no brainer, the free. Why spend so much money on something that no one is going even remember or care about after the wedding?

Post # 13
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Helper bee

There are quite a few on-line tutorials for making pomanders with wiffle balls, artificial flowers and a hot glue gun and some of them look exactly like the ones in your inspiration photo.  Perhaps that would give you the “dream centerpiece” look at a much lower price.  Or you could put a pomander on top of each hurricane globe?  I agree with previous posters that if you can’t come up with a budget solution, it’s not worth over $1,000 for centerpieces.   

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you don’t like the centerpieces the venue offers, see if there’s someway you can use the materials they offer to your advantage. Or maybe just add a little to make them nicer/more unique to you. Our venue offers floating candles in vases, which I thought was a little plain, but we had lots of cheap-ish diy options to spruce it up. We could have made papier-mache lanterns to go around it, or wicker globes, etc. I’m sure there’s tons more. We ended up making something like this: 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewlines/3656683282/

(no top – fire hazard) going around our floating candles.

Ask a creative friend to help.

Some ideas:

1. Use the hurricane vase and drop a single pomander or line of small pomanders in it. You can make cheap tissue pomanders:

http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-decor-part-i-tissue-paper-pomanders/

2. I’m assuming these are the flowers in vases:

So maybe use something to cover the bottom? Marbles or white stones are great, you can also use tissue paper to make it seem like it’s coming out of a flower, or you could even add a rustic feel by putting hay or something down there. 

3. Maybe have the hurricane vases and the flowers, but put a thin string circumferencing the top neck so that you can have a few pomanders draped down the outside. Kind of like these:

http://media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com/upload/459789443176520282_XiYamaVF_b.jpg

http://whatremainsnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/March-CCC-Vase-Detail-e1336357193661.jpg

http://decoratingwithfunkyshui.homestead.com/craftsnthings/BudVase.html

You could do just one line or several around the vases. These are all easily taken off, so your venue will most likely be fine with the additions. 

Sorry if my ideas were a little hard to understand!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

Free. Don’t spend what you can spend on a vacation, on centerpieces. The money would be more useful to pay off debt, pay down your mortgage, save for an emergency, spend on a trip, buying things you need etc.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I second most of your thoughts. Go with the cheapest option. Pomanders get very pricy because they require TONS of flowers, more than you think.

As my father wisely said, “Leah, no one gives a sh*t about the centerpieces. Make sure you have good food and an open bar.”

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