Post # 1
I am making all my own centerpieces. I decided to put them together prior to our reception venue setup in a week because we don’t have a lot of time scheduled to setup. After they were all complete I started to notice how tall they are & I’m not sure how to best transport them. Our reception venue is only about 5 minutes away and we have an SUV or access to a truck. The centerpieces are 4-5 feet tall with the branches. I’m afraid to lay them down and break the branches and have the hanging crystals all fall off, but I don’t know how to transport them standing up and not break the vases during the car ride.
Any ideas or recommendations from experience welcome!
Post # 3
@lastlastfirst: Wine or liquor boxes would work. You might want to add some weight around the bases of the vases to keep them from tipping over.
Or, you can make some DIY boxes.
Find some large cardboard boxes. Tape the top flaps of the box together.
Cut circles in the top of the box, the width of the vases at the height where the vases will sit in the box.
What you end up with is somehting similar to what florists and wholesalers use to transport plants.
Set the vases into the holes. The boxes will keep them stable and stop them from bangiing into each other. Make sure you place the holes far enough apart so the branches don’t get mixed together.
Post # 4
Put them in wine boxes on the floor of the backseat? Perhaps take out the center (longwise) divider from the wine box and lean the vases slightly back into the back to gain some extra clearance — though that depends on how securely the crystals are attached.
Post # 5
No help with your transportation delima, but I do want to say I love your work! Good luck.
Post # 6
If they can be transported standing up, then do so. Get boxes or totes that are at least half as tall as the vases, put the vases in with the room needed in between not to scrunch the branches. Stuff pastic bags/paper in between the glass inside the boxes and then use masking tape over the top of the box to make a tight grid around each vase so they don’t move or tip (tape running north to south, and east to west so it forms squares with each vase inside the square). Drive slow and you should be fine. This is how I transport large arrangements and the arrive peachy fine.
Post # 7
@lastlastfirst: OMG!!!!!!!!! These are fabulous!!! i have been looking all over for something like this. I have tall vases like yours. Please let me know where you got the branches from and just how many branched you used in each centerpiece. I would love to recreate this look.
Post # 8
@MrsCooper: I’m glad you like them! The branches my mom got for me from a wedding planner having a garage sale, but search ‘curly willow branches’ online and you’ll find a bunch of options or they’re available at most craft stores.