Post # 1
To keep flower costs down, I knew early on during planning that I was going to DIY our centerpieces, keep ceremony decor to a minimum, but get bouquets and boutonnieres from a florist. Our wedding colors are navy blue and emerald green, and even though they’re a different shade of green, I always envisioned having green cymbidium orchids incorporated into our flowers somehow.
Like this for my bouquet:
However, after contacting a few florists, I gave up in frustration after the last one quoted me a minimum of $1500. Then I discovered that Sam’s Club offered a white and green wedding flower package that included bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and petals for only $313 and I think they look great! http://www.samsclub.com/sams/wedding-collection-green-white-17-pc/prod1480738.ip?iid=Category%7CTOPSELLER%7CWedding+Collection+-+Green+and+White+-+17+pc.
Now that I’m leaning towards getting that package, I’m unsure what to do with our centerpieces.
Option #1 – even though they don’t really go with the flowers from the package, incorporate orchids by using fake green ones in tiered vases with floating candles
or option #2 – lantern with small vases filled with some kind of green or white flowers
I’m open for any other ideas too.
Post # 2
Love the ideas… if the first picture is out of range, i think the second photo is just as beautiful! I personally love option 2 for center pieces, and probably be less expensive!
Post # 3
vip0802: I like the lantern centerpiece. The submerged flowers are pretty, but if you cluster several tall vases like that, it does make it difficult to carry on a conversation with someone across the table.
Cylinder vases from the dollar store are inexpensive, but they are not very tall. Taller ones can add up $$ wise.
You can get lanterns at a very reasonabe price. You can still have some green by adding a green flower at the base of the pillar candle.
Post # 4
Nikkimcq: Thanks for the reply! I definitely love the look of the orchids, but I think the lantern will probably be more practical and just as beautiful looking.
julies1949 I totally agree with the tall vases! If I were to do that, I’d definitely be getting shorter ones like at The Dollar Store or at a bulk supply website. Brilliant idea on adding greenery to the base of the lantern!
Post # 5
vip0802: absolutely. Both are beautiful. I have seen the hurricane vase done and it looks great. Love how the candle light gleams off the water to create a further effect. THe only thing that was an issue is the center pieces were being knocked over. Howver, this wedding had a bit rowdier crowd then i thnk “normal”
Post # 6
If you like the look of both why not alternate the two centerpieces? It’ll make the room more visually interesting to have the two centerpieces alternating between tables.
If you do the orchids you should check out the cost of ordering real stems from your local grocery store because they really shouldn’t cost much and, unlike most flowers, will stay submerged in water. It’s not easy to get fake flowers to stay submerged & the fake orchid stems are really pricey. I tried to do a similar thing for our engagement party & I wish I just ordered real flowers because it would have been cheaper.