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So it is a little less than 3 months untill the big day and I am effing FREAKING out over what to do for our centerpieces. Unfortunilty **someone** decided that we HAVE to invite all 425 of their "close family friends" and then complaine that our wedding is too expensive….so now neadless to say, we are out of money in our wedding budget. *mournfull sigh*
I, like many brides I imagine,want a beautiful romantic fairytail wedding; however I am realistic and have been bargin hunting and cutting corners this whole time inorder to get the most for our money.
I had done just that, I got a GREAT venue for both our ceremony and our reception, a fantastic caturer, beautiful flowers and a great cake. I thought I was home free….not so.. Picture my reaction when I was told that not only am I spending too much (I swear that I am doing my very best NOT to do that and infact I am still under the budget) but that I have to stretch our meager budget inorder to feed all 425 people I don’t know and wasn’t planning on (the original guest count was 225 total…not 425 just from one side!). It was heartbreaking.
Alas I must face the awful truth that since I am not paying for my wedding and have been blessed to have both sets of parents willing to fund our numptuals, that I have to accomodate thier wants and needs.
…Goodbye flower money…..
So…can anyone help me think of inexpensive centerpieces that capture the romantic vibe? I was thinking candles…but I am not sure they will look nice enough. (we have a very nice ballroom for the reception) help please!
Post # 3
Candles, rose petals, vases filled with water and floating candles, silk flowers… there’s a lot you can do! Also consider table runners, which will add some detail to the middle of your tables, without having to be full flower arrangements. Visit local florists and see what they could do with a smaller budget. I’ve seen some amazing things done with tons of baby’s breath. Carnations are a cheaper flower, but when they are packed tightly together in a bright color they make a BOLD statement.
If you are going the baby’s breath route, I know there have been a few posts about it lately. You might be able to do that yourself, which of course would save costs.
Also, think about having 12 person tables instead of 8 or 10 person tables– the more people you fit around the table (without squeezing them in!) means the fewer tables you have, and thus the fewer centerpieces that you need. Good luck! Check back in with us and let us know what you plan on doing, because I think flower budgets are a big concern for a lot of people!
Post # 4
I thought of something else. YOu could also take the DIY approach and do large crystal trees or something like that. Have you ever seen those? Basically, they are bare branches. I’m not sure what you would put them in, but you could hang crystals from them, and even have flowers on them. And if you added candles, the light would bounce off the crystals. I’m not describing it very well, but these can be very beautiful and elegant. And if you took the DIY approach, they might be cost efficient. Hey, you could even enlist that **SOMEONE** who is inviting all of those guests to help, since they are adding to the problem!
Post # 5
Thank you BeachBride T!
Those are some great ideas! I am going to look into the crystal tree thing…that sounds really cool and also the floating candle idea. I feel less stressed already. I will get back with what I end up doing.
Post # 6
If candles are really cheap (I have no idea if they are cheap or what but I did order 200 10-hour votives recently for $30ish, I think. Send me a message if you want more info.) maybe you could do TONS of them? Maybe you could collects hundreds of cheapie candlesticks in different heights from thrift stores, spray them with silver paint, dip them in silver glitter and then *only* have candlelight in the room? It could be so dramatic. You could still do the crystal trees (which would be incredible reflecting candlelight and sparkles) and do lots of white accents too…?
Post # 7
Don’t panic. There are simple, cheap centerpieces that you can do (or better) have a friend do.
If you have dollar stores in your area, you can purchase inexpensive glass bowls. Float a single rose bloom (cut off the stem) and surround the bowl with candles and petals. Floating candles are just as nice.
A local florist should be willing to sell you roses in bulk. If not, check with your local grocer. They can order the flowers for you so that they’ll be fresh for your wedding.
I do a single submerged rose centerpiece as well. One rose, under water, again surrounded by candles and petals. These arrangements only require one rose, yet you still get the feel of fresh flowers. Simple, elegant, inexpensive.
Email me if you have more questions [email protected] or check out my website, http://www.ceflorals.com
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Don’t forget to ask your reception site what they have that you can use. A lot of places have mirrors, vases, candlebras, etc that you can borrow and use for your centerpieces. Take advantage of what they have and use them! =]
Just make sure your guests don’t take them home.
Post # 11
I’m neither a florist or a designer but I see lots of stuff. One of my favorite centerpieces from a wedding I photographed was potted hydrangeas (see the last photo in the gallery). And I love, love, love orchids. I get mine from Ikea for $12.99. I know a nursery that has them 3 for $20 Potted flowers are simple, yet elegant. You could buy them & put them in a nice pot from a discount store plus they make great gifts afterwards.
This a really old post on my blog that I should update, but it has lots of reception deocorations. To get the biggest bang for you buck, incorporate lots of color. In this link there are 2 photos of the same room but it looks dramatically different because of the decorations.