(Closed) Advice to update free centerpieces… cheaply?? Help!

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

votives- you can get plain white votives pretty cheap (got ours at Big Lots- or search votive in the bee search engine-there was a recent post about where to find them), and candles go a long way.  I think rose petals will be more elegant than ribbons. If you can do something taller (like a hurricane), it would be a little more attractive- check craigslists- lots of weddings things on there. Any friends getting married this year, that you could snag some candle holder hand-me-downs?

Post # 4
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For what it’s worth they are pretty! ever thought of paper flowers? a wrapping paper table runner? i have seen those on martha stuart wedding website!

Post # 6
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

You’ll probably want the bigger votive candles vs. tea lights, since tea lights might not last throughout the entire reception. Mirrors also help spruce it up.

Helpful hint from Martha: If you get used candles holders, with half burnt wax, you can easily pop the extra wax out if you freeze the votive holder.

Post # 7
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Lately I’m crazy about low floral centerpieces with artificial florals. Since you have some time til your wedding you could hit up a craft store at the end of whatever season your colors are sold in. For instance, right after Thanksgiving all my deep purples went 90% off and I made out like a bandit. This is one centerpiece that I came up with that would probably work in what you have. Just stuff hydrangeas or even peonies (anything with a lot of body) into the glass oart and fluff them to hide all the glass. Then you have this elegant silver antiqued base with an abundance of flowers popping out from it. So yeah something along these lines as far as fullness….(btw these ones were Christmas florals that I swooped in and grabbed right after the holidays)

Post # 8
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

What if you buy taller skinny vases and replace the oil candle? You can even get artificial flowers and do a submerged arrangement with a floating candle on top. If you’re lucky you can sometimes find taller vases at the dollar tree, and get great deals at michaels for the flowers. I’m doing floating votive candles. You can even put a petal in each votive candle as well and get the floating candles cheap at Amazon.com. I got the glass votive holders at Michaels, they were on sale!


Here are some pics of what I mean (i know the flower isn’t in your color scheme, but just so you get an idea!)


Floating votive candles:


Post # 9
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I don’t know how big those bases are, but could you put a small vase in the center to hold flowers?  It’ll look like a footed vase/bowl.


If you’re looking for inexpensive, I’d say remove the glass thing in the center of the centerpiece and replace it with a big pillar candle.

Post # 10
46607 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My ideas are based on the premise that the glass part is removeable.

The silver base is actually an asset. Are you interested in arranging flowers or learning to arrange flowers?

I would go out right now and buy silk spring flowers on sale and florist foam. Ask the vendor if you can borrow one of the lamps one day  Cut the foam into puck shapes to fit inside the base of the lamp,( place the glass part to one side). Arrange your spring flowers in the foam. Lift the whole arrangement out of the vase and place to one side. Repeat for the number of tables that you have.

On the day of the wedding someone just has to place the arrangements into the base of the oil lamp. Use votives on the tables.

It could end up looking similar to this:

Another pretty spring centerpiece would be to cut rounds of wheatgrass to fit inside the silver base and insert pretty spring flowers in floral picks.

Post # 13
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I really like the Martha Stewart wrapping paper runner idea. I think as long as you jazz up the table as a whole, the centerpieces will be fine.

Post # 15
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What if you added shades to them like this?

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