(Closed) Any bees with Flowerless or Minimal Flower Centerpieces?? NEED HELP

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
558 posts
Busy bee

I’m getting married in october next year, and I agree, I don’t want a lot of flowers. However, I do like the tall centerpieces that have lights in them. I found ones on Pinterest that had 24″ vases, water-proof LED lights, and it was decorated with “sticks” and minimal flower accents. Heres a pic:


I priced it out, and with wholesale flowers and buying the vases as the go on clearance/in bulk, total cost is about $25 each. That beat’s the $120 price the flourist gave me!

Post # 4
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

I’m doing vintage books, tea cup, clear vases, mason jars & lanterns.  The only floral we plan to have is baby’s breath.  Here’s a pic of my “trial-run”.  My tables are 8 feet rectangular tables.  The caterers will supply the table cloth, but I’m adding a burlap runner down the midde, doilies on top of the runner then the books, and a tea cup with baby’s breath, and a lantern on each side.

I’m saving quite a bit because the tea cups are from my own collection, the books were all from my Future Mother-In-Law (she had tons of harcover books), and the lanterns & doilies I got for cheap at thrift stores ($3 per lantern, $1 for doilies).  The burlap runners, vases & mason jars are from previous brides (mostly friends) who donated them to me for free to use for my wedding ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I’m getting married in a historical building, a school built in the 1800s that turned into a church at one point and now serves as a venue for events, so that’s where the books idea fit in ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Post # 6
1651 posts
Bumble bee

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tobelee0627:   NICE place !  I know exactly where that is, I went to a retirement dinner in the dining room showing and it was delicious, my SO and I stood in the conservatory and was thinking :”wedding venue”  Congrats, its beautiful.

Post # 7
4078 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Where I live, I’d have to have a ridiculous flower budget to even have small centerpieces, and I’m just not that fond of them, so we are doing candalabras as centerpieces, probably with some small candles around them (haven’t decided how crowded it would look on the table). I plan to just buy inexpensive, non-matching ones in golds and coppers on ebay or at thrift stores as I find them, so I’m hoping it won’t be too expensive. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest! I’ve seen lanterns, candles, vases, etc.

Post # 8
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I am also going minimal on flowers. My venue, thankfully, is really beautiful itself and doesn’t need much. I saw a picture in a bridal magazine of tables with a bunch of votives and a glass vase with a single flower on each table – it’s totally what I want. Simple and pretty. I think using lots of candles can be an inexpensive way to make it look really pretty.

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Post # 12
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

May I suggest Sams Club or COSTCO….they are significantly cheaper. I am getting all my flowers for under $600. You could probably make your own centerpieces and bouquest for less than $300 if you wanted to.

Post # 13
3287 posts
Sugar bee

I used wool “flowers,” rosemary sprigs and fun salt and pepper shakers. The wedding smelled amazing!


Post # 14
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We completely cut flower centerpeices after we got the quote from the florist, it’s mind blowing how much flowers cost!

we ended up doing 3 non flower centerpeices for 30 tables. One was a big purple charger with pillar candles of different heights. 

Another was a big silver sparkly vase candle holder thing with purple LEDs inside (looked SO cool)

The third was a cylinder vase, about 13-14 in tall, filled with water and then white beads that floated inside and a floating candle. We put some votives around it too. 

Post # 15
47341 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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tobelee0627:  I think a cloche centerpiee would be perfect for your venue. There are all sorts of tutorials online with instructions to make your own cloches.


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