(Closed) Are candles cheaper than flowers? Centerpieces

posted 4 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

You can buy a lot of plain taper candles for a low price – IKEA has 10 for $3.99 – pick up ferns at a flower market and DIY the centerpieces for considerably less than a flower arrangement at every table would cost, or even what it would cost to have a decorator do the same thing for you. As for the holders, I would think the glass pillars and votives can be picked up for cheap and the brass ones would be pricier, but you could try buying some from someone who recently got married and is looking to get rid of theirs. Tradesy, WB classifieds, and Craigslist are a starting point.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Yes candles are much cheaper.  A Floral arrangement will run you at least $50 per table from a florist.  You can get candles cheap from Ikea and candles holders cheap from the dollar store, the craft store on sale, and online. I’m doing candles for my decor, and with table runners, mercury glass votive holders and candles it’s running me less than $10 per table.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

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goldenbrown:  I would hire a DOC and delegate setting up the centerpices to him or her. You don’t want to be worrying about setting up your centerpieces on your wedding day or having your friends and family do it, and you’ll need one anyway to make the other aspects of your wedding day run smoothly.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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goldenbrown:  a DOC is a great idea and they will coordinate how the day flows and handle any issues that pop up.  However I would look into DOC costs in your area and weigh that against just hiring a florist to handle decor.  You may or may not need a DOC depending on the size and complexity of your wedding.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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goldenbrown:  the wedding planner at my reception site said she would set up all the candles for me. I bought a set of a dozen votives on Amazon with the candles already inside for under $12. I plan to buy large cylinder candle holders at the Dollar store too. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yes candles will be a lot less expensive then candles. 

The candles in the first link you posted may not be allowed at your venue. They can poise a fire hazard. As they tip over when guess reach for things like bread basket. 

The vases in your second photo can be purchased at the dollars ma for $2 each and pillar candles at Ikea for $3 to $5 each

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Yep! These triple-wick candle arrangements, including dollar-store glass holders and rose petals from the florist, cost us $12.50 per table, and the simplest, saddest little floral arrangements would have cost us $45 per table. I love flowers, so it was hard for me to give them up for our wedding, but it was the easiest place to cut money while making sure the guests were taken care of. 

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Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We are having a tent wedding on  beautiful and very green property…I am using many many candles and lanterns with minimal flowers. i am saving thousands !!! I also think it’s way more romantic !

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I highly recommend QuickCandles. I used them for my votives and it was a quick and painless delivery of ~290 candles and holders. They have taper candles as well!

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Warning not all venues allow candles or have strict and often expensive rules ie all candles in containers that cover the flame.  A beautiful single hydrangea with some leaves can look great,  Taking a cylinder vase and adding some rocks on the bottom and one dendrobian orchid stem can look amazing about $2 a stem at Ikea.  Or add a gold fish and floating candle on top.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Chris4 :  Please don’t recommend using live fish as decor. It’s cruel and unconscionable.

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