Post # 1
My fiance is a brewer, and beer has always been a shared passion/hobby of ours. I’m trying to incorporate beer bottles into ceterpieces, but I’m having trouble coming up with a tangible idea. I’ve done countless google image searches, and there are pictures out there, but they’re all kind of light on flowers, and I want something a little bit more substantial for centerpieces. I’m thinking maybe 4-5 beer bottles, different sizes and colors (brown and green), in the middle of the table, with hydrangeas, roses, and bells of ireland in them (or something along those lines). Do you think the openings in the beer bottles be large enough to accomodate these flowers? Will the five bottles together look cohesive enough to look like 1 single centerpiece? Can I create some combination of these two images (the centerpiece idea, but with beer bottles instead of bark lined vases)?
Post # 3
At first when I read the title of the post I thought wow that is going to look strange, but after seeing the picture you posted, I’m in love. This is a great idea! I think though you might be able to only get about 1 to 2 stems in each bottle without making it look over crowded or overdone. Awesome idea by the way, this is definitely a great way to incorporate the interests both you and your fiance.
Post # 4
It doesn’t look like my second picture worked, so I’m trying again.
Post # 5
I was going to do something similar but with wine bottles and candles. I like your idea and it looks great. I’m doing a rustic theme and I might just steal this idea!!! Very cute and simple.
Post # 7
I love the idea, though I’m not sure each of those would fit. Personally, I’m trying to figure out a way to do nice centerpieces with not a lot of flowers, so I may be stealing this idea!
Post # 8
I love the idea of incorporating something meaningful! My sister is/was planning on using beer and wine bottles of various sizes, but she is running into the problem that the necks are just so darn thin! She is now planning on cutting the necks (or rather have my father and me cut them) at an angle. She isn’t using flowers, but you could create a great cascading effect with an angled opening, some florist foam, and including “draping” flowers and greenery. Sorry I don’t have any pictures to explain. I am envisioning a mini cascading bouquet.
Or, just clustering a few in the center should add more “oomph” without all the headache.
Post # 9
That is such a cool idea- go for it! I personally like the simplicity of the first photo.
Post # 10
You certainly can make it work.
If you want more pictures, google “wine bottle centerpieces”. These are more commonly used.
You will have to use only one stem , or at most 2-3 stems of narrow stemmed flowers in each bottle.
You also have the option of cutting the tops off the bottles, or some of the bottles to make some shorter wider vases. That would look great beside the taller vases.
Ther are tutorials on bottle cutting here on the bee.
Post # 11
I initially thought NO WAY. LOL but since your Fiance is a brewer and the pics actually looks nice! I think it is a great idea 🙂 I like the first photo. The second is too much. honestly, be careful putting too much into your centerpieces. I am a simple gal and ended up taking some stuff off the tables at our wedding because I thought it looked like too much and I was affraid it would not be enough. Same with my wedding look! 😉 Good luck!
Post # 12
Thanks for the advice everyone. I just found an old message board thread about beer bottle centerpieces, and a lot of the women there thought it was incredibly tacky and very inappropriate for a wedding – it generated some really strong opinions! Now I’m a little self conscious about it! 🙂
Honestly, do you ladies think it would be tacky if done similar to the first picture? It really is quite meaningul for my fiance and I. We love craft beer and hope to open a brewery one day. Shortly after we started dating, we started touring Michigan breweries, and we took pictures of ourselves in front of each one. We’re planning to name our tables the Michigan breweries we’ve visited and use the pictures (in black and white) along with the breweries’ names (or logos) as the table markers. I want everything to be clean, tasteful, and classy, but also fun and casual.
Anyway, I think 4 or so clean, label-less bottles (maybe a 22 oz brown, a 12 oz brown, a 12 oz green, and a 7 oz green), and a large bloom in each one (white hydrangea, green hydrangea, light pink peony or dahlia, white lisianthus), maybe some green hypericum berries thrown in there, might look nice. I would welcome any other thoughts or advice!
Post # 13
@jamieynn_109: I think everything that you mentioned would look amazing. I absolutely LOVE this idea. Definitely NOT tacky at all…Go with it!
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
I think your idea is great! My fiancÃ© is big into beer, all the craft Belgian stuff, so to add more of him into the wedding we’re using bottles from his favorites as vases in centerpieces. He gets a lot of bomber bottles and growlers, and those have bigger necks, so hopefully we can get more stems in there.
Post # 15
I think this is a GREAT idea…in fact, we are doing this too 🙂 Can’t say that my FH is a brewer but he has big aspirations to become one in the future (getting him 1st home brew kit for christmas). Anyway, we love beer and decided to make centerpieces out of bottles from my fave beer (Tank7 Boulevard Brewing Co).
I didn’t leave them just cleaned and washed, that would be too easy 🙂 I wanted to incorporate the white and twine thing we have going on as part of our theme, so a spray painted some bottles white and wrapped them half-way with twine. They don’t really look like beer bottles to the average eye, and I’m pretty happy with how they came out.
This is just an example flower. I’m going to have 3 or 4 daisies with the stems a bit longer so they stick out.
Hope this idea helps. Good luck with centerpieces 🙂
Post # 16
My fiance is a beer brewer too, and I’m not doing beer bottle centerpieces but we are incorporating it in a few different ways. I’m going to make boutineers similar to the ones below that I found on Etsy that have hops and wheat. Then for place cards, I am using a small disk of wood about 2.5″ round (basically having my dad cut down some tree branches and put a saw to them!), then burning the names into the top, and for the men using a combo of hops, wheat, and a bottle cap to glue in a bundle at the bottom. The women will have a tuft of lavender tied with a ribbon. We are doing bottles of homebrew beer for favors with a personalized label.