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posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

how about gerber daisies? they are really reasonable and easy to put in a vase… you could also do floating candles or milk glass centerpieces.  how much are you looking to spend per centerpiece?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We had long tables at our wedding.  I did two designs.  One had roses and calla lillies in mason jars and candles in mason jars (we used the flowers down the aisle and then moved them afterwards).  the other had candles all over the table.  They looked so pretty at night.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Do you have colors or a theme picked out yet?  Iw ould suggest daisies but it depends on your color scheme

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The best way to do cheap centerpieces is to exclude flowers.  Candles are much cheaper and, of course, pull double duty at night with light!  If you really need to have flowers, go for the bulk stuff at a florist or grocery store and do simple arrangements yourself.  You should pick out a general idea or look that you want, then you can scope out DollarTree, thrift stores or clearance section of stores for bargains. 

I love the mason jar idea someone else mentioned. Also recently I came across a great idea to take large cans, (like the kind with baked beans in them from the grocery store) and wrap them top to bottom in twine, then just add flowers.  It looks gorgeous, rustic and chic, and costs next to nothing.  Craigslist is great for finding random stuff cheap too!

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Seen mason jars at tons of weddings, it doesn’t look redneck, but they can look tacky if you put too much goofy crap on them.  With a nice ribbon, neutral sand or rocks, candles and flowers I don’t see how you could go wrong!  Maybe find some pics on the web of weddings that used these in a classy way and show them to your man. 

A good alternative to the typical Ball jars are jelly jars, they are a little smaller so only good for candles, but they have a pretty quilted pattern in the glass that reflects light beautifully.  Maybe that would be a good compromise for you two.  You could also tie wire around the rims and another for a handle and you have a cheap candle lantern you could hang anywhere!  Hope this helps you get started.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My cousin bought large, low clear vases that looked kind of like fishbowls, and filled them wih riverstones in her colors and water, then stood laminated photos of her and her husband in the rocks, and floated candles on the surface of the water. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I love Ball jars and wildflowers, and maybe some raffia for ribbon! It lends to the casual outdoor theme 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heritage Square Museum

I saw a wedding online that had clear glass bowls of lemons alternating with bowls of limes.  Super pretty, modern little splash of color.

Alternately (or a little more backyard/country chic:)

Cover the tables with kraft paper and place Mason Jars with wildflowers, candles down the center.

Super Cheap and Super Chic.

 

 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Why not use elements from the outdoors? Branches, small “logs”, rocks/pebbles, sea shells? Not sure where in SC you live, but you could bring in the sand/beach elements if you live near the water.

Otherwise, I would suggest any candles you have are in votive holders or jars. Candles outdoors are easy to go out if they are in the open. And I think rocks/stones/pebbles would do well to keep a long table runner on the table in a wind.

If you found some nice driftwood pieces, you could add some fake floral blooms onto the driftwood and sprinkle the stones around. Near the beach, you could get most of that for free.

Here’s an example:

The only thing I would suggest additionally to the above picture is a simple long table runner, and then the pebbles and tealight candles around the branch. You could do like one branch a table, then candles on the end.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You can also “paint” your jars to fit into your decor.  I can’t recall where I saw it but it looked really easy and the effect was like stained glass. There was a tutorial online somewhere

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I love the jar idea. We’re going to be doing bowls of sugared lemons. Almost any kind of fruit could work though. The alternating lemons/limes sounds cool too.

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