- 4 years ago
Okay, so I have a limited budget to create centerpieces for approximately 10 tables. Fiance and I will have a sweetheart table on which I’ll spend a little more from another budget line, so that’s not a factor.
Here are the things to consider:
- The venue is a historical building, so no traditional candles.
- The reception begins at 5pm on a Sunday in June, so it’ll be pretty bright in the reception hall. Lots of windows. It’s over at 9.
- I do not want 10 centerpieces to come and live at my house after the reception, so I’m hoping (read: encouraging) my Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man to tell people to take them when the evening is over.
- Flowers are expensive, so I’m not opposed to silks.
- No burlap. No mason jars.
- No seriously, I want people to take them.
So I’ve found some pretty great ideas. The problem is, I have NO IDEA WHAT TO CHOOSE. With all of the givens listed above, I’d like to go with something that people would actually take and am guessing people would rather have an awesome lantern than three picture frames glued together and topped with a silk floral pomander. At the same time, lanterns and LED lights are WAY MORE EXPENSIVE than the aforementioned picture frames. I’d save money if I went with the latter. The chances are also greater that the picture frames would end up in a landfill which is pretty terrible.
It’ll be light outside, so I don’t even really need candles and flowers would be super pretty. The venue is in the middle of NOWHERE, so “running to my local Trader Joe’s/Wegmans/Wholesale Grocer” isn’t an option for anyone who would be putting them together. OR IS IT? Augh. Lanterns are easy but possibly unnecessary. The other thing requires me to bust out my not-often-used hot glue gun and would require oodles more work.
My original venue included centerpieces in the price. After falling in love with our current (and final!) venue, I realized I’d have to do sometihng that looked good, wasn’t all that hard to assemble, and didn’t cost eleventy billion dollars. I’m not a DIY bride AT ALL (my ability to do crafts is in inverse proportion to my ability to be a scientist!) and the entire bridal party (both sides) ranges in distance from 5 hours away to Other Side of the Country away so it’s not all “Mrs. Who Has a Posse” over here either.
Any suggestions? I’m pretty sure that compulsively pinning things on Pinterest hasn’t actually helped my centerpiece anxiety. I’d also like to be able to buy things here and there (as coupons and funds allow) so that I’m not making one large expenditure.
AUGH. Darn centerpieces. 😀