(Closed) Centerpiece Secret Savings

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Instead of buying mild glass I spray painted glass vases I bought from the Salvation Army.  You definitely have to have patience and apply 3-5 coats of paint, but I thought they came out looking really nice – and at about $0.50 a pop – it was worth it.  

Here’s a (non-pro, cropped) pic of one of my centerpieces from the reception.  

To go in the vases we ordered 3 sets of 100 roses from Costco ($80 each, I think) and 2 sets of greens/queen anne’s lace.  HUGE money savings for what we got (and they were GORGEOUS roses – I was so happy), but it took my mom and my aunt about 6-8 hours each to trim and arrange everything.

I also did wine bottles candle things – which was super cheap except for the glass cutter ($50) and the candles (50 for $30, used from craigslist).  They were cool, and different from the other weddings I went to last summer (which all used floating candles) but I wouldn’t recommend attempting the wine bottles unless you have a TON of extra time.  If you want/need wine bottles for some sort of decor though, you can get them (empty) from any wine restaurant for free, if you just ask them.  If you’re going to cut them get about twice as many as you will need because no matter how perfectly you cut them about half are going to break really terribly.

Post # 4
3261 posts
Sugar bee

If you’re getting them done with a florist, I would alternate different kinds of centerpieces. For instance, we’re having $90 floral centerpieces and $15 floral centerpieces and alternating them around the room. It gives more variety, and it made the bill MUCH cheaper without sacrificing the overall look we wanted.

Post # 5
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I’ve been told that candles are a budget’s best friend and can take up a lot of empty space on a table versus more flowers. They are incredibly cheap and look great.

Post # 6
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

After loving the blue mason jar look my mom told my aunt and my aunt e-mailed a bunch of people and found us around 30 blue mason jars that were just sitting in somebodies basement or garadge.  And for the wonderful price of nothing! So I guess networking works for wedding deals too.  

Post # 7
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m planning on getting family and friends to collect different shapes and sizes of clear bottles and jars and jazzing them up with burlap/lace/twine/ribbon and using a variety of all white flowers so I can easily mix and match from what’s cheap/available. Also using 4/$1.99 tealight holders and 100/$3.99 tealights from Ikea.

Post # 8
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Submerged flowers! It magnifies them and allows you to use fewer flowers per centerpiece. Each of our centerpieces had only 3 roses.

Dollar Tree and Goodwill can be your best friend for glassware 🙂 I also got the rocks and candles at Dollar Tree.

If you need something like mirrors or bulk tealights, use coupons or watch the weekly sales at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

We also did not have a florist–we ordered bulk roses from Sam’s Club.

Our centerpieces–they came in total at about $15 apiece…though finding all of the stuff was a labor of love:

Post # 9
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I found a florist that had a set price on bouquets which allowed us get get a bang for our buck. Also she doesnt charge for crystals etc, so we also got to jazz up our centerpieces without adding costs. Flowers in season help and we also have three different centerpieces which bring costs down for sure, using fewer of the large centerpieces

Post # 10
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Im renting all my vases. Im renting about 12 for $2 for the day, and all my tea light holders I’m reusing from my parents anniversary.

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