Post # 1
So I finally got my flower shopping done! Once I got everything home I couldn’t wait to make rough drafts of my centerpiece visions. Both will feature LED lights under the marbles for a lighting effect (I just haven’t ordered them yet.) They are pictured below sans lights. I really wanted both centerpieces to be submerged but the pink orchids did not hold up in water for very long (yes, they are artificial). Since they weren’t coated with the same waxy substance as the cymbidium pictured below, the dye started bleeding into the water and the glue was washed away breaking the flowers apart. However, I think they look just as gorgeous in a dry environment!
As for the cymbidium centerpiece, it held up much better in the water. I left it overnight at my parent’s house just to be sure and haven’t heard any news to the contrary, so hurray! My submerged dream will be realized in at least one centerpiece. I am hoping to suspend the orchid off the marbles using fishing line( or something) and a washer (to weigh it down) and will probably fill with more water (?). I don’t want it too full though in case the tables get bumped. I don’t want water spilling everywhere!
Comments and suggestions are welcomed. Just wanted to share my centerpiece experience with all you bees!
Post # 3
I like them but I like the orchids the best. Could you maybe try coating them in something so that they hold up better underwater?
The cymbidium looks a little empty to me. Maybe more marbles to build it up?
Post # 4
I agrees with j_jaye. IMO they’re not bulky enough.
Post # 5
I like the idea and agree the second flower needs a “lift”. Don’t they have stuff now that looks like water but actually is like a gel type substance? I think they have it at Michaels. Maybe that is something you can use so you can use the orchid?
Post # 6
Thanks for the feedback ladies!!
@j_jaye: My mom had talked about trying to coat the pink orchids in parafin or something to see if it would help keep them together in water because before they started bleeding and falling apart, they looked beautiful submerged. The pink orchids were actually a fall back because the store didn’t have the pink flowers I actually wanted but now I like them more than the cymbidiums which were my favorite to begin with!
@Evan2011: I will definitely look into that. I have to go to Michaels to price out marbles. What I used is what we had left over from my sister’s wedding over 10 years ago which is why they are sparse.
I know the second one is lacking but that is why we do rough drafts right? I am hoping the lights and suspension will help fill up the empty space, along with the marbles. Any other suggestions for this?? I need to use both because I will have a green tables with pink accents and a pink tables with green accents.
Post # 7
I agree with PP. Is it not possible to get real flowers for this? Also look into crystal ice to use instead of the marbles. It does a great job of reflecting the light from LEDs. I personally am not a fan of the marbles.
Post # 9
I do not have the budget for real flowers or the time. I will be a full time student and working 6 days a week so I need to be able to do as much as I can ahead of time. I have already gotten everything I need for bouquets, centerpieces, ect., minus the lights and marbles (I actually want more iridescent ones than clear… I just used what I had lying around), for under 200 dollars and I am quite happy with my selections and will make them work. They just need some adjustment is all. Thanks for the input though. I will have to look into those crystal rocks!