(Closed) Centerpieces: Buy or DIY?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

It depends. Can you post an inspiration pic? 

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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kayjayelle:  If you are referring to manzanita type branch centerpieces, the answer is, it depends. They are easy to make. You can choose what sort of container to use, therefore you can control the costs there. You can hot glue silk flowers on to the branches- so you can shop sales. If you choose, you can also use fresh flowers in a florist tube hidden by some greenery. If you choose to do that, the cost goes up.

The key driver for cost will be what you have to pay for your branches. If you can use local branches, you can probably get them free. If you want to stick to manzanita branches, you can buy them new, or you can buy them used on sites such as http://www.tradesy.com  http://www.adhuntr.com  or Ebay.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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kayjayelle:  All of those will be pricey centerpieces- both because of the size and also because of the choice of flower.

You could DY them pretty easily. The challenge is having room enough to store them and a vehicle like a van to deliver them to your venue.

For the really tall ones, you could use good quality silk flowers with no problems because no one is going to be in a direct line of site with them. You can also substitute other flowers for the expensive orchids.

The first steo is to set a budget, then go talk with a few florists to see what they could do for you within your budget. That may lead to a decision to DIY.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m an advocate for live flowers = buy; other types of centerpieces = DIY (if you have a lot of talented help)

 

We (and by we, I mean my stepmom and stepsister) DIY-ed our fall centerpieces using faux florals

(Sorry no pic readily available)

 

They were amazing but extremely stressful for them to create. That said, I have one of them on my dining room table – it’ll be a centerpiece I keep for forever! I love that.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

the last pic with the hydrangeas and branches was EXACTLY what I had pictured. I worked with the lady from Flower Moxie bc I wanted to DIY them (local florists wanted an arm and a leg) and with vases, flowers, and branches (and I think I priced out a few votives per table) I think it added up to $40 per table, which was still too high for me for 10 tables 🙁 but maybe it could work with your budget! I actually posted today getting opinions on my new centerpiece idea I tried out today (I’m also having a fall wedding) I did wheat sheafs! Still got some work to do on them, but had to think outside the box to come up with a new gameplan!

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