(Closed) Centerpieces on a budget

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
4485 posts
Honey bee

Candles (in glass shades that completely enclose the flame), fruit.

Do not have centerpieces that are taller than 8-10″ max or else they will block the view of other guests at each table, hindering conversations.


Post # 4
5 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

I went to a wedding the had three tall round cylinder vases filled with water, and a floating candle, it was so simple and elegant, and there was tall orchid in some of the vases randomly….when I heard about what she was doing, at first i thought it wouldnt be enough, but with the lights dimmed down low , it was amazing.

Post # 5
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Load up on candles!  It really gives imho ambiance and get michael’s coupons!

Also, if you have wiggle room for flowers, check out fiftyflowers and do a diy flower centerpiece with lots of candles around it!

Post # 6
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What does the rest of your wedding look like? I’ve seen some people do beautiful centerpieces with pictures instead of flowers (marthastewart.com). You could also go the DIY route with flowers, which is much cheaper than a florist, but I think that would be too much stress since they need to be done the day before. Do you have any pictures that show a basic idea of what you would like to do?

@godivanut, we are doing almost the same thing, but instead of flowers, we are using aquarium plants! We may also drop a couple of random things in there and have a treasure hunt during the reception!

Post # 7
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I love the simplicity of fruit in baskets or vases. Look at these Martha ones. Chic, simple, and affordable.


This is cute too. An Italian theme…

Others already mentioned candles…

Lacy lumieries are cool! As are branches for a natural feel or shells for a seaside theme…

If you do want flowers, go with carnations. Super cheap and they actually can be very striking.


As you can see, I REALLY like MSW, hahaha. When I get engaged, I think I’ll be into the more simple, fruit displays. I’ve never been a crazy flower girl. Hope this gives you, or anyone else, some ideas!

Post # 8
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Ah, I didn’t see your height requirement, haha. Sorry, most of the stuff I posted is low height. You could always have candleabras (thrifted from ebay) AND low centerpieces. I bet it would be very pretty.

Post # 9
156 posts
Blushing bee

If doing exclusively tall centerpieces, candelabras can be affordable and match perfectly with your ballroom. I’m doing a mix of high and low like galaticpony said with tall candelabras and alternating carnations (to give the look of peonies without breaking the bank) and roses for low centerpieces. Good luck!

Post # 11
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re doing potted plants to help keep the costs down. Potted orchids at the Home Depot start around $15, and they have lots of different choices. And, they can be taken home by the guests after the wedding. Maybe check out your local nursery?

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