Post # 1
As a young couple we don’t have much of a budget for our centerpieces. We have approximately 28 tables, and I’m hoping to spend less than $15 a piece, the less the better. My mom is 2.5 hours away, and the only help she has been is "Your wedding is 7 months away, when are you going to decide on centerpieces". My Future Mother-In-Law is super crafty and has offered to put everything together for me, once I decide what I want. I would really like to use fake flowers so they can be put together and transported the 2.5 hours to wherer the wedding will be held.
I just really have no idea what I want….the ceilings are high at the reception hall…the website is http://www.GrecianCenter.com if you want to look. The colors of my wedding are fuscia, white, and silver. I don’t necisarrily have to use flowers either…I’m not even headed in a certain direction….does anyone have any suggestions????
Post # 3
what about candle centerpieces? Miss Lemon’s were gorgeous and very easy to DIY.
Post # 4
I am using branches that we are cutting ourselves, hanging candles, and vases that we are renting from the florist. We are also hanging "crystals: from the branches. If you are at all interested in crystals, go to
I got two different types of beaded curtains but just one is going to supply enough 6" strands for 25 tables worth of branch centerpieces.
It’s really a great deal.
I think Mr Mango has a post on the beaded centerpieces they made with the same kind of beads.
Post # 5
you and i are in the SAME boat. We’re having 30 tables and with the cost of everything else, we’d like to stick to a budget similar to yours. Unfortunately, our reception is in a historic building and we’re not allowed to use candles w/o a permit (that’s $180!) so i’m back to square one.
so now, it’s either fake flower or just a few real ones. perhaps a few flowers floating in a glass bowl.
Post # 6
Ok I was on a budget too so let me tell after much stress and loss of sleep what I have decided to do. I am doing cylinder vases that are about 10 -12 inches tall and using 3 real carnations inside of the vase. You can get real carnations from a florist for $1 a piece and they are extremely durable and dont wilt. They come in diff colors. The flowers will actually sit down in the vase. If you arent careful vases will cose you alot of money so what I have done is priced around and found that at hobby lobby and michaels these vases range between 4 and 6 dollars but you can get like a 50% off coupon and use. for the remainder of the table Im going to put 6 votives around and sprinklye rose petals. So my center pieces arent that expensive and we done a test run and it looks nice….If you need anymore help feel free to holler at me…I try to be budget savy…. [email protected]
Post # 7
Ask your venue what they have. Our reception is at the banquet hall at our church, they had tons of vases and decorations brides just "donated" that we were able to use for free. I had to ask about them though.
Also WAIT till the holidays are over. I scored BIG time after christmas on ribbon, vases, fake branches, fake berries, glitter etc. Michaels and joanns had everything 70-80% off. (you’ll be able to find plenty of white and silver!) TRUST ME ON THIS its insane how much stuff they have left over.
Also poke around the dollar store, you can find vases votices etc there. Then just spruce em up.
Confetti goes a long way too believe it or not. it makes the center piece look bigger than it is.
Balloons are good for hieght (not party balloons, think paper lattern size you see at car dealer ships) maybe every other table could use the space.
Good luck! (read miss meatball’s blogs, shes the cheapo queen!)
Post # 8
I just looked at their site, I think [www.THEgreciancenter.com?]- Are you doing full linens? If you are, you could probably get away with doing a single pillar candle inside a glass vase on each table. You could put rose petals around it, but that might not even be necessary. [I’m a big fan of simplicity.]
For more inspiration, you could check out the pictures that they’ve got of past weddings/events.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Don’t forget fruit! Bowls or tall vases full of fruits, cut or whole, can be quite beautiful and affordable.
Or river rocks, similarly, laid on tables or in vases, can be striking and affordable.
Post # 10
Paper lanterns are dirt cheap (www.asianideas.com), and you can set one in the middle of each table with a flameless candle inside for a warm glow. You can either tuck some fake flowers into the top to make them look vase-like, or leave them plain and sprinkle petals around the outside with a few tea lights.
If you want small tea lights, but don’t want to pay for glass votive holders, do what I’m doing…check out these mini plates (http://estore.websitepros.com/1926304/Detail.bok?no=777)! They’re perfect for cradling tea lights and making sure no wax gets on your rented linens.
Post # 11
I LOVE our centerpiece idea! We have collected all kinds of clear cut glass from our local thrift stores and Salvation Army. (By cut glass I mean punch cups, candy dishes, creamers, etc.) They are all different heights and patterns, yet all clear. NO PIECE COST MORE THAN .75!!!! Most everything was around .25!!!! We are creating a cluster in the center of the table (8-10 pieces per table) filed with pale pink candles. I tried this out on my mantle for christmas and EVERYONE commented on how it sparkled and glimmered! We are adding 2 or 3 small clear vases to the mix for some height (20 cents at the thrist stor, my mom and I have been getting about 5-6 a week) and putting just a few flowers in them for some color.
You could use white candles, and put fuschia sprinkles (like ice cream sprinkles) in the bottom of each glass to hold the candles upright and add some of your color to the mix!
Post # 12
Buying glass tiles at a Lowes or Home Depot and placing them underneath can make a candle centerpiece double their light. We are thinking of doing floating votives from Ikea in a glass bowl with water and maroon beads inside and silk petals around the base. We also are thinking of placing Betta fish in them as well that people can take home as favors.
Post # 13
filled not filed! 🙂 Sorry no spellcheck!
Post # 14
have you looked at this site? http://www.nettletonhollow.com/index.html
They are really cheap, and with them being branches you can arrange them well ahead of time without worrying they’ll wilt or die. Hanging votives or fairy lights look really pretty. They also have white sparkly branches!
Ikea are great for cheap vases etc, also dollar store has a website with alot of options you can order incase your local store doenst have a lot in stock.
Let us know what you decide! 🙂
Post # 15
I got silk rose petals at the dollar store and I have about 5 votive candles that I am setting inside the petals with a larger but not by much bigger candle holder that I am going to fill with water and put a rose floating on top. For about 25 table it cost me a total of $150.00 or less. If you google wedding centerpieces and look on images you can get some great ideas that you can alter to fit your style. Good luck it was probably the first thing that I came up with because I didn’t want to spend a lot on something that no one remembers.