(Closed) Centerpieces…why can’t i make a decision???????

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

It’s normal to be indecisive, there’s so much inspiration and good ideas out there it’s hard to pick just one! I ended up just showing my mom some options for my centerpieces and made her pick.

Post # 4
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Meshka: I totally understand. We’re going with florist centerpieces for the exact same reason (I don’t have to deal with it yay!)

Post # 5
4 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

@ Meshka: I can completely relate. I am ALSO having a black and white beach wedding (well, ours is on a boat, not a beach, but we’ll be on the water, so close enough).

It seems to me that flowers are one of those things that, when used in bulk, have major impact as a centerpiece. But when I see them as single blooms or in small arrangements, somehow they look… puny? Pitiful? It’s like if the arrangement isn’t huge it looks like it’ll be swallowed up by the whole table, you know? And let’s face it, floral centerpieces are expensive as heck!

The other thing is it’s hard to find centerpieces that won’t be wasteful. Sure, we can use all kinds of Martha Stewart supplies to create something elaborate and unique, but then we’re stuck with a bunch of stuff afterwards (unless we can manage to get someone to buy it for less than what we paid for it in the first place). We’re trying our best to find materials we can actually get use out of afterwards, as decorations around the house or whatever that aren’t obviously wedding-y.

And is it just me, or are the alternatives for non-floral centerpieces are lacking at best? (If I see one more floating candle I think I’m gonna barf!)


So far, the ideas we’re exploring are…


1- Chalkboard table runner with an activity basket (Mad Libs, cards, cootie catchers, guest book pages, pens, and chalk, etc. for our non-dancing guests to stay entertained)


2- Massive amounts of candles in varying sizes (not floating – but they provide lighting solutions too, so it’s nice to have centerpieces working double duty)


3- (Purely decorative) Birdcages with origami cranes suspended in them (we’re doing the whole 1,000 cranes thing as a nod to my Japanese relatives)


Hope this helps someone other than me (I guess I needed to vent?). Can’t wait to see what you end up going with. Good luck!

Post # 6
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I too am having trouble trying to figure out my centerpieces. I don’t feel like spending money on fresh flowers that aren’t going to last very long. I am also getting married in October and thought about having a pot of mums on the table, because those are a pretty good price and then people can take those with them and plant them to enjoy. I just don’t know if that is good enough, though. Every centerpiece I see just isn’t good enough or doesn’t seem to be how I want to express myself. This is something that has been driving me nuts!

Post # 7
21 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m having a beach wedding in october as well, and my colors are black, white, and silver. I think those colors are hard too, because they are not very beachy… Centerpieces (and the invitations) have been the only things that I cannot decide on. Nothing hits me as unique which is important to me. It’s funny because the two things I’m taking the longest to decide on, are what I have always said no one really cares about. 🙂 That being said, I really love the idea of Manzanita branches. I am pretty sure I am doing sandblasted manzanita, lying down, with orchids heads placed on some of the branches (like 5 per table). Also, since it is on the beach, each table will have a bottle on it where people can leave us messages, in lieu of a guestbook. Then after, I’m going to create some sort of collage of all our messages and have it framed. I hope that helps. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 8
41 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

Usually I opt for a unique option, but when it comes to centerpieces, I think flowers are best. 🙂

People love flowers.

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