(Closed) Did anyone not use flowers for center pieces? How much does it cost if you do?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

We are doing plastic manzanitas with candles instead, at around $30 each. Our florals are under $400 this way. It’ll have a mirror base rather than the flower box shown here. Ours is winter themed though, and I’m not big on flowers.

Post # 3
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We did a mixture of flower arrangements and then candles in hurricane vases on a mirror with rose petals. The candle/vase/mirror combo was free to use from our venue, so we paid $10/table for the petals. The actual flower arrangements were about $40-50 per table if I remember correctly… but could definitely be cheaper if you were to DIY or pick less expensive flowers. Mine were just the same flowers I had in my bouquet (roses, hydrangeas, thistle, baby’s breath)

Post # 4
30388 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Lots of people have non floral centerpieces.

Even if you do choose flowers, the cost can range from minimal-single flowers in bud vases, to extreme->$200 per centerpiece.


Post # 5
745 posts
Busy bee

Flowers was a place I wanted to save as well. I had my bridesmaids carry lanterns with flowers overflowing. Then I used them as centerpieces. There weren’t enough flower lanterns for all the tables so we used pictures in frames from our engagement pictures for the others. I spent about $15 on table centerpieces for the ones that didn’t have the lanterns, about $10 for those that did have the lanterns bc that expense was already there. I only have a pic of the lanterns but the picture frame centerpieces just had a frame in place of the lantern- everything else was the same (books & candles) 

Post # 6
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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aberk156 :  Depending on your venue and theme candelabras are a good alternative.

You may be able to rent them or see if you can find some used online.

Candles can set the tone for a beautiful event, no matter how casual or fancy the affair. Good luck!

Post # 7
74 posts
Worker bee

I am doing exactly what you are thinking about. We are having flowers for the bridal party (e.g. bouts, corsages, bouquets) and altar in our ceremony. But we aren’t using flowers for the centerpieces or any other decorations. Our flowers are about $650 for a bridal, Maid/Matron of Honor and toss bouquet, 7 bouts, 3 corsages, and a couple huge altar arrangements. The altar arrangements were $200 and IMO not really necessary, but my mom really wanted them and she is paying so I didn’t argue.

We are using a mixture of fake flowers, lanterns, signs, and birdcages for the rest of the decor. Our centerpieces (pictured), have come out to about $17 a centerpiece with fake flowers. They would have been ~50-60 with real ones I believe. When all is said and done we will probably have spent about $5-600 on decorations total for a formal wedding of 250ish people. 

As far as how much each centerpiece costs really depends on what you want to do though. If you are willing to use fake flowers though it can really help cut costs. Hobby Lobby sells their floral items at 50% off every other week, and you can buy “bushes” that have multiple flowers for one price. Doing this saved us a TON of money. Stores like Michaels and JoAnns probably have similar sales if you don’t have a hobby lobby in your area. Salvation Army, Craigslist, Goodwill, or any consignment or dollar store will have a bunch of glassware you can usually get for good prices too. If I hadn’t gone the birdcages/lantern route I probably would have done vases with fake flowers and could likely have gotten as low as $7-$10 a centerpiece.

I think it really comes down to a totally personal decision. How important is having the real flowers to you? Personally, I am thrilled about the idea of doing a mix of real and fake. Every single friend of mine that has gotten married told me that if I needed to cut costs, the floral budget was one place guests probably wouldn’t notice much or care as long as there was still decor and you had the stapes. When I thought back on weddings I attended I decided that I agreed – I couldn’t tell you what weddings I’ve been too used real or fake flowers. So when I was looking to slash the budget, fake flowers seemed like a no brainer and I haven’t regretted my decision once yet. My mother on the other hand, loves real flowers. She is very sad that we are not having more of them (although she totally gets it and to her credit hasn’t been too pushy) and had a ton at her wedding. If I felt the way she does, I probably would have made real flowers a priority. What’s important  to you and your FI?

Tl;Dr: I’m doing limited flowers and it’s saved a lot of money. If you don’t feel you will miss the flowers and are looking for a way to cut costs, it can really help. But if you love flowers IMO you’ll probably miss them and shouldn’t cut them. I love the idea of doing real flowers for some things and fake for others.


Centerpiece and card box with fake flowers (ignore tiles centerpieces are sitting on those aren’t part of them)

Post # 9
5304 posts
Bee Keeper

Ours was very casual- tealights and seashells on the tables- tables were long rectangles not circlular, so set up along centre of table like a runner. Minimal cost. 

Sunflowers for wedding party/ close family and a few dozen for decoration on either side of head table (approx $60 from grocery store florist)

Post # 10
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My Future Mother-In-Law hasnt made them yet, but shes doing lanterns with candles and fake flowers as centrepieces. Something similar this this idea,  saves on cost. 

Post # 11
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I’m making my own bouquets using flowers from Costco. Since their roses can only be ordered in batches of 50, I will have some leftover. My centerpieces will be a round mirror, with a globe vace (ordered from Dollar Tree, and actually quite nice) filled with colored gel. I will have a single rose nestled into the gel, and the whole will be surrounded by ribbons and rose petals. Total cost per centerpiece: around 5-6 dollars. 

Post # 12
1656 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

It may not suit your theme, but I just went to a wedding where thus used white birch tree sections as candle holders and flower holders. They got the trees from a local property. Cut them in sections and then used a spade or forstner bit to make the hole for the holder. Use outdoor polyurethan to finish them (it will also keep the bark from flaking or cracking). Simple, cheap and very pretty. You could group a few togeher and tie each wiht tulle that matches your colors. You can use any number of tree species, you just want something deciduous (not evergreen) and has intersting bark. The flowers could be the bridesmaid’s bouquets.

DIY: http://www.southernrevivals.com/2014/12/diy-birch-log-candle-stick-holders.html


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyajXchmzVU {shows also embellishing with metallic glaze to finishing the look. You could use any color to suit your theme}

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/256703459/set-20-maine-white-birch-bark-tealight?ref=shop_home_feat_1 {tea light sized}

Log Vases and Center Pieces that are perfect for rustic, natural, weddings or home decor

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