(Closed) DIY centerpiece back-up plan–please help!

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I just PMed you. Other ideas , check out your local florist , one bloom sunken with a floating candle looks lovely. You can do the same thing with silks and no one can tell. Orchid plants can make simply but stunning arrangements  , a lot of citys have hot houses where you can buy them cheap in bulk. It will be OK!!! The end of the day the important thing is that you and you Fiance are getting married , the details will work out!! *big hugs*!!

Post # 4
898 posts
Busy bee

Don’t panic, there are plenty of options. Like BunnyBlue said, check out a florist. Also, check local craft stores, they often have lots of floral selection with branches and similar stuff.


Post # 5
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m sorry to hear you are having these troubles so close to your wedding day!  But I agree with Bunny Blue.  Since you already have the tall vases ready and waiting for your branches, I would use the submerged flower idea as your back up plan.  And if you buy silk flowers and end up NOT needing them, just return them!  No extra expenses on your part.  🙂

Post # 6
1 posts

This may already be too late, but I saw on one of the DIY shows, This couple went outside, and found branches. Spray painted them silver, and used them in their glasses with their red river rocks, and it turned out absolutely beautiful. I hope your original idea arrived on time, tho! Good luck tomorrow!

Post # 7
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m with mrsself2B, I did a test run with a branch I spray painted silver and it turned out really nice.  Good luck!

Post # 8
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

That really sucks that you were having these problems so close to your wedding!  Hopefully they came in time!!

I don’t know if it’s the same person, but I saw a posting in the classifieds section from a guy in CA selling these branches.  He put a little disclaimer at the bottom saying that his mother had passed away and that’s why so many orders were sent out late.  If that’s the case, hopefully you don’t hold it against him!!  I know it sucks, but sometimes there are other extenuating circumstances.

Post # 9
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hmm… I had similar issues with a vendor who also posted here on classifieds. He did tell me about his mother’s death, a break up with girlfriend… I did eventually receive my branches but it did take around 2 months and incessant follow up with e-mails.

During my panic stage, I looked around for branches in backyards and whatnot, which was hard to find. But I did find very tall branches at Ikea that were selling for less than $10 per bunch. You should also try Michael’s, AC Moore and other stores that sell branches. They won’t be manzanita, but you can use them with cylinders and river rocks.

You can also fill the vases with river rocks and water, and then just float candles on top. A fancier look can be to submerge a silk flower stem inside the cylinder, anchored by the river rocks and the candle on top.

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