(Closed) Here is my DIY centerpiece, does it look cheap?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

I wish the pictures were bigger – it’s hard to see. I think the vase could use filling out a bit more – it looks a little empty, but otherwise I think you did a really good job. Are you happy with them?

*ETA – I think it’s worth talking to your florist about what she can do for the same price. Not because yours aren’t great, but because it might be worth it to save you the trouble of dealing with the project – especially if it costs the same.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think its pretty – I definitely love the candles!

For time and sanity’s sake, I’d definitely recommend showing these pictures to a florist and finding out if they can do something similar (or even better!) for the same price. From what I can tell from the pictures, you did a great job, but at $30 a table, you just might be able to save yourself the extra work and have a florist do something for you.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

They’re pretty but I agree with the other ladies, you might want to talk to your florist and see what she can do at your price range. Our decorator gave us a lot of different options for $35/table.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Honestly.  I am purchasing my own vases, but getting loose hydrangea from my florist for about 5 dollars a piece.  I got votives from candles4less – 144 votives for 75 bucks…

I think these are pretty, but I was also worried about people thinking things looked cheap, so I went with the real ones…

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Like others said, the pics are kind of small so it’s hard to tell. 30 a centerpiece seems like a lot for doing it yourself (to me) but the good part is since the flowers aren’t real you could do them ahead of time.

Have you thought about getting some flowers off of fifty flowers or sams club?

http://www.fiftyflowers.com/product/Bridal-Table-Arrangements-Fresh-White-Flowers_23650.htm

You could get twelve of those (small ones) for 129.99. Which is more than you need, but you could use the extra two to either add a little to each centerpiece, or even do like a cake table display or something. That would make your cost about 12.99 for flowers per table.  Then if you got vases from the dollar tree or another discount store, you would be up to 14-19 a centerpiece. If you do a few votives at the bottom, you could spend maybe another six a table and be at 18-25. Then if you bought a bag of fresh rose petals for 139.99 you would still be at 30-35 bucks. So around the same price.

http://www.fiftyflowers.com/product/Choose-Your-Colors-Rose-Petals_20.htm

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think they are pretty but you or the florist probably can do them cheaper.  From what I can see it looks like a tall cylinder vase (which are way overpriced at Michaels) wtih about 3 heads of hydrangeas.  I can’t really tell if there is something red in the vase or not.  Then it looks like just 2 round vases with red candles, 2 tea lights and then red petals for the table.   If that is what I’m seeing here are my opinions.

  1. I think the height of the flower to the candles should closer (ie a lower vase for the flowers or a taller candle vase).
  2. Maybe add a little variety to the flowers.  I think hydrangea are more on the expensive side, so by only doing two stems but adding some other cheaper flowers may look nice.
  3. I personally don’t like the idea of just a tea light sitting on the table.  I think if the tea light was in a vase or something that would be fine, but just sitting there by itself looks a little cheap. 

Keep working on it!  I know our grocery store florist is only charging us like $15 per centerpiece for real flowers if we provide the vases (which we got for $1)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I rented vases from my florist at maybe 2 bucks a piece and that seemed like a more economical way to go, considering Michaels’s glassware is overpriced, as caszos said above. I think you could probably come in at around the same price thru your florist, and save yourself the hassle of putting them together! your Maid/Matron of Honor may be disappointed today, but definitely not on the day of / night before 🙂 More time with you! and less with the centerpieces.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it’s really pretty, but you could fill out the flowers in the vases a bit more to make it look a little more “expensive”

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

hydrangeas are also a relatively cheap flower — talk to your florist — she’ll help you out 🙂

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I also think you should make the flowers a little more full. Good job, though!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think by either making the candles taller, or the flower vase shorter it will help it look like a more cohesive group. 

I know its hard to see, but this is what our florist did a mock up of for us.  It includes a carnation (which I don’t care for), lime green fuji mums (you can barely see it on the left in this picture), some green buttom/kermit mums and caspia.  I think we are going to take out the bamboo sticks.   You may be really surprised by what the florist can offer.

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