Post # 1
Hello! I am a huge DIY bride and am in the process of making just about everything I possibly can for our wedding. I am generally pretty creative, but for some reason I am having a really hard time deciding on our centerpieces! I am tired of seeing ones that are glass vases/jars filled with beads, flowers, and floating candles. I’ve seen it too many times!
So does anyone have any suggestions for DIY centerpieces? I am not afraid of anything complicated, but I don’t want to use any fresh ingredients that have to be added day of–no fresh flowers (or fake flowers for that matter) or other greenery. I love candles and uniqueness!
Post # 3
Can you tell us more about the feel of your wedding?
Is it rustic?
Casual and summery?
Can you tell us more about the colors you’re using, the venue it’ll be at, time of day, etc?
Post # 4
Absolutely! Great question. I would describe our wedding as fun, modern, and pretty formal. Our colors are pretty funky–mostly a “melon” color (which david’s bridal calls “guava”), with accents of dark yellow, sage green, and, in the case of the bridesmaids’ dresses, hunter green. I have attached a picture of the card box I put together to give you an idea of our color scheme. The paper on the box is also used for our invitations, and I would not mind using the paper again on the centerpieces.
The reception is at 6:00pm at a fine arts center. The venue is absolutely gorgeous–it has two sweeping marble staircases descending to a richly carpeted floor. The ceilings are high with fabulous chandeliers–very funky and modern looking in themselves. I’ll attach a picture of them too. The venue also has huge, high windows overlooking a patio. Pretty much a very cool place.
Other information: We are working on a pretty tight budget, and we don’t really have a theme. I like to joke that the theme is “us,” but M does not want our initials or our pictures all over the centerpieces.
Post # 5
Hey how about beautiful tall wood candle sticks with a pomander (made of tissue) with crystals handing from it and votive around. You can have some with the candle sticks and some with candelabras. You can paint the candle sticks to match your colors or make them black and give the pop of color with the pomander. Just some thoughts. Your venue sounds gorgeous.
Post # 6
In keeping with the style of the venue chandaliers I was thinking that maybe you could go to
http://www.shopwildthings.com and buy some of the hanging balls that look alot like what the chandalier’s have. Then maybe use a “lamp” and hang then from the ridge of the shade.
On the right of the site is a column called Real glass decor. You’ll find the chandaliers and other things on that page. I have bought many things from this company and they are VERY good quality and their service is excellant. They also have many ideas that may spark something for you.
Hope this is helpful.
Post # 7
Woah, those chandeliers are ridiculous! You could kind of recreate them on a smaller scale for your centerpieces. It’d be fun but still elegant, which seems like the style of your venue.
Here’s a how-to: http://www.oncewed.com/7370/diy/decor/diy-rock-candy-chandelier/ You could always replace the bows with ribbons in one of your colors. You’d have to find some kind of stand for it, like a tall candlestick. It’d definitely be funky, and you can add a bunch of votives around it since you like candles.
You could also just do a cluster of different height/width candles in your colors.
I think the Chinese lantern/candle centerpiece picture I attached above could also work for your wedding. A lot of people DIY centerpieces with crystals hanging from manzanita branches, but that’s so tired and overdone to me. I’ll keep thinking about it and I’ll pop back in if I come up with any ideas. 🙂
Post # 8
Here are a couple of thoughts:
These both reminded me of the chandaliers. A twist on that could be something like this:
And last but not least:
Good luck finding exactly what fits you! It makes it very worthwhile when you do. 🙂
Post # 9
Thanks so much for all of the suggestions!
That rock candy chandelier is too cute for words. M actually really likes that too–he likes the idea of people being able to eat the centerpieces like they’re in Willy Wonka or something LOL
I’m also toying with the idea of pomanders.
Any other ideas?