Post # 1
Hi guys! So I was really in love with the idea of doing a shallow glass bowl with floating candles and floating flowers, surrounded by votives kind of like this one (source):
I met with a florist yesterday and she pointed out that since these centerpieces would be so low, they’d be below all the wine glasses, water glasses, champagne flutes, etc, and so our guests wouldn’t be able to see then until they were standing right over them. So when you look out over the room, you wouldn’t be able to see any of the centerpieces. I hadn’t even considered that, and now I’m really bummed out about it. Have any of you been to a wedding where centerpieces like this were used? Did it look underwhelming because they were hidden by all the glassware?
I’m cosidering buying some glass blocks like this from a hardware store and placing the bowls on them to elevate them a little more – does that seem like it might work?
Also, has anyone DIY-ed floating centerpieces like this? The florist quoted me about $75 for doing a few tall thin vases with sunken orchid stems and floating candles on top. That seems steep to me, but she said the cost comes from having to send a crew to do the installation the day of, instead of being able to assemble the flowers in advance and just having to send one person to put them on each table. I think they’d be pretty simple to do myself, but then do I need to ask someone to do the assembly the day of, or can you sink the flowers a day or two in advance?
Thanks for all the advice!
Post # 3
I’ve seen them and I think your florist may be over exagerating (I know I spelled that wrong! lol). They’re very pretty and are probably an easy DIY! If you are worried, I think the glass blocks would look great!
Post # 4
About your sunken orchids, I just did my DIY trial for mine and 75 is really steep I think – mine will cost be about $20 a table (for 3 vases, orchids, floating candles and votives). As I said I did a trial and I’m not sure I would completely assemble them. I’m planning on cutting the stems to length and filling with water, but not actually putting the orchids in till the last minute (which will be real easy) after a day the water looked a little cloudy (not too bad at all, just not as crisp as the first 12 hours)…
Post # 5
I love the little gerb centerpiece with the floating candles! Do you possibly have any cocktail tables that you could use them for? That would look so nice.
Also, as far as the orchids submerged in water goes, $75 is a little pricey, but are they also taking the vases into the total? The tall cylindar vases are quite expensive just by themselves and that could be where some of the extra money comes in. You could check online for wholesalers that offer a bunch of them for less than the florist sells them and bring them to to florist the day of.
Post # 6
Thanks guys! I just found this article http://www.weddingaces.com/2009/04/diy-centerpieces-long-lasting-orchids-in-glass/ about DIYing the submerged orchids. Basically, they suggest putting the orchids in the vases with only an inch of water, then filling it the rest of the way the day of to keep the water from getting cloudy. According to them, you can do this 3-5 days before the wedding, to avoid last minute franticness.
Lindsay8 – we are thinking of doing the floating ones for cocktail hour, if we decide that theyre too low for centerpieces. The florist isn’t selling us the vases – they’re just renting them to us. If they were selling them to us, at least we could resell them later to recoup the costs. But the florist is saying that the main cost is labor for assembly.
Post # 7
Our CP’s were far less expensive than that. You can do it for far less. We set them up the night before and they were perfect the next day. The only challenge we had was keeping the orchids submerged. They kept wanting to float up. But with practice and a little thought-we figured out a way. We alternated the white votives and purple votives on the tables.
Post # 8
i think the glass bricks would be a great idea for elevating your CPs. My grandmother uses those for Christmas gifts, we drill holes in the side and put white lights inside…i think it would look amazing under your centerpieces, and you could get the battery operated lights. (you may need some tulle or something to wrap around the brick to cover the battery pack…a little trial & error?)
& $75 does seem expensive! have you thought about buying wholesale and doing them yourself? we’re ordering orchids wholesale for our centerpieces and its $18 for 10 stems i believe.
hope this helped!
Post # 9
Could you do half the tables with the low bowl and do the other half of the tables with a taller centerpiece? That’s a very common thing I’ve seen – to mix the low and high centerpieces. That way you get the intimate low centerpieces, but in pictures, you get the drama of the higher centerpieces.
I do kind of agree that in pictures at least, all low/small centerpieces don’t show up very well. It kind of looks like the tables aren’t decorated. In person however, I don’t think that would really be a problem.
Post # 10
I have seen this done at an informal wedding, so it didn’t have all the glassware in the way. However they ended up blowing out the candles inside because the bowls started cracking from the heat. It was a huge mess, but lukily it didn’t take long to see the problem and most guests hadn’t gotten there yet so no one but us early birds knew the difference.
Post # 11
What caused the bowls to crack? The candles or the hot weather? It’s one of my fears; we’re having an afternoon/evening reception with a low bowl with 3 – 1 inch floating candles. :/. Would like to prevent that from happening…
Post # 12
We had an afternoon reception in July in Colorado with low floating candle centerpieces nearly identical to that. Our bowls didn’t crack. And it was VERY easy to see the centerpieces, even with the glassware. I don’t know what your florist is smoking, but you’d need to have 18 people per table with three wine glasses each in order to not be able to see the centerpieces through all the glassware.
Our DIY cost was $8 per centerpiece, including the wicker chargers, bowls, and candles. (The river rock was free, it came from my parent’s house). We set it all up ourselves, it was super easy!
We didn’t add any florals to the bowls, but it’s definitely doable. Here’s a pic from our wedding:
Post # 13
@Jewel0247: The bowls cracked due to the heat of the candle. The reception was indoors. The bowls resembled fish bowls that they filled with sand and sea shells (beach theme of course) and placed floating candles on top. The candles started to melt and drip the wax into the water. After the first two drops the bowl cracked. It didn’t out and out bust (thankfully), but we heard a pop and looked around and sure enough the bowl was seeping water all over the table. They hadn’t done a mock up before hand, sadly. I think if you do a mock up first to know how your bowl will react you will do fine. I just always think of this reception when I see those sorts of centerpieces.
Post # 14
@MightySapphire – Thanks! Those look great, and what a fantastic price! Any chance you have some larger pics of the room so I could see how they looked walking in? Yeah, I’m leaning towards the “what was she smoking” explanation too… The only thing I can think is that she’s a florist, so she must love flower arragements and was trying to talk me out of going with something less flower-centric? Very strange.
@MrsJellybean227 – Wow, I’m really surprised to hear that! I do floating bowls like these all the time for christmas and parties and whatnot, and I’ve never had a bowl break! It must depend on the thickness of the bowl, and whether it’s open (like MightySapphire’s) or if the glass comes around and is directly over the flames. Lesson learned – definately do a trial!
Post # 15
@kelmac – i love your centerpieces! i’m considering doing something similiar, but i was just wondering, how tall is your center vase? i don’t have a lot of money to spend on the centerpieces, and the vases seem to be pretty expensive as they get taller. just curious! thanks!
Post # 16
Where did you buy your glass bowls? I’m looking for something just like that, but haven’t yet found a good source.