Post # 1
My trouble with DIY is that I’m on the wrong side of the world to actually do any mock ups … and I have trouble knowing if something is a good or bad idea. 🙂 I wish I could do mock ups, but I can’t. We’re on a pretty tight budget though, so I want to dress our 15-ish round, 8 top tables for as inexpensive as we can without looking sad and pathetic.
Our venue offers us free use of mirrors and LED candles – I’d really like to make use of the LEDs, since they’re free and I’ve wanted candles since the beginning. I don’t want them to show though – so here’re two brainstorm ideas I had. Let me know what you think…
12″ lanterns like this with 3 (?) LED candles inside them + 3 paper peonies like these (4-5″), but maybe in a bright red (fall wedding) on top of the lantern – I saw this done somewhere with roses and loved the look, but am not sure if I can recreate it using … paper peonies. :/
I loved the lace covered candle vases Miss Paisley showed recently.
I could do clusters of 4-5 (? too many? too few?) in varying heights on the tables. Trouble would be finding different height glass cylinders in my price range… Dollar Tree sells these 4″ and 7.5″ for $1/vase. Would this be enough for a centerpiece?
Finally, I love these, but have no idea how to incorporate them into my decor. Maybe in these 9.75″ vases? Or are the yellow things too tall?
I’m planning on using our venue’s free ivory/white table linens and colored napkins, as well has having table overlays made in either really fun prints (if I can find them – I’d like to do a different one for each table, since fabric is cheaper here) or else a solid color or two. Fall wedding, no ‘colors’ or theme, but my BMs will probably wear red.
Any advice for me?
(the last option on the poll is a joke)
Post # 3
thank you to whoever voted 🙂 good to know I’m maybe headed in the right direction… the more that I think on it, the more I like the second idea. What about 2 short + 2 medium lace candle vases + a tall skinny vase of yellow things on each table?
Post # 4
I would stick with the candles as the main element. The logistics of lanterns with fresh flowers is too complicated to DIY in my mind. You’d need something to hold the flowers and the floral foam and water and not show and then the LEDs. Too much to DIY for essentially a destination wedding.
I like the lace idea. You could also use vellum to wrap the holders with. I would say 5-7 candles would look full without being sad. And I like the yellow things. Why not do one vase of those and then 5 candle vases in varying heights? If the yellow ribbon canes are too tall, I would think you could cut them down. I would find something where you are at though that is a similar height so that you can see if the yellow ribbon cane will block people’s conversation ability.
Post # 5
I like the covered votives too. I actually bought the same ones from Dollar Tree and am using them for my daughter’s shower next week. I got paper lace from AC Moore (but I’ll bet you can find it many places),cut to fit and used a few drops of glue to keep it in place. I put tea lights inside to see how they look,and we love them! Easy! You could also use some of the taller cylinders and wrap the lace in just the center…or wherever you like it..top,bottom….easy to experiment with them.
Here’s the ones I did on the smaller votives
Post # 6
@smyley – those look great!
@whitesonnet – I see what you’re saying about test running SOMETHING, even if it’s not the actual stuff. Good idea!
Any suggestions on whether there’s a cheaper alternative to using glass? Plastic vases maybe? I mean, no one is going to see them through the lace glued on (I love what Miss Paisley used, I wouldn’t mind finding exactly the same stuff!), so the quality wouldn’t be a big deal as long as the light still comes through.
Also, what do you think of candle height inside the vases? Are they all okay at table level or do I need to find something to put in the vases to make them higher?
Post # 7
I really like those yellow things and the idea of lace candles.
Who says the lace around the candles has to be white? What if you did like a pp said and did a small centerpiece with those yellow things and then some smaller lace wrapped candles around that?
Post # 8
$1 is good but free is better. Could you use jar under the lace since you won’t see them anyway? It would be easy to find a variety of sizes…
Post # 9
@caszos, I like that idea 🙂
@Lori – that’s a good idea, a lot of jars are pretty cylindrical. I’ll have to get my local friends to saving jars 😉
Post # 10
i love the candles with the lace… is my favorite and i think you dont need to add anything else to it