Post # 1
I did not want to spend much on flowers at all, not that I wouldn’t love flowers galore at our wedding, but I can’t justify the cost so I just planned on not having any centerpieces at all.
Is that crazy? The venue where our reception will be is on Lake Michigan with a gorgeous view of the Chicago skyline, so I didn’t really feel the need for much decoration.
Is it ok to not have any centerpieces? Looking for some input.
Post # 3
I think so. As long as its your style I think you should go with it. If you wanted you could have some simples candles and rocks (which is what I did) or just leave it and let the view speak for itself. It sounds like a lovely venue location.
Post # 4
I think that if you’re having a seated dinner, you should put something in the middle of the table. You could do candles or something that isn’t flowers, but I think the tables will need something or they’ll look bare. If you’re doing a cocktail reception, you will be OK without anything on the cocktail tables. Are you having any flowers anywhere?
Post # 5
we are having a seated dinner with just over 50 guests.
i think the caterer is supplying some tea lights of 5 per table and
i forgot we will have the wedding favors on the tables too.
we’re not doing a cocktail reception.. since the wedding is at the same venue, but outside. here’s a pic of the inside where the reception will be. the guests will actually sit on the farther side whichis where the better view of the city is. you can kind of see the view in this photo. but it gives you an idea.
Post # 6
i think it is okay. i personally don’t really plan on it. my bridesmaids think that i should because thats what ppl typically do but for me i think my venue look so wonderful, no one will miss the centerpieces and if they do, then too bad! hehe
Post # 7
My husband and I approached a florist – gave him a very small budget and he came up with some terrific ideas. He’s even going to have some cascading flowers on our table. And was ready to add in a small bouquet for me.
Oh, we gave him a $300 budget for the reception.
Post # 8
I was at a wedding that used rose petals scattered on the tables instead of centerpieces. It looked really great! Since you’ll have the Chicago skyline working it’s beauty, I think you are find with doing nothing or something simple. To be honest…who remembers what the centerpieces looked like anyway? I sure don’t! We’re doing centerpriece cakes for ours!
Post # 9
I didn’t have any for the same reason, though I too would have loved more flowers. I did work in other inexpensive ways to have fun with the tables including origami animals and metallic confetti. In your case, you probably don’t need to compete with the view, so why not just go with that?
Post # 10
I’ve been to weddings without centerpieces, no biggie. I may scratch them out of my budget as well. Our venue already provides simple floral arrangements and oil lanterns. If you read the post on what the married gals decided wasn’t important in the end, flower arrangements are high on the list.
Post # 11
I could not wrap my head around dropping a ton of cash on something that get’s tossed out. Hence me having no flowers as centerpieces. So I totally understand where you are coming from.
I think that none is more then fine! You have a great venue it woulds like so work it! 😉
Post # 12
i vote: no flowers are perfectly OKAY!
my friend’s wedding just last saturday had centerpieces but she did an asian style banquet and all of the centerpieces just got moved anyways… what a waste of money 🙂
Post # 13
I’m having absolutely no flowers at my wedding, with the exception of a small bouquet for myself – and we’re having a nature theme. I’m using plants that I already own and that I borrow from family to decorate the room, and for centerpieces we’re going to do something likewise that will live on after the wedding – I’m thinking moss terrariums. Flowers can be beautiful, but they’re an expensive choice, and certainly not the only choice!
Post # 14
I’m using burgundy and orange latex calla lilies I got from Hobby Lobby for .99 in glass cylinders and glass bowls. There will be floating candles in them and I am renting the glass containers from a rental for less than what it would have cost to purchase. The latex flowers will be underwater and look like real ones. I’m just using rose petals and tons of votive candles from Hobby Lobby to decorate the tables with. They have a votive set on sale right now at http://www.craftsetc.com, a dozen for 3.74. They have free shipping for orders over $25. That set is the holders with unscented candles. I love the idea of just having candles all over the tables to set the mood and the rose petals will add color to the tables.