Post # 1
Due to a budget set back and some issues regarding availability of necessary items (the wedding is in a small town in Hawaii) , I’ve just decided to lay flowers directly on the reception tables as opposed to making my own centerpieces. The tables are rectangular and 8 ft long.
To keep it simple and cheap I was thinking about using the local flowers plumeria, gardenias and orchids (all white) and a green vine called maile accross the length of the table… My colors are tiffany blue and white.
I lack the creativity gene…Can someone help me with some ideas? Like, should I use a blue runner, pebbles, blue silk petals to offset the white? I cannot use candles at that venue….
Any ideas are welcome!!! The wedding is in 7 weeks!!! Help!
I found this pic online and it is the closest thing to what I’m talking about.
Post # 3
what about going to a craft store like hoby loby or micheals (something along that line) and buying votives? I think that votives are a cheap and easy way to set the mood for a reception. you could do little bunches of them here and there or even a straight line of them down the tables? are all 4 sides of the tables open or is one end pushed up against a wall? if they are against the wall…you can opt for one big centerpiece at the end of the table not against the wall.
Post # 4
I think thats beautiful.
You could also submerge flowers in water. Or put a few drops of blue food dye in the water and float a white flower in it.
There was a post somewhere about using a candelabra as a flower holder.
You could do a vase with branches and drape crystals and tack on flowers to a few of the branches at the center of each table, just for something a little dramatic.
Moss balls are beautiful as well.
Post # 5
I was thinking about that but, unfortunately, the venue does not allow any type of candles….
Or are you suggesting that I set them on the table and do not light them? Is that acceptable? The reception dinner is taking place at 6:30 and the sun won’t set until 8….
Post # 6
You could also get those battery powered tea lights if you like the look of those… I think scattering the flowers down the center of the table like a table runner will look great though. If you wanted to add a cloth runner under them, that could look cool. Or maybe some crystals to scatter along with them?
Post # 7
Here are a few pictures (ignore the candles):
I like this, but instead of the candles, you could put a flower, or something else fun that would float.
Post # 8
i love your idea…. so beautiful and simply elegant. have you considered ribbon to add color? perhaps tie a couple/few flowers together with a pretty blue bow, then set on the table? or making a few flowers from blue ribbon to lay amongst the real ones? otherwise, a blue table runner would be a lovely frame for your flowers.
Post # 9
I think the inspiration picture you found is beautiful.
Are you using white tablecloths and napkins? If you have an option you could tie the napkins with blue ribbon or fold them and tuck in something blue.
If the napkins are blue, you could tuck a piece of the vine and a white flower into the fold to link them to the centerpiece.
Rather than try to incorporate the tiffany blue color by adding pebbles, silk flowers etc, I would use the local flowers and vine just like in your picture interpsered with some blue flowers-plumbago, protea, orchids?
Post # 10
Thanks so much for taking the time to help me ladies! Love your ideas!
Post # 11
An idea i saw in Hawaii was using large ti leaves instead of vases. They were layed out long-ways and then some seashells were laid on them and plumerias and hibiscus were set on the seashells. The ti leaves & flowers are all very abundant in Hawaii, very inexpensive, and easy to put together.
Post # 12
If you want candles, but can’t have the ones with flames, try the electric/battery-operated ones. I know Spirit Halloween had ’em at their stores last year and you could probably find them online, too!
They are REALLY great and flicker like real candles, but they run off batteries! (the kind you use in small electronics/watches).
Other ideas could be the blue gems/stones from the craft stores or even christmas lights, if you have the outlets to use.
Depending on the budget, you could also get blue and white candies and put them in small glasses (think votive candle holders or shot glasses). Not only do you have a decoration, but the guests can nibble off them, too!!!
Hope this helps!!!