Post # 1
Hi! I just spoke to the florist and the centerpieces are so expensive! Anyone make their own centerpieces? if so, where did you order the flowers and the vases? Also, anyone have any simple things that they made? My reception and ceremony are early (11:30) so I don’t have that much time to make stuff and get ready the night before. thanks!
Post # 3
My aunt is going to make my centerpieces. She’s a crafty person. After going back and forth between real flowers and silk flowers, we decided on silk white hydrangea. Hydrangea is one of the flower types imo that renders very well as silk flowers. We got the silk flowers/fillers in Michael’s when they’re on sale. The vases we got at a dollar store (so $1.25 per vase). Withh ribbons and everything, I think it should be ~$16 per centerpiece. Silk flowers is a good alternative for me (& maybe you) who want to get things arranged early and are resistant to harsh handling.
If you’r interested in real flower arrangements, I’ve seen very simple and elegant ideas at Martha Stewart. This is one example. You can also click on Flowers –> Table arrangement to get more centerpiece idea that do not seem to be complicated and easily DIY.Costco also sells high quality bulk flowers for cheap.
Hope you find some ideas to your liking!
Post # 4
What are your colors? And/or what kind of flowers are you interested in? Also, what do you think about non-floral centerpieces? I think with just a little more information the hive will be able to give you some great suggestions!
Post # 5
I did non-floral centerpieces diy for a cost of about $8/table. I also considered doing floral which would have been a little bit more per table but way less than what the florist quoted.
Post # 6
Hi! My colors are burgundy and pinks. I really want to do flowers, but was trying to figure out what works best. I just went to the wholesale flower shop and it was very confusing.
I love roses, hydrangeas, gladiolus, and orchids. Thanks for any help!
Post # 7
Have you considered using branches? I’m doing mitsumata branch centerpieces with hanging votives. Here’s where I got my inspiration:
I’m making mine with white mitsumata branches and 16" glass cylinder vases. Right now I’m planning to use glass stones for filler but I might switch to something else if they’re too expensive.
Cost wise, it breaks down to this for each centerpiece:
Branches (I got mine from Crate & Barrel):$14.95/3 branches
Vases (from eBay): $7
Votives (holder + candle): 50 cents (from candles4less.com)
Gems: Roughly $10
Total: $32.45 each
It’s not dirt-cheap but I think it’s good bang for the buck because they are tall and dramatic (and there’s no way you’d get tall floral centerpieces for anything close to that!). There are lots of other, cheaper things that can be done with branches … something else to consider!
Post # 8
Check out this post- there are lots of ideas for cheap DIY centerpieces (I posted info and pictures on the ones I did for my wedding):
DIY centerpiece (candles, nonfloral, budget) Ideas?
Post # 9
I am in the same boat–I was completely put off by florists’ prices, so I have decided to make my bouquets and centerpieces myself. I found 8-inch cylindrical vases at the dollar store, and I am ordering my roses from Sam’s Club. They have terrific prices (125 stems for $88). I bought a book on floral arrangments and I am going to do it myself. I will practice on some cheaper flowers to make sure I can do it. But I think it will be fun and it will save me hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
Post # 10
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #551a8b">Yup. You CAN’T spend so much money on something that’ll last 1 day. I am using the image attached as my centerpieces. Except I’m using rust-colored dendrobrium orchids instead of white ones (my color theme is peacock blue and rust/golds–its an indian wedding and matches my reception outfit). The lady I’m renting a mandap from is making these for me at cost, no charge for labor. My friend found a florist who did her centerpieces at cost too. I’m also saving money by buying the vases myself rather than renting them from the florist. IKEA and Michael’s and Hobby Lobby are great places to buy the vases. I’ve even heard of people buying them for the wedding and returning them later for a full refund. I know I know that’s wrong, but hey they saved like $300!
Post # 11
depending what you are doing.
I did my own centerpieces and all tho I am a florist and I had people to help I was still exhausted after. I don’t think I would do that again. I did have a quite a bit of real flowers tho, which maybe was a reason why I ended up going to sleep at 4am the day before my wedding. (Also me being perfectionist didn’t help that either)
If you are doing something little you can. It if is out of silk flowers then you can do it in advance and have few people to help you deal with it during the wedding day.
To be honest usually if you are working with real flowers you will have to spend few hundred bucks on your own materials and glass.. and then you have to make it and the stress of dealing with all of it is not worth it. Then the transportation and clean up, if it is a $500 difference at the end based on all the other wedding expenses that $500 isn’t making that big of a change. Just relax and enjoy the wedding. That’s my 0.2c.
Post # 12
I’m doing something like this:
I’ll only need 1 hydrangea stem per cup. They’re small, but so are my tables. I bought a case of 36 cups for about $50. I’m considering mixing it up with some other flowers, like gerberas or roses.
Post # 13
I made mine…you can see the post here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/07/18/centerpieces-7/