- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I’m looking at doing the same thing for my ceremony. I already bought the candles. I’m just looking for some artificial orchids, the vases, and something to put in the bottom of the vases. I’m also going to surround the vases with small votive candles in small candle holders.
They look awesome! I’m doing something similar, but with 3 smaller cylinder vases and more full hyacinth instead of orchids. I love the lights in the bottom though, totally worth it.
I put gems in the bottom of mine (to cover the LED light – bought on Amazon). The best place I found to buy those was Hobby Lobby in the 2 lb bags with a 40% off coupon. Dollar store does sell them, but the clear ones looked a little green to me and they are more expensive than the hobby lobby ones per oz if you include the coupon.
Tip: If you need something to help weigh the flowers down (beyond sticking them in the bottom), check out split shank sinker weights. They clamp on to silk stems really easily. With my design, if I didn’t weigh the hyacinths down, they pushed up on the candle and made it look tipped.
Just from a rough trial I did in my basement, not nearly as awesome as those pro pics!
We made ours and they came out great. It was no small amount of work, but people loved them. Just watch the height of your vases- the ones in the top pic are pretty tall and people might not be able to really see through/around them.
Also, use fake orchids. You can use cheap ones because the water will fluff them up nicely, and they are WAY cheaper than real ones. We made 25 tables’ centerpieces for like $300 with fake orchids from Target.
Thanks for the pointers, ladies! I’ll definitely be utilizing my 40% off coupons for my local craft supply stores, too. I’m glad to know the artificial orchids will look nice, since I have to prepare these ahead of time and leave them at the venue the night before. Hopefully the people setting them up will be able to just add water and light the candles.
I’m so excited to finally see a centerpiece that I like, and is affordable! I have to make 16 of them, so the cheaper, the better!
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