Post # 1
Seeking some opinions, Bees!
I am trying to save some money, and the florists in my area act like it’s impossible to have a centerpiece for less than $50 per table, which I can’t afford. I have misgivings about doing the flowers myself (or any other DIY centerpieces), because of the time and the coordination of volunteers to set up between the ceremony and reception (not to mention people having to transport 18 or so vases with water and flowers and the issue of where to store them that would keep them from wilting between when we arrange them and use them).
Instead, I”m thinking about doing a lace overlay (larger than a doily, smaller than a whole lace tablecloth), with a pretty rose pattern, for the center of each table. Maybe different lace for each table. I’ll probably have dark colored tableclothes, so it would stand out. Im collecting mismatched flowery plates for each setting, so there would be interest in the different plate patterns.
Would that be just too plain (on a 10 person round table)?
I was collecting ball jars for my flower vessel, but maybe I should start looking for little vases?
Any other thoughts?
Post # 3
I forgot to mention that I can’t use real candles at my venue. I have the little fake LED tealights and I was going to get holders and cover them with a strip of lace like I’ve seen others do on this site 🙂
Post # 4
Personally, I would think its too plain. I like the mismatched plates idea though! If your theme is so casual why not do some centerpiece that doesn’t involve flowers, like Jars of different sizes in the center with different elements in them (maybe some type of stones or sand or candy!) or even just candles of different heights.
Post # 6
@reneeglenecho:I would opt to upgrade to beautiful lines and have rose petal on the tables. Very chic and clean.
Post # 7
I like the idea of the jars with candles in them. That wouldn’t be too expensive and would add some more interest on the table.
ETA: I didn’t see the candle part before I posted either. I’m sure there should be something you could fill the jars with.
Post # 8
oh! or lanterns would be nice!
Post # 9
I feel your pain. Im in the DC area as well and my floral budget is 1500……..yeah….Im gonna be laughed off the planet.
What about using birdcages as centerpieces with the LED tealights in them?, throw some silk petals around them. I find they are a decent price on saveoncrafts.com
Post # 10
Im just thinking if I sat down at a table with no centerpiece my eye would go straight to the center of the table
Post # 11
@mandb122:fill he jars with fireflies!
Post # 12
You don’t have to do flowers you can just do some type of piece of art in the center and save money. Do you have a theme for your wedding? Perhaps we can make some inexpensive suggestions.
Post # 13
Centerpieces dont have to be flowers! Or it can be really simple. One nice flower a dahlia, orchid, rose in a single stem vase would suffice. A glass bowl with some fruit of vegetables in it like lemons, limes, oranges, etc.
Post # 14
ooooooooo I lOVE the idea of fruit in glass vases! I noticed someone mentioned fireflys- I actually just bought a mason jar with a little fake foliage and little led fake fireflies in it! They light up at varying times and are super cute!!! I think I paid around 13.99 or 14.99 for it. I am thinking about scattering a few outside my venue in the gardens behid it! I thought it would be cute for couple that might take a spring night stroll back there to take a break from the party.
Post # 15
i’m not having centrepieces. i don’t think its a big deal!
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2011 - Hunter's Ridge, Princeton, IL
Who says you have to have anything in the center of the table? Not all guests are keen on sitting at a table full of tchotchkes anyway ; )
But if you’re still thinking you want to fill some of the empty table space, you could always try silk or paper flowers (maybe do an Etsy alchemy request or recruit some friends to help?) and put a small bunchn the center of each table. I know you said you wanted to stay away from DIY, but it can be relatively inexpensive & it looks like you might have a while to work on it before the big day!
Otherwise, you could always cluster together random knick-knacks and vases, small picture frames of you & your Fiance, plus your LED candles, etc. Really, anything goes! And seriously love the idea of mismatchy plates, too!