AFFORDABLE CENTER PIECES

CREDIT GOES TO


Mrs. Lemon ON THE WEDDING BEE


 


I THOUGHT THIS WAS A VERY NICE AFFORDABLE WAY, I HAD TO SHARE HER IDEA




 


http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/07/24/diy-details-centerpieces/


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Step 1: IKEA (aka. my favorite place to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon)


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It never hurts to think outside of the box as you walk around the gigantic store. I like to think of IKEA as a craft store and I’m ready to walk in and transform what they give me into something much cooler. So, instead of spending money on “vases” or “candleholders,” I bought lots and lots of drinking glasses. Total cost for the 160 glasses: $90. I also bought the tall ivory candles (another $30) from IKEA.


Here is my mock arrangement (without the votives):


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STEP 2: More candles!


I performed a candle burning test and soon realized that standard tealights and votives weren’t going to hold up for 7 hours… so I went in search of some candles with longer burning times.


After doing some price research online, I chose to buy 100 soy tealights with 7.5 hour burn times from Moon Glow Candles ($35 shipped), and also 72 votives with 10 hours of burn time from cudge.net ($23 shipped).


Step 3: Flowers!!!


While I enjoyed the look of the rose petals, the amount of petals needed to recreate that look would be mighty costly. Plus, I wanted to enhance the golden glow of the candles, so I opted for my favorite flower: plumeria. I adore their smell and love the colors of the flower… it just brings back wonderful memories of tropical islands.


I chose to order 2000 loose plumeria from Molokai Plumeria for $200 shipped. I had ordered leis from Hawaii for various occassions before, and knew that shipping plumeria was an option, but a risky one. Plumeria are extremely perishable once exposed to the elements, so even if they survive to the big day, they wither quickly over time. While the perfect situation would have allowed the flowers to arrive via FedEx on Saturday, we were warned that if an agriculture inspector is late to Saturday inspections, then our flowers would not arrive on time. So just to be safe, the flowers arrived overnight on Friday, and my Dad took care to mist them and keep them in an ice bath until they were spread on the tables at 5pm.


Step 4: DONE!


In the end, the guests loved the centerpieces (especially the low height) and they added the most beautiful glow to the room that bounced off the windows in every direction. The total cost was $378, which was about $25 a centerpiece, including extra glasses and candles. So… cost effective and exactly what I wanted! :) I don’t even want to know how much a florist would have charged me to create the same thing… just to “rent” the materials. Plus, throwing plumeria into the air at midnight is lots of fun… even if the clean-up staff grumbles at you!


More photos of the centerpieces from guests:


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Posted on February 23, 2009 at 3:34 am
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very, very creative. Great find genae!

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 3:37 am
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This is beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 3:38 am
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How pretty!  Candles do seem to make all the difference sometimes.

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 3:40 am
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gorgeous!

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 3:41 am
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I love candle centerpieces!!

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 3:44 am
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Thanks for this post.  I am working with a bride that REALLY wants Plumeria and I just hadn't found a good source for them.  She will be so excited!!!

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 4:15 am
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Very beautiful :)

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm
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it is pretty!!

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm
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i <3 ikea.  they just opened one near us!

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 2:01 pm
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yes this idea is awesome and part of my inspiration for my tables:)

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 3:42 pm
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oh my.. that's amazing.  thanks for sharing!

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 10:17 pm
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Gorgeous! But I would think that all those candles are going to add a lot of *heat* to your room, especially if your reception is inside.........beautiful though!

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 6:28 am
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So pretty!! I am stoked about the IKEA suggestion!!

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 12:48 pm
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Drinking glasses in place of vases...genius!  I may have to use that idea too. :D

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm

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