can i see your diy or low budget centerpieces?

I'm thinking now that my original plan for centerpieces isn't going to be enough for the size of my tables (8' rectangular). I either need to revamp, or add something. But, I can't to anything that's not dirt cheap due to my budget constraints. So I need inspiration.. show me your centerpieces!

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 1:35 am
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WMforever
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you can do these for fluff. just buy a ton of hydrengea online..


you can do these photo 147590-1


or my friend did these if you have access to a wholesale flower mart that has orchids. simple and chic.


you can do these photo 147590-2

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 1:55 am
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Here are my low budget centerpieces! I have 23 tables and I bought 2 different kinds of vases at hobby lobby for 50% off. So I think they were like $4.00 each. The floating candles were like $.50 and the Black stones were i think a $1.70, which I'm using one bag for each vase.  The flowers I'll have to buy the night before the wedding, but they should only be about $20.00 (using real flowers). The mirrors I'm borrowing from a local high school!  So here they are, just kinda threw one together real quick. Just a picture of the centerpiece by itself, I'll have a few other things like rose pedals around it. Good luck, I changed my mind about 1,000 times before I came up with this.


Here are my low photo 147602-1

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:21 am
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I don't have a picture , but this is what I am doing for my 19 tables.  Vases I got at Christmas Tree Shop .... they are actually candy dishes apparently , but have a Hurricane shape to them and I am calling them vases ....they were 1.99 a piece.   In the bottom of the vases I am putting colored glass beads, Lilac colored mixed with white , I thought I needed more color so I ended up buying purple rocks (look like tiny aquarium rocks )  and mixing them in with the stones.  The colored and clear glass beads were $1.00 a bag at the dollar store.  I used 2 bags per vase , I bought 6 bags of the purple rocks (Christmas Tree Shop) also for $1.00 per bag.  I am also using a flower shaped floating candle in each vase , $1.29 a piece at Michaels.    So I think total for all 19 tables I came in under $110.   The head table will have 2 real flower arrangements , so that is seperate for me from teh other tables.  I would go to the dollar store and see what inspires you.  There is really a lot of neat stuff if you look.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:34 am
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Or just throw a few votives in votive holders around what you already have to take up more space (Again , go to the dollar store)   :)

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:36 am
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we are getting married in may and the reception will be in a tent. money is tight and we had to scale back on our original centerpieces, so i am buying three bud vases and my florist is putting three gerber daisies in them, kind of like this but slightly different:


we are getting married photo 147620-1


 


it's very simple and fits in with our informal/spring fun theme. i even think we will do the jelly beans to add color to the table, and we are inviting kids so it seems to work. the centerpieces are $12, including the vases. a lot better then our original $50 centerpieces.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:44 am
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going along with jlo....


going along with jlo photo 147622-1


 


 


 

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:46 am
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Ours are DIY and maybe a little higher in cost, but still not too bad. 


Ours are DIY and photo 147627-1


We'll have 2 tall square vases on each table, with 4 tiny candle holders (from walmart $1.27), all with floating white square candles.  The 20" vases with 40% coupons are $9, the 11" vases-$6, and the 9" vases-$6.  The calla lillies to float are from hobby lobby in the bridal section, and I buy them on 50% sales, so they're $.50 each.  I'll be putting orchids in the 20" vases (don't know if i'll do real or fake yet) and silk hydrangeas in the medium (11") vases.  So each centerpiece probably costs about...$30 or so.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:52 am
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I've planned on doing submerged flower centerpieces, but thinking of a little 12" tall vase on an 8' rectangular table I think it'll look super puny? If I had round tables I would feel ok with it, maybe add a couple votives around it, but with long tables will that work?


I would just do more vases or something, but it's the glassware that adds up to $$$. Ditto bouquets of flowers. A few here or there is do-able, but a bunch per table (I'm looking at 20-25 tables) is way out of budget. Really I'm looking at a max of like $10 per table.. currently with what I've got (vase w/ submerged flower) I'm at about $5 per table.


I do have some votives to use, left over from my brothers wedding. Not sure how many though, somewhere between 50-100.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:52 am
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LH2B ( http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/lh2b ) has some cute ones she made. I copied her idea for some house decor and to use up the rest of my pomander flowers!

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:55 am
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How many long rect tables are you having?  We'll be having 1 8' table for our sweetheart table, and i'm going to have 2 20" vases on each corner, and then line the front of the table with the 9" and 11" vases with submerged flowers.  You could do like 4 vases on each table, lining the middle..  ??

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:59 am
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all of our tables are 8' rectangular. I've already got the decor for the gift/cake/head tables, its just the actual guest tables that I'm struggling on. I'm going to have about 20-25 to decorate.


I don't think there's any way of doing 4 vases per table at a budget of $10 per table. I'm going to have to get creative!

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 3:10 am
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From The DIY Bride photo 147667-1    From The DIY Bride photo 147667-2


From The DIY Bride book. I'll post up the pictures of mine when I get around to actually buying the stuff and doing a trial :P


 

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 3:29 am
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IMAGE_063.jpg picture by genaedixon

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 3:31 am
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Hmmm...I do have a couple ideas that we've been tossing around...


Hmmm I do have photo 147673-1


 


1. If you're doing favors, let them do double duty and use them as centerpieces, but pretty them up. Put them up on a food stand and decorate the area around the base...since nice cake/food stands can be expensive, I was actually thinking about getting some silk napkins in our colors to put on top of the tray like it's own little "table"cloth and putting rose petals and candles along the bottom.


 


2. Use lots and lots of candles but vary it up creating DIY luminaria candles or maybe even wine glass shades (if you do DIY it's fairly inexpensive)...you can add rose petals too :)


Hmmm I do have photo 147673-2 Hmmm I do have photo 147673-3


 


Hmmm I do have photo 147673-43.  I found a website where we can order 20 orchid bouquets of 5 stems for $186 [or 25 bouquets of 4 stems].  $20 for 20 vases from the Dollar Tree so total of $10.30 per centerpiece. These are just the flowers I picked out for us, but they have other colors and flowers  there :) http://www.growersbox.com/product/5-stem-orchid-bouquet-20-bouquets-395/


 


 


 


I've been doing a little shopping around and these are some deals I found...not saying they're the best, but so far, they're the best I've come across!


 


Rose Petals (they have a lot more colors available):


Fresh Rose Petals by FiftyFlowers.com; $140 for 6000 petals (best deal I could find); http://www.fiftyflowers.com/product/Purple-Pinksicle-Fresh-Rose-Petals_20.htm


Hmmm I do have photo 147673-5Hmmm I do have photo 147673-6Hmmm I do have photo 147673-7


Purple Pinksicle; Lavendar; Purple Creamsicle


 


 


Candles



  • 24 white votive candles; burns 4-6 hours; 1" tall; $3.89 per box; www.afloral.com 



Hmmm I do have photo 147673-8


www.cudge.net


 



 


 


 


 

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 3:36 am
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we used two different photo 147708-1


we used two different collor of orchids.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 3:50 am
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Ok you said with what you have already, you are at $5 a table , and could go to $10 a table , so is it possible to do 2 on each table?  Maybe doing one at each end , or 2 spaced apart just a bit towards the center??

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 6:21 am
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I could, but I thought maybe I need something with either some height or more fullness? What about using branches of some sort? The curly willow ones, or another cheap kind? I could do something with those... not sure what... but something. :p

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 6:35 am
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You can get 12 bundles of branches here for $14!

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 6:44 am
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I know I've seen pictures of centerpieces that were just baby's breath that looked lovely, but I can't seem to find any online right now.  You could do a really big bunch in a tall silver vase surrounded by candles.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 6:48 am
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Check out OnceWed's Table Trends section.  It is kind of fantastic :)


http://www.oncewed.com/index.cfm?catID=46


She has gathered gifted and creative fellow bloggers to design Table Trend displays and on a budget!  Even if you don't care for any specific style, there are loads of ideas on cost cutting!  Enjoy the eye candy.

Posted on December 3, 2008 at 4:27 am
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