All brides-to-be picture a beautiful church hall, with decorations all over the place and tables filled with pretty centerpieces, china, and wedding favors. In reality, most brides cannot afford that. The average wedding in the US costs about $300,000. Now tell me, do you have that kind of money? Listed below are some wonderful Do-it-yourself ideas on how to keep your budget way down.
You can make a dull table look intimate with a floating candle centerpiece. The glass vase and candles should be whatever shape or size that you choose, fill the vase up with water and place the candles on top to float. If you’d like to add a little more depth to the centerpiece, add some colored rocks, crystals or marbles to the bottom of the vase.
Mirrors are a wonderful and easy way to make your centerpiece look even bigger, placing your flowers or candles on a mirror will lengthen the appearance of the piece. Mirrors are available in many different shapes and sizes and you can find them at most craft stores, or order them online.
Instead of spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars on real flowers that will just die in a week, try using fake flowers. You can put them in a water filled vase to float, sink the stems to the bottom or even just act as if they are real flowers. No one will notice as long as you buy the better quality synthetic flowers. Another plus to fake flowers, is that your wedding bouquet can be preserved for years!
I saw this at a wedding I attended, one of the brides colors were lemon yellow, so she filled just a normal everyday vase full of lemons, placed that atop of a mirror and placed a single flower through the middle of the lemons. Other options are slicing the lemon/lime/orange and place a 2nd smaller vase inside the 1st vase, slide the fruit down the opening of the 2, then add flowers to the 2nd vase. This provides a pretty, but inexpensive centerpiece!
Add some color
Simply adding some color to your centerpieces can make them look unique and pop to the eye. Some ideas to add color include;
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There are many different types of vases out there for your unique tastes. Here is a list of different types that I have seen or used myself. All can be found online or in the dollar tree for cheap.
Types of containers for centerpieces
Fish bowls, ivy bowls, hurricane lamps
Silver mint julep cups
Eiffel (tower) or trumpet vases
Clear glass cylinders
Square vases, square bowls
Oversized martini or wine glasses
I hope that this has helped you consider some new ideas to make your centerpieces more affordable! Choosing the best centerpiece can be hard work, but it does not need to cause you to fall into debt, so make a day of it with your friends and/or family and see what you can come up with! It can be done in a snap and you can have fun while doing it.