As much as I love flowers, I know they can be expensive. It is amazing how quickly your flower budget can increase. This is especially true when you find out the tall centerpieces that you “can’t live without” are $250 EACH! Something like that can bust your budget and your spirits. One of the easiest ways to save money on flowers is to create your own centerpieces. You may not be able to recreate the $250 centerpieces on your own but with a little creativity you can make your own centerpieces and only have to purchase a few of the to-die-for centerpieces. For example, instead of purchasing the tall centerpieces for all of your tables only buy 3 or 5 centerpieces and create DIY centerpieces for the remaining tables. Here are a few of my favorite DIY centerpieces.
You have probably seen DIY centerpieces with fruit. Fruit is a great inexpensive way to bring color and dimension without a lot of cost. I saw the centerpiece below using grapes and apples on a cake stand with a few orchids. I thought it was a easy DIY centerpiece that you could change to reflect your wedding. You can choose a colored cake stand or even tie a ribbon in your matching wedding color and it would change the entire look.
Another idea is to use lanterns. Lanterns come in many different shapes and sizes and make a stunning centerpiece. You can choose the color of the candle and even embellish it with a few stems of flowers. I love the colored votives in the picture below. It adds the perfect pop of color.
Another idea is bird cages! I love the vintage feel and using fresh flowers and candles at the base of the bird cage is so elegant.
If you want to stay away from flowers all together then the idea below might be perfect for you. Especially if you are having a rustic wedding!
Start collecting your cans now!! There are some absolutely gorgeous ways you can decorate simple paint cans. You can even decide to leave them as they are and put a few inexpensive wildflowers in them.
Check out the table arch below. You probably can’t do this for every table but how amazing would this look above the bride and groom?
Branches are a great way to add some drama. You can save lots of money by picking up the branches yourself. Branches are great for rustic weddings and you can even paint them to give off a totally different feeling.
If you are having a beach wedding why not use the elements that make up a beach? Shells, sand, etc all in a glass vase is a perfect centerpiece.
For all of my eco-friendly brides potted plants are perfect as centerpieces. This DIY project uses socks over the vase to create this pattern. How genius? Plus, these make great gifts for guests to go home with.
I hope these ideas have sparked your creativity to make your own centerpieces. In the end, you may end up loving your handmade centerpieces more than the expensive ones!
Sources: www.onewed.com, www.libbyjamesblog.com, www.bashcorner.com, www.labellebride.blogspot.com, www.offbeatbride.com, www.wedding-zine.com, www.bravobride.com, www.partylitemagazine.com