Weddings can be expensive, but there are ways to save without looking cheap. Before you spring on high-dollar centerpieces, consider some alternatives. And remember as elegant as those huge arrangements are, they totally interfere with your guests’ ability to interact across the table. Here are some centerpiece ideas that look classy and don’t cost a lot.
Baby’s breath is enchanting, whimsical and not as pricey as other floral fillers. It also reflects light well. Instead of filling a vase with pricey flowers, try baby’s breath. If you must have other flowers, consider spray roses, or a lighter bud that will simply float atop the arrangement.
Use candles, feathers, or other arrangements. Collections of wine corks, seashells or rocks in a vase are becoming more popular as centerpieces. Another idea is a table full of candles. Be sure to check that your venue will allow real ones; many forbid an open flame, but some will allow a protected holder. Relish in the romance of the evening with varying heights of candles on the table atop a mirror to really enhance the light.
Embrace the light. Floating candles in hurricane vases are growing more and more popular. Whether you put a flower in the water, or leave it clear, this is a cheaper alternative to an overflowing centerpiece. You can also place beads or rocks in the bottom of the glass, depending on your theme. If you love flowers, but don’t want to drop a bundle on big bouquet, find a pretty stem that could be submerged in water. Orchids, delphinium and even roses can be submerged nicely. A stem is much cheaper than a bouquet. The look of a flower in the water is interesting and artful.
Keep the flowers small and the food display large. Don’t stress over a major centerpiece. You’ll likely have a bread basket, bottles of wine, glasses and plates. A simple and small fishbowl of roses (a surprisingly low-cost wedding flower) can be an appropriate and perfect centerpiece.
Finally, if you used flowers in your wedding ceremony, remember you can reuse them for decorations at the reception. Many brides put their bouquet in a vase on the sweetheart table. The wedding party can also put their bouquets in the center of their tables, the cake table, or even the gift table. Also, don’t forget to reuse any altar flowers, or flowers that lined the aisle. Don’t spend money twice when you only need to spend it once.
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