I am getting married in September 2005 and it is an afternoon
wedding. We have opted to pay for it ourselves and my colors are
wine and champagne, the accent color is gold. I want to use
roses as my flower and candles for my centerpieces for the
reception. Do you have any suggestions on how to make something
elegant, but cheap?
Decorate the candles with inexpensive stretchy bracelets already
made or buy fringe and beads by the yard and hot glue on. You
can sit the candle in glass rocks inside a glass bowl. You could
just sit them on a doily and sprinkle confetti around.
By suzi homemaker
I am not sure where you are from, but here we have Aldi grocery
stores. You can buy 6 roses any day of the week for $2.99. If
you let them know ahead of time, they will even order extra of
just what you need. As far as table decorations, at my sister's
wedding, my mom collected wine goblets in various shapes and
sizes from the local St. Vincent de Paul's and Goodwill. We put
5 of them on each table with candles in them and then sprinkled
confetti and real ivy (cut from a friends yard) around the base.
We made sure that each table had a variety of glasses, so there
were different heights and looks. Very pretty and elegant. It
would match your wine and champagne theme. (05/10/2005)
You can buy 2 dozen roses from Sam's or Costco for around $14.
They will order your color if you ask ahead. You could pick up
tea cups at thrift stores or borrow from friends and put small
arrangements on each table. I have also seen candles in wine
glasses, which looks nice. Another nice centerpiece is a glass
bowl with floating candles and rose petals sprinkled in. Again,
you could borrow some bowls. (05/10/2005)
We bought 4 inch white ribbon and a gold paint pen. Three strips
of ribbon, full length of table. Lay them crossing each other in
the center. With gold paint pen write in cursive on both ends
"Love is Patient Love is Kind Love Never Fails". Something in
the center. Tulle bunched together, held with white wire,
flowers, artificial around the base of a wine glass with a
votive. Tulle is cheap and goes far, very fairy tale-like.
Photos on tables of you and hubby to be, child photos, dating
You can also fill bowls or whatever with that plant gel, just
add water. It is crystal looking holds candles, pretty.
Get yourself a copy of Martha Stewart Weddings. In it she has a
centerpiece where she took some small bowls (you could probably
get similar ones at the dollar store) and floated the head of a
rose (or another flower) in each one. It looked beautiful. If
this idea doesn't work for you check out her book anyway she has
some great ideas that would be easy to replicate, even on a
If candles are your centerpieces for reception tables, ask
around for mirror tiles. If you can't find them to borrow, some
place like Home Depot would have them and they're not really
expensive. Use candles of different heights on the mirror tiles
and since you mentioned roses, lay one long stemmed single rose
on it with the candles. The light from candles shows up so
pretty on mirror tiles. One way to "dress up" a simply decorated
table is to have your table already set with plates, napkins,
and cutlery. It fills out an otherwise empty table. (05/15/2005)
By Sharon from KY
These were basically my colors! I used a rose red color and
white. All of my real flowers were roses and my artificial
flowers were all white. I bought white tablecloths at Sam's and
found some plain cotton material at Wal-Mart in the right color
to make table runners. I then used mirror tiles (Lowe's) in the
middle of each table. I bought tall pillar candle holders at
Hobby Lobby for about $1.25 each and candles at a local dollar
store. I also used lots of votive candles around the tables.
Check out Wal-Mart for these. They have them in 12-packs with
candles already with them for about $6.00. I bought 6-foot
white rose garlands from save-on-crafts.com for 99 cents
each and used them running down the tables. We also used these
on the rails outside of the church and on our arch. Everything
was very elegant looking, but it didn't break our budget.
In wine glasses, place colored or clear stones/marbles. Fill
half the glass then add a votive candle on top. For the bottom,
wrap with a piece of tulle and tie with a ribbon. (05/31/2005)
I am also getting married in September 05. Congrats!
Anyways, our colors are cranberry, diamond white, and silver for
an accent color. I am making my centerpieces/table decorations
with the cake plate size Chinet plates (Chinet is more durable
than standard paper plates). I am going to decorate the edges of
the plates with silk flowers (using a glue gun to attach the
flowers to the plate). My flowers are red and white roses and
other red and white flowers I found at the dollar store.
I'm going to leave enough room in the middle of the plate to fit
a 4" tall pillar candle. I purchased white ones at the dollar
store for $1.00 each.
I am having a destination wedding. So this is going to be
perfect for traveling. I'll do all of the plates ahead of time
and then assemble them at the hall the night before the wedding.
Also, check into renting a helium tank or purchasing one at
Walmart. Then you can do a lot of your decorations with
balloons. That's a relatively cheap idea, too. You could get
more fancy with it by using a decorative glass or weight of some
sort to hold the balloons down on the tables.
I just thought I would share my ideas with you.
I am looking for an easy way to make my church pew bows. I cannot
tie a bow. Anyone have a suggestion?
Good luck. (06/08/2005)
My centerpieces are going to be balloon bouquets. Party City and
Card Factory outlet recently ran sales on balloons. I was able
to place my order for silver heart Mylar balloons for 99 cents
each (reg. $2.49) for Sept and pearlized latex balloons for
$2.99/dz (reg $4.99/dz).
They also had their weights on sale for 59 cents ea.(reg $1.19).
I took advantage of a May sale. (06/14/2005)
I am getting married in August 05 and one of my best friends was
just married in June. The best advice I can give you is to buy
your roses from Marisol blooms they have a package of 250 fresh
roses for $155 you can not beat that. Then buy some vases from
the dollar store; they have a great selection. If you want add
some fake gems in the colors of your wedding it gives it a
little extra umph! I hope your wedding day is perfect. Just
remember it's all about you and the love of your life and no one
I made decorations for the aisles: artificial flowers stuck into
Styrofoam balls (one color, no green) hung them with
organza/satin ribbon, attached by florists' pins. After the
ceremony and before the reception, we had someone take off the
ribbon, and place these on the table for centerpieces with
candles on either side. It worked out very well, very cheap too!
Buy ivy or springeriei ferns in 6" or 8" pots, cover pots with
moss or metallic paper, tuck real roses, ribbons, etc. in the
dirt or water vials till you get the look you want. (07/29/2005)
I have a wonderful idea for you; find some glass bowls at either
Ikea or check with dollar stores. Fill them a quarter full with
water, 1-3 gold floater candles and put either plums or grapes
in there. I have seen it done at a very rich elegant wedding.
Everyone talked about the centerpieces. Let me know how it goes.
I had a silver and crystal wedding and found a place to get some
decorations (they are beaded curtains and they are so beautiful)
at shopwildthings.com. Everything came in time and
the price was right. I am not really one to plug online stores,
but the reception walls sparkled and everyone freaked out over
the beaded curtains. They have bubble crystal beaded curtains
and silver bubble crystal curtains and that's what we used.
I have actually seen Eiffel vases at one of the Dollar stores.
White ones too! Can't get much cheaper than a buck! If you
check around you may find what you are looking for. (12/13/2005)
Try this website, they have some really nice unique designs, I
used them for my wedding. Really cheap prices too because we
bought so many of them for the wedding. Check it out at
If you are looking for cheap wedding decorations try the site
orientaltrading.com. You can find a lot of cool things, for a
really good price. (02/14/2006)
Check out blumebox.com for cheap vases. We added brown ribbon to
the Tiffany blue boxes for all our centerpieces and then the
guest took them home. They looked amazing! (05/05/2006)
I am about to have a tropical wedding, and here are somethings I
First of all I went to orientaltrading.com to find my
wineglasses, and other decorations. (Tikki torches for like
Then I went to a beach store where they sell real seashells for
really cheap and bought up a bunch of those.
Michael's is a life saver because they have a bunch of
reasonably priced things there. I got my lighted arch there for
My centerpieces are candles and seashells. I am going to get
a glass bowl and fill it about 1/3 of the way with sand and then
put a big conch shell in the middle. It is very simple, but
elegant. I also bought floating hibiscus candles from
orientaltrading.com and I will use those as centerpieces also.
My advice is to just shop around and buy up any tropical
flowers you like, and keep your eyes open for good deals. My
wedding is in July and I still have some more things to do.
Does anyone know where to get reasonably priced pew bows?
Thanks, and good luck with the planning! (05/08/2006)
You could buy some glass paints from a craft shop and decorate
them. Not too expensive (about 99p a pot) and decorate some
glass votives. (08/09/2006)
I had the same problem with pew bows and I decided to just get
some white tulle and make my own my tying them into the shape
of bows. It sounds kinda tacky, but trust me, its cute. I'm also
gonna tie them onto the backs of all the guests chairs at the
Find tulle for cheap at tullesource.com it was the only
place I could find my color for cheap (02/28/2008)
This is for the crafty bride. And I hope this will help you.
First you need two different size plastic champagne glasses from
the party store. One is the large Margarita glass w/base and the
other is the champagne glass. You can leave the larger glass
plain or use acrylic paint and paint the inside stem of the
glass. And maybe the bottom half, using your colors. I would
suggest using gold. You'll also need the green flora form, (you
can find it at the dollar store to save money) cut the form
block in half cover the top and sides of the form with moss, and
hot glue the form to the inside bottom of the glass.
Arrange your silk flowers in the form, (trailing greenery is
a nice touch). Leave the center for the smaller champagne glass.
First make a hole in the center of your arrangement with the
stem of the smaller glass. Then with a low temp glue glue pull
the glass out and put glue around the stem bottom. Insert the
glass back in the center. Add water and a floating candle. I
hope this helps. Take care and many blessings. (02/28/2008)
Beatriz, you can Google website Koyal Wholesale.com and buy the
Eiffel tower vases by the case you can get all different sizes
and colors they are very reasonable prices check them out! I
will be ordering my vases from them I hope this helps.
To:Amanda re:Texas Country Theme
I made "cowboy boot" centerpieces, they were quite a hit!
I bought children's boots, girls (size 5, they are small enough
to set on a table so you can see over them). I'm sure you could
use any size that suits your table. When you buy a pair you get
two centerpieces out of them. I filled them with some rocks (to
weigh them down) put in a block of florist foam and added
artificial flowers. You could find vases to fit inside and use
real flowers. If you got red boots with white flowers, and maybe
some blue accent flowers, I think that would look great. Or
maybe white boots with red /blue flowers? (01/08/2009)
My wedding is set for April 16th and we were able to pickup our
centerpieces at centerpiecestudio.com pretty
affordable. I think we may have used a coupon code too, maybe
Google that. (03/04/2009)
Oh, I found the coupon, it was BLOGSAVER and it gave us 7% off.
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