I am getting married in may and looking for an inexpensive, ORIGINAL, centerpiece that guests can take as gifts. my colors are white and black with red accents.
We used votive candles and small vases with silk flowers, we used wisteria (discontinued yankee candle picked up 200 for under $20) and the other scent was wedding day, it matched my colors perfectly and when we entered the ballroom where our reception was we entered to a lovely smell and a room lit by 400 candles -- we put the candles in glass holders from a dollar store, that were 4/1.00 so for less than the cost of a florist centerpiece we had all of our centerpieces and a pretty gift to take home, we also did sutter home white zinfandel tiny bottles with a ribbon with our names and the date on it, people fought over those, we had extras. For the kids we made our own coloring books and gave them each a box of crayons, kept them happy and out of trouble and they all loved it, the white zin we bought in bulk from a wholesaler. (07/13/2005)
Clay pots are really cheap right now (end of summer sale), so buy a bunch of them and paint some black and some white Then use the opposite color to write on either the guests name, a love/marriage quote, or something similar. Fill them with either fresh or artificial flowers. If you use white flowers, tie the pots with red ribbon or use red flowers and white ribbon. Just put them in a circle in the middle of the table, alternating the black and white colors. (07/13/2005)
This is a relatively cheap, easy and pretty centerpiece to make. Supplies needed are:
First start with 2 "ivy bowls", (they are the small round shaped clear glass bowls, with the ripple edge and are about 5 inches tall that most craft stores sell), here in NJ you can buy them at around $1.00 or less a piece. Buy a good glue that will adhere glass together. Then, glue the bottoms of two of the bowls together (one will be upside down, with the other one right-side up) and allow to dry according to the glues directions. After the glue is well dried, complete fill one bowl with anything that you would like, such as potpourri, silk flowers, decorative stones, shells, etc. Cut a round disc (out of either plastic canvas or sturdy cardboard) somewhat larger than the opening, and place it inside the glass bowl, covering the filling that you just added. This will prevent the "filling" from falling out of the bowl when it is turned over. You may have to either add a little more of the filling, or take out some in order to get the round disc in the bowl. Turn the bowl over, that you just filled, making the filled bowl the base of the arrangement.
Measure around the glued seam of the bowls, and cut a piece of the 1/4" satin ribbon at least 1" longer than the measurement. Place the ribbon around the seam, and glue in place, folding over the end of the ribbon, that that raw edge does not show.
With the remaining 1/4" satin ribbon, weave it through the top of the gathered lace, draw the ribbon through the lace, leaving equal amounts of ribbon on both ends. Lace is now, suspended from the ribbon, take the ribbon and tie it around the neck of the upper ivy bowl, into a simple bow, make sure lace is equally gathered around the neck of the bowl. Lace will now appear as a "lamp shade" effect.
Place votive candle inside the votive candle holder, and then place inside upper ivy bowl. Votive candle holder may be glued to the inside of upper ivy bowl, but I just like to set it inside, because it makes it much easier to remove burnt candle wax and also to wash.
The last time I made these, I found iridescent lace, and it looked beautiful when the candle was burning.
If desired, you may decorate the bow and also the ribbon around the glued seams with miniature flowers, beads, etc.
I also suggest that you make one, and see if you want to make any adjustments. Some people like to use a longer piece of lace, for a fuller lampshade effect. I've given these as gifts, and everyone really likes them!
Good luck on what ever centerpiece you decide to use, I know you'll get lots of ideas from your "Thriftyfun Friends"! Congratulations & best wishes on your upcoming marriage!
Debbie from NJ (07/14/2005)
Thank you all who responded! When I read the email about the "lamp" centerpieces, I knew instantly that is what I want for my wedding. Debbie, thank you so much for taking the time to write out directions, I have never heard of a more creative idea! I am so excited to make these with my mom. I had started getting discouraged because I had been wracking my brain for a few weeks trying to think of something unique and elegant. Yesterday, I finally said "okay God, i need an idea today please!" Well God does answer prayers! Thank you so much! (07/14/2005)
By melissa perez
My daughter is getting married in August 2007. The wedding will be at a restaurant with a pond. She is veterinary technician student at the moment and fell in love with this place because they have a pond and a floating gazebo and ducks and peacocks and geese and swans and pygmy goats!
The reception will be held in the "garden room" which is white wicker furniture and kind of english garden design. We were recently at a local dollar store and she found plastic swans that serve as candy favor holders--they were 6 in a package for $1, they had white and clear, she chose white and we will wrap after dinner mints in light pink tulle and place them in the swans. She also found candle holders that look sort of like champagne glasses and have clear glass "shades", we bought 20 of them, and will place white candles in some and pink candles in some. These will be part of the table decorations.
She is thinking of putting wishing wells in the center of each table on mirrored glass tiles with a ring of pink and white rose buds around each one and the swans place on the mirror tile to give the effect of water, for place cards on the tables we would use note cards (1/2 fold) and print the name of the person on the front and instructions across the bottom of the same side to use the blank inside to write "well wishes" to the bride and groom" Personalized pens would be at each place setting as well (guests keep these for favors).
After the wedding I will take the "well wishes and frame them into a collage for my daughter and her new husband." (09/07/2006)
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