I'm getting married August 9, 2008. I'm looking to use silk calla lilies for the center pieces. I would like them to be tall so everyone can see and talk to each other. Can some help me with ideas. How to make, and where to go. We are paying for the wedding ourselves. I'm really stressed out. If you have any other ideas please let me know. Favors, flowers for the girls, etc. I want to have an inexpensive wedding and not look cheap. We are young and would like to buy a home.
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Go to the dollar store or garden ridge and get the tallest but skinny vases (1 for each table). Then go to a flower warehouse for the silk calla lillies or you can have real ones from Sam's club floral also for about the same cost.
Put them on a round mirror (rent at Grand Rental and tea lites, 4 or 5 per table). Fill the vase with clear water, leaving the top 1/2 or 1/3 empty. Using a Pringle can lid or whatever will fit into the vase, cut or punch 5 or 7 holes and feed the stems through. If they are live, they'll need to just touch the water an inch or so and you can vary the length that you cut each stem. You can also use wispy filler in green or baby's breath to come over the sides. Put 3 or 5 tall branches that are from a willow tree or a wispy tree.
Always use odd numbers in your arrangements. My daughter bought tall glass vases and filled them with green apples and others with cut limes because green was one of her colors. Very lovely and inexpensive.
Use paper or plastic bowls that that pick up the main color of the wedding theme. Get silk broad leaves and circle them around the bottom edge of the bowl in oasis or saharah. Dried moss covers the oasis. Three calla lillies distanced slightly and high. Tall baby's breath and freesia all in white. Delicate and lovely!
I would buy your flowers and go to the dollar stores. There are nice clear glass vases in all sizes. Add some of those glass rocks for vases and fish aquariums. Get the irridescent shiny ones and fill a little bit in the bottom for an elegant look. They also have candles and mirrored glasss candle plates. They're simply elegant on the cheap.
Look for baskets there that the flower girls can carry. They also have ribbons and wedding bubbles. They have a lot of wedding favors there. With all the spring colors coming out, all that soft colored stuff should be a cinch to get. You can also do a "spoonful of kisses from the new Mr. and Mrs". Get the plastic spoons there, some netting and ribbon and print your own labels for on the spoons. All simple really cheap ideas!
check out Hobby Lobby, too, there is always a half price sale.
I just picked calla lilies for my wedding and I am feeling very over whelmed. I was thinking of buying wholesale from Sam's. My sister wants to do silk but I don't want to. I agree with not spending tons of money.
go to http://www.afloral.com I am getting married in April of 09, I have just ordered samples of their different callas. The price is unbeatable for good calla, they are hard to get fake callas to look real. Also, if money is an issue depending on where you are having the reception, ask if they would like to buy your wedding decorations to defer some of the cost of renting the hall.
I am getting married Aug 9, 08 also and I have been trying to find calla centerpieces. I lucked up though and found a wedding planner that also specializes in silk flower arrangements and I did not know silk flowers were so real looking! I am all for the Faux Flowers! They are easier, I can see what they look like NOW and make ANY changes I want!
They have cala lilies at ikea for $1.99 each - put 3 or 6 if they fit, in a large tall vase (such as 24" tall black eiffle tower vase $6.75 that ships US and Canada). Buy some of that long floral grass and for $10, you have a dramatic centerpiece that you can also give away to guests. On either side, I found shiny black chunky candle pedestals (Ikea or Loblaws) that a 3x3x3 inch round candle sits on. Put one on either side of the vase for a extremely dramatic look.
All together, it's costing about $30 per table but I only have 6 tables and 96 guests. I'm grouping 3 square tables together that will sit 16 people each. The 3 tables are in white and I'm running a black table cloth down the center (1 ft. thick) as a runner. I'm using square plates and picture frames from Ikea for "table numbers" . They are plain and painted white or black. It's an outdoor tent wedding with the white/black/green theme.
I am also doing this and I just bought fake callas from jo-ann fabrics for .99! They look real and if you don't have the money, they are great! I just cant find the right filler for mine yet! Thinking about tall grass. but dollar tree had some really cute vases and gravel. I am young too with 2 kids getting married in May and trying to get a house so I know the feeling! My centerpieces only cost $5 a piece, and I only needed 12!
Hey I am getting married in june 2008 and my theme is also calla lillies. I found long stem calla lillies at Michaels for 50% off. I am having each girl carry a single one and my maid and matron cary three bundled together with maybe some baby breath. I am using miniture candies with personalized wrappers that I bought from eBay, calla lilly candles and a bunch of other things from eBay. I understand because we too are young and definatly on a budget. Don't stress, it is possible to have a beautiful wedding that looks expensive for really cheap. EBay has helped a ton, I even purchased my dress from there.
Go to Afloral.com. They sell silk callas at a very affordable price and the more you purchase the less you pay.
Purchased single stems from a site called afloral.com and purchased vases from burlington coat factory for 9.99.
I purchased silk calla Lilies at Michaels for 50% off. I'm helping my son and his fiancee with their wedding and they too are on a small budget-saving for a house. I bought glass canisters (approx 14" high) at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. They ended up being about 4.00 each. We have to decorate 25 tables. I did a little test on the Calla Lillies I bought at Michaels. They are more like latex than silk. I made the arrangement and put water in the canister vase and placed the arrangement in the water. They look like a fresh flower arrangement and the flowers were not damaged in any way. My future daughter-in-law loved it!
I'm going with the 24 inch Black Eiffle Tower vase found at www.flowersandsupplies.com. They ship to Canada but ask them to ship USPS as it's cheaper (brokerage fees only $11 to Ontario for large box with 7 vases).
The Calla Lilies are real in this and the last 2 pics. They cost I think $5-7 each but they are so nice in person you only need one. It doesn't show well in the pictures I took.
My daughter is getting married August 30th. We are using tall glass vases with calla lilies. We are using clear crystal marbles in the bottom of the vases up about 1/4 of the way for a filler. You can also put greenery in with the lilies to make it more full or not. That will be the center and around that we are using 5x6 black picture frames with black & white pictures of the bride & groom and white votive candles between the pics. Probably about four of each on each table around the vase. The center vase & votive candles are going to be square. We are also going with silk lilies from Michael's. The florist was too expensive. Micheal's has most of everything you would need & Wal Mart has the rest.
Hi, I am an Event Planner in Maryland. Another idea is you could use the tall wine glass shaped vase at Wal-mart or Michaels and put food coloring and water in it with a floating candle. At the base of the glass you could have a round mirror and put rose petals on the mirror. I did this for a wedding reception and it looked very nice.
I'm getting married October 18 and am using callas as well. I'm going to partially fill cylinder vases with dark roast coffee beans and fake lillies from afloral.com. I ordered a couple of calla lillies from them and they look great!
You can find coffee beans relatively cheap at Wal-Mart or Sam's. You can get cylinder vases for about $2 each when Hobby Lobby is running a 1/2 off glassware sale. I will probably tie a bow which coordinates with my colors around the vases to tie it all together. Good luck!
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