Wedding Centerpieces: Part 2

About 3 weeks ago I blogged about how much those pretty wedding flowers you see in magazines really cost you. Today, I’ve got some centerpieces that are great for the budget minded bride.

These flowers and pieces are all based on really simple but effective concepts. By using things like branches and monochromatic colour schemes like all white or all pink, you can really create an eye-popping display for minimal cash.

Sometimes, a great way to cut costs is to shop yard sales, church sales and goodwill stores and bring the cleaned containers into your designer for us to create, or, simply buy the flowers and do them yourself.

I would only recommend doing centerpieces yourself if you are crafty, have LOTS of time the night before and plenty of help from your bridal party and family. Don’t forget transporting them to the venue the day of your wedding and setting up, too! So much to consider, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the pros at Pizazz!

Grapevine ball with Pillar Candles

This Grapevine ball and Cream Pillar candle combo so cute. You can even incorporate some loose blooms or rose petals around them on the table. A 6″ grapevine ball is $25, but a 6″ moss ball is only $10 for even more savings. Another option is to use several smaller 2″ or 3″ balls for $2 each and scattering many of them in the center around a few pillar candles.

Cat Grass cube vase with single orchid and pussy willows

You could try growing your own cat grass (or wheat grass) in cubes. You will need about two-three weeks to allow it to grow. I would definitely do a test run a few months before your wedding to try. You can buy the seeds at a local pet store or inquire about oat seed from a farmers market. The key is to always keep the soil moist. Pussy willows grow rampant in the spring so gathering bushels of it from ditches is easy or buying it from your florist if you’re not the mud-in-your-stilettos type. A single cymbidium orchid bloom costs about $6 and completes the look above.

Curly willow in a clear cylinder vase with orchid blooms

Curly willow is such an inexpensive way to add height and drama without adding a lot of cost. A large bunch of curly willow costs about $40 and would do about 10-12 tables. This picture shows orchid blooms strung on invisible line, but to cut costs even more you could substitute with rose petals. The greatest cost to this arrangement is the cylinder vase, but you can rent those from your wedding venue or purchase them from us. The price range is $10-$120 depending on the size of the container.

Orchid Submerged in water

Another cylinder vase idea. The orchid costs $4 per stem. The floating candle is $2. To save even more money, forgo the candle holders around the vase and just opt for candles by themselves.

Milk Glass Vases with various cuts

Milk Glass is not something most florists carry anymore. However, with vintage coming back in style you could scour around yard sales, good will stores and church sales and find some of these neat pieces. The key to this look is to get all different sizes of containers and pair them with either one type of flower or one choice of colour. This is a great do-it-yourself project. Very easy to do as the look is not tailored, it’s supposed to be wild and helter-skelter.

Twine Ball with kermit mums

The green Mums in this arrangement could be replaced with any type of daisy. I can’t find a supplier for this twine ball, but again, you could use a vine ball or grapevine ball and glue little flowers on them. The ball itself could rest in or on top of any clear glass container. Shopping second-hand could come in handy again on this one as the pieces wouldn’t have to match as long as they are clear glass.

Hydrangea in Cube Vase

Last, but definitely not least, is the majestic hydrangea. Amazingly, one single bloom in a cube vase is just enough to create a stunning display. Hydrangeas range in price depending on season, but usually fall around $6/bloom with the cube vase running at $10. To dress it up with some elegance, you could consider sprinkling some gems around the vase on the table or adding some silver or gold glitter spray, or to dress it down and make it into a more fieldy look, try adding some natural river rocks (about $2/bag would do 6 tables) and maybe some branching.

I hope this has post inspired your thinking about how to use flowers on your wedding tables. These ideas are also great for bridal and baby showers, too.


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    Allison said,

    What size is the square vase?

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      pizazzflorals said,

      I’m not sure, it looks like a 12″ cylinder vase for the orchid and the vase with the white hydrangea looks like a 4″ cube

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