As you may have guessed from the title, this post is going to be about centerpieces. No, centerpieces were not the very first thing I started working on when we got engaged. But they ARE turning into quite the process, so I figured I’d start the story early.
Back in May, when we had decided on our venue and colors and started to get an idea of the size of our guest list (we both come from large Catholic families and as a result we are inviting almost 300 people), I started to look at ideas for centerpieces. I’m doing a lot of DIY for our wedding. I don’t consider myself a particularly crafty person, but I am a thrifty person. We decided in the beginning that, while we want to have an awesome wedding, we don’t want to go into debt and start our marriage being financially behind. Our budget is $10,000-$12,000. But I digress.
With the number of guests we will have attending (we estimate 200 to 225 will actually be able to make it) we will need about 25 to 30 centerpieces. With our budget, I knew I was going to have to DIY. We aren’t looking for anything super fancy. One of Mama Ducky’s biggest fears is that I’m going to create tall centerpieces that make conversation difficult.
From several posts from the ‘Bee I found the idea of coffee-filter flowers. Relatively easy to make, inexpensive, and they look really nice:
Image via Bridal Musings
Over the summer my sister (Bridesmaid Tangled) and I made a few practice flowers and they looked pretty good. The plan was to make a bouquet for each table, throw them in a vase, sprinkle some flower petals and tea lights, and be done. Easy enough. We put the idea to rest and planned on coming back to it later.
Then one weekend in October I suddenly had the urge to do a full centerpiece mock-up. I got some vases, painted them, made some flowers, and set it all up on my dining room table. It looked. Like. Crap.
Granted, it didn’t have the flower petals, but still. Yeesh. So I went through a mini bridal meltdown when I realized I was going to have to purchase flowers for the centerpieces in order to get the look I want. I had decided long ago that I was not going use real flowers (our budget wasn’t going to allow that), so MOH Noodles and I bought flowers at Hobby Lobby for the bridesmaids’ bouquets. These flowers were decently cheap, but six flowers per bouquets x 25 to 30 bouquets?! Wayyyy more than a few packs of coffee filters.
Then I found Silks are Forever. I found a great deal on some red flowers. However, as many of you know, things aren’t always as they appear on a computer monitor…
TO BE CONTINUED…
How ’bout it, hive? Did anyone else have to scrap an idea (or ideas) for centerpieces?