Wedding DIY: Centerpieces

19 Aug

Wedding DIY #4: Centerpieces

Oh the infamous centerpieces.  So pretty, so fun, yet soooo expensive…. Especially when you have a lot of tables!!  And we had 20 🙂

Well I was determined to do something that would not cost thousands of dollars, and go with the industrial look of our wedding venue.  And while flowers are absolutely gorgeous, they just didn’t fit into the budget.

So after lot’s of internet searching and store browsing, we were able to do our centerpieces for only….

$25 per table!!!

FYI in wedding world, this is CHEAP!

Ok, enough showing off.  Here was the plan of attack:
(P.S.  There is a real life video in this post, but you gotta read through to get to it!)

Wood Flowers:

$65 for 150

These flowers are made of “Birch Wood” shavings and are dyed yellow.  And they come from the Philippines!
Etsy seller Accents and Petals


The are the Ikea Borrby Lanterns and are a steal.  Seriously… price out lanterns right now.  These were a gold mine.


We originally went with the standard pillar candle, but the size turned out to be a possible fire hazard.  So at the last minute we went with these Ikea Fenomen Round Block Candles.  And in the end, I actually liked these better!


You can get the Chilewich® Dahlia Gold Placemats from a lot of stores, but we bought them from Crate and Barrel.  And these are now my “fancy” dinner placemats at home!

Table Numbers:
$60 total

I fell in love with these black and white vintage number signs that I found at Java Jane Designs on Etsy, and thought they would be perfect to use as table numbers.  The seller even gave us a major price discount for buying 2 sets so that we could make the signs double sided by gluing them together.  I’ll probably use these again, possibly framing our wedding date number 8-6-11.

Final Product

Once people sat down and the table filled up with plates and serving ware, these were the perfect combination of simple yet romantic.

And as the dancing started and the lights were dimmed, the centerpieces really came to life….

[Thank you Facebook friends for posting some early wedding pics to use on my blog!]

And just a tip that I learned the hard way…  If you’re doing your own centerpieces, MAKE SURE you assemble them well before the big day.  As I mentioned earlier, we ran into a little candle issue (see video below) which resulted in a last minute trip to Ikea.  Not what you would want to do the morning of your wedding!

Here’s a little video to support this lesson.  Thanks dad for being SUCH a trooper!


{What have YOU done for centerpieces?}


2 Responses to “Wedding DIY: Centerpieces”

  1. ellie August 20, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    beautiful centerpiece, jenny. i love that you did it yourself, and so inexpensively! (is that even a word?) what an awesome setting for an intimate reception!


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