The Ashley Maria Blog: DIY Wedding Centerpieces
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Friday, May 13, 2016

DIY Wedding Centerpieces

I am the type of person that if I have a vision in my head, it's a little hard to have people recreate it for me. Maybe I take on too much work myself, but I knew when it came to centerpieces for the wedding, I would be able to to save money by doing them myself, exactly how I wanted them myself!! We are having a big wedding and will need a lot of centerpieces, but knew if I started early it wouldn't be a problem getting them done!

I still have yet to add a little ribbon onto the bottom of the bouquet but loved the way they turned out. For the wedding venue, I did a mixture of 12" and 16" eiffel vases to make them differ by tables. Our venue has two levels with a the second floor being a balcony that overlooks the dance floor and main level tables. For upstairs I chose to do ivory lighthouse lanterns.

I wanted a smaller floral arrangement since (to me) receptions are suppose to be about seeing the others at your table and catching up. Nothing is more annoying then having to look 'around' a centerpiece to talk to someone! I'm also not a huge fan of real flowers. Don't get me wrong I enjoy receiving them.. especially unexpectedly; but they die and then what.. you have the pictures of them! I love the way peony's look and wanted to incorporate them into my wedding day. BUT the price of a peony is ridiculous and they die in less then a day. I was not having that! So I got the next best thing.. FAKE FLOWERS!

Of course I got looks when I said I am doing my own arrangements, but I think they came out great.. and after all- that's all that should matter right?!

First thing first.. these do take time and patience, and if you are like me, every one of them has to be perfect. I started purchasing the floral early in an effort to not have to fork out so much money all at once. I bought the bushels from Hobby Lobby when they went on sale for 50% off. I also purchased online, making it easier to buy in bulk. Sometimes stores will only carry maximum quantities per week or month.

I used two bushels per centerpiece. The bushels I used already came assembled in a bouquet but I wanted to make it fuller. So (the most time consuming part of it) I took each bushel apart and reassembled combining two together. I wrapped each with green floral tape as tight as possible. I wanted to have some greenery 'hang' off the side, so I purchased additional vines and hot glued them into the wrapped centerpieces. I ordered starfish from a shop on etsy that I could stick out of the bouquets. Since the bouquets are a little top heavy, and to tie the 'beachy' theme into the wedding, I added sand to the vases. I may still add a ribbon to cover the stems, but kinda like how it looks without and the rawness (is that a word??) of the stems.

I put a mirror under vase and a few votive's and starfish will be on the table with them!
Starfish in Centerpiece (similar from same shop)

What do you all think about this DIY project? Can't wait to share with you more pictures from the big day!

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