Wedding Centerpiece Trial #2: Real Flowers! | The Budget Savvy Bride
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Good morning, everyone!

So you might recall I had my first centerpiece trial a few weeks ago. The end result looked like this:

The problem is, I used fake flowers! I really want to use real flowers for my reception because (a) they’re actually more cost-effective than using the silk ones I purchased at $3-5/stem, and (b) I just think real flowers are much much prettier (:

So I went to the store to pick up a few items:

I already had the candle sticks from last week, but I bought some flower foam ($1.12, Hobby Lobby), feathers ($1.09, Hobby Lobby), and 4 carnations, 4 roses, and 1 hydrangea ($10.71, Horrocks Market).

I started with the hydrangea. First, I cut a small chunk of the flower foam and stuck it in the candlestick (along with some water!) (although I didn’t take a picture with water) (sorry):

Then I cut individual sprigs off of the hydrangea. I know that they don’t survive a very long time without the rest of the bunch, and I learned thanks to an awesome comment on my last post that they need PLENTY of water, so this totally might not work for the amount of time I need it to (I’ll let you know).

I stuck each piece into the side of the foam like so:

And then added another sprig:

And after 3 it looked like this! Totally cute:

I also bought some pink carnations–TOTALLY budget-friendly. I know that they kind of have a had reputation for being “cheap,” but I think they look quite nice when they are tightly together and they’re also my grandma’s favorite flower (:

First, I put some feathers in to add a little somethin’ somethin':

Then, I cut the carnations very short:

And squeezed them in with a bit of water! And ta-da!

The roses were easy-peasy: just cut the stem and plop them on candle sticks. And here is my end result:

Obviously they are not the “rightest” colors–I’m still looking for everything to be a dusty pink. However, the nice lady at the flower market told me that it shouldn’t be a problem to order these flowers in the correct color in bulk. So they’re ALMOST right! What do you think??


ALSO, I bopped around a few Goodwills in the area and found a couple of these guys:

I got 8 different candlesticks (and 1 candelabra!) for $9! Not bad I don’t think (: So, I added some black spray paint (same can from last time):

Continued my painting operation (my neighbors thought I was so bizarre taking pictures of everything I was doing haha):

And I ended up with 8 cool new candlesticks:

I added the silk flowers to make them look cute, and here’s my final result!

I am exceedingly happy with how these are turning out! And can I just say I love this candelabra?! I hope I can find more!

So how are your centerpieces going? Anyone else working with candlestick flowers? Any other cool ideas? I wish you nothing but the best luck with all of your DIY projects!

Have fantastic weeks!


    • Laurie
    • July 21st, 2011

    Hi! Thought I'll give you a tip about the hydrangeas. We did a dry run and found thatt it does fine in water. So, for my wedding we cut the flowers and immediately put it in a bucket (from family/friends) and then when we were ready to put them in the vases with WATER, we cut them with a slope than straight across and stuck them in the vase the night before the wedding. They still looked fantastic the day after! Good luck.

  1. Beautiful centerpieces! Keep up the good work!

  2. I love you're candelabra. So cute!____1) I love how Jesus made an appearance in your pictures____2) Who has a pink garbage bin and where can I find it?

  3. Great job! I am a professional caterer in San Jose, California and I can honestly say that I use some of the same tachniques when creating centerpieces. Making your own is a great way to save money on your wedding. Don't let any caterer or wedding planner tell you different. Ikea is also a good source for inexpensive candle holders. The key is not spend too much because chances are you will be painting them anyway.

  4. The good thing about what you did is that you used your creativeness and resourcefulness. i like it very much my dear. I never expected that you will have a good result because I’m thinking that it’s homemade. You did a great job. It’s simple but good looking.

    • Juliet
    • April 29th, 2012

    Thanks so much for your post! I’ve been trying to find budget-friendly centerpieces and I just might go this route. Idk why I didn’t consider spray painting them to give them a brand new look! Definitely going to attempt something like this! And I actually never really liked carnations, but they looked great bunched up together in the candlestick! I’m definitely going to be adopting that idea from you! Thanks again for sharing! (=

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