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Budget Savvy Centerpieces using Water Beads from Gemnique

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One of the biggest ways I love to encourage couples to save on their wedding day is by finding budget savvy wedding decor. No matter if your wedding style is rustic or glamorous, vintage or modern, there are so many fabulous options to decorate your space on a budget. Today I want to introduce you to a brand that is sure to WOW you with their style and savvy… I was so blown away by these products and the affordable options they offer for weddings, showers or any other celebratory event.

I was so excited to discover Gemnique because of their variety of affordable products. Gemnique offers decorative accents that can add color, flair, and sophistication to floral arrangements, home or wedding decor, craft projects and more! They carry everything from glass gems, marbles, and other glass shapes, but what caught my eye as the perfect fit for budget savvy brides was their water beads!

Gemnique Water Beads

Water Beads are the perfect medium for a budget savvy bride to work with for wedding centerpieces and other decor, because they are insanely affordable, come in a variety of colors to match your style, and can be used and re-used again and again! Talk about a dream come true for couples who are on a budget but don't want to sacrifice style!  Gemnique offers a large selection of colors, finishes, and sizes because their factory produces small batch quantities, enabling them to carry colors and sizes that cannot be found elsewhere.

Gemnique Water Beads Colors

What I think is amazing about these water beads is that they only cost $1.99 per pack. They came in individual packages that were so tiny, I was really intrigued to see how they turned out after soaking! 1 package makes 8 cups of beads once they are soaked, so you really do get quite the bang for your buck! To grow your water beads, you just pour your package into 12 cups of water, and let them set for 4-6 hours. I decided to document the “growth” process because I found it so interesting!

Gemnique Water Beads - From a tiny package to 8 cups of decorative beads!

In about 4 hours I had beautiful, bouncy water beads. They feel a little bit like Jello, but the color of the turquoise was gorgeous and they look almost identical to glass gems or marbles to the naked eye!


The old saying “Beauty doesn't come cheap” isn't always true, and Gemnique's products prove that in spades! I decided to play around with the water beads to see how many centerpiece ideas I could come up with using some simple vases and other decorative pieces I had on hand. Check out my creations:

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One package of water beads could fill up my entire set of vases — talk about a budget savvy centerpiece! I love the variety of ways you can use these unique and versatile water beads:

  • Use them to keep flowers moist and fresh instead of water.
  • Add floating candles to vases with your water beads.
  • Fill vases of various heights with water beads
  • Choose multiple colors to create a modern look.
  • Try different size and shape vases to mix things up

I especially love how the clear water beads almost make my vases look like crystal. Talk about bling on a budget, am I right? 

Gemnique's water beads are so unique and I love that they can be used again and again! I even found an article about how you can use water beads as a diffuser for essential oils (such a great idea) and depending on the color you choose they add a nice pop of color to any vase around your home.

Gemnique Logo Gemnique Water Bead Centerpiece Ideas for Weddings

You can purchase these Water Beads from Gemnique! Be sure to check out their other fabulous products for weddings, home decor, and more!

Other products used in this post:

Vase Set: Amazon  |  Floating Disc Candles: Amazon  |  Sequin Tablecloth: Koyal Wholesale  |  Photos: Jessica Bishop


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