Do It Yourself Wedding Centerpiece IdeasOur wedding centerpiece ideas range from fun and casual to elegant and chic and yes, you can do them yourself! Below you'll find loads of DIY flower arrangements from everything for traditional roses to even modern and funky non-flower ideas. Your table arrangements might be considered the most important element of decoration at a reception dinner. However, as the cost of flowers skyrocket, this becomes a stress rather than something fun. Don't let it!
Doing your own table arrangments is one of the easiest ways to save a chunk of money on your reception costs, especially if you use flowers that are in season. You can also get creative with vases and even non-flower arrangements. Even if you work with a florist, there are ways you can cut costs while creating one of a kind displays that compliment your wedding theme.
Check out the many resources below for unique ideas to help you get inspired and even save you money.
Limited budget? Start with Seasonal Flowers - To give you some initial ideas for seasonal flowers, here are Photos of In Season Fall Wedding Flowers for those of you planning fall weddings and Photos of In Season Spring Flowers for spring wedding planners and Summer Flower Photos and lastly, Winter Flower Photos for the winter weddings.
Another handy flower tip: It is a good idea to practice creating your arrangement before your wedding, to make sure that you are happy with it and to test how long your particular flowers will last. Read, Tips to Make Your Wedding Flowers Last Longer to learn to take care of your wedding centerpiece flowers. Knowing how long your flowers last before dropping petals or going limp helps you determine how soon before your wedding you can put them together.
Here are some excellent do it yourself wedding centerpiece ideas:
DIY Cheap Calla Lily Arrangements - Calla lilies can be a cheap option, mainly because they are such large and impressive flowers you only need a few of them for a simple and modern look. Strewn in a few recycled vases, you'll be surprised by how beautiful they can be! Here are several ideas and instructions including prepping and storing these flowers.
Affordable Do It Yourself Vases - Don't forget, you need vases, right? Right. Here is my growing collection of super cheap DIY ideas for vases that don't cost a penny.
Wholesale Wedding Flowers Tips - My photo review from ordering from an online wholesale wedding flower website. See how long my flowers last plus tips on arranging, when to order and more!
Easy Fruit Table Arrangement Ideas - Add fruit to your arrangements for a simple way to add color and visual interest. Plus, the fruits (especially citrus) will smell amazing! Photos and ideas for using fruits both whole and cut in slices.
Make Your Own Paper Flowers - Here is an easy project to make your own mini paper flowers that you can glue on sticks and create the most airy and delicate looking designs! Super easy and really inexpensive too.
Wedding Candle Flower Alternative Ideas & Photos - Several photos and ideas for using candles as your main reception centerpiece or as part of a traditonal flower centerpiece design. Create a romantic ambiance at your reception with candles!
Cheap & Glamorous Centerpiece - This one is cheap yet still glamorous! You have to see it to believe that it is made out of branches you can get from your yard and toilet paper rolls!
Fall Wedding Arrangement Photos -- From a DIY Wedding - A bunch of sunflower focused fall wedding centerpiece photos from a recent DIY wedding. The bride and groom made these arrangements themselves and even some of the food!
Vegetables! Another FWedding Flower Alternative - Create these beautiful centerpieces using vegetables! Complete instructions for using asparagus, artichoke and green beans as part of your table decor!
Dried Flower Alternatives - Stress free do it yourself centerpieces! Stunning dried flower creations that can be made ahead of time without worrying about wilting or drooping flowers.
Cheap Wedding Centerpiece Ideas -- So Easy They Don't Need Instructions - Tons of photos and ideas of cheap wedding centerpieces. All of them are so easy you'll wonder why you didn't think of it already!
Tissue Paper Mason Jar Vases for Less than $10 - Complete do it yourself instructions for making beautiful wedding centerpieces for under $10 by using mason jars, ribbon and tissue paper. Includes photos!
Potted Orchid Arrangements - Tips and ideas using orchids in an arrangement with personalized ribbon and how to order fresh potted orchids.
Willow Tip & Orchids - Lovely willow tip branches and orchid centerpieces created for a fraction of the cost that you'd pay a florist!
Photos of Wedding Reception Tables From My Wedding - A photo gallery of the actual finished wedding centerpieces at my wedding reception that I created myself.
Growing Potted Flowers - Use potted flowers double as great take home favors for guests. Instructions for creating a paper clip table name holder for seating arrangements. This is surprisingly affordable and looks amazing!
Christmas Wedding Table Decor - Several great arrangements for a Christmas wedding! Many of these can actually be used for any wedding during the winter season too.
All About Paper Flowers - Interview with Maria Jude Noble of St Jude Creations who creates beautiful, handmade paper flowers. Paper flowers are a beautiful way to decorate, have keepsakes and save money!
The Easiest DIY Wedding Place Card Holder Idea - Print out the names on cardstock and use a fork as the name holder or tie it on with a ribbon to the napkin. This is the cheapest and easiest wedding place card holder of all.
When you start to think about how you'll decorate your reception tables you'll want to keep two things in mind. First, think of the general mood or atmosphere you are going for - this will determine a lot about what the final look will be and even whether or now you'll use flowers at all. Second, it is important to know what kind of tables you'll have. Will the guests be seated at small round tables or large long communal tables?
If you have decided on a theme for your wedding reception it will be easy to come up with a perfect matching table arrangement. A theme for your reception could be as elaborate and detailed as "spring in the South of France" or as simple and basic as "emerald green with silver" colors. Either way, knowing this will help give you a guideline for your wedding centerpieces.
Whatever you do...have fun!
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