For the bride, the decision to actually make the table displays should always include the enlistment of help from bridesmaids and family. With a little due diligence and aforethought by all, the end result will be DIY wedding centerpieces that are every bit as lovely as professional arrangements - except at a fraction of the cost.
Here are a few do-it-yourself centerpiece tips and ideas to help you get started:
1. Recruit help from the bridesmaids. As part of the wedding party, they, too, will have a vested interest in producing the centerpieces in plenty of time for the big day. Keep the team involved in both the choosing of the arrangement and the finding and organizing of supplies to ensure that no interest along the way!
3. Shave $100's of the wedding budget by putting a "simple" spin on the traditional floral centerpiece. Oftentimes a delicate table display of two or three lovely white tulips in a slender crystal vase can prove to be the most elegant of DIY wedding centerpieces. Don't be afraid to think "less is more".
4. Instead of fresh flower arrangements, consider using beautiful potted plants. Visit local nurseries to find seasonal plants that bloom flowers in the colors of your wedding. Plant your flowers in pretty terracotta pots purchased in bulk from a local pottery store. Devise a fun way for one guest at each reception table to "win" that table's centerpiece at the end of the night.
6. For theme weddings, a DIY centerpiece should reflect the day's motif. For example, oriental or Asian-themed weddings might have a bonsai tree or a large origami creation at the center of each reception table. For beach-themed weddings, consider a DIY centerpiece resembling a sand castle or a beach scene. Use your imagination!
7. Consider edible DIY wedding centerpieces. Guests love a centerpiece they can snack on! Create fresh fruit arrangements or a miniature wedding candy bar display. Add chocolate lollipops or Hershey's Kisses decorated in glitter, streamers or balloons.
9. Don't underestimate the value of the local dollar store when shopping for supplies to make your centerpieces. Dollar stores typically have an entire section dedicated to wedding crafts as well as bulk volume of any supply that you need.
Whatever you choose to do, make the important wedding tasks a team effort and have fun! When all is said and done, the DIY wedding centerpiece will be a reflection of the love of all who were involved and that, in the end, will be all that matters.
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