Cost effective diy centrepieces

DIY greenery table runners

Photo by Olive Photography

Centrepieces can get pricey! Most traditional fresh flower centrepieces can cost anywhere from $60 to more than $300 each! And while they are beautiful, not everyone has the budget for them, particularly when you have many tables of guests. We have done a number of cost conscious events so used some less traditional centrepieces to save money. Below are three of our favourites.

One way to eliminate the need for huge centrepieces is to seat your guests at rectangular harvest style tables. Circular tables create a large void in the centre that feel underdressed if your centrepieces are too small. Rectangular tables have less empty space once the place settings have been laid, allowing a smaller centrepiece to look balanced and beautiful on the table.

1) One of our favourite centrepieces right now is a greenery table runner down the centre of the table. Many people assume that these runners are much more cost effective than flowers yet they can still be expensive as runners are handmade with each stem attached one by one. A way around this, is to do what we have done in the picture below. We used Italian Ruscus, a type of greenery that has long stems and will lie relatively flat. You can typically find it at most flower shops for about $2/ 4-5 stems. Each stem is placed on the table, overlapping at each end to create the look of a continuous runner. Tuck each stem into some of the overlapping leaves, add a few jars with some tea lights and voila! A super simple, inexpensive centrepiece.

DIY greenery centrepiece

Photo by Olive Photography

DIY greenery centrepiece, Navy & grey

Photo by Olive Photography

2) Purchasing matching vases for multiple tables can also add up so when we do centrepieces on a budget, think outside the box and use a different container. One example we love are wine bottles. For this look we spray painted a number of wine bottles in two types of gold. For this event, we wanted a little added shimmer so added a bit of gold glitter applied to the bottles with Modge Podge. Buy some fresh flowers from your local flower market or grocery store to put in each bottle. A small number of flowers go a long way in this type of centrepiece as only 2-3 stems will fit in each bottle.

inexpensive centrepieces made with spray painted wine bottles and grocery store flowers
Getting creative with your vases can save you money and can sometimes add to your theme – try placing flowers in DIY spray painted coffee cans, old Coke bottles or even pineapples. We made the arrangements below for a Luau themed wedding shower.

Pineapple flower vases for luau themed bridal shower

Pineapple flower vases for luau themed bridal shower

Pineapple flower vases for luau themed bridal shower

Pineapple flower vases for luau themed bridal shower

3) Play to your theme using nonfloral elements in your centrepieces. We used these Eiffel Tower jewellery holders as part of the centrepieces at a Paris themed event. While not overly inexpensive, they were also used as prizes for an activity and given away at the end of the event. Seashells can work great as a table runner for a beach themed event – or try stacks of vintage books for the next book club dinner. ┬áThere are no rules when it comes to centrepieces – so get creative!

Non-floral centrepieces, Paris themed wedding shower

Non-floral centrepieces, Paris themed wedding shower

Have you ever made an untraditional centrepiece that saved your money? Tell us about it in the comments section!

 

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