Elegant and budget-friendly! Easy & Affordable DIY Wedding Centerpiece Ideas.
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We’ve rounded up our favorite easy and affordable DIY wedding centerpiece ideas! These are ideas that are quick and manageable to pull.
It still requires a DIY effort and planning, but it will surely not take too much of your time.
This post is not just about ideas, but we are also sharing PRO TIPS on how to execute them and hacks to make your life much easier!
Let’s do this!
Because really, when are candles never elegant? They are the easiest, super affordable centerpiece idea!
PRO TIP #1: Choose votives! It might be tempting to use floating candles (vases filled with water), but as pretty as it looks, it will take a lot of time to fill up those vases and to clean them up after.
Votive candles are the best candles to use! All you need to do is place them randomly (somewhat creatively!) on the table, light them up, and voila! The centerpiece is ready to go!
PRO TIP #2: You can add some height by mixing in different heights! For example, mix 2-3 inch votives in with 5-6 inch votives to create that “height” and “movement,” so it won’t be just lined up “flat.”
PREP TIME: Little to none. Only placing on the tables and then lighting it up 20-30 mins before the reception doors open. Just enough time for the candle to be really lit up.
We have talked about this a lot in here. We even made a greenery centerpiece DIY guide here that details how to design and execute this centerpiece.
But to give you some ideas here, the best 2 varieties to use for your greenery centerpiece are Ruscus and Salal; check more about these greenery varieties here.
PRO TIP #1: This is also a great addition to the candle centerpiece.
Add a few greenery stems to add some “earthy” and “garden” vibe to your table!
PRO TIP #2: If you consider using silk/fake greenery, ensure to find something that has some coating or is a “mint” color.
Using something that looks less plastic and not shiny will help minimize the “fake” look.
PRO TIP #3: Instead of silk or real greeneries, you can also use dried or preserved ones!
When purchasing dried greeneries, ensure to read through storing and care instructions so you can keep preserve them! Especially if you are getting married in the winter, dried flowers will literally wilt and melt when there is moisture! Ensure you check temperature and packaging to keep them looking good!
PREP TIME: Per 8 seater rectangular table, if you are laying down 2 bunches of greenery, it will take about 15-30 mins. As you design more tables, you get faster. The key is to pre-bundle and pre-cut the stems PER TABLE (meaning you will have a bag of them per table) before heading to the reception, so you can just easily and quickly place them on the table.
3. Cherry Blossoms
Cherry blossoms (silk stems) are the best example of stems that you can easily use! Of course, there will be some assembly needed to put this together, but it is certainly easy and fast!
PRO TIP #1: Use a tall vase, and if possible, a colored one. If you cannot find a colored one, you can purchase clear ones and spray paint them. Covering the stems of your silk cherry blossom will “hide” the fact that it is fake/silk and will also provide the “illusion” that the centerpiece is “bigger and taller.”
Also, choosing a vase that is not too wide will help make the blooms look bigger!
PRO TIP #2: Don’t forget to bend the stems outwards so they won’t be standing up “straight.” Create movement and mimic how a real cherry blossom tree looks like!
PREP TIME: Spraying the vase will be about 24-48 hours, including the drying time. It will be about 10-20 minutes for about 3-5 stems of cherry blossom to set up per round table.
These hydrangeas are super fluffy and can cover many areas that are always great for a centerpiece! You can consider real ones or silk/fake ones!
PRO TIP #1: Instead of making one large arrangement, why not consider individual vases or a grouping of them and place only one stem of hydrangea in each.
Cutting the individual hydrangea stems in different lengths/heights will create a nice movement and organic look to the centerpiece.
PRO TIP #2: Similar to the cherry blossom idea, using a colored or spray-painted vase will help cover/hide the silk/fake stems! Choosing a vase that is not too wide will help make the blooms look bigger!
PREP TIME: Per round table, if you choose a 6″ cylinder with 4 stems of fresh hydrangeas, including cutting, filling the vase with water, and wiping them clean, it will take about 20-30 mins per table; especially if you have not done this before. Practice is key. Practice before the wedding.
5. Potted Plants & Herbs
Super straightforward and easy! Purchase bulk from your local garden center or floral shop, and they will already come in trays, so it will also be easy for you to transport them!
PRO TIP: Beware of the soil getting scattered on the table! There is a tendency for the soil (for real potted plants!), and we have to avoid this! Not only is it unsightly, but it can also get unsanitary. What you can do is purchase coasters! So even if some soil will fall off the pot, it will be on the coaster and not on the table!
So even if some soil will fall off the pot, it will be on the coaster and not on the table!
HERB TIP: Be conscious of the herbs’ scents. Don’t use the ones that have heavy scents. It can get overpowering, and you want to keep the scents at a minimum so your guests can still enjoy their meal without getting distracted by the smell.
PREP TIME: Very little time. Place the coaster first, and then place the potted plant/her on top. You might need some time to clean up after yourself. Check around to ensure there is no soil spillage anywhere.
6. Dried Flowers
This is probably our favorite out of our easy and affordable DIY wedding centerpiece ideas list: Unique, preserved, beautiful… DIY dried flower arrangements!
Pampas Grass is probably one of the easiest and quickest centerpieces to work with!
PRO TIP #1: Pampas grass is usually shipped in a bundle, and it comes very tightly wrapped in plastic.
To fluff it, use a hair dryer (low heat) to soften it and makes it easier for you to fluff it. The fluffier, the better!
PRO TIP #2: When working with DIY dried flower arrangements, and you’d like them to look more spread out, opt for a vase that has a wider opening.
This way, the stems will be spread out more, covering more area, giving the illusion that it is bigger. Insert them into the vase sideways around the rim first, and build from there.
PRO TIP #3: If you are working with a rectangular table, try using vases with multiple heights. Cut the pampas grass (or your choice of any dried flower variety!) accordingly to create a high-low effect, adding movement to your table.
Always check your height combination first before cutting by volume!
PRO TIP #4: If you are using a mix or looking to design your own bundle, you can pre-design and pre-make the bundles and tie them together using a chenille stem/pipe cleaner.
This will make it easier to set it up on the day of your wedding!
PREP TIME: Initial prep time to fluff the stems will be about 5-10 mins per stem. But on the day of the wedding, it can be super quick! You take these babies out of the box and put them in the vase, and voila! You are all set!
There you are! Our favorite Easy & Affordable DIY Wedding Centerpiece Ideas!