DIY Inexpensive Wedding Reception Centerpieces

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One of my focuses right now is the DIYs. As I start finalizing the wedding colors and the overall theme of the wedding, I'm working on creating my wedding reception centerpieces. Normally, centerpieces can cost anywhere from $45 - $100 per centerpiece, not including any shipping or fees. Instead, I'm going to show you how easy (and affordable) it is to DIY your own reception centerpieces.

Step 1. Use the internet for inspiration 

Pinterest is a great place to look and get inspired! Do a little research into what you want your centerpieces to look like. Do you want a lot of different flowers in a vase? Or do you want votive candles or a birdcage? There's a lot of little details that go into it, so take your time and browse around before you settle on something.

Step 2. Order your products

For my DIY, I needed vases, votive candle holders and round mirrors. I ended up purchasing all this from Oriental Trading's new wedding decor website, Marry Me. Below is an itemized list of what I bought and the cost of each item:

Altogether, the cost of my supplies were $262.55 for a 10 table reception (assuming 100 people). Not bad thus far!

Step 3. Decide what kind of flowers you want.

Make sure that you choose flowers that will be in season for your wedding. This will ensure that you get a good deal when you go shopping. For my centerpieces, I am choosing white carnations and baby's breath. These two types of flowers are very popular and around all year round, making them relatively affordable. I can get 150 white carnations for just $63 at my local Sam's Club (I only need 40 total for my 10 centerpieces, so I can use the rest towards other DIYs!) and 2 bunches of Baby's Breath for $12. Total flower cost is $75.

Step 4. Start decorating and rearranging! Play around with the different positions and arrangements before settling on one.

I first started filling in the votive candle holders with baby's breath. They add a nice delicate touch.

I added the carnations and baby's breath to the vases and played around with the arrangement. I came up with two that I really liked.

I think I'm going to add carnation petals around the table as well to soften the overall look of the centerpieces. I'm thinking of having the linens be a soft/light pink to correspond with my color scheme.

Overall, I spent a total of $266.36 on my wedding reception centerpieces (excluding the gold table numbers) by DIYing them. If I went through a florist, I would be spending at least $450 and all I would be getting is flowers in a vase! Not only do I save $190 by DIY'ing, but I get unique centerpieces for my wedding.

What do you think of this DIY? Are you thinking of DIY'ing your centerpieces? I'd love to hear your ideas below!

*Oriental Trading has sent me products to review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. What a great and easy project! So pretty! Thank you for sharing it at Make it Pretty Monday! Hope you're having a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  2. Beautiful ideas, thank you for sharing them. My daughter is getting married soon :)

  3. Very creative and so pretty. I love how you save money and weddings can be soooo expensive too!


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