Thrifty DIY Wedding, Part Five: Centerpieces
I love the concept of wedding centerpieces; it is such an easy way to dress up a table while matching the theme of a party. Originally, we were thinking of sticking to the Up theme, but we decided to keep it subtle and stick to the vintage mood. For the centerpieces, I wanted three things: Simple, Functional, Pretty. That's when the creativity needs to kick in!
It needed to be simple because we only had 30 minutes before the party for set up.
I wanted it to be functional so that the guests would feel free to take them home.
It needed to be pretty because well... it's a wedding!
While browsing the wonderful world of Pinterest, I brainstormed a tons of ideas. Below is the preliminary sketch of the centerpieces. I wanted it to be rustic and vintage, mainly because that's the feeling I still get from the original theme of the wedding, Disney Pixar's Up.
The centerpieces were really easy to get done! Each table had the following placed at the center of the table:
One bottle of red wine. (function) - $8 per bottle
Chosen by my wonderful bridesmaid, Diamond Collection Claret | Francis Ford Coppola Winery
One bottle of white wine. (function) - $8 per bottle
Another great find, Main & Geary Pinot Grigio. We highly recommend the BevMo! 5 cent wine sale.
One vase full of corks. (pretty) - $5 each table
My fantastic bridesmaid, Dina, found the vases at the Dollar Tree, each for a dollar. I bought 500 corks from this great seller on Etsy, Cork Again.
Paper flowers made of old dictionary pages. (pretty) - FREE
I had a very old dictionary that I knew would come in handy one day! Dina worked on folding all the beautiful paper flowers for each table (tutorial here). We just had to get double-sided tape to make sure they stayed on, since the winds tend to pick up in the afternoon. Fun fact: The paper flowers were made of old dictionary pages. The letters "P", "A", and "W".
$21 centerpieces X 12 tables = $252.
That may sound pricey, but if you really think about it, the wine bottles are really from the budget for the beverages.
True cost of the centerpieces: $5 X 12 tables = $60