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Wedding Name Cards

So one of my BFF’s SIL is getting married at the end of this month. In Hawaii. Can you say jealous??

It’s finally the time when all the little details are starting to get checked off the list. She asked me for the template for my own wedding name cards, which you can find here, but thought it would be fun to see what other awesome ideas are out there.

This is a way you can get super creative and really utilize your theme throughout – Here are a few of my favorites!

Courtesy: GreenWeddingShoes.com

Courtesy: IntimateWeddings.com

Love these vintage name cards from rummage sale vintage childrens books!

Courtesy: ArdentPhotography.com

Having a vineyard, rustic, vintage wedding? Or just love wine? How adorable are these??

Courtesy: Martha Stewart Weddings

Classic. Beautiful. Simple. Elegant. Love.

Courtesy: Weddingdish.thinklikeabride.com

Love the crystal drop. Adds sparkle to beautiful, simple vintage.

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More DIY Centerpiece Ideas on a Budget

After yesterday’s post, my beautiful friend from college, Rochelle, is helping her cousin with some centerpiece ideas. She requested help in finding more ideas. I thought I would collaborate and find a few others that I think are fantastic out there and share them with you! Again, this is all to inspire you when deciding on what you want for your big day.

PS – I love getting feedback and questions, so if there’s something you’d like to learn more about or ideas that you’re looking for, let me know – I’ll add a post about it!!

Centerpieces are a huge focal point. It’s what everyone sees when they first walk into the reception. It’s what they stare at (or through) before/during/after dinner, and throughout the night. The table that they sit at is their “home base” for the night. It’s where they put their jacket, their purse, their programs, their stuff. The centerpieces are definitely something people remember. They take pictures of them. And sometimes, they even take home.

That being said, here are a few of my favorites that I’ve seen out there!

Photo Credit: Glamour and Grace

DIY Etched Terrarium Centerpiece

This HAS to be one of my absolute FAVORITES!!!!! Glamour and Grace blog gives you the step-by-step layout of what to do. And there are so many ways you can customize it too!

The DIY-ness of it allows you to customize it to your theme and your personal flair. You can:
– use whatever font you want on the glass
– use any type of vase or bowl or jar
– use any size, shape, height centerpiece (just remember you want the word to fit)
-fill it with whatever your heart desires depending, again, on your theme – some ideas can include rocks, sand, flowers, flower petals, a floating candles, branches, leaves, candy, beads, faux crystals, wood chips.. the list goes on…

Photo Credit: Wedding Bee

DIY Manzanita Branch & Crystal Drops Centerpiece

Weddingbee.com is another fantastic resource for all things wedding! You can see other people’s ideas, struggles, and buy/sell your own wedding items through their classified section.

One of the users made these to-die-for DIY Manzanita Branch & Crystal Drop centerpieces that are absolutely GORGEOUS! Talk about making a serious statement! They are beautiful, draw attention, aren’t too big where you can’t see anyone but the person next to you, and will be remembered!

Please note that making the crystal drop pieces can be very time-consuming depending on the size, shape and “readiness” of the crystals. If they already come on a string, great. If you need to create them, it can take a while, so plan ahead! You don’t want to be trying to make these the month of your wedding day.

Photo Credit: A Law Student's Journey

Light bulb DIY Vase Centerpiece

A Law Student’s journey documented this adorable little DIY vase made out of a light bulb. It’s easy, simple, budget-friendly makes a statement, and could perfectly fit your decor and theme.

To make it your own you could:
– use the flower of your choice
– use the light bulb size & color of your choice
– spray paint the metal hanger and/or the light bulb
– fill the light bulb with sand, crystals, beads, or any of the above suggestions

 

Photo Credit: Pure and Noble

DIY Custom Spray Painted Mason Jars

Pure and Noble’s blog outlines how to make these customized mason (and other) jars that you can use as centerpieces. I think these are so crafty, easy, sometimes FREE, and soooo stinking fun!!

You can use whatever wording, design, and color that you WANT!! They are totally customizable – the more creative, the better.

These would work great for a shabby chic, vintage or country theme.

 

Photo Credit: Cleverly Inspired

DIY Wine Bottle Centerpieces

These awesome, spray-painted wine bottles are featured on Cleverly Inspired’s blog as a winter Christmas display. Why not customize it for your special day instead??

All you need are:
– some empty wine bottles… that should be a piece of cake to get…
– spray paint of your color – you can even find glitter sprays now too
– a box of epsom salt which you can find at your local Target store

You can put flowers that fit your theme, manzanita branches or a branch you find outside, and whalla… you got yourself a rocking centerpiece!

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

DIY Candle Centerpiece

Martha Stewart ALWAYS comes through when you need a good idea, some inspiration, or a DIY project! And, she does have my dream job…

I really like the classy, enchanted, romantic feel these DIY candle centerpieces are. They would be so simple to make, and easy on the budget!!

*Disclaimer(S)* – if wanting to use candles at your wedding, double check with the venue first. Some venues have rules  that need to be followed. I would also caution if considering scented candles and the size of your space. You don’t want it to be too much. I would also highly recommend putting them in or on something, especially if you’re renting your linens. You don’t want to ruin them, have wax everywhere, and not get your deposit back. You can buy the glass votives and hurricane vases to put large candles in.

I hope this helps! At least it’s a start. As I mentioned above, I love getting feedback and questions, so if there’s something you’d like to learn more about or ideas that you’re looking for, let me know – I’ll add a post about it!!

xoxo
Karen

Budget DIY Centerpieces

Budget DIY Centerpieces – around $65. Total.

Weddings are expensive. Period.

You think you are on a $10,000 budget. You are WAY off. The church, the wedding venue, DJ, photographer and catering cost $10,000. Alone. It didn’t include everything else that goes into a wedding. You didn’t even think about linens, dishes, the pastor, bridal party gifts, favors, cocktails, and your dress, the rings… The. List. Goes. On….

I get it. I was there. That’s my story above.

So, I thought I’d share what I did for my centerpieces. Maybe it will inspire you to be thrifty on these. Maybe not. Maybe it will bring other ideas to mind. Maybe not. But I hope it does.

We were on a 200-person guest budget. For everything. We ended up with about 160. Better to over-prepare than under, right? I thought so. I still do. It would be embarrassing to not have enough of something.

So, that being said, we had 20 tables of 10, so 20 centerpieces to make, plus we did 3 for the head table, so a total of 23.

I went to the dollar store and bought this cylinder vase:

You can probably find one you like at Ikea or a thrift store, or even a swap meet type thing. Total cost with tax was around $30.

I went to Ikea and bought a package of 24 floating white candles for $5.99 here:

Again, I’m sure you can buy packages of floating candles in several places, and they have plenty of colors, but this was exactly what I was looking for.

We went for a rustic theme. My family is from Minnesota and most of them still live there. Including my amazing parents. I asked my dad to make some wood rounds with our initials in a heart. He did them perfectly and they came out incredible. Cost: FREE

I also bought 3 of the packages of white, unscented votive candles & we put 3 on each table and around the venue for some extra light. These cost about $10 per package of 25. Total: $30

Our wedding colors were fuscia & dark brown. I filled the vases with fuschia bougainvillea. You can put whatever flowers work or fit best with your theme. We filled the vases with water, put the floating candle on top and this is what we ended up with! I couldn’t have been happier! I hope this helps inspire you or someone you love!