DIY Centerpieces can save you a lot of money, but the process can be daunting. I’ve compiled some tips on how to save money without spending a lot of time or energy on the search
Large Blooms: Consider flowers like hydrangeas, dahlias, mums, lillies, gerber daisies, ranunculus and peonies. These types of flowers take up more space so they require less stems to fill an arrangement. For example, a hydrangea bloom can be between 4″ and 8″! This means you can get a gorgeous centerpiece for a lot less money than with other flowers. Warning for DIYers: Avoid hydrangea if your wedding is going to be in a hot season or you don’t have a way to keep them cool as they are sensitive to temperature.
Vases In Bulk: If you are okay with clear glass, you can save a lot of money on your vases. Ebay is a great place to look if you know how to search. Search for the keyword “vase” and “lot” to get you started. The issue with online bulk sales are the shipping costs. Finding a wholesaler that allows for pick-up at their local warehouse can results in significant savings. For example, Wholesale Glass Vases International has a a warehouse in Rosemead which is great if you live in Los Angeles County.
Wholesale Flowers: Local flower marts and online wholesalers can cost a lot less than a local florist. For example, I found a website for a local hydrangea farm where each stem costs about $4. I called a local florist and they were asking for $10-$15! But with the local florist, you are paying for convenience. You don’t have to worry about care instructions, flowers wilting during transport, delivery failure and so on.
Dollar Stores: Many items are around a dollar, hence the name. You can find great votives and other decorative items for as little as a dollar a piece! You can go to the local store or check out the online version of Dollar Tree.