Getting crafty at home is a great way to save money on your Long Island wedding while having fun. Creative and unique centerpieces will add both personality and charm to your special day, while making your wedding stand out. Long Island Bridal Expo has 10 great do-it-yourself wedding centerpiece ideas that are sure to delight your guests.
- Floating Candles
Many different centerpieces can be created using tea lights, and they are easy to find and very low cost. You can use buckets, bowls, votive holders, or vases for the candles. For an added touch, add flowers or beads.
- Zen Garden or Beach
Making a miniature garden or beach, similar to a Zen or meditation garden is an innovative and cute idea for a centerpiece. You can use small doll furniture, along with sand or soil lining a perfume tray, fish bowl, or box. A garden works great for a spring wedding, and a Zen beach is an excellent choice for a summer celebration.
- Decorative Balloons
Balloons aren’t only for children’s parties anymore! Decorating balloons with spray paint, glitter, tulle or lace is an affordable and simple way to make your centerpieces extra special.
- Crafty Lights
There are many battery-operated lights on the market that can help you make gorgeous centerpieces. Place some small string lights in a Mason jar or wine bottle to catch the attention of your guests. For added décor, add rose petals or glass beads.
- Mini Aquariums
Using small fish bowls with goldfish or beta fish for your centerpieces is a surefire way to delight guests of all ages. If you are against the idea of having live fish at your wedding, or are unwilling to take the remaining pets home, there are many electronic ones that make for a cute and fuss-free replacement.
- Vintage Bottles or Vases
Use vintage soda bottles or vases of assorted styles and fashion to create centerpieces with both style and sophistication. Paint the outside, or add ribbon or lace to dress them up if desired. Place flowers inside to finish off the look.
- Decorative Numerals
Why not combine your centerpieces and your table numbers? Purchase large wooden numerals or craft them out of Styrofoam, and use textured paint to decorate them. Use faux flowers, strings of beads, or battery-powered lights to have them ‘pop’!
- Picture Collages
Make a collage using family photos and stationary and display them proudly in decorative frames. You can make them table-specific by tailoring the photos to the guests at each respective table, adding cut outs from magazines or relevant clipart.
- Creative Floral Displays
Use wine glasses, wooden boxes, or vintage tins and teapots to display floral arrangements. You can use an exotic mix of flowers, wildflowers, or even faux or paper flowers.
- Fruit Arrangements
Using fresh fruit as a centerpiece is a great idea for a spring or summer wedding. You can carve out a watermelon or pineapple to use for your base, and fill it with a variety of fruit for the occasion. Fruit can be an attractive (and delicious) alternative to flowers!