Don’t want your centerpieces to look cheap, but are limited on the amount of money you can spend? I can not tell you how many cheap looking silk centerpieces I have seen in over 15 years of wedding planning! Here are some great ideas for any budget. Even if you have a huge budget, these centerpieces are spectacular, and very easy and fun to make. These elegant centerpieces are sure to please.

What to purchase: Go to your craft store and purchase 5 tall and large vases. These clear vases are priced around $3 to $5 each. They should at least be 2 feet tall and up, the taller the better. For a more dramatic look, find 4 foot vases.

Fill the vases: Here are some examples to choose from that would look great; glass stones any color to match your theme, or use clear stones. Clear stones look nice because they capture different colors from the lights. Marbles, silk pedals, rocks, (any color or natural for the ECO look), coffee beans, fruit; lemons, limes, oranges, apples, clear water or you can use food coloring in the water to match your theme.

Next: Search the craft store for the isle that has the plastic silk flower bowls. These bowls vary in price. You can get them as low as $2.00. Purchase a large bowl. Glue that bowl onto the top of your filled vase. I suggest you use a strong glue that will adhere glass to plastic.

Add florals: Purchase a foam floral arrangement ball or flat form to fit your bowl, cut to size. Begin to build the floral arrangement. Use dripping flowers for edges at least hanging 12-40 inches outside bowl. Secure glass crystal shape string of beads with floral pins into the foam. Do not crowd the bowl. Just use corners for dripping flowers and glass crystal strings. Then you can begin to cut stems to fill in bowl with silk flowers.

For the table: Purchase a pack of square tile mirrors. They usually come in packs of eight. Set one on each table and place your tall centerpiece vase on top. On the four corners of the mirror tile place coordinating votive candles.

Finishing touch: Depending on your budget, you can use real rose pedals, thin rubber, or silk pedals of any flower to sprinkle along with a metallic confetti on the table. Some craft shops have confetti letters, you can use that blend with the pedals. It makes for a nice conversation amongst your guests.

For a more dramatic affect on any table, using this same idea for your centerpieces, you can create the vases and use the arrangements your florist has made for the top of your pedestals.

Note: Some florists have vase stands for rent. It is much cheaper to make them yourself. They can be as high as $900.00 each, or as low as $200.00 to rent. If you create these pedestals yourself you are saving a lot of money and getting the same results.

I rate this DIY project as easy. Fun for you and your wedding party to create. I hope this has inspired you to create your own easy, elegant and spectacular centerpieces!

Contributed by Carolyn Fairley