Decor on a Dime Segment 1: Candle Centerpieces

What’s one of the first things you think of with your wedding AFTER the dress and the perfect location?! The decor!  But, if you’re on a tight budget you may have to skimp on the decor…..or do you?  There are so many ways to maximise your small budget AND have it look beautiful! This segment is all about candle centerpieces!

A great way to maximize  a small budget but still have great table decor (and romantic ambiance) is through candle centerpieces.  You can make a gouping of several candles of varying height in the midlle and several tea-lights or votives surrounding them.  To really use the most of the canldes (and to make sure they don’t drip onto your linenes) I would suggest putting craft mirrors or candle mirrors under them.  This will reflect the light of the candles makeing their illumination even brighter.

Are you desperate to still have a floral element?  You could scatter rose petals around the table.  Or you could have tall canaster with floating candles and place on floral stem inside the water.  Intwine some ivy around the base.  For a fall or winter wedding you could put some cranberries at the bottom of the glass  canister to add a pop of color.

2 things to remember with candles: 1) your venue may have some regulations on the use of candles.  Check with them on this.  2) try to find unscented candles!  Nothing worse then trying to enjoy your chicken dinner with the scent of Ocean Mist wafting up!

Couple of great places to find some inexpensive candles are: the Dollar Store, craft stores (such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby) and Wal-Mart.  I got all of my candles from Hobby Lobby when they were clearancing out all their fall items (80% off!).  You can also find the mirrors, and glass catonors at these stores.  These types of centerpieces should start at about $10- $20 per table (depending on the amount of candles).

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