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Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece Ideas
By Cassandra Mallett

Wedding centerpieces are a critical part of the wedding décor and can also take a huge part of the wedding budget as well. So what's a fabulous bride on a budget to do? There are many ways to make your wedding reception look breathtaking without the huge price tag.

Candles. We have all heard that candles are an inexpensive way to create a beautiful mood for a wedding reception; well, I have to agree with that. Candles create the perfect romantic atmosphere. When the lights are low, they produce a warm glow throughout the room. Although pillar candles of varying heights can be elegant and sophisticated, tapered candles with beautiful glass holders can create the perfect formal look for just a few dollars. They are also available at the dollar store! So go ahead and make your wedding centerpieces spectacular, and light up the room with tons of candles.

Nature. Mother nature offers many excellent things that make for great wedding centerpieces. Take a stroll in the country and find beautiful leaves in gorgeous oranges, yellows and browns for a fall wedding. Why buy leaves from the florist when nature offers them for free? You can submerge the leaves and float candles on top, or you can spread the leaves on the table. Not only do they give color but, they give texture as well.

Another gift from nature are branches that can also be used in centerpieces. Branches can create that height that many brides want their wedding centerpieces to have without the cost. They can also be sprayed gold or silver to match or compliment your wedding colors.

The beach is another source of great inspiration for wedding centerpiece ideas. Although this does not come from nature, many craft stores carry large, beautiful seashells that can be the "vase" for flowers. To compliment this, small seashells from the beach can be spread around the centerpiece. A small mound of sand can be poured into a wide vase with seashells on top.

Petals. We all want flowers, but may not have the budget for them. However, we can come close with rose petals as our wedding centerpieces. Petals surrounding candles make very beautiful centerpieces. If you are having rectangular tables, make table liners out of the petals and put votive candles on top of them.

Silks. Now, I know that quality silks can be as costly as real, flowers, but using silks sparsely can be cost effective. Right now, the rage in wedding centerpieces is to have submerged flowers in a vase. If you get a vase and put a beautiful silk orchid in water with a floating candle on top, you will have a striking centerpiece. No one will know that flower is real because of the water. Plus, you can begin to assemble them ahead of time which will save you stress on your wedding day.

Fruit. Fruit is another trend in wedding centerpieces right now. Fruit can be submerged in water or can act as a filler along with flowers. You can get red apples, put them on a sturdy stick, and put them into floral foam. With a few apples and some beautiful red roses, you have a unique centerpiece. The more fruit you use the less flowers you will need. Another way to use fruit is to submerge them in water. Lemons whole or cut within a vase can make for a great wedding centerpiece. This makes for a great urban sophisticated mood.

With these ideas, your wedding centerpieces can create the look that you want without making your budget grow. Look outside of the traditional wedding flowers to generate the appearance that you want.

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