Finding and making wedding centerpieces on a budget is not as difficult as one may think. For the cost conscious bride, all it really takes is a little creativity and imagination. While you may be having a limited or strict budget to adhere to, you still do not want your centerpieces to look cheap just because they are inexpensive. They key is to do it yourself with inexpensive yet high quality items and arranging them in a unique way so as to create the environment that compliments your wedding theme.
The most popular choices for cheap yet elegant wedding centerpieces these days are glass bowls filled with such things as a floating candle with flower petals, water with a fish swimming around, fruit, or flowers. Another common choice is a single vase with flowers, or a tall pillar candle. What goes in the container can be colored stones, gems, or even rocks or shells that you can pick yourself for free.
To jazz up the basic ideas, you can use a different size or color container with filler items on each table. This way, your guest would instantly know which table they were seated at when they get up. Be creative with the containers. You can use just about anything, but some good ideas are hat boxes, woven baskets, wine or martini glasses, watering cans, and even lanterns. You can get them in bulk at many discount stores. You can use recycled wine bottles to hold a pillar candle. If you know someone that has a garden filled with beautiful flowers, you could pick them yourself instead of purchasing them.
What goes under the container can help to add punch and visual impact. Use contrasting table runners, doilies, reflective mirror tiles, satin ribbons in a basket weave pattern in the wedding colors, bamboo mats, or scattered rose petals. By being a bit creative, and using free items when possible, you can create beautiful wedding centerpieces on a budget without sacrificing on style.