Solo
Savvy October 2020

How important are centerpieces? Wondering if i should scale back

Solo, on June 10, 2019 at 8:45 AM Posted in Planning 0 29
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I’m wondering if paying $64 a piece is worth it or if I should cut cost in half by using Sams club or Costco flowers. How important are centerpieces?

How important are centerpieces? Wondering if i should scale back 1

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  • C
    VIP January 2019
    Cassidy ·
    No important at all! If they’re not important to you and you can save money by going another route, go for it! As long as they still create the look you’re wanted to achieve 😊
  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2019
    Michelle ·
    That's a little too much for me, for something that will die/not have any additional use for after that one night. But if you can afford it and you really like it go for it
  • Future Mrs. H
    Rockstar September 2019
    Future Mrs. H ·

    IMO, that's every expensive for centerpiece, but this all depends on how many tables you're having and how much of a priority they are to you. They are definitely beautiful, but the succulents are what really adds up in the end.

    Our centerpieces ended up costing roughly $57/table, and that was even too much for me. I originally wanted to use real silk, natural-touch flowers (look and feel the same as actual flowers), but my mom insisted we go with real flowers. Thankfully, my parents are paying; otherwise, we'd be spending closer to $25 on ours

  • Melle
    Master June 2019
    Melle ·
    You know how there are details we think matter? Details we think would make things nice? Those are the ones that in the end actually don't matter. I mean centerpieces will make for nice decor but it's one of the small details that people in the end won't remember unless it was truly that unique so save yourself the time and money by going simpler
  • A
    Devoted August 2019
    Ami ·
    That's alot for a centerpiece. Ours will be around $25 each. If it's not super important to you I would scale it back a little.
  • J
    Savvy July 2019
    Joanie ·

    I don't think they're that important, especially if you are trying to cut costs. I am using the free centerpieces (lantern on log with greenery) offered by my reception hall, and am not thinking twice about it. One less thing to stress about, and you're only using them for a small window of time, then they are tossed out. Flowers are so expensive, and you already have to buy all the bouquets, ceremony flowers, etc.

  • Furture Mrs. G
    Expert September 2019
    Furture Mrs. G ·

    You can def save 64 on each piece. Are you DIY'ing anything? Everything I got, I got in bulk and I am doing myself. Something simple.

  • Melissa
    VIP October 2018
    Melissa ·

    They're "nice to have," but absolutely not something that matters, IMO. Our venue supplied simple roses with votives at the tables and that was FINE. No one noticed centerpieces anyway. The only place we had anything more grand was at the parent tables - mom wanted them to stand out, so we did that. But honestly, I think that's one of those things where you should totally save the $$ and spend it on something that you want a little bit more

  • Iva
    Super September 2019
    Iva ·
    In most cases the brides are the ones who care the most about centerpieces. I’m a very visual person & still I can barely remember centerpieces on any weddings we’ve been to. Unless a wedding is very opulent & has gorgeous flowers dripping everywhere, most guests will not pay much attention to centerpieces.

    Price per centerpiece will depend highly on what flowers you’re choosing (are they in season) & on your area. In our area cost for not over the top centerpiece is $75-$200, which I think is absurd. If you’re ordering pre-made centerpieces online, I think $64 for the one in your photo might be too much. If you don’t care that much about centerpieces & if your budget will suffer, you can definitely scale back. Or you can find cheaper & larger pre-made centerpieces online.

    We will have small 7” geometric DIY centerpieces with high quality, real touch roses & orchids that are $15/piece. And also large 27” centerpieces with real potted orchids (that I get to keep afterwards 🤗) that will be $45/piece.
  • ASMini914
    Expert September 2019
    ASMini914 ·
    Honestly that doesn’t sound like a terrible price, ours will be $85 each. I think it just depends on where you live.

    We thought about doing sams club/Costco but realized the week before our wedding, and the morning of we really wanted nothing to do with arranging flowers, and neither did our friends/family.
  • Emily
    Expert April 2020
    Emily ·

    If it's not important to you then it's fine to cut back and use the money elsewhere! I am going the minimal route myself because I just don't care enough to spend a ton of money on flowers or centerpieces in general.

  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
    FutureMrsKC ·

    Not important at all! Guests will notice them for 1 moment and once the wedding is over they will never think about it again!

    We scaled back on centerpieces last minute about a month from the wedding because we needed the money elsewhere unexpectedly but honestly it all turned out fine! You can definitely scale back and still have modest and beautiful centerpieces for a great price. We DIY'd all of our flowers from Sams!

  • Kelly
    VIP October 2020
    Kelly ·
    I think centerpieces are optional to be honest. They're nice, those look great, but if you can get them cheaper definitely do it.
  • Ana
    Devoted September 2019
    Ana ·
    It depends on the venue we rented a hall so it’s kinda of important to dress up the room. I DIYed ours total cost was like $400 for head table and 16 tables, cake table and dessert bar. I’m going to give mine out to special people like my aunts. I wanted to sell them but once people saw photos they wanted one lol.
  • Kelly
    Master October 2018
    Kelly ·
    It depends on what your budget is. Our centerpieces were $160 each.
  • Soon2Bmrsp
    VIP May 2019
    Soon2Bmrsp ·

    We gave ours away at the end of the night, IF I could have spent less this is the area where I would have done so

  • Jennifer
    Expert October 2019
    Jennifer ·
    Our venue is a nice but plain banquet hall, and we're not doing a ton of decorating, so centerpieces are important to me. I'm paying $65 for 6 tables, and then $35 for 4 tables, all from the florist so the flowers all match. But we aren't doing fancy chairs, we aren't doing drapery or uplighting, and we can't attach anything to the walls. So the centerpieces are going to be a big part of the visual impact of the room.
  • Jennifer future Mrs. K-H
    Dedicated October 2019
    Jennifer future Mrs. K-H ·

    Those are beautiful, but in my opinion $64 is a little steep for those. Perhaps use faux flowers and see how that effects the price? You have quite some time before your wedding, so in my opinion, just get a general idea of budget and actually decide on what the centerpieces should be once you're within a year of the big day. Your tastes may change or you may want to do something trendier at that moment. My fiance and I only have 10 months to plan our wedding, so we don't have to worry about changing our minds or finding something else we like more later on. We have to make our decisions one after the other! but the benefit of having a long engagement is that you get to take your time on making decisions like that, so IMO wait until you're closer...but to answer your question, centerpieces- like every other part of your wedding-are as important as you make them. For some brides, it's more important than her bouquet since guests will be sitting looking at them all dinner. For other brides, they couldn't care less. So it's up to you what your priorities are. For me and my fiance, we're (only) spending about 5% of our budget on flowers and decor, and the centerpieces are coming out of that. Hope that helps. Best wishes.

  • Sharay
    Savvy July 2019
    Sharay ·
    Honey they are only as important as you think they are I can tell you now though that 64 for a centerpiece is actually not bad I paid double that amount
  • Yoice
    VIP March 2019
    Yoice ·
    Centerpieces are important up to a certain extent. You want your wedding to look nice and this is part of course but I personally think that people remember how they felt, the food, the fun, the dance they had with you more than the centerpieces. With that being said I think $64 a piece is not a bad price at all. You might spend less on flowers if you do it yourself, buy the vase, and the foam. By the looks of it you have different type of flowers which means you will need to buy multiple different ones that are not necessary cheap. That might all work but time is so limited right before the wedding and this would just add a lot of stress. Flowers need to be purchase before with enough time to allow them to open up but not too early so they don’t die on you. Is not something you can put together a week before but is something you need to do a day before or two days max. Find a fridge that you’re able to put all the pieces inside to keep them fresh. The headache is quite a lot so you need to consider both.

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