If you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford to spend more than AED 300-400 on a floral centerpiece for your wedding (The average is around AED 500-600) then I would suggest swapping the few flowers you can afford for a full table of candles. Of course this depends on your theme but if you want to create a WOW centerpiece then I personally think a huge cluster of candles will have a much bigger impact than a small arrangement of flowers. Also, you have to remember that your wedding reception will be in the evening, and therefore candle light will not only look great but also help light the place up too. And remember… sometimes, less is more.
This look would work for small and intimate weddings at venues such as One and Only, Palm Jumeirah or Magnolia, Al Qasr. When creating this look you also need to factor in the wind. If you’re getting married next to a beach or out in the desert, the chances of wind will be higher, and therefore I would suggest using taller vases with more shelter around the flame or stylish lanterns.
I styled a wedding at the Dubai Equestrian Polo Club back in Feburary, and we set up in the middle of the sandstorm. I didn’t let this get in the way of setting up the decor, but it did mean that lots of the candles (which were hanging from the centerpiece) did not light due to the windy weather. Damn you wind. BUT despite the lack of candle light the wedding was gorgeous and the bride and groom were very happy. However, I’m a perfectionist when it comes to these details and it annoyed me for days after.
Renting only candles.
Most florists (and myself) have a large inventory of candles and glassware which can be rented out. If you’re keen to create a romantic ambiance with a wow factor on a budget. (yes, I did just use all of those words in one sentence) then drop me an email and I will point you in the right direction. 🙂
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy planning my lovelies…