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The alternative to flowers…

Centerpieces are usually one of the more costly items in terms of decor. Well for us anyway. We spent AED 700 on ours, which is a lot of money, but that’s the style I wanted and that how much it cost. If you didn’t see my feature on my wedding flowers then click here.  For our dining table centerpieces I wanted height, and lots of it. But if you’re not into flowers, or you’d prefer to keep your cost down, as well as your centerpieces, then maybe the next bit might helpful…
No flowers please…
If you’re not a real girly girl, and not really into flowers then why have them on your tables? I would suggest using plants. Using pot plants, or even long planter boxes will be cheaper than having large vases of flowers. Generally flowers are more exspencive than plants.. maybe because they are prettier? Or, maybe because the flowers are flown in by plane, and lots of plants can be grown here. I’m not quite sure. Anyway, I love both equally, well maybe flowers by a little bit more. Sorry plants!
Here’s a few ideas that I found on pinterest…
And how amazing is this glass jar filled with soil and plants, it’s rather rustic but at the same time I think the glass jar gives it a very clean feel.
This afternoon I’ll be bringing you a few ideas of my own using moss from Crate & Barrel and pot plants from Ikea. It’s going to be rather green!
Lighting it up… 
You can also use clusters of candles to create a stunning and budget friendly arrangement. Depending on your wedding venue, you could have clusters of small tea lights at different heights placed in the center of your table.  At my wedding I had about 6-8 candles of different sizes on each table, this really added to the amibance, and added a little extra light for the guests while they ate their dinner.  Candle light instantly makes everything more ‘romantic’ and it’s cheap too.

If you’re wedding venue is outside then I would suggest using taller vases with bigger candles, just in case the wind blows them all out. It would be a bit of a pain if you had to constantly nag staff to keep re lighting the candles.
So basically, if you’re looking to keep the budget low on the decor then going green and adding candles might just be for you!
Credits; Planter box table decor; polkadotbride.com, Glass jar w/ plant; bhg.com Outdoor table set up; houzz.com Mixed plants; stylemepretty.com Cluster of candles; christianothstudio.com Close up of candles; Pinterest user
Back later today…
Joelle x

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