9 Fabulous ideas for wedding centrepieces under 500 bucks

by Namrata Nautiyal
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Who said it can’t be done? If you go to a decorator, just asking for something extra means he’s going to add another zero to the budget. Its happened with me, it will happen to you too. You just need to be a little smart about planning it out…that ways, you know exactly the efforts, time and money it would take to achieve a certain look.

Given it is festive season around the corner, there are so many decorative items flooding the market. This is the right time to do all the raw material bulk purchases for your wedding centerpiece.

 

#1 Water Beads

Remember these. Probably you must have played with them when you were a kid. These items come in all possible colors and they can really spruce up a look if you try to make use of it nicely. Here’s how.

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This is probably the easiest and the most cost friendly decor idea and it looks really rich. Depending upon the theme and color of your wedding, you can choose which color water beads to go for and this decor will hardly take any time to assemble together.

COSTING:

  • Water Beads: 10 bucks a packet = 1 packet per glass.
  • Some paper flowers/actual flowers
  • Tall glasses or fancy shaped ones – upto you. Should cost you 100 bucks for 6 pieces.
  • Optional: Battery operated LED Lights – 100 bucks / Candles – 10 bucks a piece

Total Cost: Less than 200-250 bucks per table.

 

#2 Colorful Glass Pebbles

If you don’t want to go the water beads way, then a slightly more expensive and exquisite option is the heavy weight pebbles. They come in various colors, and look pretty amazing.

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Source – ultimate christophe

For the first pic, an easier option would be to put in marigolds. They are inexpensive, very Indian, very colorful. It will instantly brighten up your venue and give a talking point to all your guests. Again, super easy, super affordable you can create multiple looks with this accessory.

COSTING:

  • Glass Pebbles: 50 bucks a packet
  • Wine Glasses/ Decorative glasses – 100-200 bucks for 6
  • Optional: Battery operated LED Lights – 100 bucks / Candles – 10 bucks a piece

Total Cost: Less than 250 bucks per table.

 

#3 Flower Petals Decor

No wedding is complete without the extensive use of fresh flowers. But fresh flowers are expensive, especially when it comes to weddings. Your floral budget can really put a dent in your pocket if you’re not careful. If you still want to give your wedding a floral touch, then these ideas are the best economical way to go forward.

Again, choosing the right kind of (affordable) flowers is the key to complete this look. The top priorities should be vibrant color, fragrance and overall look. I would suggest rajnigandha, roses and marigolds. A combination. Use some leaves and twigs too to add that pop of color.

COSTING:

  • Flower petals – florists keep both – flowers intact as well as petals in bunch. So you can pretty much just pay up and buy in bulk. Give a picture to your decorator or labor boy for the day, and tell him to assemble the look. Its not really rocket science.
  • Wine Glasses/ Decorative glasses – 100-200 bucks for 6
  • Optional: Battery operated LED Lights – 100 bucks / Candles – 10 bucks a piece

Total Cost: 250-300 bucks or so per table.

 

#4 Paper Lantern

Did you ever imagine using paper lanterns for a wedding centerpiece idea? No na? But it is possible, and it does look pretty amazing. The whole deal are the lights. Add lights to anything, candle holders, wine glasses, etc etc you can pretty much make anything look from zero to hero.

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Source – remodelaholic

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COSTING:

  • Small paper lanterns: 50 bucks a piece
  • Some fresh flowers – buy in bulk
  • Some candles – 50 bucks for 2-3 pieces
  • Some candle holders – 100 bucks for 6

Total Cost: 150-200 bucks a table.

 

#5 Yarn Orbs

I made yarn orbs finally. The first set I made totally backfired only because the quality of the balloons I used was not good. But the second batch, I’m in love. They are so easy to create, the only thing I would tell you guys is that you need two people for the project. Because if you’re doing it all by yourself its a pretty messy job. But once you get the hang of it, its pretty darn amazing, and you can roll it out quite fast.

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COSTING:

  • Yarn – 25 bucks per yarn orb (Buy at Alpana Kalpana from Sarojini Market)
  • Glue – Craft Glue works best – 40 bucks a packet
  • Starch – I used Revive (80-100 bucks) for 10-15 yarn orbs
  • Balloons – 100 bucks a packet (15-20)
  • Some candles – 50 bucks for 2-3 pieces
  • Some candle holders – 100 bucks for 6

Total Cost: 100-200 bucks per table

 

#6 Lanterns

If you go to a personalized store like The Wishing Chair, then you will keep wishing if you could afford one for your wedding centrepiece. Instead, go to Lajpat Nagar Market, there are some alleys and underground basement stores which keeps these for dirt cheap prices.

COSTING:

  • A single lantern – 100-150 bucks. Could go upto 200 as well depending on the place from where you purchase it
  • Some fresh flowers – buy in bulk
  • Some candles – 50 bucks for 2-3 pieces

Total Cost: 250-300 bucks a table.

 

#7 Cage decor

Bird cages are all the rage since some time now, and if you thought its too too expensive, well its not. You can do so many diy ideas with these colorful cages. Use them as your wedding centrepiece decor. They are quick, easy and not all that expensive.

COSTING:

  • Bird Cages cost: The smaller ones 75-100 bucks, big ones 150 bucks
  • Add some fresh flowers, with the cage door open
  • Some candles – 50 bucks for 2-3 pieces

Total Cost: 300-400 bucks a table.

 

#8 Wine Glass Wedding Centrepiece Decor

If you see this post end to end, you will notice that most of the wedding centrepiece ideas have wine glasses being used in some way or the other. They look so stylish, and I love how versatile their use is in weddings.

COSTING:

  • Wine Glasses – Set of 6 will cost 150-200 bucks
  • Big candle – 100-150 a piece.

Total Cost: 400-500 bucks per table.

 

#9 Pearls

Pearls instantly add that touch of magic to any decor. And to use it as your wedding centrepiece, that’s just the icing on the cake. You can mix and match with big, small pearls…you even get these in blush pinks, dark pinks and ivory whites of course.

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Source – deerpearlflowers

COSTING:

I have seen some ridiculous prices when it comes to pearls. You get these easily at stationary stores, but the quantity of pearls is quite less. So search for places where you can buy them for bulk. Right now, the best I have seen is 50 bucks a packet, which is literally good enough for just one glass !

 

 

Which decor idea is your favorite?

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