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Ikea, is there anything you can’t do? May 20, 2010

Centerpieces can get expensive. I’ve been looking at options, pricing it out, and I say dah-yum. I knew from the get-go that I wouldn’t go with a centerpiece made by a florist because of the cost, but outfitting 10 tables with something pretty can still add up to quite a chunk of change. So how about Ikea? Hear me out. They have more than self-assembled furniture.

One bride on Ikea Hacker created a centerpiece by using tall and short drinking glasses with candles inside and plumerias spread around. It’s low enough for guests to talk over, includes light, and you can sub in just about any flower (although I guess you’d have to make sure it wouldn’t wilt and shrivel without water.)

How about one of these lanterns (or a couple of the smaller version of the same lantern) with a block candle for a simple centerpiece?

Borrby lanterns from Ikea

They also have plenty of inexpensive candles and candle holders. If you want a candle plate, consider looking at their dinnerware. It’s cheap and there are plenty of colours available. Check out this green plate, for example:

Ikea Trivsam plate

I kind of want to find a way to use these pebbles, I’m totally feeling them. The bag of them is only $1.49.

Knaster pebbles from Ikea

A nice simple vase, some floating candles, and water would make an easy centerpiece as well. Apparently my FMIL has purchased a large amounts of square vases that I haven’t seen yet with hopes we’ll decide to use for the wedding, so this could be an option we’ll go with. Perhaps with a piece of bear grass wrapped within the vase, that’d look nice and spread our green theme.

My favorite part about Ikea centerpieces, aside from being cheap, is that your guests will be able to reuse them. The candleholders, glasses, vases, whatever you use, can be put to use in any home. Everyone will want to take it with them, any of those items would be far more useful than the oil lamp my parents brought home from another wedding. So go check out Ikea for some inspiration. Pffft, like you needed an excuse to go to Ikea. Have you seen any Ikea centerpieces? Thinking of trying one yourself? Have you come up with an ideal centerpiece from the Ikea website? Let me know in the comments section!


What in Carnation? February 18, 2010

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An adorable assortment of carnation centerpieces.

Ah, the carnation. The word brings images of a cheap filler flower, surrounded by baby’s breath. I also remember doing a little trick with dying them using food colouring in the cut carnation’s water. It’s my birth month flower, actually. It wasn’t until I was researching flowers for my bouquet that I googled carnations and saw their rebirth as a hip, stand-alone flower. I highly recommend googling “carnation centerpiece” to any doubter.

Check out InStyle Weddings’ slideshow on possibilities for carnations. They look great en masse. What inspired me to write this blog post right away was finding an article on today, carnations are very current it seems. 

More importantly than the fact that they’re coming back into style is that they’re adorable. To me, a bunch of carnations in the same colour gives a similar feel to hydrangeas or peonies but at a much lower cost. Sticking to one colour makes them look so chic. They’re unexpected, they’re low-cost, they’re pretty, they’ll match most colour schemes, they’re perfect! Our wedding colours are green and white, and carnations come in lovely shades of both. I’m sold.

I had already planned to buy my flowers in bulk and make the bouquets myself (and with help from my crafty and talented bridesmaids, of course) and now I think I can further cut costs without compromising by using carnations instead of hydrangeas. They come in many colours, they’re nearly always in season, and I think these new takes on them makes them look phenomenal. I recently received a huge bouquet for my birthday (thanks future in-laws!) and when I had to trim the stems and add more water, I ended up dismantling the bouquet and making smaller arrangements of the same flowers, like carnations and alstromerias, and they looked good considering the minimal effort I put in. I’ll post the not-so high quality photos here soon. 

For now, I bid you goodnight and I hope you’ll take some time to google carnations. It’ll blow your mind.

Seriously, how cute are those carnations?

By the way, apparently even Carrie Bradshaw said carnations are making a comeback. Now you know you have to google them.