- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
I thought I’d share my simple floating candle and orchid decorations. I choose several sized containers for different areas.
Floating candle bowls 9.5 in for $3.99 at Save-on-crafts (FYI, these seem cheap but shipping does drive up the price. It was about $100 to ship 18 bowls and a bunch of floating candles)
Large Hurricane Vases. I got these for about $7 at my local Old Time Pottery.
Small hurricane tealight holders. $0.79 each at Old Time Pottery
Assorted tealight holders aquired for $0.05 at garage sales.
This photo shows a little bit of everything. I used the extras I had to decorate this mantle. The floating candle bowls were centerpieces for 4-5 person tables at my venue. I used a white tablecloth, teal pintuck runner with these in the center.
The large hurricanes were for the taller height bistro tables I’d rented for around my dance floor and on the large porch at my venue. We did a cocktail style reception with no assigned seating.
Small hurricanes were to use in all the other spaces (bathrooms, random dark spots, etc). Our venue was a historic home with a large brick courtyard. Seating was mainly outdoors with the food and cake served indoors.
(photo by my officiant Kas of Beach Bum Wedding)
Orchids- Aloha Hawaiian Flowers $19.99 for 100 or $140 for 1000.I ordered mixed color. The first time I got white/pink/purple/green. The second time for the wedding I got purples and pinks. When you choose mixed its up in the air what you get. You can also order all one color. I just asked that I got a lot of purple since that was my main color. Originally I wanted all purple but I ended up liking the look of several colors better.
I placed an order for the 100 as a trial and did 1000 for the wedding even though it was 3 times as many as I needed. The shipping was around $35 for both the 100 and 1000 order! When they arrived I put ice in the bottom of a cooler in bags and then a layer of an old towel so the flowers didn’t get too cold. I transfered the orchids to ziplocs, puffed them up with air a bit and stored them in the coolers. I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t need a while fridge to store these when they arrived the day before the wedding. It worked wonderfully.
Floating candles were also from Save-On-Crafts. I ordered the large 2.8in and smaller 1.75 inch slow burning type. They lasted all night! The large ones were about $1.30 each and the smaller about $0.40.
Here’s a photo from my trial run. These were simple. Toss in flowers.
One problem with the candles, they drift to the edge and heat up the bowl. My bridesmaid burned herself on the bowl! For the big day I ended up tethering the candles. I took fishing line and tied it around a metal thumb tack. Then I put a dot of super glue on the bottom of the candle and pushed the tack in. I then tied all 3 candle tethers to a large washer. I made sure the line was short enough that it would keep the candles in the center of the bowl. Then I glued the waher into a seashell to hide the washer. It took a few hours one evening to tether the candles. I then set them inside the candle bowl and packed them back up so it was ready to go to the venue on the big day.
For the taller hurricanes, I tied fishing line to a large washer (again glued it into a seashell to hide the washer) and used a needle and thread to thread 3-4 orchids per strand. If you go through the thickest part of the orchid they’d stay where you put them really well. They then stayed spaced out through the whole height of the vase. I used the thinnest fishing line so it was nearly invisible in the water. Just fill it up with water and put the large candle on top!
Then I had these tiny hurricanes. I originally was going to stick regular tealights in them but then I realized I could place one small orchid in it and a small floating tealight on top! Here was a trial where I thought I’d have to use fishing line to weight it down but I learned I didn’t need anything. I just ended up sticking the orchid in water.
Lastly, I had been collecting random glassware like these tall cyclinders for $1 at Dollar Tree! I used the same method as the large hurricanes. I wanted extras since I had more candles and orchids. It was nice to have things for bathrooms, guestbook tables, etc.
(by my officiant Kas at Beach Bum Wedding again)
Before the wedding I glued all the washers into shells with fishing line for the tall vases and just snipped the extra line after the orchids were strung. The candles were already tethered. With a few extra hands to thread orchids an a few people filling vases we assembled these in less than an hour.
(another one by Kas from Beach Bum Wedding)
These were so easy and they looked like they cost a lot more than they did. I was pleasantly surprised with how the $1 vase looked as nice as the $8 ones!! The orchids are very cost effective and people tend to think they are pricier than they really are.
I had so many orchids leftover that I washed a bunch to make them food safe and used them on my cake, had the caterer scatter them on the food tables, had them floating in the fountain outside and had my flower girl toss them down the aisle (I gave they the ones that had a damaged petal or something. There weren’t many but it was a good use of them!)