10 Splurge vs. Save Centerpieces

Floral centerpieces are breathtaking, but their hidden price tags can put you in a budget-induced coma. We asked A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design to reinvent their most exquisite designs, slashing costs at least 60% off—challenge accepted.

By: 
Stefania Sainato

  • Splurge: Autumnal Tree ($250)

    Splurge: Autumnal Tree ($250)

    Rentals: Metal urn, manzanita armature, glass crystals, gold votives and cylinder vases.

    This manzanita "tree" makes a spectacular first impression. It features a crown of orange roses, mango callas, copper beech leaves and seeded eucalyptus. Branches with orange cymbidium orchid florets top off the look.

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    Photo Credit: Josh Lynn Photography

  • Save: Autumnal Tree ($95)

    Save: Autumnal Tree ($95)

    Rentals: None

    A ceramic urn, painted brown with gold and copper accents, is capped with affordable Spanish moss, football mums and a painted seed pod. Glass crystals are replaced with acrylic ones, driving down the cost, while a curved pheasant feather adds a dose of whimsy.

    Photo Credit: Michael Plociniak/A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design

  • Splurge: "Classic Glamour" Centerpiece ($850)

    Splurge: "Classic Glamour" Centerpiece ($850)

    Rentals: Large crystal candelabrum, glass cylinders, gold pillar candles and gold votives.

    This lush display features not one, but five separate floral arrangements, including amaryllis, hydrangea, Vendela roses, spray roses, phlox, and accents of variegated pittosporum. Grand, romantic, and opulent — but at this price, we'll just have to keep dreaming.

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    Photo Credit: Josh Lynn Photography

  • Save: "Classic Glamour" Centerpiece ($90)

    Save: "Classic Glamour" Centerpiece ($90)

    Rentals: A single clear glass candlestick, acrylic crystals and gold votives.

    A ball of all-white hydrangea, spray roses and cushion mums rests atop a tall candlestick, bringing the centerpiece down in size. Two additional floral arrangements are placed on the table (instead of being suspended in mid-air). Ask your florist to arrange four strands of the crystals in different lengths to replicate the effect shown here.

    Photo Credit: Michael Plociniak/A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design

  • Splurge: Enchanted Garden Centerpiece ($900)

    Splurge: Enchanted Garden Centerpiece ($900)

    Rentals: Large iron candelabrum, hanging glass spheres, cylinder vases and pillar candles.

    This wedding was transformed into an enchanted garden with the help of giant topiaries. Gerber daisies, antique green hydrangea, blue delphinium, yellow and orange roses, stock, scabiosa, and solidago was used — and that's not all. To give these centerpieces a wild, overgrown feel, birch branches, hosta, ivy bush and wildflowers were laid out on each table.

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    Photo Credit: Michael Plociniak/A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design

  • Save: Enchanted Garden ($95)

    Save: Enchanted Garden ($95)

    Rentals: None.

    This low centerpiece may be almost 90% less than its pricier counterpoint, but thanks to its seasonal wildflowers — garden roses, scabiosa, gerber daisies, saladago, montecasino asters, sweet william, scabiosa pods — it's just as vibrant. A freshly-cut cross section of an Ash tree trunk gives you that plucked-from-a-garden feel.

    Photo Credit: Michael Plociniak/A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design

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  • Splurge: Modern Architectural Centerpiece ($600)

    Splurge: Modern Architectural Centerpiece ($600)

    Rentals: Three white glass cylinder vases and smaller clear glass cylinders.

    This bold pairing isn't for shrinking violets. Traditional bridal flowers were used (roses, hydrangea, calla lilies and sweet william), but the cutting-edge swirl design (created with pink design wire) is what makes it a standout. Mimic the look of the vases with embellishments in your wedding color palette.

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    Photo Credit: Michael Plociniak/A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design

  • Save: Modern, Architectural Centerpiece ($100)

    Save: Modern, Architectural Centerpiece ($100)

    Rentals: One white glass cylinder vase.

    When featured as a single bloom, carnations don't look like anything special (pull out your prom photos to see what we mean), but when clustered together en masse, the effect is nothing but elegant. Purple design wire, adorned with purple dendrobium orchid florets, swirls around this sphere. Dress up an ordinary vase with a DIY band of faux gemstones and ribbon.

    Photo Credit: Michael Plociniak/A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design

  • Splurge: Country-Chic Centerpiece ($450)

    Splurge: Country-Chic Centerpiece ($450)

    Rentals: Cylinder vases.

    A super-sized monogram made from white daises and green button mums befits Southern belles. Quaint baskets were filled with viburnum, monte casino asters and maidenhair fern. A single decorative briolette, the perfect finishing touch, dangles from a strand of crystals.

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    Photo Credit: Michael Plociniak/A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design

  • Save: Country-Chic Centerpiece ($85)

    Save: Country-Chic Centerpiece ($85)

    Rentals: None.

    A wooden monogram steals the show, especially when it's wrapped in ribbon and speckled with a few gemstones. The basket was made of chicken wire, lined with burlap, and filled with white daisies, status, montecasino (aster), and salal greens (lemon leaf). Faux speckled eggs and scattered daisy blooms finish off this rustic tablescape.

    Photo Credit: Michael Plociniak/A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design