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DIY Bride: DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

Wedding centerpieces are a major part of wedding decorations and are of special significance because they are one of the few pieces of decoration that the guests can view very closely.

However, buying or even renting centerpieces for the wedding can be a big budgetary challenge for most couples. You would need as many centerpieces as the number of tables you are planning to include for your wedding which would add up to a significant number and entail huge additional expense from the wedding budget.

Fortunately, there is an easy way around avoiding this unnecessary expenditure by simply making up your own wedding centerpieces. DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget are one the best ways how you can test your creativity and convey your sense of style to the guests. They also make for good conversation starters among guests and can earn you a lot of praise for including a non-factory made product as part of your wedding.

Kennedy Blue wedding centerpiece | DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

Jenn Plumlee Photography

The Best Way to Do DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget require a lot of artistic flair and imagination on the part of the bride to come up with a truly creative centerpiece. However, you would need the right materials for creating your best design.

There are a lot of places where you can shop for wedding centerpiece materials but there are a few places which have such a huge collection of the most beautiful materials that they will automatically inspire your creative side and give you a wide variety of ideas for coming up with DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget.

If you want to know the best way to do DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget, read on for a detailed walkthrough of how to DIY your wedding without spending a lot of money.

How To Figure Out What Look You’re Going For

The first step for DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget is to figure out what kind of wedding centerpiece you want for your wedding. A lot depends on what kind of wedding theme you are going for i.e. whether it a formal church wedding, a beach wedding, or something else entirely.

You wouldn’t want the centerpieces to clash with the rest of the venue’s décor too. Therefore, it is important that you nail down the aesthetics of the centerpieces before you actually go about designing them. The following is a step by step guide to help you understand what kind of centerpiece you should create:

Step #1: Search through bridal blogs & Pinterest for inspiration

If you are completely clueless as to what your wedding centerpiece should look like and have absolutely no ideas in your head, the first step is to search through bridal blogs or look at wedding centerpieces on Pinterest to get a good idea about what kind of centerpiece you want.

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Step #2: Consider the venue, flowers, your wedding palette, décor, and more

Wedding centerpieces should match the rest of the decoration that you are going for as well as the general wedding palette which can include the kind of flowers you have chosen, the color of the bridesmaid dresses and the likes. These are a few things that you should keep in mind while choosing the color, material etc. of the DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget.

Step #3: Nail down exactly how many tables you’ll need wedding centerpieces for

You need a definite number of centerpieces depending on the number of tables you plan on having at the venue. It is easier when you are renting or buying centerpieces as you can just order a few extra ones beforehand. However, when you are putting in an effort to actually make the centerpieces yourself, you will need to nail down the exact number of items you require so that you can buy the craft material accordingly.

table number | DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

The Hendricks Photography

Step #4: Consider whether or not you’ll be reusing bouquets and other decorative pieces used during the ceremony

Another point to take consideration of while going for DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget is whether you want to reuse the ceremony decorations for the reception's decorations. I've seen lots of couples use their bridesmaids' bouquets for the centerpieces! If this sounds like something you'd like to do at your own wedding to save some money, you'll definitely want to take this into account when purchasing pieces for your wedding centerpieces so you don't overspend on items you don't need. 

Our Favorite Places to Buy Materials for DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

Once you have decided what kind of wedding centerpiece you want to design for your wedding, all that remains to be done is to buy all the material you require and get your creative side working.

However, the kind of material required for creating wedding centerpieces is not such that you can find in any store that you walk into. The following are our favorite places where you can easily shop for materials for DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget:

couple kissing at wedding | DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

Nicole Ashley Photography 

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook has a user base of millions of users and recently created an application that allows its users to purchase items from each other. Yes, you guessed it. Lots of brides put their wedding decorations up for grabs on Facebook Marketplace! 

Just like you can find old cars, bikes, books and bags on Facebook Marketplace, you can also find other brides who are looking for buyers for items from their own wedding decorations that they do not need. You will be surprised at how many options you will come across when you scour the Facebook Marketplace for material for your wedding centerpieces.

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby is a place where you can buy all kinds of arts and crafts material that can satiate your creative side for any kind of DIY project. Creating your own centerpiece is bound to require these kind of supplies too which is why Hobby Lobby is one store that you must not skip when you go shopping for material for DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget. If you have some time on your hands, you can even check for updates on Hobby Lobby so that you can grab the kind of products that you want as soon as they are made available.

wedding centerpiece | DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

Nicole Ashley Photography 


Michael’s Stores are known for being pioneers in wedding supplies and are a must for any bride. They also have a very wide collection of some of the most unique and beautiful kind of material which can be used in a wedding centerpiece design. Moreover, with Michael’s, you won’t even have to think twice about your centerpiece budget as all their products are very reasonably priced.


Etsy is the name that comes to mind when you think about wedding shopping. Whether you are looking for bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, wedding gifts, or anything else related to planning a wedding, Etsy has them all.

The simple reason why Etsy is a highly recommended store for getting material for DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget is because of the sheer variety available here because of the large number of users who are looking for buyers for their old decorative materials.

wedding centerpiece | DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

The Hendricks Photography


Amazon has always been a lifesaver when you are shopping for anything that you cannot find anywhere else. For wedding centerpieces too, Amazon can provide a lot of material options. However, the biggest advantage in shopping from Amazon is that you can order a bulk of material so that you don’t have to worry about running short of things even if you mess up one or two centerpieces.

Dollar Tree

You may be surprised to find Dollar Tree on this list but you will understand our recommendation when you actually see the variety of materials that they have which can easily be thrown together into a wedding centerpiece design. Moreover, everything at Dollar Tree is so cheap that you will really have fun putting things in your cart here.


For brides who are looking to buy material for DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget in bulk and at really discounted prices, Save-on-Crafts will seem like a dream come true. They have some great options for craft supplies that the best part is that everything is available in bulk.

wedding centerpiece | DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

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DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget are a great idea for any wedding decoration. Not only do they help in saving on the wedding expenses, but they also convey that the bride and groom have really put in a lot of thought and effort in planning the wedding and making it beautiful for the guests. Do leave us a comment on how you liked our ideas about DIY wedding centerpieces.

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June 30, 2022 11:08

This is good advice. Can’t wait to make my own!

June 27, 2020 17:55

Haven’t heard of some of these places, will have to check them out.

Kelsi N
June 08, 2020 15:48

These are some really cute ideas! Amazon has been a life saver so far

June 06, 2020 17:21

Love the gold accents!

Carolyn Arndt
April 16, 2020 13:43

These ideas are great! We are definitely making our own!!

Alisha Dan
March 29, 2020 15:31

Oh gosh, I LOVE these ideas! I’ve been putting off deciding on center pieces because I know how uncrafty I am, but these give me hope!

March 29, 2020 15:31

Facebook Marketplace has been a LIFESAVER in planning for decor. Thanks for the tips!

March 29, 2020 09:14

This gave me some good ideas for our centerpieces!! We are planning on making them ourselves to save money!

March 06, 2020 10:36

DIY is definitely the way to go to save money and I’m trying to DIY as much as I can for our wedding – this article was super helpful!

Anastasia Anderson
March 06, 2020 10:36

Great ideas! We are planning a very low impact wedding and actually found some great bottles that used to be olive oil or alcohol bottles that we plan to use as vases!

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