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doodle

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Okay, so my little sister is getting married in October, her colors are turquoise and orange, and since they''re on a tight budget, they''re A) wanting to use fake flowers, and B) wanting me to make the centerpieces. I''m totally cool with making the centerpieces, but my problem is that I''m worried about it being a little too blatantly obvious that the flowers are fake, particularly since her colors are so bright. I know you ladies are BRILLIANT with finding fabulous ideas, particularly of the DIY sort, so I was hoping for some pictures of centerpiece options that would work with fake orange flowers and turquoise accents. My sister has NO clue what she wants, so she pretty much told me, "The centerpieces are all you. Do whatever you want as long as they''re turquoise and orange, and have fun" so anything goes--ideas, ladies? Thanks a billion!
 

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Hmm... I''m using fake flowers in my centerpieces because I wanted to make my own and didn''t want to have to wait until the last minute to do it. I used a lot of cream colored flowers and green leafy things because they looked more natural. The orange and turquoise flowers wouldn''t look very real, especially since there aren''t many real flowers that color. Would she be open to using a more neutral color for the flowers and then have the vase or whatever you''re putting them in be orange and turquoise?
 

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I''m seeing this all over the place with fakies - you could submerge them in a large vase of water with turquoise rocks at the botto,, floating candle on top. If they''re under water, you can''t touch em so you''re less likely to know they''re fake?
 

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Oriental lilies, callas, gerbera daisies and roses come in orange naturally, so maybe you can stick to those flowers. Do you want to make sure people don''t touch them? Maybe try putting them on a pedestal so people will be less inclined to touch them for fear of them falling. Or the submerged idea.

You can do a Gerbera daisies in wheat grass centerpiece. If you grow your own wheat grass it should be pretty cheap.

gerberaWheat.jpg
 

doodle

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Thanks guys for the ideas! I''m just worried about being able to bring in enough color because her reception is going to be in a tent, so we''re talking white tent, white linens, white chairs, white everything! i wish she could afford to at least rent some colored linens, but it''s out of her range. would something like this look tacky with turquoise stones in the bottom and the branches being orangey?

Orange-centerpiece-L.jpg
 

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I really like the pictures that doodle posted with the white candles and sea glass in the bottom of the vases. I suggest that you don''t use orange fake flowers because that could go very, very wrong (although I''m sure many people here could prove me wrong on that) but instead use colored accents in the vases and maybe colored glass votives with white candles and things like that. I''ve seen all kinds of interesting lighting ideas by putting colored glass or gel in the bottom of vases with a submerged light -- don''t ask me how to accomplish that but it sounds pretty cool! So if I''m making any sense here, I think it would be pretty to use the turquoise and orange as accents along with white candles or natural elements like branches, but not use those strong colors in the actual flowers.
 

lliang_chi

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Also you can attach some tissue paper pomanders to the ceiling of the tent to add color.

I''m making a mosaic for branch centerpieces that you can use. Here''s a site you can get branches from Nettleton Hollow
 

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Okay doodle last one I promise but these look SOOO kick @$$ I couldn''t NOT share them

They''re manzanita branches with adornments. Here''s where I found it. These are embracing the "We''re not flowers" and look FAN. FREAKING. TASTIC. I like the feathers (top) and the "blossoms" (bottom right). I think you can use other branches not manzanita, that are not as expensive. For the feathers, I''m sure you can use feather boas they sell in costume shops. And for the blossoms, any fake flower blossoms or even tissue and some fishing line.

BlueManzanita.jpg
 

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Date: 3/6/2009 2:03:14 AM
Author: lliang_chi
Okay doodle last one I promise but these look SOOO kick @$$ I couldn''t NOT share them

They''re manzanita branches with adornments. Here''s where I found it. These are embracing the ''We''re not flowers'' and look FAN. FREAKING. TASTIC. I like the feathers (top) and the ''blossoms'' (bottom right). I think you can use other branches not manzanita, that are not as expensive. For the feathers, I''m sure you can use feather boas they sell in costume shops. And for the blossoms, any fake flower blossoms or even tissue and some fishing line.
OMG!!!! These are fantastic lliang!!!!! I love the feather boas!!!
 

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Date: 3/6/2009 3:23:27 AM
Author: FrekeChild
Date: 3/6/2009 2:03:14 AM

Author: lliang_chi

Okay doodle last one I promise but these look SOOO kick @$$ I couldn''t NOT share them


They''re manzanita branches with adornments. Here''s where I found it. These are embracing the ''We''re not flowers'' and look FAN. FREAKING. TASTIC. I like the feathers (top) and the ''blossoms'' (bottom right). I think you can use other branches not manzanita, that are not as expensive. For the feathers, I''m sure you can use feather boas they sell in costume shops. And for the blossoms, any fake flower blossoms or even tissue and some fishing line.
OMG!!!! These are fantastic lliang!!!!! I love the feather boas!!!

Ditto those are awesome, I was also going to suggest making paper flowers but this idea is just WOW.
 

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Date: 3/6/2009 2:03:14 AM
Author: lliang_chi
Okay doodle last one I promise but these look SOOO kick @$$ I couldn''t NOT share them

They''re manzanita branches with adornments. Here''s where I found it. These are embracing the ''We''re not flowers'' and look FAN. FREAKING. TASTIC. I like the feathers (top) and the ''blossoms'' (bottom right). I think you can use other branches not manzanita, that are not as expensive. For the feathers, I''m sure you can use feather boas they sell in costume shops. And for the blossoms, any fake flower blossoms or even tissue and some fishing line.
OMG, YES those look great.. why not embrace being fake?
 

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I love the tangerines in a glass bowl with sheer turquoise ribbons! That would be sooo easy to do and very bright! Plus
it would smell good
. I also like the floating candle cylinders with the colored flowers in them.
 

Guilty Pleasure

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Date: 3/6/2009 2:03:14 AM
Author: lliang_chi
Okay doodle last one I promise but these look SOOO kick @$$ I couldn''t NOT share them

They''re manzanita branches with adornments. Here''s where I found it. These are embracing the ''We''re not flowers'' and look FAN. FREAKING. TASTIC. I like the feathers (top) and the ''blossoms'' (bottom right). I think you can use other branches not manzanita, that are not as expensive. For the feathers, I''m sure you can use feather boas they sell in costume shops. And for the blossoms, any fake flower blossoms or even tissue and some fishing line.
I MUST have that falling blossom tree.
 

doodle

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holy cannoli, there''s some cool stuff on here! i especially
those feathery ones, lliang! thanks so much, all of you, for giving me some ideas to show my sister! i really appreciate it! i''ve got to get that girl on here (if nothing else, so she''ll have somewhere to post pics and get compliments on her dress WITHOUT putting it on facebook where her FI can see it!!!
) thanks a billion!
 
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