I spent so much time on these centerpieces it's not even funny. I didn't actually make anything, but the shopping/bargain hunting took a lot of man hours. I wanted something vintage to go with our reception venue (the patio of a historic mansion), but was on a budget. So what I ended up with was various bud vases and candle holders on a silver platter. Soy tealights filled the candle holders (they last longer than regular tealights), white button mums filled the bud vases, and in the center was an antique aqua colored glass bottle (all different) with a red lily in it.
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Colors were aqua and red, clearly. Table numbers were just card stock. I also sprinkled red and aqua glass stones around just to add some more color, and placed aqua table runners underneath (very interesting on round tables — looked better than I expected). All vases/candleholders/bottles came from various garage sales, flea markets, antique stores, and many were borrowed.
My best find was an entire box of mismatched clear glass salt and pepper shakers with no lids. The whole box, with almost 40 beautiful makeshift bud vases/shakers, was $2. Table runners were inexpensive from efavormart.com; I actually used chair sashes as runners because they were narrower and cheaper, same length. Silver platters were a steal; the website where we bought them no longer exists, but we got them for about $7 per platter. They're made of some cheap mystery metal and haven't tarnished or rusted at all in the last year. Here are a few pictures, all courtesy of SJMacky Photography.