Dollar Store Centerpieces

I found myself stressing out way too much over our centerpieces. In the grand scheme of our wedding, they aren’t my top priority. So the fact that I was even stressing out about them was stressing me out.

Chuck’s mom offered to give us $300 to put toward the centerpieces. Since that was my entire decorations budget, I knew I’d be way under. I had pretty much made up my mind that I was doing some seashells in a vase with some candles. But, I felt like I needed something more. I just wasn’t sure what. I also wasn’t 100 percent sold on the candle idea.  Considering my reception will be held in the middle of the day in a large window-filled room, candles seem unnecessary.

Through the amazing share-fest that is Twitter and my girl, Alicia at The Charity Wedding, I came across this link on Luna and Chloe Weddings, featuring a photo of rope inside a glass vase. How wonderfully simple is it!? I showed the photo to Chuck and he wasn’t swayed.

Suddenly, a brainstorm erupted over my head.

I took a Partylite votive holder that already held some seashells and stuck a little bit of string in it. Ta da! Perfect example.

So simple, yet so perfect.

Chuck loved it.

Now to excute it.

The Project

I headed to the local Dollar Tree and picked up all of the tall cylindrical candle holders they had, which were only six. I already had one at home so right now I have seven. I’ll need about 10 more.

I know that Chuck’s aunt has been using our wedding as an excuse to scour the beach for shells so I pretty much have that covered. But, to add a little color, I picked up four bags of beach glass.


Since the candle holders are only 7 1/4 inches in height and about 3 inches in diameter, I needed something to go around the candle to fill up the empty space on the table.

Enter these tea light holders, which came three to a package.


The string came from my grandfather’s workshop when we cleaned out his apartment after he passed away this year. It’s been useful throughout my apartment, but will now be a part of our wedding decorations.


The only thing missing is sand. Since I am putting these together in New York, I’d rather not tote large bags of sand with me when I can just buy it (or steal it from the beach) in New York.



First add the shells. Then pepper a little beach glass



Next a few feet of string.


And done! A dollar store centerpiece.

Approximate Costs:

  • Candle holders $1 x 17= $17
  • Tea lights $1 x 17 = $17
  • Bags of beach glass $1 x 4 = $4
  • String = FREE
  • Seashells = FREE
  • Sand about $3 x 3 = $9 (I want to just take it from the beach but Chuck thinks it will smell. If we did that then FREE).

Approximate total = $47 or $2.76 per table.

Are they the most glamorous centerpieces in the world? No.

Will they make your guest swoon with amazement? No.

Are they wallet friendly for a bride on a budget? Abso-friggen-lutely.


10 thoughts on “Dollar Store Centerpieces

  1. I think that’s great! Plus it’s a little sentimental since the rope is from your grandfather’s home, it’s a little way that he’ll be there in spirit! 🙂

  2. Stop poo-ing poo-ing your centerpieces! “Perfect for your wedding” and “beautiful” do not always have to equal “glamorous”! You did a great job with these, and the sand will be the perfect finishing touch. And now you have $250 extra dollars for honeymoon fun. 🙂

    • Haha, I have this awesome way of applying my low self esteem to things like centerpieces. Thank you! Oh yeah, expensive bottle of Italian wine? Yes, please.

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