Wedding Centerpieces for Budget Brides: How to Use a Cylinder Vase

A cylinder vase arrangement where the cylinder is filled with fruit and sisal. The colors are for a Christmas event, but you could choose anything, just stick to your color scheme. You might try lemons, oranges, apples, limes, onions, sprouts -
A cylinder vase arrangement where the cylinder is filled with fruit and sisal. The colors are for a Christmas event, but you could choose anything, just stick to your color scheme. You might try lemons, oranges, apples, limes, onions, sprouts - | Source

Cylinder vases are a popular part of many wedding centerpieces and can be used in many different ways. Their versatility makes them easy to use for DIY brides, hence cylinder vases are a popular budget option. This hub is all about different ways to use them, and how much they may cost.

If you haven't got much experience with flowers, the trick,as with any other task, is to break it down into manageable bits and, of course, practice before the wedding day so you know what you are doing and aren't running about in a panic.

You can build a centerpiece with one cylinder alone, surround it with votive candles or use three different height cylinders together, or surround those with floating candles. If your budget really is tiny, forget the vases and cut the tops off soda bottles, that will do the job just as well.

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Centerpieces

One of the simplest centerpieces of all is a cylinder vase, filled with colored water. It adds color to a table and there are many different ways to embellish it. Since there are no flowers involved, the cost is really low, about $5 a vase. You could embellish the vase with

  1. Fake butterflies. Stick one or two to the outside of each vase. Cost - about $5 for 12.
  2. Fill the base with small seashells - around $15 for a gallon. (Ideal for a beach theme)
  3. Place a weighted single stem of silk flowers inside. (cost varies - $5 for a stem of silk berries - $2 for a good quality silk calla lily stem)
  4. Wrap a garland around the outside (about $15 for a silk garland) just around the base, or twining up.
  5. Fill the vase with water pearls instead of just water. ($8 for 8oz - makes 6 gallons)
  6. Fill the base with small colored acrylic cubes ($5 per lb)
  7. Fill with a stem of blue orchids - buy 100 stems for 179.99 from fiftyflowers
  8. Wrap decorative wire around the outside $9 for 32' for flat wire (comes in lots of colors) or $13 for 13' of mega beaded wire.
  9. Float a candle on top $4-$7 for 6 - it depends on the shape and color.
  10. Put your cylinder vase on a mirror mat - about $4 each if you buy in bulk.
  11. Add a submerged, battery operated light - about $20 for 10.

And of course you can mix and match these to suit your budget.

All these suggestions are inexpensive and take very little preparation, ideal since you'll have plenty to do on your big day!


A short cylinder vase filled with yellow calla lilies and a small embellishment. Probably simple if you know how, but this one is beyond me!
A short cylinder vase filled with yellow calla lilies and a small embellishment. Probably simple if you know how, but this one is beyond me! | Source
Three seprate bunches, all taped together and placed in a group of three cylinder vases
Three seprate bunches, all taped together and placed in a group of three cylinder vases | Source

Groups of cylinder vases

I love to use cylinder vases in groups. You can buy a set of three, all different heights, for a reasonable price, then fill again with water and fill with a stem of flowers/ embellish and/or float a candle on top.

On the other hand, you might really enjoy flowers, in which case a trio of cylinder vases is a great way to display them. Fill the vases with water pearls and make three bunches of flowers, silk or fresh, design them so that only the flowers stick above the rim of the vase. Each bunch will be a different height and when you add them to the vases you'll get the same effect as a much larger centerpiece. It's a good way to work when you're not too confident with flowers, and of course you can still add bits and pieces when you're done, butterflies, loops of wire, you can even tie the vases together with a lovely ribbon.

A really lovely centerpiece, yet still simple. Bare branches, mixed with white calla lilies and white mega beaded wire, all in a square cylinder vase.
A really lovely centerpiece, yet still simple. Bare branches, mixed with white calla lilies and white mega beaded wire, all in a square cylinder vase. | Source
A narrow cylinder vase, filled with stems of white dendrobium orchids, wrapped with wire and with pale green roses on top.
A narrow cylinder vase, filled with stems of white dendrobium orchids, wrapped with wire and with pale green roses on top. | Source

If The Budget is a Little Higher

If you do find you have a little more in your budget, place a wreath around the base of the vase and fill the inside with

  • rose petals
  • pot pourri
  • any other dried filler - like sea shells, pebbles etc.

This may sound ridiculously expenisive, but lets just take a quick look on amazon, we're not even shopping around. If you like the current fashion for succulents, you can order a succulent wreath from amazon for between $75 and $100 dollars. Add the cost of your cylinder, filler etc and your centerpiece might cost $120. It's not the least expensive option, but consider that florists centerpieces can cost $300 - it's not bad!

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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

Wow.. This looks beautiful. Interesting and creative.


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Amaryllis 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thanks for commenting. DIY centerpieces in cylinder vases are a great way for brides to save money, but as you say, they're interesting to make and fun, not just for brides, but for anyone who wants something lovely on their table.

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