The funniest part of your link is that it was written in 2008 when people had money! Just so we cakers don't think that the poor wedding cake bakers are the only target for these cheapo's, let's propose this advice and let brides suggest this to their dearest and most precious friends who will be standing up with them on their wedding day. (With the substantial savings on the free centerpieces, they should be able to afford a cake!)
How to Get Free Wedding Centerpieces
"Opt to do away with other event extras such as making your bridesmaids pay a high amount for a dress they won't wear again. Ask if they would be willing to chip in to buy or help make the centerpieces. Offer to allow them to wear appropriate dresses of their choice in complementary colors, instead of buying matching bridesmaids gowns. Let them know they can also save their dollars on a big bachelorette bash or any other expensive bridal party plans."
Hello, Dearest Best Friend of My Life.
I want free centerpieces for my wedding banquet so I'm going to ask you, my Maid of Honor, and all other bridesmaids who didn't make the cut to get to be Maid of Honor, to each give me... err...."chip in", the $200 you were going to spend on a dorky wedding dress that you probably wouldn't look good in anyway. (Those hips and flat chest, ya know?) I'm going to buy some centerpieces with that money.
Oh, and by the way.... If you could each give me... err..... "chip in", an extra $100 (that would be $300 total) instead of throwing the big bacholerette party you've all been planning for years?
Now, of course, my husband-to-be and I will still expect a wedding gift AND a lot of free labor placing those centerpieces and having them delivered to our new home after the event (since we'll be on our honeymoon). Don't worry about the centerpieces staying fresh. I've decided I can now afford high-end silk flowers.
And the last thing, don't feel like you have to buy a brand new dress in a complementary wedding color (floor length, mauve with white trim on 3/4 length sleeves) for the wedding ceremony. Just wear any old thing you already own that is mauve with white trim, floor length, with 3/4 length sleeves. Wouldn't want you to incur any unnecessary expenses for MY wedding.