I have also seen similar centerpieces that use epsom salts instead of sugar. You could also sprinkle a mix of pearls/gems. Sand (or sugar), faux pearls, a 3 candle. An easy DIY wedding centerpiece idea.
Gold with Fusia Flowers! To stay within budget, try crafting smaller items, like centerpieces. These spray-painted glass bottles look gorgeous as simple vases for individual blossoms. See more at Wedding Chicks.
Normal Activities: bridal shower games - There's not much to this game/door prize, but I think it's cute and funny. Plus, it gives the guests something to open while the bride opens her gifts. I'll see how it goes tomorrow!