Wedding centerpieces make great visual pieces and set the ambiance at your wedding reception. Once you have determined your budget for the centerpieces, you can then decide which type of centerpiece would most suit your wedding’s theme or overall look.
CREATING A FLORAL CENTERPIECE
Choose the flowers and plants. Think about which flower(s) are going to act as the star for the centerpieces, such as hydrangeas, tulips, lilies, etc and then decide if you are going to focus on a certain color palette or mix of shades and tones to choose the complementary flowers. Purchase cut flowers from a florist with good quality flowers and lots of variety. If you are going to use a mixed variety of flowers for the arrangement, collect five varieties of leaves or shapes. If you are going for a more simple arrangement, look for perhaps one star flower and one complementing flower with a different leaf shape.
Ask your wedding planner to recommend a florist or call around and compare prices for wedding arrangements from several florists. There are also online sites where you can order floral arrangements in bulk, a great option if you are creating centerpieces for a large wedding. If you decide to use silk flowers instead of fresh ones, order silk flowers online in bulk and create your own silk flower arrangements.
You may want to also consider using succulents or tropical plants to create a unique look for the centerpieces. Pick out vases, jars, or holders. The type of container for the floral arrangements you use should complement the color or theme of the wedding, as well as the size, shape, and color of the flowers. You could use classic glass vases, mason jars, or alternative holders like wicker baskets or clay pots. Look for vessels that are one to two inches shorter than the flowers you are going to use. A wide neck on a vase or jar allows the flowers to sit higher on longer stems, which more narrow vases or jars are usually better for shorter stems.
Prepare the centerpieces one day prior to the wedding day. Because you are going to be using fresh cut flowers, avoid wilting buds or dull petals by creating the centerpieces the day before the wedding and then storing them in a cooler or refrigerator until the reception so the flowers remain fresh looking. Gather the containers together, as well as the cut flowers. You will also need a pair of scissors (or several pairs if someone is assisting you) and access to fresh water.
Fill the clean container with room temperature water. Fill the container about halfway with water. Visualize the arrangement within a circle. Place the container of water in front of you and spread out your hands to make a circle over the vase. This will help you keep an invisible boundary for the arrangement. Divide the circle into three equal parts. Think of the circle as a peace sign. These three equal parts will allow you to arrange the flowers in a balanced way. Strip off the lower leaves of the stems. Run your hand gently along the stems in a downward motion to remove the leaves. Cut the ends of the stems at an angle. Angling the cut will ensure the flowers last longer and stay fresh in the container.
Place one stem of each floral variety into the container. Do this by placing each stem at an angle into the three equal parts you created over the container. It’s fine if they overlap, as long as they are all facing outward, away from the center of the container. If you are using decorative leaves in the arrangement, place these in the container first to act as a nice base for the arrangement. Place the star flowers into the container. Use three stems of the star flower and place them in the three sections of the container. Flowers with shapely bulbs like hydrangeas, lilies, and tulips all make great star flowers.
Add the supporting flowers. To add some extra pops of color and texture, slide in the supporting flowers in the three sections of the container to complement the star flowers. Flowers like roses, snap dragons, and lisianthus make great supporting flowers. Finish the arrangement with fillers. Fillers can be flowers with wide green leaves, or thin flowers like baby’s breath or astartea. Primp and adjust the arrangements so it looks even, balanced, and full.
CREATING A CANDLE CENTERPIECE
Choose different sized or colored candles. Go for a uniform look with candles that are all the same size and shape or vary the size, shape, and color of candles in a centerpiece to create a unique look for the table. If you’re looking to save on candles, head to your local craft store and buy in bulk. Determine if you want the candles to sit high on the tables, as you will likely purchase tall, thin candles. If you prefer the candles to sit low on the tables, go for wide and short candles.
When choosing colored candles, keep in mind the overall color scheme (if there is one) for the wedding, and treat the candles almost like flowers. Think about which colors will work well together and complement each other. Be wary when choosing colored candles if they are also scented, as certain scents do not mix well and you do not want to create an unpleasant smell at the tables during the wedding reception.
Pick out candle holders. You may prefer simple glass holders or you may be looking for something a bit more bold like sleek tapers or twisted metal holders. Consider which holders best complement the candles you have chosen, as well as the overall look of the wedding. One interesting idea for a rustic look might be to hollow out logs of white birch and use them to hold the candles on the table. You may also want to customize the holders by wrapping them in fabrics like lace or tulle. Incorporate other details like mirrors, or flowers. Combining candlelight with other details like water, mirrors, or flowers creates an intimate setting for the reception and won’t break your budget.
Place mirrors underneath the candles to accentuate the glow of candlelight. Decorate tree branches with hanging candles and use them as an eye-catching center piece. Create an arrangement of several different sizes and heights of candles and then add in cut flowers in small glass jars or simply lay them around the candles on the table.
Try a floating candle arrangement. This type of arrangement is a great way to showcase both candles and flowers in water. If you use fresh flowers for this arrangement, assemble them on one day before the wedding or the day of the wedding to ensure the flowers stay fresh. Use any container of your choice. If you are only using one container, look for one that is wide and short so it can fit a few candles and flowers. If you are using several containers, try using ones at different heights or widths.
Fill the container or containers up with water. Leave an inch or two of space. If you’d like to add in more color, add a few drops of food coloring to the water. Add the food coloring prior to pouring the water in the containers so the colors do not leave dye marks on the flowers.
Cut the stems off of the flowers. You really want to showcase the buds of the flowers so remove the stems so there is only about an inch of stem under the buds. Flowers with shapely buds like orchids, roses, and lilies are great options. Alternatively, you can glue the stems onto the bottom of the container with a glue gun to keep them in place. If you decide to use this method, glue the flowers down before you fill the container with water. Place the floating candles on the surface of the water, around the flowers. Floating candles are specially made for use near or in water and can burn for several hours to ensure you have beautiful centerpieces throughout the entire reception.
CREATING A THEMED CENTERPIECE
Build a centerpiece based on certain style or time period. From 50’s flapper glamour to refined English countryside, focusing on a certain style of time period can be a creative way to come up with the perfect centerpiece. Some ideas for a period inspired center piece might be:
Hollywood Heyday: Think old Hollywood glamor, with dashes of fur to compliment the champagne and sparkles on the tables and luxe colors like gold and silver on the centerpieces. Renaissance Revival: Decorate the tables with rich tapestries and luxurious silks, as well as bright flowers and fabrics on the centerpieces. Victorian invasion: Go regal and set a scene Queen Elizabeth I would feel right at home in, with heirloom silverware, dainty fine china, and vivid floral centerpieces that really personify a classic English garden.
Vintage: Indulge in the kitsch and deck out the wedding tables with old wooden Coca-Cola boxes, mason jars, or vintage stemware. Create centerpieces based on your favorite book, tv show, or film. Really commit to the theme by being very detail oriented in every facet of the centerpiece. Some ideas include: The Great Gatsby: Create centerpieces with whimsical gold spirals and long white feathers or use the book’s famous blue and yellow cover as a color palette for the floral arrangements. Harry Potter: Gather your magic wands, create labels for each of the houses of Hogwarts, and pepper the centerpieces with white owls.
The Wizard of Oz: Break out the monkey statues, wicker baskets, and accents of shiny red (a throwback to Dorothy’s famed ruby slippers). And don’t forget to add emerald green florals to represent the city of Oz. Game of Thrones: If you’re a fan of the fantasy epic and want to bring a bit of the TV show’s intrigue, glamor, and magic into your special day, create centerpieces based on the colors or animal symbols for the five noble houses in the realm, roaring dragons included, as well as darker reds and purples for the floral accents.
Create a centerpiece based on a color scheme. One of the simplest ways to create eye-catching centerpieces is to use a color scheme, with an anchor color and complementary shades or tones of another color. Some of the more popular color schemes for a wedding includes, Gold and green, Pink and chocolate brown, Teal and yellow, A neutral hue and a bold or bright complementary color. With these beautiful ideas your wedding day should be absolutely stunning ,XOXO.