Creating your own centerpieces can be a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding. Start by taking into account the feel of the venue and the other design elements you’re already incorporating into your decorations. Create a photo-board of the dominant colors and aesthetic of your wedding to give you some inspiration.
Staying in the same color palette will make your centerpieces feel integrated to the overall event. Don’t let this limit you to only one color however, having some contrast can be visually pleasing as long as you choose complimentary colors. In general grouping warm colors (red, pink, burgundy) and cool colors (blue, purple, green) works best, though as long as something fits what you’re looking for you can always bend the rules.
Next, consider the types of flowers you want to choose. If you’re looking to create clean lines and a modern look consider using flowers like roses or tulips. If a softer look suits your aesthetic consider hydrangeas. Mixing and matching can provide a great balance, just as long as you make sure you’re not making something that looks too busy. Remember, simplicity is the key to elegance.
Choosing the right size and shape of your vase is crucial. You want your centerpiece to be a solid presence on the table but you don't want it to overwhelm your guests. Selecting lower vases will help you keep the arrangement from interfering with your guests’ ability to talk across the table. Measuring the size of your tables will help you determine how dominant a centerpiece you need for your tables and how much area you need for the glasses and place settings.
Once you’ve brought your flowers home, cut the ends off and place them in water with a packet of flower food. If you’re buying flowers several days in advance make sure to find a cool, shaded space to store them so they stay fresh. When you’re ready to assemble the arrangements, take your vase, fill it halfway with glass arranging beads and then fill it with water. Trim off the greenery and leaves on the stems of your flowers to avoid creating murky water and experiment the length of flowers in one test centerpiece before trimming them all.
The key to flower arranging is balance. You don’t want too many flowers of one kind clustered in one spot if you're using different flowers together. Create some variety and find a shape that suits the type of flowers you have, either full or sleek and sparse depending on your aesthetic. Be sure to bring in the vase you’re planning on using when you're shopping for flowers and get a count of how many of each flower you will need in order to make your arrangement work. You don’t want to get caught with a surplus or even worse, a lack of flowers when the big day arrives. To get even greater precision with your arrangements you can also use floral tape or floral foam. Tying your centerpieces with ribbon is another way of adding some texture and color while also covering up any floral tape that may be holding your bouquets together.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask for ideas from your florist as you create your centerpieces, sometimes getting some outside advice can be just the thing you need to bring your arrangements to the next level!