Bridal Club Magazine
Budget Wedding Flowers – Making Your Own Centrepieces
Don't underestimate those boring flowers you see at your local
supermarket or weekend markets. With a bit of advice and
imagination you can turn one of these blah bunches into an
eye-catching arrangement fit for your wedding reception tables.
One of the most traditional and popular choices, these come
presented in cellophane with Baby's Breath and green foliage. This
unoriginal presentation turns an elegant flower into something
ho-hum. Their lack of presentation leaves a super-elegant flower
looking very average. You can easily change this by ditching the
Baby's Breath, cutting down the stems and arranging with the green
leaves in an inexpensive but simple vase.
One of the least expensive flowers and often over-looked. Many
varieties are scented and make a great centrepiece for your tables.
The trick is to stick to one colour of carnation. Make several
balls out of an oasis block and then soak in water. Oasis is
available from your local florist store. Beautiful decorative orbs
are made by cutting the carnation stems down to approximately two
inches and inserting them, covering three quarters of the orb.
Repeat to create several orbs. You can put individual orbs in
goblets or stack several on a plate.
Most common supermarket bouquets contain mixed flowers. These
arrangement are usually too busy with all that colour and texture
going on - not to mention the varying sizes. Sort out your flowers
into one or two varieties/colours per bunch. You can also buy a
mass variety of cheaper flowers to mix in to make them look more
Single Stalk Flowers
A single flower presented on its own can often make a bold and
dramatic visual statement. Many supermarkets now single-stem
varieties such as orchids, sunflowers and cymbidiums at very
competitive prices. Use a tall slim glass or vase filled with about
four inches of glass beads or similar decoration and fill with
Gerber Daisies/Day Lilies/Gardenias
Flowers of the same kind such as daisies, day lilies or
gardenias sometimes look better alone (or scattered) rather than
together in a bouquet. Chose colours that complement you bridal
party. Less is often better - individually tube each flower with
stem tubes (get these from your florist also). You can scatter them
along your table centre or put them in shallow water dishes with
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