Super simple centrepieces because 1. Alliteration is one of life's purest pleasures and 2. Centrepieces seem to really confuse people more than other applications of fresh flowers.
Most brides have their bouquet pretty much figured out first. Of course they do, it's an accessory to the most important part of the day.... THE DRESS! Personally I knew what my bouquet was going to look like about 5 years before I even met my husband and then I changed my mind about 3 times once I had chosen the dress and even now I wish I had have had more than just one bouquet. Some girls want 3 wedding dresses, I wanted 3 bouquets.
But centrepieces are different, they sort of feel dictated by other factors like the venue, the style of the rest of the decor and of course the budget most importantly.
I do believe that if there is a place to skimp on the flower budget its in the centrepieces because their affective drama is achieved not in their solitary magnificence but in their numbers.
For our wedding we filled tall gold vases with large antiqued peegee hydrangeas and called it a day. No matter what your budget is I truly think that hydrangeas are the best impact for the value. They also make a good starter for a more glamorous and texturized arrangement.
If you're thinking that you would like your guests to take home centrepieces at the end of the night it's nice to add some spray roses, lisianthus or dahlias to hydrangeas to "pump up the volume" and to give them something really lovely for their own dining room at home.
If you're wanting to DIY or just see what goes into a super simple hydrangea centrepiece scroll down. I grabbed a few hydrangeas from an order last week and took some photos at each stage of the arrangement building. An average 10 person round table suits at the very least a nice 10" diameter centrepiece in a low glass vase. The square vase I'm using here is about $4 from my supplier. Generally about 3 hydrangeas and some greens will fill the vase and give you all you need for a budget friendly option.
I make my grid as big as the largest stem I'll be working with. In this case my hydrangeas stems were about 2.5 cm max so the slots for them to fit into were about that size too. It's not a science, you may have to re- do your grid a couple times to get it right. Make sure that your vase has water in it first though as well as floral food and a drop of bleach (this goes for all fresh cuts always, unless you want to be changing the water every day)
Once you have your grid start adding some greens around the perimeter of the vase. I think of it like laying down a bit of a nest for my blooms so they are resting on something alive and green instead of glass or tape.
At this point, with a few more greens you have a super simple centrepiece that would cost about $25each including the vase. If you want to see what it looks like with some more blooms and greens and about about 25 minutes more time devoted to each one scroll down.
A larger arrangement with more bloom varieties, lots of texture and all at the pique of freshness will run you from $40-$65 each but what an impact they make! This arrangement to be precise would be $45 including the vase and stretches about 15-18" across and about 10" high so your guests can still make eyes at each other from across the table.
Costs will be higher when you want flowers that aren't in season for your wedding date so if you're like me you might consider choosing your date around your favourite flower's season. Or you might be looking at a steeper price if you want particularly ornate vases, or rare orchids dripping down the length of the vase or a woven garland tiny labour intensive blooms. But for the classic, white, clean and elegant centrepiece hydrangeas are the way to go.
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Bye for now!