Creative DIY wedding centerpieces
A smattering of bud vases—instead of one huge arrangement—decorated each guest table at this Kentucky wedding. The bride worked with a local florist to select locally grown hydrangeas, veronica, and Queens Anne's lace.
Place glass tumblers inside a vintage bottle carrier to hold small buds that can be placed on each table. To add subtle shine, layer a mirror below.
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Soft lavender hydrangeas in a crisp white pot create an elegant, no-fuss piece.
For an autumn wedding, use opulent pomegranates as table decor. Simply cut each branch to a height that allows its heavy fruits to rest on the rim of your vase. Then fill in with inexpensive foliage, such as purple shiso leaves.
The best thing about this crabapple arrangement? There's absolutely no arranging involved. Simply strip the leaves from each limb before putting it in a vase. Group several different-size vases for even greater visual payoff.
Keep it simple
Single stems of oakleaf hydrangea and sweet peas in glass decanters create an easy yet sophisticated arrangement.
Make your own vases
Floral foam and glass marbles aren't the only ways to hold flowers aloft. Instead, a bunch of vintage milk bottles gives this arrangement—featured in Decorating with Flowers by Paula Pryke—its structure. Simply line up nine same-size vessels in three rows of three. Then wrap gardener's twine around the grouping twice and tie the ends. Finish the blooming display by placing two to three stems in each container.
Smart idea: Separate the milk bottles and flowers afterwards to give to your guests as party favors.
You can you use a cake stand for more than just a wedding cake: Give them a new purpose by placing colored floral domes on them. To make this centerpiece, cut the bottom of a foam ball, so it sits flat. Then soak it in water for 30 minutes before inserting the flowers.
Short and simple
Rather than large centerpieces in the middle, the couple at this Oregon wedding opted for an array of candle holders along the length of the table. This way, your guests can easily chat and the soft glow adds to the romantic atmosphere, especially as the sun sets.
Baskets filled with sweet autumn clematis relflect the surrounding countryside at this rural New York wedding.