Wedding decoration ideas: How to make your own floral table centerpiece
You can create custom wedding centerpieces to decorate the tables at your reception.
You don’t have to be a professional to create picture perfect floral table centerpieces for your wedding. There are several simple ways to use your creative abilities to design custom decorations that will add to the romantic ambiance of your special day.
The first thing that you should do when you are coming up with your floral design should be picking your color scheme. What color are the bridesmaid dresses, or what color do you want them to be? What type of bouquet have you envisioned for yourself? Try to get a mental image of what colors you like. If you are unsure, you might want to consider the symbolism behind colors, and develop your scheme out of that. Red roses symbolize love and beauty; pink roses symbolize perfect happiness; white roses symbolize purity and innocence.
Once you have an idea of what colors you are going for, decide what kind of flowers you want to use. Daisies are lovely for an outdoor wedding in the spring or summer. Roses are a classic choice, but they are on the expensive side. However, keep in mind that artificial flowers can offer a cost-effective option, and you can make some truly stunning centerpieces with them. Finally, you will have to decide how big you want the centerpieces to be. Once you have decided on the basics, you can get started on your custom centerpieces. Here are simple ways to design them:
1. Floral foam really makes this project a cinch. You can put the floral foam in terra cotta pots, glass jars, decorative bowls, a fish bowl, etc. Remember to soak the foam in water (if you are using fresh flowers) for 20 minutes before you start to stick the flowers into it. Cut your flowers to the desired length (tip: always cut the stems on a diagonal for optimal water absorption). Simply stick the flower stems deep into the floral foam, so that they are secure. You can cover up the floral foam with marbles, confetti, pebbles, or even sea shells! Enhance the design by sticking other decorative pieces into the foam, such as a long candle or pussy willows. Also, you can decorate the container with paint, beads, shells, rhinestones, glitter, etc.
2. Using a clear or translucent wide-mouthed bowl, you can create a floating centerpiece. Add water to the bowl, a few inches from the rim. Take the stems off of either real or artificial flowers (or both), and float a few of the flowers, face up, on the top of the water. Then, add floating candles, and have them lit just before your guests arrive. This is a lovely and unique idea, and it is especially striking for an evening affair, when the lights will be dimly lit. You can also add glitter to the water for extra shimmer, or you can use a few drops of food coloring in the water to compliment your color scheme.
3. Straw hats and top hats can be another great tool for your floral needs. Straw hats are great for outdoor country wedding, and top hats are great for a modern formal affair (tip: you can buy plastic costume top hats at a costume or party store). Make small holes in the top of the hat, and stick the stems into the holes. Then take the stems off of some more flowers, discard the stems, and decorate the rim of the hat with the flowers, or with some flower petals. You could also turn the hats upside down, fill them with floral foam, and use them the same way you would use a pot.
Remember to expand on these ideas to give your wedding centerpieces a personal touch! Using artificial flowers gives you the opportunity to get a head start, and this could be a fun activity for you to share with your bridesmaids or family… maybe even your fiancé! Be creative, and have fun!