I am a hoarder.
I think we all know that by now. That is pretty much how I ended up in this biz. I love old stuff. I love making stuff pretty. I love collecting.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about my wedding centerpieces.
For months leading up to the big day, I collected silver water pitchers and teapots preferably tarnished. A couple of antique champagne buckets as well. In fact, I collected more than I needed. Because I am a hoarder.
The shapes and sizes of the centerpieces alternated on each table with the floral palette being the commonality.
I already had a growing collection of vintage aqua blue mixing bowls. This is my mantel from last summer proudly displaying the collection which was growing rapidly at the time.
The color scheme was just right for our wedding so I was determined to incorporate my personal collections into our centerpieces.
We had 20 guest tables, 4 food tables and like 10 cocktail tables, I think. In my mind, they all needed to be adorned with fresh flowers. Arranged by me. Large and small.
Was I nuts? Maybe. I like to think I came to my senses though when I came up with the brilliant idea of only arranging fresh flowers in half of the containers – mostly the silver pieces plus some blue ball jars which coordinated with our wedding invitation.
My solution to remaining sane was to arrange the other half of the centerpieces the weekend prior to the wedding. I used flowering plants instead of fresh flowers since they would keep easily and that way I could divide and conquer on the centerpiece front.
Each mixing bowl was filled with pink flowering vinca, trailing vines and succulents. Topped with moss and Cape May wine corks.
Bonus, most of these plants have been flowering in my garden all summer. The wedding centerpieces were merely a layover for them!
Another collection of yellow McCoy planters in 3 sizes were displayed on the food stations.
So that left the larger vessels which were arranged just a few days before the wedding, packed up and then driven across state lines. I think I successfully pulled of the task.
Here’s a glimpse at what my kitchen turned floral shop looked like all in the name of DIY…
That makes me happy.
So I am going to tell you the secret to pulling off arranging your own wedding centerpieces without going insane.
#1 Be Flexible
I was not committed to specific flowers, only a color scheme. I arrived at the wholesale florist that particular day, 3 days before the grand event, and did what I do best.
Lilacs were in season so I started there and then built a springy palette around it.
Having worked in flower shops for years, I know the old requests of “no mums or carns. No babies breath.” I grew to dislike all of those common flowers during my florist tenure. But guess what, I got over it. I actually like these and as Carrie Bradshaw once noted, pink carnations are making a comeback. Yes, still. I’m fond of the hot pink minis so into the arrangements they went.
And the spin on mums? Sunflower-esque pom pom mums. Both these and the mini carnations are great filler flowers.
Moss covered pods were a nod to Ryan’s woodsy style. Pink waxflower, lisianthus, sunflowers, pink tulips, variegated pittosporum, green status and more…
I took my selections home to my kitchen turned floral studio and got to work filling antique champagne buckets, ice buckets, ball jars, silver water pitchers, tea pots and a few smaller mason jars to don the cocktail tables.
#2 Be Organized
My to-do list was mostly completed at this point in the wedding planning process. Had it not been, I don’t know that I could have pulled it off.
This tip is also two-fold. You have to be organized from the beginning as it relates to collecting your vessels. See: hoarding.
Honestly, DIYing these centerpieces was probably the most zen part of wedding planning for me. Other than the spa, of course.
If you are a DIYing bride with some floral design abilities, I have faith that you can tackle your own centerpieces too! If not, you can always ask your florist to use your own collected vessels and vases to personalize your centerpieces.
Next up…Ryan’s secret to getting the mini chalkboard table numbers to stand on their own. And if you missed it, check out details on incorporating atlases into your tablescape here.
Centerpiece photos by Love Shack Photo