How to Get Swoon-Worthy Flower Centerpieces for Your Wedding

Weddings are the perfect excuse to unleash a couple’s inner Martha Stuart and bring to life their dream flower centerpieces. While the task seems daunting – after all, these arrangements determine the vibe of the entire reception area – it’s also very fulfilling.

Photo by Paper Antler

All you need is a brief overview of everything there is to know about flower centerpieces – a crash course, if you will. And, that’s what we’re here for, to serve as your personal guide to all things wedding centerpieces. Hopefully, by the end of this blog, you’ll feel excited and confident to tackle your own arrangements with your florist of choice.

How do I know what centerpieces are perfect for our wedding?

Every wedding flower arrangement can be assessed based on three key criteria, (1) style, (2) type and (3) cost. Floral style is usually based off the theme of the wedding, whether that’s traditional elegance, rustic farmhouse or whimsical charm.

For example, bohemian weddings usually feature centerpieces with wildflowers and mismatched jars for vases. In contrast, modern-themed nuptials tend to go for sleek and minimalist flower centerpieces.

Floral arrangements also have different types. They vary in height, shape, color palette, flower choices and accents. What you choose, in terms of style and type, will determine the cost that you’ll have to shell out for these pieces.

 

Amazing Flower Centerpieces for Your Wedding

The centerpiece is the focal point of every wedding reception décor. It turns heads, sets the mood and starts conversations simply by being stunning. That’s why couples, events planners and florists spend a lot of time perfecting each arrangement.


Photo by Amilia Photography; Florals by Enchanted Florist; Design by The New Eclectic

To help you out, we’ve narrowed down some of our favorite types of arrangements. We’ll quickly go through what wedding styles they’re perfect for and where they fall on the high to low price spectrum.

 

Vertical or Tall Centerpieces

Vertical centerpieces are meant to make a statement but, depending on the flower choices, also remain minimal. It’s perfect for modern weddings which require sleek and clean floral arrangements.

Photo by BohemiaDelMar

You can also play up the romance by using softer-looking flowers like cherry blossoms, dahlias, light pink roses and trailing ivy. Because it only takes a few blooms and accents to perfect, these flower centerpieces are usually on the low to average price point.

 

Horizontal Floral Arrangements

Horizontal centerpieces have a rustic, even bohemian, feel to them. Generally, the flowers are either arranged in a row or zigzagged in a container to create a natural and earthy look.

Photo by Pretty Days, Thierry Joubert

Creative containers, like planters, ceramic bowls and oddly-shaped jars, are often used to finish off these centerpieces. Depending on what flowers you use and how many accents you’d like to add, these arrangements are usually also on the low to average price range.

 

 Classic Oval Centerpieces

The oval arrangement is distinguished by its carefully trimmed and skillfully placed flowers to create this full and tiered effect. It’s perfect for traditional and elegant nuptials, especially when the arrangement is made with crisp white flowers.

Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography

 

Photo by Greer Gattuso

You can also use a combination of light pinks, nudes or other subtle pastels, then add cascading flowers, for a really romantic centerpiece. The total cost of these arrangements will vary on your flower choice and how dense you’d like each piece to be. On average, they can range from low – for very minimalist designs – to high – for elegant flower options and a really full arrangement.

 

Alternative Flower Centerpieces       

If you’re really going for something different, unexpected and distinct, then you can try something out of the box. With the rising number of artsy and non-conventional weddings, alternative flower centerpieces are growing in popularity.

Photo by Bethany Erin

One of the more famous ones are the garland centerpieces. They mimic the horizonal floral arrangement but are easier to transport and set up. They also have a more rustic and carefree feel to them. Depending on the design and accents, the cost could be anywhere from low to average.

 

Whether you’re having a traditional wedding in your backyard or a quirky destination wedding, we hope we’ve given you a better insight into the options that are available to you. Surely, your creativity can come up with more flower centerpiece designs, but this list is a great place start.

 

 

 

5 Secrets to Getting the Best Wedding Flowers for Your Big Day

Most people have been dreaming of their wedding since they were 5. We know you want nothing but the best. Every detail celebrates the love that you feel for each other and the journey that you’re about to start with your lifelong partner.

One of the key design decisions that transforms this special day into every couple’s fantasy are the perfect wedding flowers. Choose the right flowers and that’s half the mood set for the big day. But, really, how do you know if they’re the one?

Today, we’re sharing a few tried and tested tips to choose, get and save on the wedding flowers of your dreams. Hopefully, this short but comprehensive list can help you get a major tick on your wedding planning list.

 

Embrace your budget.

While blooms are the heart of wedding decorations, you shouldn’t break the bank for them.

Before going on florist appointments or setting your heart on specific arrangements, figure out your budget. Setting that early on saves you the disappointment of seeing samples of wedding flowers you cannot afford from florists who are notorious for expensive arrangements.

Be open and communicate your budget. A great florist will try to deliver the wedding flowers you want within the price point you’ve set.

 

Get to know florals.

Most couples who are getting married are no floral experts. That’s perfectly fine. Research can do you wonders.

Some preliminary things you need to consider when picking out wedding flowers include (1) color, (2) season, and (3) shape.

Color

If you’re working with a theme, motif or a palette, let them determine and weave into what flowers are great as statement pieces and what can accent them.

Season

Knowing what flowers are in season will help greatly in making them budget-friendly. They’ll also lessen the possibility of not getting the exact flowers you pictured because they didn’t bloom in time. Ask you florist for suggestions; they can help you pick seasonal flowers that fit your vision.

Shape

Lastly, play around with shapes. Go on Pinterest and create board or ask a few florists to give you samples. You can even peruse bridal magazines and cut out your favorites. What’s important is you have image of your floral and arrangement preferences.

 

Let them tell a story.

While we suggested getting inspired through research, it’s important to stay open and really assess how flowers speak to the rest of your design choices.

Remember, what you see on Pinterest or magazines are results of different factors coming into play – the bride’s dress, the venue for the ceremony and reception, other decors, the theme of the wedding itself and couple’s aesthetic.

To make sure the wedding flowers fit with everything else and tells a harmonious story, describe your design inspiration to your florist and bring samples and photos they can base their floral suggestions and arrangements off of.

 

Get listing.

Flowers play multiple roles in a wedding. For the ceremony, you’ll generally need bouquets and boutonnieres for the entourage and decorative floral arrangements for the venue. You also need centerpieces for the tables during the reception.

The best way to keep track of every arrangement you need is to list them all down and figure out what you want for each one – with the help of your florist, of course.

 

Timing is key.

Every successful wedding follows a timeline.

A year to nine months before your wedding, start researching and figuring out your floral preferences, then set appointments with florists whose arrangements speak to you and are within your budget. Three to six months later, hire your preferred florist and collaborate on the designs of the different arrangements you want on your big day. Follow your list and stay organized.

Three months before the wedding, finalize everything with your florist, and make sure they keep you updated, in case anything unexpected crops up.

 

Wedding flowers are a great opportunity to explore your creativity and personal aesthetics, and with the tips above, we hope it also adds the perfect amount of romance, character and style to your wedding while keeping within budget.

Spotlight on: Oliver Road

Looking for a venue to rent for your wedding or event in CT? One of our Bloomerent florists,  One Fine Day, has you covered.

Set on 33 acres, this stunning parcel of wide open land is located in Enfield, CT and available for event rentals, including weddings.  Oliver Road is covered in lush green grass, beautiful trees and wildflowers. There’s ample room for your to eat, drink and dance the night away during your special celebration.  Bonfires, candles and sparklers are welcomed too! If you’re looking for a blank canvas and to rent just the land, you can do so for $75 per hour. If you want a little more (sailcloth tent, tables, chairs, power, a professional month of planner), the price is $5,900 for the day.  Learn more about this special property by heading to https://www.onefinedayct.net/rental-property.html or calling 860-837-4096.  

 

Click here to read more about One Fine Day and connect with them directly on our website for your flowers, your venue, or both!

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Spotlight on: Simply Petals Flowers

Simply Petals Flowers is an event florist in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Annelise, owner of Simply Petals Flowers, explains how she got started:

Simply Petals has been a lifelong dream of mine, after having my two girls and becoming a stay-at-home mom I decided to take the leap and follow my dream. Needless to say I’ve never looked back! I know flowers have the ability to change your day, brighten your mood, and remind you of all the beauty in the world. They make every wedding special and with that in mind we strive to make every service we offer memorable.

Simply Petals Flowers serves the Denver Metro and Front Range areas.

Click here to connect directly with Annelise for your wedding or event!

Spotlight on: Floral Fêtes

Floral Fêtes is a floral and event design studio in Taneytown, MD.

Floral Fêtes is owned and executed by Victoria Clausen who has over 20 years of experience in floral and event design. With an eye for creativity and a passion for making each event one of a kind, the Floral Fêtes Team knows that details bring the big picture to life.

Floral Fetes is based in Taneytown, MD, and serves Baltimore, Frederick, and the surrounding areas including:

  • Towson
  • Upperco
  • Skyesville
  • Westminster
  • Finksburg
  • New Windsor
  • Union Bridge
  • Libertytown
  • Keymar
  • Ladiesburg
  • Butler
  • Stevenson
  • Sparks Glencoe
  • Hunt Valley
  • Pikesville
  • Brooklandville
  • Hunt Valley
  • Lutherville Timonium
  • Hampstead
  • Marriottsville
  • Hunt Valley
  • Reisterstown
  • Boring
  • Butler

Click here to connect directly with Victoria and her team for your wedding or event!

Spotlight on: Love in Bloom AZ

Love in Bloom is a boutique wedding floral and design company based in Mesa, AZ.

Our business was founded on the principle that on one of the most special days in your life, the last thing you should be doing is worrying about the details in design. We place value on and take pride in YOUR vision, whether it be for floral design, event staging, and/or coordination, and we want to ensure that our couples’ experience is nothing short of amazing. Excellent service, continual communication (you can call or text us ANYTIME!), and execution of design will leave you smiling and stress-free on your big day.

Love in Bloom serves Arizona valley-wide, including Tucson, Sedona and Flagstaff.

Click here to connect directly with their team for your wedding or event!

Spotlight on: Pixel Poppy Inc.

Pixel Poppy is a boutique floral design studio in Rego Park, New York.

We strive to capture nature in its beauty through unimposing yet exquisite, refined and unique arrangements. Our creations are always prepared with meticulous attention to detail and utmost care. We hand-craft the elements of your dream wedding and tell the story of your life together through every artfully chosen detail. Whether you’re searching for perfect flowers to complete your vision or a fully curated design package, we are delighted to work with you to create the celebration of a lifetime..

Pixel Poppy serves New York City and Long Island.

Click here to connect directly with Paulina, owner, and her team for your wedding or event!

Spotlight on: Intentional Blooms

Intentional Blooms is a boutique floral studio in Carlsbad, CA.

Intentional Blooms is owned and operated by Holly Bath.

Holly has an immense love of nature and all things pretty. She grew up helping her mother throw private events in their home and especially loved helping with the floral arrangements.

Shortly after losing her mother, Holly she was creating an arrangement in the kitchen and her husband saw the happiness beaming out her. In that moment he told her that if creating florals made her this happy, she needed to pursue it fully.

Holly has pursued that passion and now shares her abilities with her clients, helping their vision become a beautiful reality. She listens beyond the words and gets in touch to the heart of their vision to create the desired feel. Anytime flowers are involved, the atmosphere becomes intentional and should invoke a memorable experience for clients and their guests. Flowers should creating a relaxing and soothing environment which is why Holly works closely with each client to relieve any anxiety and to ensure their vision comes to life.

Intentional Blooms serves the greater San Diego area, including Orange County, Temecula and Palm Springs.

Click here to connect directly with Holly for your wedding or event!

Spotlight on: Bring Joy

Bring Joy is a full-service florist in Houston, TX.

I started Bring Joy because I wanted to share my passion for flowers with as many people as I can. I find pleasure in helping people plan their special events – from which flowers to pick down to the color. I will work with you on your vision to help you create something memorable. I also enjoy using reclaimed and vintage pieces when possible.

Bring Joy serves the greater Houston area.

Click here to connect directly with the Bring Joy team for your wedding or event!

Spotlight on: Ball Park Floral

Ball Park Floral is a full-service florist in Grand Rapids, MI.

Ball Park Floral is family-owned and operated and specializes in everything from weddings, corporate events and special occasions to every day floral needs.

Whether your wedding or special occasion is formal or casual, a small gathering or the social event of the year, we can help you plan an event that’s a “blooming” success!

Ball Park Floral serves the Grand Rapids area.

Click here to connect directly with Jennifer and her team for your wedding or event.