Weddings can be an extravagant and expensive affair. The dress, the venue, the food and the flowers can all cost you an arm and a leg. But with a little creativity you can have a beautiful, welcoming affair that everyone will enjoy. If you are having a spring wedding consider making your own centrepieces. Wildflowers provide the perfect atmosphere and can add a light, whimsical tone to the wedding.
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Things you need
- Vases or jars
Visit your local farmers market and begin making connections with local farmers and gardeners. You can find out which flowers are in season during your wedding months and what will be available. The grower will be able to help you decide which colours or flowers you want to work with. These types of sellers will be much cheaper than any florist. Put in a bulk order with the local gardener.
Go to flea markets and thrift stores searching for beautiful old vases. You don't need everything to match. In fact, it will appear more cohesive if none of the vases are the same. You want a relaxed vibe. If you are having trouble finding vases you can always find Mason jars at large stores like Wal-Mart.
Select embellishments. You can always jazz up your centrepieces a little bit without going way over budget. Visit local craft stores and glance at feathers, beads, pearls, decorative butterflies or birds, and sparkling wire. You can incorporate some of these elements into your floral arrangements for a more fanciful look.
Prep the flowers the morning of the wedding. Cutting the flowers too early could mean that they wilt or lose their petals. Arrange to have the flowers cut and picked up the morning of your wedding.
Ask your friends for help. Arrange the flowers in the vases or jars. Describe how you want to use your embellishments and arrange them with the wildflowers. You can pin the decorative birds or butterflies to the sparkly wire and wrap it around the mouth of the vase, or intertwine the wire with the flowers. Make your vision come to life.
Display the centrepieces on every table.
Tips and warnings
- If you can't find anyone at your farmer's market, ask a friend who gardens. If that is not possible, consider purchasing wholesale wildflowers from your local florist. Then assemble the wedding centrepieces yourself, it will still be saving you money.
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