How to make a pedestal arrangement

One of the first things people look at when sitting down at a wedding reception is the centrepiece. A great centrepiece such as a pedestal arrangement can pique your guests' interest and give them something to look at without detracting from the rest of the table. It's just the right height for guests to see over and the colour scheme works with the other colours used in the wedding. A pedestal arrangement has other uses beyond a wedding centrepiece, including holding the cake for your party.

Measure the height of other items used on the table. When using a pedestal arrangement, it's important that it be higher than anything else on the table or it will get lost. For example, if you buy shorter pedestals, the flowers are hard to see among the foods and other flowers on the table.

Pick a size of pedestal based on the size of the available space. If you have a smaller table, you want to use smaller pedestals with less flowers, as larger arrangements overpower or take over the space. Likewise, if you have a larger space, a smaller arrangement disappears when placed on the table.

Set a piece of foam meant for use with flowers into a bowl or vase with water. When you push your flowers into the foam, it creates an air pocket that slowly feeds air to the flowers. The water underneath the foam gets water to each flower without oversaturating them, and there should be enough air to keep the flowers alive throughout the night.

Trim the edges of fresh flowers slightly with your scissors and slide them directly into the flower foam. Trimming the flowers helps them live longer. Use flowers of different sizes and shapes, as well as those in different stages of life, but make sure that the flowers work with your colour scheme for the party.

Wrap the bottom of the pedestal in ivy, starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. Tuck the end of the ivy underneath to hide the edges of the plant. Fill a spray bottle with cool water and lightly spritz the flowers before setting the arrangement out.


Try filling in the flowers with pieces of baby's breath and other less expensive flowers if you're on a budget. Using cheaper flowers makes it look like you spent more money than you actually did.

Things You'll Need

  • Pedestal
  • Flower foam
  • Fresh flowers
  • Scissors
  • Ivy
  • Spray bottle
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Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.