Secret fact about me: I minored in Shakespeare, so of course I couldn’t resist that title for a post.
Now, as you may remember, I’m planning on doing our own flowers—or at least our own centerpieces for the wedding. We’re working with an awesome florist on bouquets and other personal flowers, but I actually enjoy flower arranging, so I figured I’d do something fun and relaxing (for me) right before the wedding.
Bonus: It’ll save us a bunch of money. And I’ve enlisted some awesome people in my life to help, so it won’t drive me bonkers.
After reading Mrs. Sixpence’s post about floral doom, I decided something: I need to start doing trial runs of the centerpieces, ASAP. So this weekend I started playing around with size and shape.
Mini roses, stock, carnations, and eucalyptus (seeded and regular)
To be clear, the colors are right, but I’ll be working with different flowers the day of. Though TBH, I like carnations. They may be a “filler flower” to some (thanks, SATC), but I think they’re pretty.
Some vases. And a vacuum sealer, food scale, and plastic wrap. Meal prep central.
What’d I come up with? Well, for 12 bucks in flowers at our local grocery store, I put together four different arrangements (pardon the low-quality photos—my phone is garbage). Each is in a different size and shape vase. (I worked with what I had.)
We do flowers now? Okay. I’ll lay down in the WORST place possible and bark at nothing.
The Big Guy: I used a nine-inch cube vase for this one. Both Mr. W and I LOVED the shape, but honestly, the scale’s a little big—even for our larger tables. I personally like flowers that are beautiful but don’t block conversation or overwhelm the table, and we agreed this was too large.
Terrible kitchen lighting, pretty pretty flowers
The Bubble: My five-inch bubble vase was almost the perfect size, but I’ve never been a fan of the shape. I only have it because it showed up with an arrangement and it’s a good size for our dinner table. But we’re definitely taking cues off this one for the size.
It’s growing on me.
The (immediately eliminated) Tall One: I hated this one AS I was working on it, so I kinda phoned it in. Too tall, will definitely get in the way, and not real exciting. Plus, you’re stuck looking at a whole lot of stem.
The Coupe: My favorite, but for some reason Mr. W wasn’t a fan of the shape. That said, it’s WAY too tiny—I used a three-inch tall dessert coupe I had for ice cream sundaes. But I feel like if bigger coupes were cheaper, I’d override Mr. W and go with this. I LOVE the way the arrangement stays low and super lush.
I’m keeping this one next to my bed. It is SO cute.
So what’d we pick? Well, we’re going to do an arrangement in about a six-inch cube vase. The best news: They’re super cheap on Amazon.
I may try to sneak a few coupes in for the bar/cake/gift/guestbook tables if we’ve got extra blooms. Who knows.
The front runner again. Sorry about the photos—between the yellow ’80s wood, the fluorescent lighting, and the ugly gray day, there was NO winning.
Now, I still need to make a choice on ceremony decor—I MAY do a few big vases of branches (picked from my parents’ yard), or I may keep it sparse. The room is ornate enough—I don’t feel a burning need for floral arrangements.
As much as I hated the tall guy, Bowie seemed FASCINATED.
Anyone else DIY their flowers? Any tricks I should know? I’ll definitely be doing another trial with the vase we decide on and the actual flowers. I don’t hate having a house full of fresh blooms.