If you’d like to add a splash of unexpected beauty to your wedding ceremony or reception, try hanging flower-filled vases throughout.
Weddings and flowers seem to be a match made in romance heaven. Flowers have long played an important role in weddings – after all, the bride’s bouquet is one of the event’s traditional focal points and the flower petals flower girls drop are particularly sweet. Flower arrangements are often the centerpiece for the reception tables and other floral décor usually helps to add warmth to the rest of the wedding ceremony and reception environment. One unexpected way you can incorporate your wedding flowers into your wedding is to hang water-filled vases that feature wedding flowers throughout the grounds. This adds an especially nice touch if you’re having an outdoor wedding, but it’s a little trick that can easily be used indoors, as well.
If you’d like to hang flower vases at your wedding, here’s what you need to do.
- Get your vases. For my wedding, I used a collection of vintage vases. They were all clear, but they came in plenty of different shapes and sizes. This is something you can do as well. Try checking out the second-hand, vintage, thrift and consignment stores in your area to collect the right amount of vases (the more the merrier with this one!). You can also scout out garage and estate sales for old vases.
- Prepare your vases. If you like your vases the way that they are, great! This project will be even easier for you. If you’d like for your vases to have a tinted vintage look, use food coloring and Mod Podge to tint them yourself, following instructions like these. You can make them all one unified color, make them all various shades of the same basic color, or make them your wedding theme colors.
- Prepare your flowers. You don’t need to employ a florist for this kind of project if you don’t want to or can’t afford it. Get your flowers together in bulk. You might want to get these from a store like Whole Foods to lower costs or get lots of individual flowers that match your other arrangements in large quantities from your florist. Once you have your flowers, make your own flower arrangements. These can be simple – with each hanging vase featuring just a few flowers of your choice – or they can be more complex. Whatever works for you is what’s right!
- Hang your vases. Using thick hemp or other kind of rope, wrap the middle or end section of a long strand of rope around the mouth of the vase. Wrap it around several times to ensure that the rope is strong and tight. Once you’re certain the rope is firmly wrapped around the vase, tie the ends of the rope around what you’ll be hanging the vase from. In my case, the vases were hung around the aisle-side chairs for the ceremony and off of tree branches throughout the wedding grounds.
- Add your water and flowers. Once you have all your vases securely hung where you would like for them to be, proceed to fill your vases with water and place your flowers into the vases.
This simple project will lend a romantic vintage vibe to your wedding.
About Elizabeth: My writing has been published by National Geographic, Discovery, AOL, and many other online and print publications. I started out writing DIY posts for Discovery’s Planet Green, How Stuff Works, TLC Green, and Planet Green. I’ve been inspired to write DIY wedding posts ever since throwing my own DIY camping wedding. Follow me on Google.