- 1. Start collecting small jars and vases as early as possible: you can never have too many. I used a mix of bottles, vases and mini jam jars which I’ve been collecting over the years, and I hired the gorgeous green-hued vases from the florist. I thought glass vessels would be the most effective but if you want to intersperse a few colourful ones to match your colour scheme then H&M sell some beauts which you will use time and time again after the big day.
- 2. On the day before the wedding, get yourself down a flower market or a good florist and buy ALLTHEFLOWERS. I bought these beautiful blooms from Isherwood Florists in Birmingham. As a rough guide, I used around 30 stems to create the centrepiece that you can see in these pics, and a little really goes a long way.
- 3. Next comes the fun bit: the arranging. I’d say it’s probably best to do this on the morning of the wedding (call on those bridesmaids again - if they're anything like me and love a) florals and b) faffing, they will love it). Pop one or two stems in each vase, and to work out how long each stem should be, hold it up against the vase before cutting it. Use a range of varying heights of flowers. In the tall, slim vases I used flowers such as wax flowers and narcissi, and in the jam jars, I used ‘chunkier’ flowers: roses, ranunculus, mini chrysanthemums and anemones.
- 4. Once you’re happy with how your blooms look, fill up the vases with water.
- 5. Arrange the individual vases along the centre of your tables, again at varying heights, and with the stems pointing in different directions.
One of the things I love about this particular diy wedding centerpiece is that it’s low enough for guests to be able to see over the top of it to speak to the person seated opposite them. Oh, and it smells INCREDIBLE. So there you have it. Easy-peasy, I promise. Why not have your mates over for a dinner party this weekend and have a trial run?