DIY Wedding Wednesday: Centerpiece How-To

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When the idea for this post came up, truth be told, I panicked a little. Although I love flowers (I mean, what girl doesn’t?!) and have pulled together many arrangements in my day, I always advise (where budget allows) to never DIY your florals. But let’s face it, when budgets are factored in not everyone has the luxury of working with a floral designer. So to all you ladies feeling brave and looking to stretch your dollar without compromising an ounce of pretty, this blog’s for you!

The Supplies

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  • good pair of shears
  • floral foam (to fit whatever vase you decide to use)
  • flowers, in order of appearance: lisianthus, astilbe, queen anne’s lace, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and sedum

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: saturate your floral foam with water and place into your vase. Begin to build your floral arrangement creating a starting point for your two front facing corners. Make one over flowing with eucalyptus and the other tighter to the center with queen anne’s lace.

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Step 2: continue to build your arrangement by adding another overflow on the opposite corner to the original and begin to fill out your middle with a blend of sedum and lisianthus.

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Step 3: continue to fill in your arrangement, adding in astilbe. Start to concentrate on your arrangement as a whole, paying attention to all angles.

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Step 4: add in spray roses. as you work on filling your arrangement make sure to fill all gaps and keep a mix of flowers throughout the whole.

The End Result

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You could stop right here but for a fuller table arrangement (and some added decor), finish off the look with a couple of votive holders filled with a few floral stems, as well as some candlelight.

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Centerpieces Simplified.

If you’re all about DIY’ing your centerpiece but want something a little less labor intensive, check out our Decorative Bottle Vases and Springtime Centerpieces posts.

xoxo.

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{ Featuring: White Porcelain Bisque Poppy Blooms, Glass Dip Writing Pen & Acrylic Diamond Shaped Confetti }

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