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5 Tips for Creating a Romantic Wedding Centerpiece

Are you a romantic at heart?  If the answer is yes, chances are you have been dreaming about your wedding day for quite awhile now. Many brides want their special day to feel and look like a fairytale.

Planning your wedding you don’t need a stylist or a ton of extra cash to go into expenses for creating a romantic wedding centerpiece for your fairytale wedding.  A romantic wedding centerpiece can fit into a variety of wedding themes from vintage, rustic to modern.  I have five great, universal tips to share with you on how to create a romantic wedding centerpiece whatever your theme may be.

  1. Color Palette– a romantic wedding is soft and feminine.  Often  for this look color palettes are made up of traditionally feminine hues, pink, blush, purple, peach.  Warm hues are also ideal to be igniting yet inviting.  Colors in a romantic wedding palette complement each other they are not too bold and do not compete with each other.
  2. Flowerswedding flowers are beautifully showcased in a romantic wedding centerpiece, they are at the main focal point in any arrangement.  Soft, feminine hues are picked up in rose, peony, ranunculus and hydrangea flower petals.
  3. Lighting– in soft votives and tall pillars candle lighting is another central, important element to a romantic wedding centerpiece.  The right candle lighting accenting romantic wedding flowers can set the mood for your whole wedding look.
  4. & 5. The two final tips to creating a romantic wedding centerpiece go hand in hand.  Small details and personalized touches are key to bringing the look of a romantic centerpiece together.  Details like hanging jewels, bouquet or centerpiece charms, vintage heirlooms or pictures will add depth and meaning to decor items.  Those little touches that have a tie to the bride and groom and their families will connect with others on a more deeper level.

Creating a romantic centerpiece with the right color palette, type of flowers, lighting and special details does not have to be overly complicated or expensive.  Many of the tips will cost you nothing.  One more tip for you today keep in mind starting out with the right information and knowing the direction you would like to take your wedding look can save you both money and time as you begin your wedding planning or wedding purchases.

Hydrangea Wedding Flowers

Hydrangea wedding flowers, afloral.com

Hydrangeas are a beautiful, full floral stems for wedding flowers.  They are a favorite among summer brides for their simplicity and feminine beauty.

Sleekgossip.com’s recent blog post “Wedding and Bridal Flowers: Hydrangea Wedding Bouquet Ideas and Designs” features the popularity and versatility of this summer favorite.  “Inexpensive and widely available, hydrangeas can fit any wedding budget.”  The benefits of hydrangea wedding flowers are they “offer a large color selection and they are a sturdy flower that can be clipped down or added to for various size bouquets.” 

Sleekgossip.com highlights several great reasons hydrangeas make beautiful and affordable wedding flowers for wedding bouquets and they also add they are fabulous for a variety of DIY wedding ideas.  Hydrangeas can be used in easy DIY wedding ideas like “reception table centerpieces using beach buckets with stenciled tabled numbers, tiny flowers in votive candleholders or long stems tied with ribbon for chair and pew decorations.”

Hydrangeas have a unique look, each stem is made up of several tiny flower blooms.  Each long slender stem ends in an explosion of lush, feminine flowers accent by rich, medium sized leaves.  As sleekgossip.com showed us hydrangeas are a popular choice for wedding bouquets.  Stems can be paired with other types of wedding flowers to create full, lush bouquets or left on their own.  Create a simple, chic wedding flower bouquet by tying several hydrangea stems with loose satin ribbon.  Hydrangeas are versatile to fit your wedding palette available in white, blush, lavender and soft green or blue.

DIY wedding projects are ideal with this unique wedding flower.  Full stems fill out vases and containers for wedding centerpieces and decorations saving you money on the quantity you’ll need for projects.  Individual stems can be clipped to separate tiny flowers as accents on decorations like candle holders, place cards and your wedding cake.  Unique, beautiful and inexpensive hydrangea wedding flowers have me sold!

hydrangea wedding flowers

photocredits: blue bridesmaid bouquets bouquetbridal.blogspot.com; pink centerpiece afloral.com; peach rose with white hydrangea centerpiece weddings.theknot.com; pink rose with white hydrangea centerpiece stylemetpretty.com; blue handtied bouquet rusticweddingchic.com

Great Wedding Flower Tips from Expert Wedding Planner

The summer wedding season is underway.  Late spring and summer weddings are a popular time to get married and celebrities aren’t left out in this trend.  Celebrities alike are taking advantage of all the season has to offer from the Zukerberg wedding we featured recently to all the buzz Drew Barrymore and her new beau have been generating this past week.

Celebrity weddings always draw a lot of media and attention don’t we all wish we could have a little insight into how they plan for their special day.  Celebrities are lucky enough to have some of the best in the wedding industry helping them plan their weddings.  A post from Huffington Post, Huffpost Weddings by Anne Chertoff Celebrity Event Planner Colin Cowie shares a few “Secrets to Throwing an A-list Wedding at Any Budget”.

Cowie has over 25 years experience planning amazing and A-list weddings, when it comes to wedding flowers he shares,  “flowers can be very costly, but again by being creative there are many ways to find beauty without masses of expensive flowers”.  Cowie’s suggestion for a wedding table scape on a budget is to use several vases or vessels and plan your wedding flowers with price in mind.    “Use the most expensive in the smallest and the least expensive in the biggest. Use materials like spider mums, roses, and foliage which are not expensive and brings it alive by incorporating lots of candles.”

Cowie’s tips for your wedding flowers are great.  You don’t have to skimp on your wedding look because you’re trying to stay within a budget.  With a little extra planning and paying closer attention to what you get for your money you can pair the right weddings flowers with the right arrangement to get the right wedding look.

Silk wedding flowers will save you money in your wedding budget as apposed to the real thing.   With the right planning you can fill in wedding flower arrangements with inexpensive foliage and flower sprays.  Cowie also gave a fabulous tip reminding you to fill in and accent any wedding flower arrangement with candles.  Candles are inexpensive and a fabulous prop to set a romantic ambience to your special day while still highlighting the beauty of your wedding flower arrangements.

Photo credits: assorted vases with white/spray flowers marthastewartweddings.com; candle lit table scape pinterest upload user: ebbyface; rustic assorted vases projectwedding.com; country chic wedding afloral.com; white/pink with candles interiordesigninspiration.net

Wedding Flowers: Small, White & Hand-tied Bouquets

Just a few days into the month of June and the summer wedding season is taking off.   June brides are showing off some of this year’s best wedding trends.  So what are some favorites we should be paying attention to in 2012?

“Tis the Season for Weddings” blogs KMALand, radio blog from Omaha.  June is one of the most popular months to get married.  It is also a fabulous time to showcase the year’s popular wedding trends.  KMAland interviews Adelaide Polk-Bauman  a wedding industry expert for her take on what to look  for this season.

“Brides are pushing the envelope,” she says. “They are getting married in modern art museum or refurbished barns that kind of capture that vintage, old world feel but with a contemporary look.”  Polk-Bauman says the traditional hand-tied wedding bouquet is back.   “A lot of brides we are seeing are choosing white flowers, again the traditional but smaller bouquets“.

White wedding flowers are a classic accent to any wedding theme.  White roses are a traditional wedding flower choice symbolizing romance and beauty.  White rose wedding flowers never go out of style and are versatile to work with a classic romantic wedding or modern chic wedding theme.  White hydrangeas are a fresh take on wedding flowers for your late spring or summer wedding bouquet, an added bonus the full flower spray will save you even more as you’ll need less to fill in a bouquet.  White orchids have been a popular trend with wedding flowers over the past few years, silk wedding flowers will save you on the cost of real orchids while still giving you the exotic look.

Polk-Bauman notes white wedding flowers are a trend to take notice of this month, but also don’t overlook her point wedding flower bouquets are also smaller and hand-tied bouquets are back.  Satin ribbon is inexpensive and a great way to dress up wedding flowers in a bouquet for the bridal party.  Let the bridal bouquet stand out even more with bouquet accessories like buckles, jeweled pins and rhinestone accents.

photo credits: hydrangea bouquets- blog.fiftyflowes.com; orchid bouquet- afloral.com; anemone cluster- stylemepretty.com; tulip and daisies- realsimpleweddings.com; bouquet accessory- afloral.com

DIY Centerpieces featuring Glass Vases

glass vase, apartmenttherapy.com

Glass vases are often the foundation for a great wedding centerpiece.

They come in all shapes and sizes, from short and square, tall cylinders, large hurricanes to fish bowls.  We’ve featured countless vases in afloral.com DIY wedding centerpiece projects.

Each type of vase offers it’s own unique way to showcase beautiful floral stems.  But quite often with the end product, not much attention is given to the vase.

Well, today we’re going to shine a special spotlight on this often un-recognized, yet essential product – the glass vase.  The most accessible and affordable  vases can be found at your local dollar store.  When planning a big wedding where you’ll need lots of vases, keep in mind you can order in bulk online at the Dollar Store and have them ship the cases to the store where you can pick them up at  your convenience.  That’s where Afloral gets all their vases for their wedding design ideas!

To showcase what great centerpiece options the versatile glass vase provides we’ll take a look back at a few favorite afloral.com DIY wedding projects and introduce a couple new ones.  The inexpensive Dollar Store glass vase paired with affordable silk wedding flowers are any bride’s dream; they’ll offer you a stylish look at a cheap wedding price.

orchid centerpiece, afloral.com


For a simple, classic look glass vases of any shape and size work for a bouquet of arranged flowers.  A tall trumpet vase was the right fit for the tall, slender dendrobium orchid silk floral stems.  This afloral.com DIY centerpiece is a simple, classic arrangement of 3 types of silk orchid stems. The exotic stems brilliantly explode at the top of the trumpet vase, the sheer volume and presence of the arrangement is sure to be a show stopper for wedding guests.  The centerpiece will hold those in awe around the reception table; but it is also the perfect height, sitting above their eye level to still allow guests see each other and mingle.




floral, vase centerpiece, marthastewart.com

Think Outside the Vase

Go the opposite route of traditional.  This fabulous DIY centerpiece project from marthastewart.com takes things outside the vase.  One simple trimmed floral stem is wrapped on the outside of the cylinder vase, showcasing it’s sleek beauty, with a colored string or use colored wire.  Slip a votive candle inside the case for a dual arrangement and lighting.  Guests will admire and be intrigued by this original floral idea.





jumbo dahlia centerpiece, afloral.com

The Filler

Glass vases not only show off floral stems they also provide a great way to display arrangement accents.  Fill a tall vase with river rocks, beaded jewels or crushed acrylic ice.  This accent will bring an additional element of style to the floral arrangement.  Remember back to our Bold, Jumbo Dahlia centerpieces.  Modern, tall cylinder vases were the perfect foundation for a simple arrangement of jumbo dahlia silk floral stems and moss ball fillers. Picture this beautiful silk flower arrangement at your reception; it is sure to make a statement. Deep rich tones of fall are captured in orange and plum, burgundy dahlia silk flowers; accented by by a burst of bright green in the moss balls.


orchid submersible centerpiece, afloral.com

Get All Wet

Next up is our trend alert! We debuted the hot new trend of submersible floral arrangements with two different white wedding options.  The dendrobium orchid and white ginger DIY centerpiece and the calla lily DIY centerpiece.  Both took the unique shape of a glass vase and used it to showcase the beauty of long, slender and sleek silk wedding florals.  First up, the white orchid and ginger centerpiece that stretches the length of a tall glass cylinder vase, effortlessly displaying the soft, delicate flower blooms.  The white ginger blooms anchor the stems towards the bottom while still retaining a weightless, organic look.  A play of several different elements; glass, water, light,  and floral stems, make up the beauty of this arrangement. The calla lily centerpiece utilizes the same elements as the orchid; glass, water, light and floral stems, in a simple, yet stunning arrangement.  Two real touch calla lily stems which are wired and twisted into an organic shape beautifully held within a fish bowl glass vase.  Water can be added to the arrangement along with a floating candle or floralyte to finish the look.

monogram idea, dollarstorecrafts.com

A Little Bling

One last DIY wedding project idea featuring the inexpensive Dollar Store glass vase is custom rhinestone monogrammed labels.  Adjust this tutorial to make a monogrammed bouquet wrap to a glass vase for your very own glass vase centerpieces adorned with your monogram.  You’ll need a heavier piece of paper or velum to trace the monogram letter and adhesive rhinestones available at afloral.com.  The added bit of sparkle with catch guests eyes and then wow them with the detail once they realize it’s your monogram.

Your options are truly endless with the inexpensive dollar store glass vase as the foundation for your wedding centerpiece.  Each shape and size lends something special in the way you use it and the with the type of wedding flowers you choose to arrange.  Whether you go for a traditional bouquet arrangement, a trendy submersible project or a simple stem that takes you outside the vase the dollar store is the right stop to pick up an inexpensive product that’ll be the building block to a fabulous wedding decor.

Stop back Saturday for a run-down of great items to pick up at your local dollar store for all your wedding planning.