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Fall Wedding Centerpiece: Gorgeous Dahlias

Fall Wedding Centerpiece, Dahlias

DIY Fall Wedding Idea

Create this gorgeous fall dahlia centerpiece.  Perfect for your fall wedding, an easy DIY wedding project and great for you budget brides.

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 and neutral earth tone of the grapevine balls.

The dahlia flowers paired with the moss and grapevine balls is a great example of a hot fall wedding trend, texture.  The smooth silk flower petals, the subdued coarseness of the moss and rigid, and the structure of the grapevine make this arrangement appealing to more than one sense.

The combination of rich fall colors and earth tones make this arrangement great for your rustic wedding or country wedding theme.

Create this Centerpiece in Under 5 minutes

2- 24” jumbo dahlia plum, burgundy
2 -20”orange dahlia with butterscotch hues
6 -4” grapevine balls
2 pks. –green moss balls (6 per pk.)
Floral wire cutters
available container or vase

Prep your flowers by removing the stems, to leave just the flower head. Snip the stem off with floral wire cutters just before it reaches the base of the flower bloom.

The only step left is to literally toss in all your materials.  Start with the the green moss balls and grapevine balls, tossing them together like you might a salad.  You want to achieve that effortless appearance that looks like they might have just fallen in that way.  Last add your bold, beautiful dahlia blooms. Let them settle and rest into the spaces between the moss and grapevine balls.

The key factor of this arrangement is the illusion of disarray.  You don’t want to put too much thought, or over think the arrangement of the dahlia flowers.  Don’t line them up or try and put them in a specific order, such as plum, orange, plum, orange.  Your end product should look as though everything just came together and happened to fall into place.

Why You Love this Fall Centerpiece

A beautiful fall wedding centerpiece, a simple DIY wedding project and now let’s sell you on the cost.  Make this dahlia fall wedding centerpiece for under $30 a piece.  The cost of the silk flowers, green moss balls and grapevine listed in the materials above is $29.70.  That is a price no budget bride could turn down. Cheap weddings ideas can save your budget, make them work with silk wedding flowers and by devoting a few minutes of your time for a quick DIY wedding project.

Ordinary Finds Turned Fabulous: Rustic Country Wedding Centerpieces

Mason Jars, metal watering cans, vintage tin buckets, garden pottery & rustic milk cans…repurposed and ready for your Country Chic Wedding! These simple & inexpensive containers can be turned into fabulous fall wedding centerpieces!

Doesn’t everyone have mason canning  jars in your basement or maybe Grandmas has some extras you can borrow?  We have paired them with our lovely premade bouquets and hand-tied both with natural raffia or would you prefer the simplicity in the bright sunny yellow Billy Buttons with colorful preserved moss?  Each one took minutes and the colors of the premade bouquets, moss, & raffia can be interchanged to fit your own wedding color palette.

Rusty metal gardening containers can be found in your garden shed or center.  Their rusty look has just the right patina to accent the bluish purple tones of silk or natural lavender.  Gather a cluster of your favorite silk flowers &  join them with lavender & you have made a simple vintage looking centerpiece in seconds.  This is also a perfect look for a Victorian themed wedding.

Last but not least, vintage buckets and milk cans, which can be found in any thrift or antique store, will be right back where they belong, in the barn!  These can be a little bit more pricey, but you can use just a few to accent the doorway for your grand entrance.  Gather premade bouquets, loose clusters of silk flowers, preserved or silk autumn leaves or even any natural branches, can be arranged to create a dramatic large show piece!  Stay tuned for all of our upcoming blog features on planning your Country Wedding!

DIY Suspended Petal Chandelier

This one caught my eye and could without question be the reception decoration that will have everyone talking.  Posted on Austin Wedding Blog, suspended petals are a wedding trend that are cost effective and gorgeous.

Now how can you get this look? Here’s your DIY breakdown including items, steps, and a few choices that can make this fit any wedding theme. Items:

Natural Grapevine Wreath
Rose Buds
2-3 5/8” White Satin Edge Chiffon Ribbon
Floral Wire Cutters
Paddle Wire
Loose Satin Rose Petals
optional: 6.5’ Clear Crystal Garland
Choice: Ivy Garland, Forsythia Garland, Natural Raffia Roll or Aspen Pine Garland


** Note there’s a few options of how to suspend the base of this decoration.
Our inspiration picture is using an existing chandelier with greenery wrapped around it.  Consider a wreath around a light fixture, or hanging just a wreath by itself.** (If you’re hanging a wreath without an existing fixture, make sure and hang it from at least three points so it is easier to balance)


  1. First, tie and hang various lengths of ribbon from the base(chandelier, fixture or wreath). This way you can easily cover how it’s tied later on with garland.  You want to use the thinner 5/8” ribbon cut at different lengths to create a dramatic but light look. Using a thicker ribbon to hang the rose buds will make the arrangement appear too heavy.
  2. If you’re up on the ladder tying each piece of ribbon onto your base, you might as well stay up there for the next step and wrap your choice of garland around the base. Use floral wire and wire cutters to secure the garland around the base.
  3. Next, you will tie rose buds from the hanging ribbon. Having these all pre-cut before you start tying will save you time. Using floral wire cutters, cut the rose buds from the stem leaving about an inch of stem to tie the ribbon on. (if you’re worried the rose buds will slip out of the ribbon, use a little dab of hot glue).  Hang the rose buds at various lengths and leave some of the ribbon pieces loose without buds.  You can decide if you like more flowers, or less, and how many ribbon strands you would like.
  4. The last step is the easiest! Arrange your rose petals on the table below.  The suspended petal chandelier would look great above the cake table as shown in our inspiration photo, above your guest book sign in, or above the bride and groom at the bridal party table.

That’s it as easy as 1,2,3…. and well 4.  Now make this fit your wedding:


Keep it soft and elegant with cream or light pink rose buds, and ivy garland around your base.  Add to your “wow” factor and hang crystal garland with your ribbon pieces for some sparkle.


Get a bright spring look with forsythia as your base garland, mix it up with pink tulips and yellow sheer ribbon.


A rustic look is easy if you’re using the grapevine wreath as your base! Skip the garland and loosely wrap natural raffia around the wreath, keeping with the neutral tones and use light ribbon and flowers.


For winter weddings you could use an aspen pine garland around your base.  Get a dramatic look by using both white and red rose buds with white chiffon and crystal garland.

A few items, a few steps, and a gorgeous DIY wedding idea!

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