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Narrow Tuscan-style tables arranged in a U-shape displayed the wedding color combination -- chocolate brown (in the linen runner), pink (in the peony arrangements), and chartreuse (in the menus tucked into the folds of the napkins).
At the reception, there was nary a leaf in sight. Big round bouquets flush with peonies and daisies and set off by baby peegee hydrangeas were placed in metal containers wrapped in brown douppioni silk ribbon.
Hydrangeas bloom profusely in summer, making them a good choice for an at-home wedding. This centerpiece was created in an interesting urn, using only one type of flower.
Artichokes, broccoli, and kale enhance a centerpiece arrangement of roses. Place mats were created from galyx leaves. Place-setting favors are lavender sachets in sheer organdy bags.
Berry-laden viburnum branches, harvested from a backyard cutting garden, form a beautifully unstudied backdrop for a dozen yellow roses. This would be lovely for a casual rehearsal dinner or bridal shower as well.
Tulips can be difficult to arrange when stems are left long, since stems tend to bend and droop. Tulips cut shorter, like these, can be arranged tightly enough to hold each other more upright.
Mixed flowers have been arranged in clusters for this unique centerpiece. Peach roses, hydrangea, zinnias, and yellow orchids have a casual look that would be appealing for a summer wedding.
Vase arrangements are easy to create. Simply fill a vase three-quarters full of water, arrange the bouquet in your hand, and cut the stems to the desired length before inserting into the vase. For a centerpiece, make sure to choose low vases and insert so the lower flowers sit at or below the vase's rim.
Silver julep cups like this one are a popular way to arrange small bouquets. You might place three to five of these around a tall candelabra, or space several down the length of a rectangular table. Cut some of the blooms short enough so they sit on the lip of the vase and insert a few stems of frothy filler flowers for interest.
This look is similar to the previous slide, yet all of these arrangements are based on shades of green. Again, the vases are as much a design element as the flowers. This type of centerpiece will require relatively few blooms, though more of your budget will go to vases.
Fill a glass vase with a mixture of spring flowers, hosta leaves, and bear grass for a simple centerpiece almost anyone can create.
An inexpensive clear fishbowl vase was the start of this colorful centerpiece. White candies hold a second, smaller vase in place. The narrow interior vase holds a few inches of water and a bundle of flowers tied with a ribbon. More individual blooms are set in bud vases around the centerpiece.
Casual settings often play host to informal afternoon weddings. This centerpiece adds a bit of country flair with a tin container and arrangement of white mums, carnations, and daisies -- an budget-friendly, yet festive, way to celebrate.
Keep it simple by selecting a stunning container and filling it with a few stems of hydrangea. Our paper basket was created to cover an inexpensive cylinder vase that gives it weight and holds the flowers and water.
Footed hurricanes are available everywhere and can be even more effective when used in multiples. Short, medium, and tall glass hurricanes are decorated with ribbon sleeves and monograms, then fit with white pillar candles -- easy and elegant.
These two arrangements might be just right for a gift table or ceremony decoration. On the table, tall stalks of white gladiola stand like trees inside a basket filled with wet florist's foam. Sheet moss and Spanish moss cover the foam. Below, white roses, hydrangea, and glads mix with pink roses inside a handled basket.