Five Steps to the Perfect Floral Centerpieces

Simple Southern elegance starts with a well dressed table. The best way to add drama, style and, grace to your event is by having the perfect centerpieces. Fresh floral arrangements are a must.  Centerpieces help to set the mood of the room, and flowers naturally add a touch of romance. With the help of a florist you can get exquisite displays, filling the room with pure floral eye-candy. Or take the DIY approach and tackle the table decor yourself. Here are a few of our favorites from recent Riverwood weddings along with some tips to remember when planning the design of your own centerpieces.

Teale Photography

Teale Photography

1. Mix Tall and Low Centerpieces

Mari Wilkes

Mari Wilkes

Mari Wilkes

Mari Wilkes

While tall and extravagant centerpieces create a wow factor for the entire room, remember that guests will be sitting and eating at the tables, too. Too many tall arrangements can be a bit overbearing. Pairing them with smaller centerpieces and altering tables can create just the right balance.

Divine Images

Divine Images

Divine Images

Divine Images

2. Show some variety

For a more eclectic look, go one step further and try mixing centerpiece styles (votives, vases, boxes, jars, etc.) along with different floral arrangements.  This creates a layered, more creative look. You will want to carefully plan the centerpieces into your reception table layout so a cohesive look remains. It is very easy for this style to look disjointed, but when you get the ratio and placement just right, it is stunning!

Haley George Photography

Haley George Photography

Haley George Photography

Haley George Photography

Haley George Photography

Haley George Photography

3. Pops of Color

Don't be afraid to add bold colors to make your flowers really pop. Florists are experts in arranging centerpieces that create just the right color compliments and contrasts.  Adding a bit of drama to the tables can really transform the room while staying within your style.

High Five for Love Photogrpahy

High Five for Love Photogrpahy

4. Get Creative!

Step outside the vase. Incorporate elements of your own style and think beyond flowers.  If your budget is small, and you are worried about the flowers looking sparse, don't display them in a traditional style. Instead, pull inspiration from your theme and use some decor to help fill the table. Even a single flower can be styled in a spectacular way.

5. Ways to save, naturally!

 Turn to nature for budget-friendly inspiration.  Moss, branches, small tree stumps, pinecones, pumpkins, and even fresh fruit and veggies from the garden can create beautiful and memorable centerpieces for next to nothing! You can also stretch your dollar by using greens, wheat, or adding things like feathers and broaches to the arrangement. Candles are always a beautiful alternative, but make sure to check with your venue about open flame policies.

Nathan Westerfield Photography

Nathan Westerfield Photography

NATHAN WESTERFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY

NATHAN WESTERFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY

Justin Mark Photography

Justin Mark Photography