How to choose your Flower Centerpiece?

Any event can be enhanced with a flower centerpiece. There are so many different designs to choose from. There are a few things to consider when choosing your floral centerpiece.

Firstly the occasion your flowers are for, your flowers need to convey the correct sentiment. If the centerpiece is for a corporate event your flowers need to present the correct impression of the company and give a professional image.At the opposite end of the scale, if you are having an 18th birthday party you may want your flowers to give a fun, celebratory feeling with brightly colored whimsical flowers.

The budget you have available is an important factor for a floral centerpiece; it's all too easy to get carried away with the beautiful things a florist can offer.

The sky's your limit if you don't have a budget and you want lavish designs overflowing with luxurious flowers. But there is no point getting very excited about expensive out of season flowers when you have a modest budget.

It's easier and less disheartening to give your florist a budget at the start. Tell them how many tables you need designs for and roughly what you want to spend. Rather than finding out at the end, the designs you set your heart on are hundreds of dollars over budget. Bear in mind the time of year your event is taking place, seasonal flowers are always the best value.

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Once you've thought about the theme and budget for your event, it'll be a lot easier to pick the flower centerpiece that's right for you.

At the lower end of the price range are designs in glassware using hired vases. This is much more cost effective than buying the containers.

Most florists have a range of glass vases and containers that they hire out for events. The types of vases commonly hired out are goldfish bowls, lily vases, martini vases and tall cylinder vases. Most of these vases can be used fairly cheaply with a simple design using two or three flowers set in florist gel or polished stones.

A goldfish bowl looks quirky and fun with one or two cheerful gerbera resting in colored gel and grasses swirled around the inside of the vase. This is a quick design to do and therefore doesn't cost a lot; don't forget complicated or time consuming centerpieces cost more because you are also paying for the florist's time and skill.

Posy arrangements are popular flower centerpieces. They are low, round shaped designs, they also make ideal gifts to give to guests at the end of an event as they are easy to handle. They vary in price depending on the flowers used and the style of posy. A formal compact design with little or no foliage will cost a lot more than a looser arrangement with foliage, as more flowers are needed to fill the arrangement when you have no foliage.

For an unusual flower centerpiece, consider something like a topiary design. These cute tree designs look like clipped trees and will be a real talking point at a table. The basis of a topiary tree is a ball of floral foam positioned on a stick that is set in a container. The ball of floral foam is covered in foliage and a few flowers are dotted throughout the tree. As you can use any flower or fruit you wish on the tree, they suit many occasions. Red roses look striking against dark foliage and very romantic for wedding flower centerpieces. For a festive event try dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks and sprigs of holly with berries. You can also co-ordinate the container with your chosen theme.

A Tall design will make an impressive flower centerpiece. Martini vases are fabulous for a party and you can create centerpieces like giant cocktails with them. Try making a cocktail design yourself, they are quick and simple to make. You also don't need many flowers for a cocktail design. All you need is a large martini vase at least 2ft tall, florist gel that holds water, colored to match your chosen cocktail. One or two large round flowers cut short to represent fruit at the edge of the glass, a few pieces of steel grass to represent a straw, and two flowers with a naturally flowing stem like calla lilies to make a flourish on the opposite side of the glass. The flowers are then simply pushed into the gel, which will hold them in place. Florist gel can be a little messy and tricky to transport, so if you are going to make them yourself it might be easier to arrange them at the venue rather than trying to transport filled vases.

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The Language of Flowers

You can use the 'language of flowers' to give a special meaning to your bouquet

Here are some of the most popular wedding flowers and their meanings...

  • Allium - good fortune
  • Aster - beginnings
  • Daisy - innocence
  • Freesia - calm
  • Gardenia - grace
  • Gypsophilia - everlasting love
  • Heather - passion
  • Lily - virtue
  • Orchid - delicate beauty
  • Red rose - passionate love
  • Tulip - hopeless love
  • White rose - purity

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    Hints and tips...

    For a bit of fun for the girls at your wedding, why not tie this cute poem to your bouquet before you throw it?

    "Congratulations Missy! You pushed your way up front. You caught the bride's bouquet. Good luck with your groom hunt!"

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