Fall wedding centerpieces bring the rich colors and textures of the bride’s bouquet to the tables at the reception. You can do it yourself with these tips.
DIY Wedding Centerpieces for a Fall Wedding
By Marty Ross
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A wedding is a complex event that requires a lot of love, careful organization and a generous budget. Giving it a personal touch by making wedding centerpieces and bouquets yourself is very satisfying, and it’s a good way to stay on budget. Custom-made wedding table decorations may cost hundreds of dollars, but with vases borrowed from friends and family, lots of fresh flowers, and sharp Fiskars tools, you and a few friends can put together DIY wedding centerpieces in just a few hours for a lot less.
Round up a lot of vases first. You will need a variety of sizes because there will be room for both large and small vases on the bridal party’s table, dining tables, the tables for gifts and the guest book and at the bar as well.
1. To support the flowers in your arrangements, cut twiggy stems from small trees or shrubs in the garden using PowerGear2™ Pruners. One stem in each vase will be enough to hold flowers up, so you will not need floral foam, frogs or wire. The stems and leaves of purple smoke bush are one natural and attractive choice for this purpose. You could also use oak trimmings. You’ll need one support stem for each vase. In smaller vases with a narrow neck, the flower stems may not need any support at all.
2. PowerGear2™ Pruners are versatile tools for pruning shrubs and stems on small trees every day, but they’re also very handy for the many cuts you’ll be making while arranging your flowers. The fully hardened steel blade glides through stems up to ¾” thick. The flowers and foliage in your centerpieces should reflect the palette and selection of blooms used in the bride’s bouquet. For a fall wedding, golden sunflowers, purple-leaf basil, pink zinnias and dazzling dill flowers make spectacular centerpieces.
3. Use the Garden Multi-Snip to cut the medium-sized stems of flowers like black-eyed susans or sunflowers. If you’ll be cutting flowers from your own garden for your arrangements, clip the sheath to your pocket and go outside as early as possible in the morning to cut the flowers when they are at their freshest. This pair of extra sharp snips is like having four tools in one: the scissor blades make sharp cuts, a notch in the scissors cuts florist’s wire easily, a razor-sharp blade slices through twine and a serrated edge is useful for opening bags of mulch or birdseed. With so many sharp edges, the snips come in handy for many tasks.
4. After you have selected all of your stems, start your centerpieces by placing the tallest and strongest flower stems in the arrangement first.
5. Add the more delicate flowers and foliage.
6. As you work, use the Softouch® Micro-Tip™ Pruning Snips, which are light, precise and sharp, to snip off all of the leaves on stems that will be under water in a vase. In clear vases, clean stems look best, and they also help keep the water fresh.
Every flower arranger asks themselves: how will I know when my arrangement is complete? Try to include all the colors in the bride’s bouquet in your arrangement, but stop when you’re happy with what you see. Some arrangements will naturally be lighter and airier than others, and they don’t all have to match exactly. Wedding centerpieces you make yourself will in every case be a loving, personal touch on a loving occasion.