DIY Centerpieces? What size vase?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
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  • Wedding: June 2011

@Irish2014:  Have you done flower arranging before? If it’s your first time, I’d suggest keeping them on the smaller side for a few reasons. First, although it seem intuitive, flower arranging is actually a lot of work for even a real florist to get perfect. So depending on how many centerpieces you have to do, it could take you anywhere between .5 – 2.5 days (depending on how much help you have). The bigger they are, the longer they will take, and the less likely you’ll really be pleased with them because there’s more room for them to look “off.” 

Second, and this is totally my personal preference so take it with a grain of salt. I hate when I go to a wedding and the centerpiece is so big that it obstructs the view of the guests at the table and i can’t tell who I’m talking too over there.  

Finally, I’m just throwing this out there, but do think about how you’re going to store the flowers in advance. September is still warm enough a lot of the time that the flowers will need to be kept in a cool place both before and during the arrangement. A garage, for example, will likely be too warm to keep them really nice so you probably want to plan to crank the air and keep them in a basement or something. I’m not a florist myself, but my family owned one for a long time and my mom and grandma still do a lot of arranging for family/church/community events so I know a little bit. ; )

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