Post # 1
Though I am not a florist, I have always loved floral arranging. I am considering doing my flowers on my own since I am having a 5:30pm ceremony, and will ahve Thurs, Fri, and Sat am if need be to prep, etc.
Originally I wanted to do tall centerpiece balls of white carnations or bright pink roses atop clear vases. Does anyone khow how you would anchor those to the top of a tall vase?
Now I am looking at dendrobium orchids – since they are actually reasonable, and doing those instead. I figure about 1 dozen per centerpiece -but how do you anchor those into the vase? The tall centerpieces don’t look as if they use oasis, but do they?
Post # 3
It depends. I’ve seen tall cylindrical vases with dendrobiums simply placed directly into the vase itself. The dendrobium stems would have to be very long for them to stand high over the edge of the vase though. You can use a thin gauge floral wire and wrap them through some of the stems to build support so that they can stand upright. Just be careful to hide them throughout.
Whether you do the carnation/rose combo or the dendrobes, you should use a foam oasis to build the arrangement and sit atop of the vase. Just remember to use enough of the arrangement to cover the top portion of the vase to keep the oasis from showing through. You can also cleverly hide the oasis from view with a good thick satin ribbon in your color scheme wrapped/glued around the top of the vase.
I’m planning on doing a similar style of arrangement for my own wedding and am excited to hear a fellow bride to follow suit. Just remember to keep the flowers cool and well hydrated until ready to use and if you need to force a bloom open, you can sometimes put the flower stem in a bucket of warm water for 10min to open the petals. And also remember that doing your own flowers by hand might wreck a manicure so you may want to have someone help you to prune thorns and cut stems for you.
HTH! Good Luck!