Post # 1
So this was my first trial at centerpieces. Our colors are black and white with (a few) green accents. I was thinking of having 3 mis-match vases per table with tea lights all around. I used artificial flowers (roses) for practice, but originally planned on using real flowers – there aren’t black flowers in nature though and they would have to be set up shortly before the reception (which may be difficult to do). As of right now (3 hours) I haven’t had any problems with the artificial flower color bleeding into the water but I will check them tomorrow morning.
Here are the issues I have identified thus far:
- Flowers were cut too high
- More marbles needed at the bottom
- Perhaps larger floating candles
- Black may be too morbid/ gothic
- Perhaps use white ribbon with black flowers and visa versa
- Perhaps wider ribbon for larger vases
Any Advise?? Which of the above issues actually should be changed?
Post # 3
Wow I love them!
I don’t think black roses are “gothy” at all – I think they are elegant and match your colours!
I prefer the centerpieces without the ribbon I think they look cleaner!
Post # 4
I love the one with the white flower and black ribbon, though. I think a cluster of those would be beautiful and still keep in the black/white theme. I don’t think the black ones are morbid per se, but I don’t think they are as attractive as the white flower ones.
Post # 5
I like them without the ribbon as well, but perhaps try them with a ribbon that has both patterns, an argyle would be cool, a damask, polka dot, something like that?
Post # 6
They look elegant. If you love them, that’s all that matters. I prefer them without any ribbon.
Post # 7
I love submerged orchids (white and green), but I’m not sure about the roses.
Post # 8
Black is fine! I agree with Creb about the ribbon idea.
Post # 9
I think you identified what I was going to point out. Practice makes perfect! I would definitly try to find a ribbon with a pattern you like to break it up a little. = )
Post # 10
Also, what color are your table linens going to be? If the linens will be white then the black may not look bad. If they linens are black then I think black roses wouldn’t show up too well and it would be hard to identify what they are.
Post # 11
I like the idea, I’m not fond of the black flowers though. Perhaps greeen cymbidium orchids as your accent.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant
I think they’re fabulous! I agree with a lot of your points, but I do think that one ribbon color will be fine for all of the vases, and white might be fantastic for it!
Good luck and great job, they’re beautiful!
Post # 13
They look great! I think the black flowers look great and are a stunning contrast to the white flowers! The only thing for me is if you were to use black flowers, with those vases maybe change up the ribbon color? That way you can have some contrast there as well. Maybe som pattern as was suggested above or green? Good luck!
Post # 14
that’s exactly the style i want to do for my centerpieces eventually just with lillies instead of roses.
Post # 15
Thanks everyone for your input!
@crebre – thanks so much for the idea of using some type of patterned ribbon!
@caszos – the linens will be white. I was worried about all white flowers blending in too much.
@myrag – thank you for the example of the orchids. That may be a good option is I decide not to use black (or opt for real flowers!)
Edit: I meant to add – I really am not good at taking pictures and the black flowers don’t appear as dark in person (if that makes sense). It’s easier to make out that they are flowers in person.
Post # 16
Just a few thoughts, take ’em or leave ’em 🙂
what if you lost the stems and flipped the roses (rose heads) upside down submerged? So they were directly underneath the floating candle?
Or somehow could make the rose head “sit” on the bed of marbles submerged?
I think the water level could be a bit lower so that it hit where the vase is narrowest at the top.
Maybe tie the ribbon around the votive holders instead of the vases?