How to create a DIY Wedding table centrepiece

I spend quite a bit of my time with brides trying to show them how to make maximum impact with the fewest flowers, so that they can stick within their budgets. Sometimes that doesn't mean using just bottles with single stems, but means making a big display with just a few key vases of flowers.

If you want to have a go at creating a centrepiece display that can use some garden stems, and some bought in flowers. - Here's one i made earlier.......

In a table centre display like this, the foliage and interest parts are just as important as the flowers. Here at the end of June, we used a great selection of green and yellow, plus seed heads. Then for the flowers we used the pinks of Campanula, Dianthus and Roses, with White Sweet Williams, and an accent colour of blue from the Tritellia.

The flowers of Dianthus, Campanulas, Bonica Rose, Cornflowers and Tritellia are shown off against a backdrop of Alchemilla, Bulplurum, Nigella, Honesty and Scabious seed heads and mint.

The flowers of Dianthus, Campanulas, Bonica Rose, Cornflowers and Tritellia are shown off against a backdrop of Alchemilla, Bulplurum, Nigella, Honesty and Scabious seed heads and mint.

Because we don't use Floral foam, and the vase we were using had a wide neck, our first task was to put in some chicken wire to support the stems so that we could have a bigger effect.

Vase with chicken wire

I then started by creating a shape and support matrix for the flowers with the foliage. Bulplurum was the first to be added because its thin wiry stems give strong support. Then mint for scent, Alchemilla and the seed heads were added in.

Foliage base for centrepiece

At this stage the vase was already looking like  a centrepiece display, but we added in the scented round heads of the Sweet Williams

and then the bell flowers of the campanula, the Roses and Campanula, and then the Tritelia bulbs

The finished result would look great as either a top table display, - An entrance hall arrangement, or something to floralise the buffet table.

If you'd like to get ideas for your wedding in the next year, do come along to one of our open days, where we can show you both the flowers, and the types of display you can make up. Either our public open days, where you can turn up whenever you want, and stay as long as you want, or make an appointment for one of our Bridal open days. 

If you'd like to have a go at making your own arrangements, then do sign up to one of our Flower clubs, or our workshops so that you can try your hand at arranging with natural locally grown flowers