For most couples, a lot of wedding planning boils down to the reception. Once the venue is booked, there’s no shortage of details to iron out, from the menu and seating plan to the music and wedding cake. Perhaps the aspect which requires the most planning is the decorations and, with them, your table centrepieces.
Wedding flower centrepieces play a massive role in the reception, tying the overall decor theme together and providing a focal point for each table. As such, it is certainly worthwhile to have creative and captivating centrepieces, even if they do require significant planning to ensure you stay within your floral budget.
Which flowers you buy, and how many of them will make up each centrepiece, will, of course, be determined by your budget. Working out your flower spend simply requires considering how many tables your reception will have—not just for seating, but also the entrance, gifts, and perhaps the buffet—and multiplying accordingly. As strange as it sounds, you’ll also need to consider the shape and size of your tables. Will you opt for a single floral centrepiece in the middle, or are your larger tables going to need several arrangements?
Of course, it is entirely up to you how much of your budget you wish to dedicate to your flowers, and in what priority. For instance, spending less on floral centrepieces on guest tables gives you more to spend on a lavish arrangement for your entrance table arrangement, while using fewer tables that seat more guests frees up your budget. Another useful tip is to use seasonal flowers, rather than importing blooms which will cost more. So, for an autumn wedding, you might consider dahlia or roses for your centrepiece, while for spring nuptials you could use freesias or lilacs.
As well as buying flowers that are in season, choosing the right colours will also be essential. You need to ensure that your wedding table centrepiece ideas work with the overall aesthetic, as clashes can look garish and undermine the effect you’re going for. If you have a distinctive wedding theme or colour scheme, then it’s essential your centrepieces fit in with this too.
You also need to take into account your venue’s lighting. If it is going to be dimly lit, you’ll certainly need brighter plants to offset this. It could also be a good idea to incorporate candles. For centrepieces in the sun, or under bright lights, go for brightly coloured flowers as accents, rather than the main components of your wedding centrepiece.
For your reception’s primary seating area, it’s advisable to keep to one centrepiece style for consistency, while you can be more experimental with the other tables in the room. There are so many ways you can arrange your centrepieces, whether you opt for a layered look consisting of different bouquets or arrangements in different parts of the venue, or an ombre look where you have dark colours on the outer ring of the arrangement, fading into brighter colours inside. You can even mix together contrasting colours, flowers, and styles, but whatever you go for, just make sure that everything is coordinated. If you’re struggling, contact your local and experienced florists for advice on how to create the look you want.
Finally, think about your guests. Don’t pick flowers with a strong scent as it can mix with the smell of food which can be jarring for your guests, especially when they’re eating. You should also consider picking flowers with a lower pollen-count, just in case any of your guests have allergies you didn’t know about. So avoid lilies, hyacinths, peonies, daffodils, or end-of-summer grasses, as they tend to carry more pollen.
It’s also essential that you create enough space for your guests. As tempting as it may be to create an elaborate floral centrepiece, making it too unwieldy could mean it takes up too much room on your tables and inconveniences your guests. A sensible approach would be to opt for basic blooms rather than adding loads of greenery and stems to your centrepieces.