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For our DIY or better yet DIT (do-it-together) couples, we decided to gather a few fresh ideas for creative centerpieces that are low on effort but big on “wow” factor. These centerpieces would be a beautiful addition to a wedding or a special event. Buy your bulk flowers from a reputable online vendor such as BunchesDirect. This will save you up to 70% from retail florists, with farm fresh flowers delivered right to your door for you to work your creative magic!

Ribbon Vase with Bright Blooms

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Buy a square tin from the dollar store and hot glue on ribbons in various pretty colors to coordinate with your theme. Choose brightly colored flowers such as these pink peonies, pink tulips, red roses, and bright green verbena to create some gorgeous visual “punch.” This effect is more casual and festive, so it would suit a variety of venues and less formal themes.

Dreamy Driftwood

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If you have having a beach or farm wedding, you can make a very creative table display out of a piece of old driftwood, lumber, or an interesting tree branch. Drill holes for the flowers and order up a selection of your favorite blooms such as bold dahlias, pretty roses and dainty ranunculus. You can use slim bud vases or even beakers to hold water for your flowers.

Pumpkin Vase Centerpieces

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If you are having a fall wedding or event, using pumpkins for vases combined with warm orange-toned flowers creates the perfect touch! Remove pumpkin tops, thoroughly clean and hollow out space inside, and add tin cans or other plastic containers to hold the water. Choose flowers such as orange calla lilies, coral roses, or orange gerbera daisies to enhance the autumn effect.

Above and Below 

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Create a long linear centerpiece effect with flowers and greens and keep your flowers all the same color, such as this clean white selection. For extra-amazing effect, hang separate blooms such as white carnations from clear fishing wire overhead. Your guests are sure to be amazed and your event will be the talk of the town.

Stacked Plexiglass

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Purchase plexiglass boxes from a craft or organizer store. Fill each one with a different variety of flower. For most impact, place one flower type in uniform color in each box, coordinating the overall color choices with your other decor accents. Stack the boxes– and bingo, you will have one of the most creative centerpieces at any event, with very little effort!

Do you have a tip for your own creative centerpiece? Feel free to share in comments or email us at [email protected] We always love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

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Even the most ideal venue can have a few challenging elements. Whether your venue is drab or fab, flowers are a perfect way to dress your day!

Using fresh flowers to conceal things you don’t love, or enhance the things you do, is a perfect solution; the bonus is that you can add color, life and impact while complementing your theme at the same time. Buy in bulk from a reputable online vendor and you will be surprised how much you can do, for an amazing price.

Check out these great tips for using flowers to make sure all the elements of your venue are at their very best.

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Fountains

If the entrance to your wedding or event has a fountain, consider not having predictable water running full out from each tier. Adding fresh flowers to a tier instead of water converts a traditional concrete element into an instant style statement. This is sure to get your guests talking as they walk up to your big event. Try hydrangeas, snapdragons and longer greens like seeded eucalyptus.

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Trees

If there is a tree that you don’t love, or perhaps a few that you do, use fresh flowers to add an aerial focal point. The pops of color will brighten the bark and enhance your wedding theme if you go for a coordinating look. These hanging pomanders (kissing balls) are perfect in this outdoor venue. Click to find out more about floral pomanders.

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Staircases

If your venue has a staircase, don’t overlook it! Enhance it with the addition of a garland of greens and/or fresh blooms in softly coordinating hues. Adding candles and other creative touches is another way to add impact and guest enjoyment. A simple staircase can become something truly breathtaking!

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Chandeliers

Don’t forget the overhead light fixtures at your venue. Some of these can be pretty drab and dull. Hide the metal and add life and color to what is usually strictly utilitarian by draping your favorite fresh flowers and greens for a stunning visual display. Click to read more about Floral Chandeliers.

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Swimming Pool

If your venue contains a pond or a swimming pool, don’t miss the opportunity to add more flowers to play up this feature. You can buy floating boards of styrofoam and plastic to hold beautiful floral centerpieces. Use hearty flowers such as ferns, daisies, mums, and lilies. Another idea is to float pomanders or even just to scatter rose petals or carnation tops on the water’s surface.

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Walls

Let’s face it, walls at the venue can be bare and drab without some added “wow” factor. Don’t overlook some added pizazz for any wall located behind a key element of your celebration, such as the cake or dessert table, bride and groom table, gift table or a bar. Create a lovely backdrop by using flowers to make a flower accent piece. Another fun idea is to tape flowers, stem and all, to a backdrop, for a simple yet so interesting touch! Click to read more about Floral Backdrops.

 

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Wedding Color and Style: What Does Not Work for your Wedding?

Simply because you’re crazy about orange and purple, for example, it doesn’t mean the combo will suit your wedding décor. There are expectations, of course, but in general you shouldn’t combine more than 3-4 colors for your wedding. Using similar blends when decorating adds cohesion and flow. Narrowing down your palette and deciding on just a few colors prevents your wedding décor from having a messy, unorganized feel. If the goal is to craft an avant-garde, undone look, choose different shades of the same color. This way, you add depth and prevent your deco from looking chaotic and unorganized.

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For a striking style with a hint of originality, a monochrome décor with a bold hint such as turquoise or vivid purple adds a touch of glam. The main focus should be to craft a beautiful, tailored wedding décor with an impact.

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Trendy colors may not match with your sense of style

Just because some colors are trendy and everyone is using them, it doesn’t mean they will work for you. Letting yourself get carried away by what’s cool and completely ignoring what you actually like may lead to a wedding décor disaster. The palette you’ve settled on should make you go “wow” in a blink of an eye. Consider the patterns and colors all around you on a daily basis. Then ask yourself: which of these colors make me feel the happiest?

Getting the color ratio wrong

When choosing a style and color palette for your wedding décor, pay close attention to color ratio. Do not ignore the eye’s need for peace and tranquility. Even though you’ve settled on two dominant colors and you love them both just as much, doesn’t mean you should use both in a 50-50 proportion. Before moving any further, choose one color to dominate the scenery. The choice will then affect further decisions you’ll have to make for lighting and linens. If bright orange is your favorite, a second color should be less striking. Go for a pastel pink or pale baby blue rather than bright aqua.

It’s very important to choose colors that complement your décor beautifully, and not distract. Balancing colors thoughtfully is fundamental to making even the boldest, craziest blends work together beautifully.

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Predictable colors are a “no-no”

Certain color blends have obvious connotations. Red & green, or white & blue are over-used blends we’ve seen over and over again at weddings. Your wedding shouldn’t remind your guests of some other wedding. If these are your favorite shades, then so be it. But add them in combination with a third, more unusual nuance to give your décor a sense of complete originality. Steer clear of Christmassy blends, or combos that are specific to an important national or international holiday. Yellow dresses for your bridesmaids and red bouquets might make your guests think about McDonald’s. And you certainly don’t want to see that happen in the most important event of your life.

Your chosen color palette may not work with the color of your chosen venue

If you’ve already decided on a venue, the color palette you want to use for the décor may not blend smoothly with the tone of the venue. It’s very important to assess the wall coverings, flooring, and art already embedded. Then make sure it goes well with your preferred floral arrangements, linens, etc. Prioritize and then make a decision: do you want to stick with your favorite three color blends and change venues, or vice versa?

Country clubs dominated by maroon and navy carpets, can’t sustain a striking blend of fuchsia and pastel turquoise. Sure, there are always solutions, and you can cover up the original décor of the venue. But you’ll end up spending a lot of money. A smart move can be to decide on a venue that’s decorated in the simplest way possible.

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Suffolk cottages holidays that feature earthy tones of brown and vintage-inspired décor, can be brought back to life with beautiful floral arrangements. If  you’re not a fan of wild, seasonal flowers, you can keep things simple with white & pastel orange roses. The blend will give a completely different allure to a venue that looked boring and way too old-fashioned in the beginning.

BunchesDirect would like to thank our guest blogger Maxwell Donovan of the beautiful Wilderness Reserve luxury holiday cottages, for another amazing post!