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How to Make Floating Flower Wedding Centerpieces

A few flowers and accessories can make memorable floating centerpieces

By Julie Hampton

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Floating flowers in clear vases make a stunning centerpiece display at your wedding. The centerpieces have a modern minimalist and contemporary look and can be displayed at the church ceremony and at the reception. The flowers float in round, shallow vases. The floating centerpieces are simple to create and are inexpensive to put together. The end result is a memorable artistic creation for your wedding day.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Floating flower wedding centerpieces are easy to create with the right materials. In addition to water, flower petals and vases, you can enhance your centerpieces by including tea lights or candles on top of the water, or perhaps rocks or glass beads for the bottom of the vase.

Step 1:

Determine the type flower for the vases. Coordinate the flowers with the bride's bouquet and other colors at the wedding.

Step 2:

Decide how many flowers will naturally float in the vase. Do not overcrowd the vase. Use an odd number of flowers: three or five flowers per vase.

Step 3:

Trim each flower's stem to one inch. Cut the stem at an angle to maximize the cut's surface area and help the flower absorb plenty of water. Fill the bottom of the vases with rocks, glass bobbles or other decorative pieces. The vases can be left without further decorations; sometimes less is more. Place the vases at table setting. Use a watering can to fill the vases to avoid carrying heavy vases filled with water. Add the flowers to the vases, allowing them to float naturally.

Step 4:

Decorate around the floating centerpiece. Add baby's breath or greenery. Unscented tea lights and small candles can be set on the table around the centerpieces for glow and ambiance. Incorporate vases of various sizes throughout the reception area, including near the guest book, buffet and bar.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Do not place candles close to greenery that may catch fire. Opt for battery-powered flameless tea lights that look realistic.
  • Order slightly more flowers than necessary for the centerpieces in case some are damaged or unusable upon arrival.
  • Keep water-filled vases and burning candles out of the reach of children.

About the Author

Julie Hampton is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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