How to Make Wedding Centerpieces With Submerged Flowers
Go for a modern, chic look with an underwater arrangement
By Julie Hampton
Contemporary centerpieces are simple to create by submerging flowers in large glass vases. The submerged flower is magnified by the glass and water, showing the detail of the flower's petals and leaves. Large vases filled with crystal-clear water on each table make striking centerpieces. Additional items, such as rocks and candles, add to the wedding decor. The finished look is simple, yet very beautiful. Submerged flower centerpieces take several hours to create; make sure to plan accordingly on your wedding day.
- What You Need to Know
- Gather the items you'll need to create your submerged flower display, including glass vases, flowers, aquarium glue, fishing weights, clear fishing line, decorative glass marbles or rocks, and distilled water.
Choose large glass vases of varying heights. For most tables, one large vase or a group of three is appropriate.
Pick flowers for each vase. Orchids are one of the most popular choices for submerged centerpieces because of the broad range of colors available. Most flowers work well submerged in water. Coordinate colors with other wedding decorations. Real flowers are recommended over synthetic flowers. Artificial flowers may bleed dye, and flaws will be magnified.
Glue the flowers to the bottom of the vase using aquarium glue. A second option is to tie fishing weights to the bottom of the flowers using clear fishing line. Allow the flowers to sink to the bottom of the vase. Bamboo and decorative tree branches can also be glued to the vase for additional height, texture and color.
Add decorative rocks, crystals or glass bobbles to the bottom of the vase if desired. Black pebbles are a popular modern route. Filling the vase with added rocks is optional; however, the rocks will hide the fishing weight.
Fill the vases with distilled water, which does not contain additives or chemicals that may be found in tap water. The flowers can be submerged for several days in distilled water. But if your arrangement includes unsubmerged flowers as well, create the arrangements either the day before or the day of the wedding to avoid wilting flowers. Watch the flowers as you fill the vases with water. If they begin to droop, consider only partially filling the vases.
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Julie Hampton is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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