To be quite honest, I had some trouble coming up with an idea for our wedding centerpieces in the beginning. I knew I wanted to incorporate flowers and candles and I knew I wanted something different that would tie in the country chic theme. I also knew that I didn’t want to spend a fortune . . . but I didn’t want something that looked cheap, ha! Yes, I know, a tall order . . . but it was for our wedding after all ;-)
After finding these gems of planter boxes which felt perfect for the theme of our wedding, we tested out different ways of arranging objects and flowers within them. This was actually a really fun DIY project for me and my bridesmaids to work on the morning of our wedding day. And the best part (as with any DIY) is that you can totally customize a centerpiece like this to your taste. Switch up the flowers, the vase, the planter box, and you could end up with something completely different that ties into your wedding!
Supplies (all can be found at your local craft store):
Wood Planter Boxes: We bought ours from Moskatels in Los Angeles, but similar boxes can be found at Michaels or Joanne’s
Tall Cylindrical Vases
Floral Foam (make sure you get the kind that is made for floral arrangements which absorbs water)- they usually come in small blocks.
Sharp knife for cutting the foam
Spray bottle for moistening the foam before inserting the flowers
Here’s how to DIY: Take your foam and cut it so that you have just enough room to insert your cylindrical vase into the center. You may have to get creative with your foam if the sizing is off with your planter box. We found it easiest to cut out chunks of foam to go around the vase. It doesn’t have to be perfect since the flowers will cover it anyways. We did the preparatory work for the planters the night before the wedding so they would be ready for the flowers in the morning. On the morning of the wedding moisten your foam with water by using a spray bottle. Then, take your variety of flowers and leaves and poke the stems into the foam- they should go in without you having to force them. After you are satisfied with your arrangement give the flowers one last spray and voila! they will be ready to go. Once you have the centerpieces at your venue, fill the center vases with water and pop in your floating candle. For added interest to the table, scatter some small candles around the centerpiece :-)
It takes some patience to cut all of the foam, but truly the flower arranging is so much fun! I estimate the cost of each centerpiece to be less than $20 including the cost of the flowers. It was a great way to cut down on the cost of our wedding without sacrificing nice centerpieces.