Top ten hottest trends in wedding centerpieces

Written By: Elisha Neubauer

A couple’s wedding should be a window into their life together. It should show off their flair for style, personal tastes and, most of all, their individual personalities. What better place to start than with the centerpieces? In the last several years, there have been some new trends popping up in wedding centerpieces. This article provides the top ten hottest styles in reception tables.

Anemones are the new “IT” flower in weddings. They are unique, beautiful, and scentless. They come in a range of jewel tones such as white, pink, blue or red. They can be used in a more modern setting or as vintage-inspired décor. Their season ranges from November to April, so if a couple is opting for a summer wedding, they may have to substitute something similar, such as gerbera daisies.

Gone are the days when everything needed to look exactly alike and symmetrical. Style-savvy couples are now opting for a less unified look, switching things up between tall and short arrangements, or even using multiple color pallets on the tables. Using assorted arrangements will not only add a hint of distinctive flair, but will cut down costs on ordering several identical pieces.

A fresh take on the classics:
Skip the classic red roses and opt for mokara orchids or carnations instead. Not only will it save a couple money on their floral budget, but it will give a twist to a classic.

Color, color, color:
Don’t be shy with color. Jewel tones in hot pallets are all the rage. These can range from magenta to peacock blue to royal purple to tangerine. Using a layer effect with two or more jewel tones gives an eye-popping effect that will capture everyone’s attention.

A lot of brides are now skipping the compact, neatly arranged centerpieces and choosing a more natural look for their tables. Instead of precisely cut roses, loosely arranged wildflowers are being used.

Through the looking glass:
A lot of designers are now running with clear containers. The lack of color in the container of the centerpiece allows for a bold color statement inside. It gives depth and allows for layering in the centerpiece for that special “wow” factor.

Contain this:
Containers have been getting attention from couples recently. Using brightly colored floral arrangements with containers wrapped in eye-catching fabrics gives a certain pop to the table.

Light it up:
Forget floating candles and use lamps instead. A couple can customize the lampshades to match their wedding theme, and the added light can help with a dimly lit venue.

Tree hugger:
Using small baby spruces or other tree-like potted plants will add the finishing touches to a garden or outdoor themed wedding and can be used as wedding favors at the end of the reception.

Layer it:
Use the napkins and place cards to add layers of color to the table. Using individual, brightly colored bud vases or single floral treatments on top of each napkin dresses up a table in an extremely cost-effective manner.


Flowers and types of arrangements for formal events

Written By: Kat Apf

Most formal occasions include flowers in some capacity. Wedding, proms and formal dinner parties normally all incorporate a variety of floral arrangements, from centerpieces to corsages to boutonnieres. The flowers can be of any variety, though there are certain flowers that are considered more formal such as roses, carnations or gardenias.

Type of arrangements


A centerpiece for each table is the norm at formal events. These can range from very simple, small arrangements to tall, elaborate ones. They can consist of only flowers or they can contain many different components such as candles, decorative stones, all kinds of greenery and a variety of containers as well as the flowers.

Centerpieces can reflect the theme of a formal event and each table can have the same centerpieces but sometimes, each one can be different which can lead to a different feel to the event. Centerpieces for formal occasions can really be made using any flowers but roses, calla lilies, gardenias and orchids will all lend a certain elegance to a formal party.

Pinned corsages

While years ago, a pinned corsage for each woman was a must at every event, these days, not so much so. A corsage has a nice, old fashioned elegance to it that can help make a formal occasion just right. Corsages are a lovely touch for a formal event. For the most part, any flower will work but roses are usually used for pinned corsages.

A corsage shouldn’t be huge and uncomfortable, though. Take into account the actual size of a the person wearing it. A huge bouquet pinned to a small child or a shorter adult will look silly. And the decorative additions to the corsage should not be uncomfortable, either. Soft ribbon and smaller embellishments are best for pinned corsages.


Wristlets are synonymous with prom. Some people mistakenly call these corsages but they’re not. A wristlet is basically a bracelet with live flowers attached to it. The key to a good wristlet is that it’s not too big and heavy. Like a pinned corsage, a giant wristlet can quickly become a nuisance to the wearer. If the wristlet has embellishments, such as ribbon, it should be soft so the wearer doesn’t chafe. Again, a variety of flowers can be used for wristlets but the common ones are roses.


A boutonniere makes a good suit look even better. Traditionally, these were almost always carnations or roses but these days, almost any flower can be used for a boutonniere. Proms and weddings are usually where a boutonniere works best but other formal occasions can call for them, too.

Types of flower for formal occasions

As stated above, roses, calla lilies and gardenias are the most popular flowers for formal occasions but don’t feel boxed in. Any flower can be used to make any of the arrangements for a formal celebration. Elegant flowers such as Persian buttercups, Oriental lilies, peonies and orchids can all be made into any arrangement and will work well. The event will most likely dictate what flowers and what types of arrangements will work. Sunflowers and Gerbera daisies will work for a hoedown but probably won’t work for a formal prom.

With the help of a florist

Matching the flowers to the event isn’t that hard to do but if it’s overwhelming, a florist can help. Deciding when corsages, boutonnieres and wristlets are an option is also something a florist can help with. Any formal event can be enhanced with the use of all kinds of floral arrangements.

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