This is the second in a series of posts from South Wales florist, Verity at Blush Floral Art. She’s going to be delving into the world of floral trends, tips and advice for making the most of your bouquets and inspiration for your big day. In this post she’s focussing on vintage centrepieces :)
So our last post focussed on bridal bouquets and upcoming trends, and we gave you a sneaky peek at some of our favourites. Flowers can play a big part in setting the scene and creating atmosphere and there is so much more that you can do with flowers to make your day feel unique and special.
We have had some amazing weddings over this past year allowing us to get really creative with flowers and help our gorgeous brides (and grooms!) express their style and personality and tell their love stories.
Inspiring Vintage Centerpieces
We often use a lot of props to set up little ‘tablescapes’ incorporating special china or family portraits. This week our post focuses on vintage themes – which is still a theme going strong as it lends itself well to so many styles and venues, but particularly an ‘afternoon tea’ style.
We hire out a lot of bits and pieces to make our wedding decorations extra special – but you can collect your own, hire or borrow pieces. Sometimes with flowers less is more – a single carefully selected individual flower in a beautiful or unusual container speaks volumes!
For gift tables and odd corners glass bell jars or cloches work well with a range of themes, and work perfectly with tiny posies or single beautiful blooms to really draw your eye.
Think about your table arrangements creatively with your florist. Dressing a long table doesn’t always mean one long formal display! Vintage/rustic/romantic decor themes lend themselves particularly well to a more relaxed approach to dressing a long top table. One of our brides chose different shaped pewter coffee and teapots, filled with flowering mint and english garden roses for her top table display. We piled them on rustic log slices and vintage books, don’t they look great? :)
Flowers can also help ‘set the scene’ and immediately create atmosphere, drama or ambience as part of a welcome drinks table, for example. Gift tables with props can create interesting tablescapes: incorporating family portraits and interesting or meaningful objects help set your floral displays and tell a bit more of your story.
Here are a few ways we have used our vintage ladder with different floral decorations and family portraits as part of wedding decor. One bride’s vintage bicycle helped liven up a corner of a marquee wedding with a display of garden roses – it also makes a fantastic photo prop!
Wedding breakfasts are now taking many different forms and one of our favourites is the trend for afternoon teas instead of the more formal wedding breakfast. From a quirky Alice and Wonderland feel to a pretty vintage tea table with eclectic vintage china, this style of celebration lends itself really well to an mixed table display.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these inspiring centrepieces – I’d love to know what you’re planning for your tables! :) Are you going for a big display or lots of small ones? Let me know in the comments :)
Once a fortnight Verity will cover a different floristry subject for us, so if you have any questions or need help with some inspiration for your bouquet then leave us a comment and we can answer it in the next post! :)
You can see a selection of Verity’s work in this gallery: