Thinking about creating your own floral centerpiece for your wedding? Contrary to what some people may believe, it’s not an overly difficult or expensive process. Using just a few basic supplies — including flowers, of course — you can create brilliant centerpieces for your wedding. To get you started on the right foot, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips for creating a floral wedding centerpiece.

Choose In-Season Flowers

Unless you want to pay two, three, or even four times the “normal” price, you should choose flowers for your centerpiece that are in season. Most professional florists can find out-of-season flowers, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

And if something happens to go wrong with your centerpiece, you may not be able to get new flowers on the fly. These are just a few reasons why it’s best to stick with in-season flowers for your centerpiece.

Choose a Glass Vase

I always cringe when I see wedding centerpieces set up in cheap plastic holders. Glass vases are inexpensive and offer a higher level of elegance and sophistication to the centerpiece. If you’re going to create your own centerpiece, spend a couple extra bucks on a glass vase. The crystal-clear glass complements the colorful floral arrangement, improving its visual appeal and overall aesthetic.

Add Candles

You don’t have to limit your centerpiece strictly to flowers. While flowers are obviously the base of any elegant wedding centerpiece, you can also incorporate candles into the mix for another level of depth and complexity. Adding just a couple bold-colored candles can make a world of difference in your centerpiece, so play around with some different candles to see what designs you can create. 

The key thing to remember is that you want the candles to complement the flowers, not vice-versa. Candles should merely be an accessory and not the primary focal point of your centerpiece.

Get a Second Opinion

If you’re struggling to create your own floral wedding centerpiece but don’t want to hire a professional florist, seek the help of a friend or family member. Sometimes all it takes to discover a new layout for your centerpiece is a second opinion. Having someone there to offer constructive criticism and/or suggestions will guide you in the right direction.