To create dramatic table centres for your wedding reception, the container is as important as the flowers. Your florist will have access to a wide range of vases and other holders that you can hire or buy as part of your arrangement.
Turn your venue into a jungle of beautiful flowers by having arrangments on the backs of the chairs as well as the tables. Using floral foam enables your arrangements to be vertical, as well as horizontal, and last all day.
Flower heads floating in bowls are simple, look magical in candlelight, and your guests won't have to peer round a tall arrangement to talk to one another!
Small posies in clusters of delicate and mismatched containers are a big trend at the moment
A gorgeous armful of lisianthus, roses and stocks in this country garden-style arrangement by Wild Floral Designs, Torquay. The choice of container is as important in keeping to your theme as the choice of flowers; in this case a rustic-looking enamel jug works perfectly. Your florist will have access to a wide range of containers, from tin mugs to giant martini glasses, to find something perfect for you. www.wildfloraldesigns.co.uk
One or two flowers on each guest's plate is a cost-effective but striking idea. Try to group the flowers by colour, as with this freesia
. Cutting the stems very short and placing them in shallow pools of water (in this case in oyster shells) will keep them from drooping. Your florist will have lots of cunning tricks for keeping your flowers alive and fresh-looking, however you want to display them.
Cyclamen flowers as table settings are wonderful for those who don't want table centres for an informal reception
You can make your table arrangements miniature versions of your bridal bouquet
A tutti-frutti summer wedding table with mixed roses and cornflowers is so effective and sure to put a smile on any guest's face.
Calandiva plants in pretty bags make a great table centre for a budget country wedding
Mini kalanchoe plants in silver pots are a great way to save on table centre arrangements
A great way to save money on your table decorations is to pop your bridesmaids bouquets in pretty glass vases
Gorgeous rounded rose table decorations by florist
, with lovely use of butterfly accessories
Your florist will have access to all sorts of fabulous containers for your arrangements, such as these giant martini glasses
Most cut flower heads are happy suspended under water for a little while, and these phalaenopsis
orchids beneath floating candles look enchanting.
Simple and chic - hyacinths and china grass in rows of shot glasses, presented on a mirrored tray.