Long view by Britt Hobart
Photo: Britt Hobart

A centerpiece can transform a tablescape and is pretty much mandatory at weddings. Fresh flowers add serious panache and unify a space, but assembling a whole bunch of individual arrangements that work well together is a bit tricky.

Flowers are a natural material and each stem has its own unique qualities and shape, making it virtually impossible for any two arrangements to look exactly the same. So if you want to create a cohesive look you need to be strategic about what you put in that mason jar. The classic wedding rhyme,”something old, something new, something funky, something blue,”  (with a floral design twist) makes it easy to make arrangements that are dynamic and beautiful and tie the room together.

But before you start sticking your flowers in a Mason jar lay the groundwork with a little cross-hatching and greenery.

cross hatch top

filler greens for floral design

Something old. This is your reminder to include something classic. Roses are a perennial favorite. Their big blooms and impressive array of colors make them the perfect “something old” for your centerpieces. Stock might the the most un-inspired flower name ever, but is a beautiful flower full of blooms and it is also an old stand-by. Include it in your arrangements for color and fullness.

Roses and Stock

Something new. When we talk about weddings we always refer to the seasons, these grand affairs often include a nod to the great outdoors either in their color scheme or the florals themselves. “Something new” is your reminder to include the splendor of the season – be it peonies in June or dahlias in October.

Peony

Something funky. Here’s the twist on the standard rhyme. The best flower arrangements have a bit of unexpected texture. Throughout the year, plants go through an incredible range of cycles which means you always have something available to add interest and contrast to your designs. For this arrangement, one stem of flowering smoke bush was used.

Smoke Bush

Something blue. In this arrangement the word “blue” is literal, but it doesn’t have to be. Red and blue are contrasting colors so the blue thistle was used to make the deep ruby of the peony all the more vibrant. But you can use any of the color theory principles to select flowers that look great together.

Complete with Thistle

Take an old wedding rhyme, put it to new use, and DIY some wedding flowers for someone you love!