How to DIY Wedding Flower Centerpieces in 8 Easy Steps

You found this post because you're ready to DIY floral centerpieces for your wedding, and we're so glad you're here!

The good news is that you can create a beautiful tablescape unique to your theme and color palette without breaking the bank. The even better news is that it's easy to do by following along with this tutorial!

Using the elegant, traditionally warm shade of Garden Blush, we will demonstrate exactly how to create gorgeous DIY wedding flower centerpieces for your big day.

Here's how to DIY flower centerpieces for a wedding, step-by-step:

What you'll need to DIY flower centerpieces for a wedding

Before you begin crafting, gather up all the materials you'll use for your DIY wedding centerpiece. These are the supplies you'll need for this project:

Ling's Designer Flower Boxes make these DIY wedding table centerpieces easy to pull off. Each box is expertly curated by Ling's in-house designers to translate your wedding colors across your floral decor effortlessly.

Use more blooms for a fuller look to your DIY wedding flower centerpieces. Fewer blooms create a more subtle effect. It's okay to have leftover florals or branches from your flower boxes; you can always use them for another wedding arrangement!

Note: We used Garden Blush for this DIY wedding centerpiece tutorial, but you can choose any color collection that works for you.

How to DIY a wedding flower centerpiece step-by-step

Step 1. Prep your materials

Remove all floral pieces from the box, taking care to flatten the stems and gently puff out the petals as you separate them into categories for later use. 

Once your flowers and branches are in order, remove the Mint Garland from its wrappings and trim it to your desired length. Pieces of different sizes and lengths add depth to the design, so cut accordingly.

A person cutting a greenery garland

Step 2. Cut the floral foam

Next, cut the floral foam to fit the diameter of your flower pots and place it inside. The foam will serve as the base for your DIY wedding flower centerpieces.

A  woman putting flower foam into a vase

Step 3. Get minty

Insert your Mint Garland pieces into the center of the floral foam. Start with the longest strands first. Use three larger flowers as the reference point when creating the framework of the arrangement.

A women putting miny garland and flowers into the vase

Step 4. Time to blossom

Slowly work in blossoms around your three central flowers.  Follow with shorter pieces of the Mint Garland and smaller flower leaves. Notice how the different lengths and textures add drama and dimension to your DIY wedding table centerpieces.

A woman adjusting flowers and leaves

Step 5. Round out the centerpiece

Weave in the remaining blooms to make the centerpiece more full and luxurious. Add a few pearl flowers for an elegant, romantic feel. Fill in any gaps in the arrangement with colored blooms, branches, or bits of mint.

A woman adjusting flowers and leaves

Step 6. Green gradient

Lastly, insert a few light green leaves to create a gradient effect and long-stemmed decorative flowers for added height. And just like that, your first DIY wedding centerpiece is complete!

A blush floral centerpiece placed on a table

Step 7. Repeat success

Next, we will create two smaller DIY centerpieces that complement our first design. 

Just like before, we will start by inserting the mint branches to create a natural, flowing shape. Use free-form flowers and large leaves to curate a sense of elegance.

A women inserting mint garlands into a vase

Step 8. Return to the center

Insert large center flowers to complete the basic framework of the centerpiece. Work in other blooms and bits of greenery to variety and intrigue. Fill in any gaps with light green flowers and extra mint.

A women inserting flowers into the vase

Step 9. Celebrate 

Once you've finished all three flower pots, take a moment to admire your hard (DIY) work! Keep an eye out for any openings in the arrangements, adjusting the flowers and branches until satisfied.

A few pink floral centerpieces put on a wedding table

Finally, go ahead and give yourself a big pat on the back- you've just created three beautiful DIY wedding flower centerpieces!

Frequently asked questions

We think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to learn how to make centerpieces for a wedding, but it's okay to have some questions.

Check out some of the most common queries we get about DIY wedding flower centerpieces-

Note: If you get stuck, you can always tag us on social media or comment below; we'd love to help!

Why are wedding centerpieces so expensive?

All things wedding can be costly. But floral arrangements, in particular, can come with a shocking price tag, partially because most of us don't buy large quantities of flowers that often and don't know what to expect.

You've probably noticed that there are many flower arrangements involved in a wedding. Depending on the size, the wedding table centerpieces can use many flowers, making them expensive. Premade arrangements will save you time because you’re paying for labor, AKA someone else’s time. This is one reason why many couples choose to DIY flower centerpieces for their wedding. 

Should you DIY wedding centerpieces?

For anyone on a budget or who loves crafting, DIY'ing your own floral centerpieces can cut some serious slack to your wedding budget. 

A women sharing flowers with friends

Although we pride ourselves on creating an easy-to-follow and understand tutorial, if you know that crafting isn't your thing or you are short on time, purchasing a premade wedding centerpiece might make more sense. 

So, should you DIY wedding centerpieces? We always encourage doing whatever's best for your individual situation. Simply put, there is no 'right' way to do things!

Can you use faux flowers for wedding centerpieces?

You can absolutely use faux flowers for wedding centerpieces or any floral decor! The advantages of artificial florals are many, but here are a few of our favorites:

  • Good for your budget. Let's be real, weddings are expensive, and the costs of decor alone can add up quickly. Utilizing faux flowers for your wedding centerpieces helps maximize your budget.
  • Faux forever. It's a commonly known fact that organic flowers fade quickly, sometimes in as little as hours or days. Compare that to artificial flowers that will last months or years. This means you can reuse your wedding flower centerpieces for future events like anniversaries or even repurpose them as souvenirs for guests. The possibilities are endless!
  • Easy to DIY. Going back to that oh-so-important wedding budget, DIY'ing your centerpieces and other arrangements can save you some serious cash. Faux blooms are much easier to use for craft projects, as they are more sturdy than their organic counterparts, yet they are still simple to bend and re-shape.
  • A person inserting greenery into a centerpiece

For the full list of why artificial flowers are a great choice, check out all the pros of going faux.

How many flowers are needed for a wedding centerpiece?

How many flowers are needed for a wedding centerpiece will depend on the size of the pieces, the size of the blooms and greenery you use, and the number of arrangements you'll be DIY'ing.

A few pink floral centerpieces placed on a table

For a more in-depth look, read how much flowers cost for a wedding or use our handy wedding flower budget calculator.

What is the number one rule in selecting a centerpiece?

The number one rule for selecting a centerpiece is considering the shape of the table. Here's a quick breakdown of table shapes vs centerpieces-

  • Round: This table type works best with a single centerpiece or a few tall, delicate pieces. This shape can easily be overwhelmed, so every choice needs to be strategic.
  • Square: A square table will have more options as you have more space in the center than other shapes. If you love elaborate, showstopping bouquets, a square table will give you the space you need.
  • Rectangular: These tables are ideal for multiple centerpieces. Consider using one larger middle piece with smaller arrangements on each end, as we do in this DIY wedding flower centerpiece tutorial.

Whatever your table shape, your centerpiece must be proportional to avoid looking sparse or overbearing. Your arrangements must also be the correct height to allow guests to see and talk without shouting over flowers. 

Note: Although table shape may be the most important rule to consider when selecting a centerpiece, it's, of course, important to stick to your budget. Even the most beautiful floral masterpiece will look less attractive if sprayed with a cloud of 'I overspent' guilt.

What is the most popular form of centerpiece for weddings?

It's a tale as old as time; the classic floral arrangement is the most traditional centerpiece, regardless of size, shape, or color. No matter your choice in blooms, floral centerpieces just say 'wedding.'

What should not be used for a centerpiece?

Now you know that traditional floral decor is the most popular form of centerpiece for a wedding. 

So, what should you avoid using for a centerpiece? While every wedding is unique, here's a basic guideline of things to avoid for your table centerpiece:

  • Skip fragrant florals. Avoid heavily scented flowers. Besides the risk of aggravating allergies, guests may not want to be overwhelmed with scent while they dine.
  • Go light on glitter. Look, we love a good sparkle. You don't have to avoid glitter altogether but set a limit if you use it for your tablescape. The last thing you want to see is your loved ones picking glitter out of their food or off their clothes.
  • Avoid overcrowding. Don't use all of your tablescapes for beautiful displays of floral artistry. Oversized centerpieces will disrupt the flow of conversation. Remember, as tempting as it can be to go full-on flower power, your guests will need a place to eat and chitchat. 
  • Don't go against your wedding theme. This may seem obvious, but your centerpieces should match your wedding theme and color palettes. Your tablescape is the ideal place to support your wedding theme.
  • A few pink floral centerpieces placed on a table

Those are just a few things to consider leaving out of your big day. As always, do what makes the most sense for you and your sweetheart.

Put us at the center of it

Now that you've successfully created DIY'd 3 beautiful floral centerpieces, it's time to show off your hard work! Tag us on Instagram @lingsmoment for a chance to be featured. We can't wait to see what your creative spirit comes up with! 

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