Romance is a key ingredient on your wedding day, and nothing is more romantic than flowers. Do something a little more unusual than run-of-the-mill table arrangements without spending a fortune. Perhaps your bridesmaids and their mothers could get together to put these bouquets together a day or so before your wedding.
Pomanders, known as kissing balls when they're hung, only look like they are difficult to make. They don't take a lot of artistic talent--what they do take is time. Use wide flowers with sturdy stems, like roses, mums, carnations or daises. Start at the top by poking the stems of the flowers into floral foam balls that have been soaked in water. Set the pomanders on wine glasses or bubble vases. Fill the wine glasses with clear glass marbles so the top-heavy balls don't topple them.
Wedding Bouquet Look-Alikes
Create centerpieces for the reception that are smaller versions of the bride's and bridesmaids' bouquets. The easiest and least expensive way to do this is if the wedding bouquets are hand-tied. Group similar flowers, and instead of hand-tying the flowers, put them in vases. Another idea is to choose one flower from the bride's bouquet to place in masses on the tables. There's no arranging involving, simply cut the stems to fit in the vases. This works well with lots of small flowers like mini-carnations, stock and sweetheart roses, or tall flowers like snapdragons, larkspur, delphiniums and orchid sprays.
Sometimes you need only a few stunning flowers to make a statement. Use tall clear vases, and fill them with a few inches of water. Set the vase on a box covered with cloth, metallic foil or wrapping paper. The idea is to get the vase up higher. Put three flowers in the vase so each is at a different height. The flowers should be inside the glass. Asiatic lilies, oriental lilies, anthuriums, orchids, sunflowers and gerbera daisies work well. Set candles around the box. Use a cake stand or put a clear plate on top of an upside down bowl to raise the vase up if you don't want to use a box.
Centerpieces as Favors
Cut down on one of the expenses of your wedding by combining the favors with the centerpiece. Craft individual bouquets of six to ten flowers and some greenery. Tie each bouquet with a ribbon. Place them in a vase in the center of the table. If the table seats eight people, there should be eight bouquets. At the end of the reception, each guest takes home a personal bouquet.