It wouldn't be a wedding without flowers. However, flower arrangements from a florist are expensive, adding hundreds of dollars to the cost of a wedding. If you're just a bit handy and have an ample supply of fresh flowers and greens, it's not difficult to make your own flower arrangements for a wedding.
Search second-hand stores, or dollar stores, for vases that are about the same height and width. The height should be no more than 10 inches. The vases don't have to identical. You will need one for each table at the reception, plus additional vases for the wedding ceremony if desired.
Strip the leaves from the stems of the flowers and cut off an inch of stem. Place in ice-cold water in a bucket or plastic container.
Fill each vase with ice water. Cut the stems of the flowers and greenery so they are all the same length, about 4 or 5 inches taller than the vases. Place 6 to 10 flowers in each vase and three or four stems of greenery. Fill in with generous amounts of baby's breath. The bouquets don't have to be identical. The baby's breath will give them a uniform look, as will the colored tissue paper and ribbons.
Pour out the water before transporting to the wedding site and replace with 3 to 4 inches of fresh ice water. Do not fill the vases with water.
Transport the vases to the wedding site in a double cardboard box for every four vases. Stuff crumbled newspapers between the vases to keep them steady and upright while driving.
Wipe off the vase with a dry towel. Place three sheets of tissue paper under the vase in their final place on the tables at the reception. Two sheets should be perpendicular to each other and the third catty corner. Bring the sheets up around the vase as if you were wrapping a bottle of wine. Fasten around the stems of the flowers or around the neck of the vase, whichever is easier, with floral wire. Twist the wire.
Tie a length of the ribbon around the vase and over the wire to hide it. Fasten a bow made with the remaining length of ribbon to the vase by twisting it to the length of ribbon already attached. Fluff up the tissue paper.