Southern Living

Southern brides love a scenic fall wedding complete with stunning floral arraignments, but unfortunately, flowers are one of the more expensive elements of a wedding. To save money without skimping on the stylish elegance that flower arrangements bring to an autumn wedding, join Senior Stylist and expert floral designer Buffy Hargett as she explains how to make a simple centerpiece that transitions perfectly between a bridesmaids’ luncheon, rehearsal dinner, and reception!

This fall centerpiece is as classic as it gets, and the crisp green and white color palate radiate a timeless elegance. Use greenery to begin creating this floral design because it determines the size of the arraignment. Then, add some dusty miller for a touch of wedding white. Next, add in the beautifully fragrant roses. To make sure the flower is completely open, simply put the stem between your hands with the bloom facing the ground, and twist it by rubbing your hands together. This method will ensure you have the most open, fluffy blooms for a fuller centerpiece. The roses are the focal point of the flower arrangement, but you only need about three if they’re big and full. Remember, you can add in greenery to fill the empty spaces. To give the centerpiece a little interest, add in some white ranunculus flowers. Finally, step back and search for any holes that are left in the arrangement. Add greenery and flowers that are the same general color scheme because differing textures and sizes make your centerpiece full and exciting. Another tip: group some of your smaller flowers together for a bigger impact instead of single small stems. For the finishing touch, add a few pieces of a soft, light fern. This centerpiece is textured, striking, and so much easier to make than it looks.

Want to know the best part? Instead of paying for separate centerpieces at every wedding event, you can reuse this one because of its universal look. Simply replace the arrangement’s container for a personal touch at each occasion. You can never go wrong with a simple green and white color palette, and the money you’ll save from making your own centerpieces is a major bonus! 

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