If you’re stumped on what direction to give your florist, we understand; the amount of inspiration out there can be overwhelming. Not only that, but so much of what is out there on Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs are so over-the-top it really doesn’t help the couple that wants something a little more, eh, budget friendly. And even if budget isn’t your primary concern, huge and extravagant centerpieces may not be your thing. Sometimes simpler is just better.
Now, don’t get us wrong, simple doesn’t have to equate to boring or dull—nope. We’ve seen some absolutely stunning arrangements that are clean and minimal and totally on-trend. Simple doesn’t just mean minimal, either. It can mean that the amount of “ingredients” used in your centerpieces is limited to one or two types of flower or greenery. Or, it could mean that, instead of a lush and overflowing arrangement, you have a collection of smaller bud vases running down your tables or clustered in the middle of each. Maybe simple means you use a wide variety of flowers but only use a single stem in each vessel. Or, maybe, it means that you stick to flowers of only one color—say, white—and the rest of the lushness comes from the greenery in your arrangements.
However you want to incorporate it, there are so many beautiful ways to bring simplicity into your arrangements. Here are some of our favorite ways to execute simple floral wedding centerpieces.
An almost Ikebana take on wedding flowers, this branchy, structural centerpiece by Fox Fodder Farm would work perfectly on a larger scale as a bar arrangement, or accompanied by smaller bud vases along your table with single stems.
All white blooms, including elegant calla lilies, were placed in simple glass containers of different shapes to create this polished centerpiece setup.
Lush bougainvillea draped loosely down the center of the table as a makeshift runner adds color and vibrance to an otherwise minimal table.
Mix small copper vessels (which are trending) with matte white bud vases and fill them both with greenery and minimal florals and even some pampas grass (also trending) for a modern and simple color palette.
It doesn't get more simple than mono-fleur (aka, using only one type of flower). Talk to your florist about what's in peak seasonally for your wedding date (in this case it was lilac) and then have them go to work arranging using only that flower. Unless of course the answer is peonies, which could be pretty expensive unless you are using single stems.
Having a tropical wedding? You don't have to go all birds of paradise and hibiscus, try having your florist source local greenery in varying sizes and then arrange them as single stems in clear bottles (not mason jars). This is also a really great budget saver.
Instead of preciously designed, tight and neat arrangements, try having your florist design centerpieces that are looser and feel more natural. Like wildflowers instead of big face flowers such as peonies or garden roses.
Anthuriums are trending big time right now, and since they're such a prominent element in any arrangement, just adding a couple of single stems in the same color palette and some structural greens pares this down so as not to make it too over-the-top.
It doesn't get simpler than this. Anemones make for perfect single or double stems grouped en masse to make more of an impact. Their meandering stems and graphic coloring make them perfect as a star flower for your tables.
This beautiful white fritillaria plant is so delicate and organic, it doesn't even need to be accompanied by any extra greenery or flowers—just a few candles.