Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to a DIY wedding centerpiece using roses and orchids – it looks super rich, but it’s not terribly expensive.

Supplies:

  • Oasis bricks
  • Floral knife
  • Vases
  • Roses
  • Orchids (I used the Mokara variety here, but you could easily substitute Dendrobiums, or mini Cymbidiums)

The easiest DIY floral centerpieces to create involve using a brick of oasis in the base of the arrangement. If your vases are clear glass, you can easily hide the oasis (and lots of other flaws below) by wrapping Ti leaves or Ginger leaves around the inside of the vase.

Step One: Soak the oasis for a few hours until it’s completely saturated. If you don’t let it soak long enough, you compromise the lifespan of your wedding blooms. It’s easier to cut when it’s wet, too.

Step Two: Cut the oasis brick to fit as snugly as possible in the vase. If you’re using clear glass – this is when you wrap the disguising leaves around the oasis, then put it all into the vase and smooth it out along the sides. Trim your roses to a height that is the tallest you would want the arrangement when a stem is standing straight up. You can always trim off more stem, but you cannot put it back.

Step Three: begin the arrangement by placing one rose at the center of the top of the oasis, and then make lines out in four directions creating quadrants. Continue filling the oasis in a circular pattern working from top to bottom.

Step Four: Insert stems of orchids in an attractive pattern amongst the roses. Play with the height of the orchid stems to give the arrangement dimension, but be sure to match the approximate height across all the arrangements so they don’t look funny next to each other.

Step Five: When the arrangement are completed (you can wiggle bloom heights around until they look perfect), add water to the vases. If you won’t be moving them til overnight, fill each vase halfway, and you shouldn’t have sloshing problems during transport. But be sure to keep an eye on water levels because flowers that have been shipped, or out of water for an extended period, will really suck it up once given the opportunity.

Add-ons: You can certainly use a bigger variety of flowers to make your arrangement more interesting and colorful. I highly recommend sticking with roses as a base flower unless you’ve got a lot of time (and a lot of extra flowers to practice with) in advance. It may look easy, but it can be tricky to get everything to appear uniform and attractive from every angle.