It's that time of year, when brides all over America are putting the finishing touches on plans for their summer weddings. The dates are set, locations are booked, the dress is inevitably on order and it's time to be thinking about wedding flowers. I was married in 2002 in Boston at the Arlington Street Church with a reception following at the Four Seasons overlooking the Boston Public Garden. One of my favorite things about the wedding planning was selecting the flowers. I got rather hung up on choosing my centerpiece containers -- and that is a bit of the backstory on how The Well Appointed House was formed. When I initially started the site in late 2001, with a full launch following my wedding in '02, the website started selling fabulous wedding items. It has grown to sell items for every room of the house -- and it's a great site for newlyweds! Though I still haven't lost my love of flowers and that eternal search for the right centerpiece container. I would like to recommend some of my favorite sites: Jamali Garden in NYC, Save on Crafts, Koyal Wholesale and of course, Etsy. They have fabulous glass and metal containers for wedding celebrations. Sometimes you can find fun cake plateaus and stands in Martha Stewart's home collection for Macy's and they are usually reasonably priced. In some settings, a luxurious metal revere pedestal bowl is beautiful, while in other ballrooms the glimmer of crystal pedestals or glass vases is just perfect. Milk glass can also be charming, as in the arrangement below with the white ranunculus with blue flowers. Often, when ordering in bulk, brides can secure discounts. Don't be afraid to ask! Here are a few favorites for inspiration:Pin It
This one is charming with ranunculus in a milk glass container.
I love this one with beautiful shades of blues by Preston Bailey.
Phalaenopsis orchids, mimosa blossoms, and gold and white French tulips blend perfectly in this sunny arrangement by the team at Martha Stewart.
Here are some creative and unusual centerpiece ideas! I love the hot air balloon idea!
Save your tea tins for this informal idea of placing bouquets in tins.
I keep a drawer full of Harvey & Sons in my kitchen and what a great idea to transform them into arrangements! Check back for more wedding planning ideas on our blog! Take a look at Net-a-Porter's Wedding Shop for wedding day fashion ideas!