While browsing around the kitchen section at IKEA a few days ago (and returning a few unused items from Jill’s wedding- we’ll be doing a special post about it with all kinds of juicy details in a few weeks!), we were inspired to talk about one of our most requested table centerpieces…the grouping. At least 1/3 of our recent bridal consultations have come in with magazine and blog photo inspiration of tables filled with bottles, jars, and other glass containers. We love creating this look for weddings and it can be really easy when you have been collecting vessels for a while. Some people don’t realize achieving a look like this can be an expensive and time consuming project though; eBay purchases often have high shipping costs and thrifting takes devotion!
One of our favorite clean and simple groupings is the wildflower laboratory. We went on the hunt at IKEA for lab/beaker style containers made of thin clear glass, and added in some votive holders to work as tiny “petri” dishes. This type of arrangement is great if you don’t have the time to search for containers secondhand or want a more uniform look between tables. Here’s a few tips on how to DIY and use a variety of containers to get a natural, not too fussy, not too messy look. All of the containers we used in this post (15) cost around $24.
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• When shopping for containers look outside the vase section- you can find some great candleholders, glasses, jars, pitchers, and trays to double as vases.
• Limit your search to a single material- clear glass works best for a “lab look”.
• Groupings of odd numbers usually work best, but evens are ok if you are using multiples of the same size piece (ex. four votive floaters together on a cocktail table).
• Limit your flower types to five or six and use them in different combinations. You can float single lilac and ranunculus blossoms, use a single stem of each in test tube vases, create tight posies of each by themselves, and also make tiny arrangements using them together. That gives you seven different options using only two types of flowers!
• Don’t forget about plants. Layered gravel, dirt, and moss with a succulent or small wildflower plant on top can be a fun and unexpected addition to your grouping (and you can make them a bit further ahead of time too).
• Don’t be afraid to set loose blossoms that hold well out of water or succulents right on the table.
Some of our suggested groupings for different table sizes are:
-Cocktail tables- Four small votive floaters or a grouping of three different vessels (bud vase, small cup, votive).
-Dinner rounds- Grouping of 5 or 7; including at least one larger vessel, one tall skinny vase, and several smaller pieces.
-Long dinner- Several small groupings of at least three or a meandering line of vessels all the way down the center.
Good luck and have fun experimenting with your laboratory!