When it comes time to create centerpieces for a wedding, many brides are stumped. There have been so many wonderful centerpieces created for weddings that it is often times hard to figure out what is the right centerpiece for your wedding. One of the most creative and unique centerpiece styles is one that is created using found glass bottles, jars and vases from a thrift store and having a few fresh flowers tucked into each. When arranged along a long, family style table, these objects create a centerpiece that is unique, interesting and a true conversation starter.
When shopping for your glassware, keep these things in mind:
- Look for relatively clean and undamaged glass items. You will be placing all the glassware in a dishwasher or hand washing them so they do not need to be squeaky clean, but any piece that looks like it may have a tough stain or residue may be more of a hassle than what it is worth.
- Keep in mind height, shape and textures. A mixture of assorted heights, shapes, textures, styles and even color variations in the glass itself will create an overall look to your centerpiece that is interesting to the eyes and will keep your guests looking to find all the different pieces you have chosen.
- The longer the table you have, the more pieces you will want for that table. This is one case where less is not more. You want to look at the finished table and see a relatively solid piece going along the center of it. A few pieces on a long table will look skimpy and seem as if you gave the entire look a half hearted attempt.
- Thrift stores are ideal places to find your glassware as their inventory is always updating as donated items come into the store. On one excursion, this author was able to find almost 200 pieces at one store alone simply due to the store having a rather large inventory. Don’t be afraid to look not only in the section where the store has vases but also in the sections where cups and drinking glasses are placed. Often you will find unique pieces in these areas.
- Last, mix up your pieces. Look for an assortment of unique vases, wine bottles, oil and vinegar containers, jelly jars, old medicine bottles, wine glasses, beer mugs and anything that has an interesting shape. The more varied the pieces, the more interesting your finished centerpiece will be.
After you have collected your pieces, work with your floral designer to decide on the types and colors of flowers you wish to use. Let you designer suggest flowers or even let them decide for you. By giving your designer control over the types of flowers, you will be pleasantly surprised when you see the unique and creative ways they have completed your thrift store centerpiece.