Best Vase for Flower Arrangements

8 Steps to Help You Choose the Best Vase for Flower Arrangements

When you visit the best florists in your area, there is no doubt that they will provide you with beautiful flower arrangements, boutonnieres, and wedding bouquets. However, flower shops may not provide the best vase for flower arrangements. One of the most important aspects of floral design is the container that it comes in. Here are a few tips on how to choose the best vase for flower arrangements that your wedding florists at the floral shops may not tell you.

Important Steps When Choosing the Best Vase for Flower Arrangements

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1. Measure the Width

Before you think of the color you should measure the vase. You need to find out the appropriate width of the vase. A wide arrangement of flowers will need a wide vase. Knowing this will help prevent your flowers from sliding around in your arrangement or you having to abandon some flowers to make room in the vase. For example, a large base with a small neck like an hourglass allows for enough water to help the flowers without having to buy a substantial amount of flowers to fill your vase.

2. How Tall is It?

The next step is to find out the needed height of the vase. A typical rule is that the highest flower should not be more than one and a half times higher than the vase. If you are making tabletop arrangements for your reception, then keep in mind that guests will want to be able to speak to one another while they are seated.

3. What Color?

Now you need to choose the color of the vase. You should pick a colored vase that complements the colors of the flowers. Green is a very safe choice since it matches the stems and leaves of the flowers already. The color could also be coordinated with the theme. For example, pick a clear vase for your white wedding flowers so the flowers truly show their beauty of your wedding day without having the flowers compete.

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4. Make Some Room

You must make sure that your flowers are not too crowded in their vase. Put the right number of flowers in the vase so that they are full but not squished. Bonus tip: try adding vase filler into your vases so they don’t move around the vase so easily. Try beads, shells, or even rocks to match your own personal style.

5. Popping Out

You don’t need to have a large display for your vase to stand out. A bud vase is used for smaller flowers and can still have a big impact. Buy them in bright colors to give a pop of color to any room. If it’s for your big day, consider choosing flowers that will complement your color scheme or match the bridesmaid dresses. 

Add Creativity to Your Flower Arrangement

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There’s only so much you can do to your flowers to make your arrangements pop. A flower is a flower. But a vase doesn’t have to be just a vase. Liven up your vases with these fun tips that will add creativity and sparkle to your next brunch.

6. Picture Perfect

Add a personal touch to the best vase for flower arrangements by decorating your vases with photos. Your guests will love admiring the pictures you choose. Simply paste your chosen photos onto sheets of paper, then fasten the paper to your vase with clothespins. You can use one sheet per vase or you can surround your vase with photos.

Use family photos if your brunch is a family gathering or use photos of you and your friends for a social occasion. If your brunch has assigned seating, decorate the vases of each centerpiece with pictures of the members of each particular table.

Is your brunch a wedding brunch? Decorate your vases with pictures of the bride and groom. You can even use pictures cut from a magazine to match the theme of your brunch. For instance, if you want to give your brunch a tropical flair, use pictures of beaches and tropical locations. The possibilities are endless!

7. Elegant Bud Vases

Turn your ordinary bud vases into things of beauty for your next brunch. All you need are a few candlestick collars, the kind with holes drilled around the edges, and some crystals. You can hang a single crystal from each of the holes or thread strings of crystals around the edges. You can even experiment with your favorite beads. Add a single flower as the finishing touch. Go for flowers like roses and tulips that can stand on their own.

8. Go Green

Embrace your recycling bin! Turn empty coffee cans, paint cans, and soup cans into modern, earth-friendly stylish vases. Use those mason jars that have been sitting in the bottom of your pantry for the last six months. Peel the labels off of the cans more easily by soaking the cans in warm water. Then, paint your cans to match your décor.

Begin with a metal paint primer, so that your paint has something to stick to, once the primer has dried, paint away! You can leave the cans a solid color or paint a fun design onto them after the initial coat is dry. Or, if you love the organic feel of the bare tin cans, don’t paint them at all! Fill the finished cans with simple flower arrangements that match the simplicity of your recycled vases.

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Whatever arrangement style you use, make sure that it fits your own unique personality. Flowers can definitely enhance the aesthetic of any event, but with a personally decorated vase, it will surely be the show-stealer. Use some of these tips and ideas on choosing the best vase for flower arrangements to make yours reflect your and your event.

Written by Jessica Bundy and Rachel Brannon; Edited by Chris Legere and Jacob Wixson

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