Selecting the Perfect Container for Your Floral Centerpiece

You have selected the most beautiful flowers.  The colors reflect the theme and energy of your event.  Each bloom is perfectly positioned in a stunning design.  But something is missing.

The container you select to display your floral centerpiece is as important as the flowers and design of the piece itself.  The container should add to–but not overwhelm–the impact of the arrangement.  It’s a delicate yet important balance to strike.

What Kind Of Floral Containers Can I Use?

Gone are the days in which flowers can only be displayed in vases.  In today’s culture, nearly any container is an acceptable accessory to a flower arrangement.

  • Mason Jars
  • Shoes
  • Hats
  • Baskets
  • Wine Bottles
  • Candlesticks
  • Goblets
  • Seashells
  • Fruit (Pineapple, watermelon, etc.)
  • Tin Cans
  • Milk Glasses
  • Paper Bags
  • Bird Cages
  • Lanterns
  • Buckets

…the list goes on and on!

Why is Selecting the Right Container So Important?

Flowers are appropriate for every occasion.  They are used to celebrate love, birth, and achievement, yet they are also used to commemorate the memory of those who have passed away.

The particular blooms, colors, and design of the arrangement is what makes each piece unique to its occasion.  The container you select further individualizes the centerpiece to your one-of-a-kind event and–when appropriately paired with the venue–plays a major role in creating an atmosphere.

Are you aiming for a rustic feel?  Perhaps you’ll consider using buckets or tin watering cans as containers for your floral centerpieces.

Is your event more vintage?  Consider using birdcages or lanterns.

Are you looking to create a cozy, backyard farm-style event?  Maybe you’ll decide to use mason jars or glass milk bottles.

Are you aiming for a modern twist on classy?  Try using candelabra, wine bottles, or goblets to display your beautiful blooms.

The container you select plays a key role in integrating the flowers with the venue and event theme.  It’s also a chance for you to stretch your imagination and tie some creativity into the design.

How Do I Know What Size and Shape Container to use?

To simplify this process, we will be using the traditional vase as a benchmark for selecting the size and shape of an appropriate container.  If you decide against using a traditional vase, you can still use these guidelines to determine the corresponding contemporary container.

Column Vases

These are tall, cylindrical containers that are most often used to display long-stem blooms.  An advantage to using a column vase is that you don’t need many blooms to create a bold, classy look.  A contemporary equivalent to the column vase could be a wine bottle or candelabra.

Flared Vases

Also known as hourglass vase, a flared vase is ideal for displaying bouquets.  While this kind of container does not lend itself toward creating a defined structure, it does provide a stunning fullness that is sure to draw attention.  A contemporary equivalent to the flared vase is a pitcher.  Glass pitchers are elegant, but ceramic pitchers can add another element of design to the overall impact that the centerpiece has on the atmosphere of your event.

Cube Vases

A cube vase is ideal for short-stemmed flowers.  If you want to create a subtle statement, a cube vase may be your container of choice.  One benefit of a cube vase is its low profile.  When placed in the center of a table, an arrangement in a cube vase does not obstruct conversation between people on opposite sides.  A contemporary equivalent to the cube vase is a brown paper bag or a wooden crate.

Another Option

Arrangements with low profiles can create a warm environment.  To make a statement without the height, consider using multiple small containers.  Different sizes of mason jars or goblets arranged at the center of each table can create a striking centerpiece worthy of the conversation it allows.

What Came First: The Flowers or The Container?

As stated earlier, the container is as much a part of the arrangement as are the flowers.  It is important that they compliment each other.  Certain flowers call for specific shapes and sizes of containers.  It is very important to collaborate with your florist in making these decisions.

If you already have a container in mind, allow your florist to see it.  He or she can advise you as to which flowers will work best with the container you have selected.

If you and your florist have picked a floral design and you have yet to decide on containers, ask him or her what type or container you should consider.

Whether you select a traditional vase, or a more contemporary object to hold your floral arrangement, your centerpiece is sure to draw attention, make a statement, and contribute to the atmosphere of your special event.  Together, you and your florist have an opportunity to make a unique impression on your guests through the art of flower design.  Make the most of this opportunity, and contact the experts at Brown Floral today!





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