How to Do Tall Wedding Flowers

For the couple looking to express their creativity and have a budget conscious wedding, DIY floral arrangements will save money without sacrificing elegance. Tall wedding floral arrangements can break up the expanse of large tables or rooms with high ceilings, or just look stunning without an overwhelming expanse of blossoms. Floral arranging, especially when you are creating a tall arrangement, is part art and part engineering, involving structures that need to stand firm with little visible support. Create your own tall arrangements to make your wedding flowers as unforgettable as the evening itself.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Flowers
  • Containers
  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Floral foam
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Arrangement embellishments
  • Camera
  • Yardstick


    • 1

      Design your arrangement on paper. Draw the basic shape of the container you'd like, the placement of the flowers, and any embellishments you'd like to add, such as ribbons or feathers. Make notes at the bottom of the page to specify flowers and materials. If you'd like the bouquets to reflect the tall look, design them to mimic the table arrangements.

    • 2

      Go to a floral supply shop for the materials for your prototype arrangement. Make note of how tall the flowers are when not cut for arranging, and color variations for the flowers you have chosen.

    • 3

      Arrange the prototype. Trim the very end of the stem of each blossom by 1/4 inch. Embed blossoms in sections of floral foam for hydration and give your arrangement height. Add floral wire to support stems and give individual blossoms extra height.

    • 4

      Take photographs of your prototype when completed. Take notes on materials and techniques required. Measure your arrangement's height. Calculate the amounts of materials you will need to make the required number of arrangements plus 10 percent more. This will enable you to make more should an arrangement fall or wilt.

    • 5

      Use the prototype, the photos and your notes to create the number of arrangements you need. Check the new arrangements against the prototype and the photos to make sure they are consistent.

Tips & Warnings

  • Potted flowers that grow tall like amaryllis and many species of lily can form the center of an arrangement that guests can take home.
  • Your bouquets can match the table arrangements if you keep the embellishments limited. What can stay in place when left on a table may fall off when carried in procession.
  • If making more than 10 arrangements, ask about purchasing wholesale.
  • Your arrangements may not all be exactly the same height, but should differ no more than 3 inches.
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