Floral expert, Nina Hufnus, from Piccolo Pear demonstrates in an easy step-by-step guide how to create your very own renaissance style table centrepiece for your wedding. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful floral centrepiece for your pre-wedding parties and even your big day!
Y O U W I L L N E E D . . .
- A selection of flowers and green foliage
- A wide, low-shaped vase that will enable flowers to spill over the sides
- a small roll of chicken wire netting
Prepare the flowers by removing two thirds of the leaves and any thorns from roses with scissors or a knife. This is best done by hand since using a leaf stripper can damage the stems. Place the flowers and foliage in water while waiting to begin the arrangement.
Cut a piece of chicken wire large enough to roll into a shape that will fill two thirds of the vase. Make sure the rolled wire is placed firmly into the vase to anchor and hold the arrangement in place. Fill the vase with water along with some floral preservative.
Begin styling the centrepiece by creating the framework of the arrangement with the camellia leaves, Dusty Miller and Queen Anne's lace. Cut the foliage to the desired length and insert into the wire base. The desired outcome of this arrangement is a wide, irregularly shaped, unstructured look somewhat resembling a scalene triangle.
Continue styling the arrangement by placing the main focal flowers in position. Select three or five of the best blooms and cut to the desired length before inserting into the wire base. Nina has chosen peony roses and roses as the feature flowers. To achieve the desired shape and look, first place the peonies in position and then, distribute the roses evenly around them. Stand back and look at the shape before adding the secondary flowers – stocks and spray roses.
To finish your design add interesting textural elements such as astilbe, hypericum and peppercorn berries, Queen Anne’s lace, and some poppies as highlights.
For more information on Nina's designs go to check out @piccolo_pear on instagram! Find more floral ideas in Modern Wedding Flowers Magazine and more DIY ideas on our blog and in Modern Wedding DIY Magazine!
Photography Gui Jorge