TOPIARIES, $300 EACH, FIORE DORATO. PHOTO: HER WORLD BRIDES MARCH 2012

FLORAL CENTREPIECES, $150, FROM BY THE BRANCH. PHOTO: HER WORLD BRIDES SEPTEMBER 2013

Whether you’re a fan of trimmed or wild floral arrangements, one thing’s for sure: both add zest to your venue easily. And, it really depends on what you prefer, and what celebration you’re having. Tabletop topiaries make perfect centrepieces for this colour theme – they are pretty, whimsical and easy to dress up with see-through, coloured crystals or small pieces of acrylic in different shapes. Just remember not to have them cut too high if you’re having one at each table, as it blocks conversation from across. A huge plus: Topiaries are easy to DIY. You can refer to tutorials such as this and this

The latter, commonly seen at rustic weddings, can also be pretty and romantic for outdoor celebrations. Extend them into longer, narrower arrangements that still allow for conversations across the table. You can save on costs by having one long centrepiece at the VIP table and have smaller arrangements on the others, or have a few main blooms, and opt for foliage and filler flowers to fill in the gaps. If you’re seeking to DIY these, you may refer here, and here.