All Dressed in White: Flower Arrangements for a Winter Wonderland Wedding

These romantic wedding arrangements are deliberately formal, with a twist: a mass of tiny frosted pearls are hidden in the boutonniere and bouquet.

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How to Arrange the Centerpiece

Each stem of this table centerpiece needs to be inserted at an angle to cover the foam and give a smooth, rounded shape. When you have placed all the flowers and foliage, move the arrangement into its place on the table, place a large white candle in the center and cover the candle with a hurricane glass.

1. Soak a 12-inch wide floral foam ring briefly in water.

2. Arrange the ivy stems and angle them downward to create a graduated shape from the center to the edge of the ring; there is no need to cover the inside of the ring, as the glass will sit in the center. Angle the stems around the outside edge of the ring upward so they hide the ring holder.

3. Add stems of eucalyptus in between the ivy to create a sparse but even coverage of foliage.

4. Add the single roses, distributing them evenly. Group the spray roses and freesias as you angle them into the foam so they create more impact. Insert the trachelium in a uniform pattern. Then position the ring on the table and add the candle and glass.

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How to Arrange the Pew End

This pew end, with its romantic cloud of netting tied in a bow, is designed to look like a hand-tied bouquet, though it is actually a floral foam arrangement. Roses don't last well out of water, so this rather unusual way of arranging them means they last longer; a real hand-tied bouquet of roses would quickly become floppy and unsightly. This also means you can arrange the pew ends the day before for convenience. The result is a slightly larger-scale, more dramatic, display that gives the impression given that the roses are on longer stems than they really are.

1. Punch two holes in the top of a small bowl using a pair of scissors and insert a long length of wire through each hole. This wire is to tie around the end of the pew and attach the flowers securely (image 1).

2. Soak a third of a block of floral foam, shave about 1/2-inch off the top and strap it onto the small bowl with diagonal strips of florist’s tape. Trim the rose stems to about 4 inches, keeping just a few leaves at the top, and leave one rose stem slightly longer than the others. Set aside the cut rose stems for later. Insert this tallest rose at the top of the foam (image 2).

3. Arrange the rest of the roses at an angle, with the shortest stems at the front to create a graduated, semi-domed effect. Trim the reserved cut stems to about 7 inches and insert them into the base of the foam at angles that mirror those of the roses above (image 3).

4. Wrap a piece of cellophane around the foam to prevent the netting absorbing the water and sagging. There's no need to tape it, as the netting will keep it in place (image 4).

5. Place a length of white netting underneath the small bowl and tie both ends in a large bow. Attach the arrangement to the pew end (image 5).

Insider Tip

Fresh flowers need to be fully open to look their best at a special event such as a wedding, so buy them a few days before you make the arrangements to ensure they will be in peak condition.

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