Little do people know, floral design starts with the container and not the flowers. The container is the often the inspiration and lets us know how many stems we will need. Large mouth containers are popular for event work as they cover more surface area for banquet tables, but they are often hard to work with and require more flowers.
To save on costs, and to keep my flowers in place, instead of slumped over, I like to use the griding technique. Taping a grid on the top of the container evenly distributes blooms, interlocks the stems to help keep everything in place and ultimately reduces the amount of stems you need to fill the container - a must for DIY wedding flowers.
Start with your containers, scissors and florist tape. I like clear florist tape because it is easier to cover your mechanics.
Start with taping the middle of the container. Leave about 1/4-1/2" to fold under the container.
Folding the tape just under the lip helps to hide the tape and allows for a cleaner look.
Make a checkerboard grid. I like space my tape out 1" apart.
Add water and flower food. Start with your greenery.
Keep adding more greens until you create an interlocking nest of stems. This will help keep your other blooms in place.
Start adding your blooms.
Make sure to add some in the center too.
This is a radial design, meaning that everything is evenly distributed. Radial designs are the best for round tables, so everyone has a view of the arrangement.
Tada! An elegant arrangement using the griding technique.