Wedding Decorations and Ideas

Tall Topiary Centerpiece

Topiary wedding table centerpieces can be a stunning display on your reception tables. You must, however, take special care to ensure that this tall centerpiece is stabilized and sits solidly on the table.

You will need:

Note:  Since this tutorial was created - Oasis has introduced the Topiary Stake.  This wonderful product has taken a lot of the work out of having to create the mechanics of a tall topiary with the netted spheres and Lomey Columns.  Take the time to check it out - it can save time!

I recommend that you attach the sphere and the column, insert the flowers and then TRANSPORT SEPARATELY from the Oasis base. Why?

Because completed and assembled topiaries are hard to transport. It's better if you do the final assembly at the venue.

Lightly spray a few squirts of the Floralock on the top of the clear column. Don't overdo or you'll have glue running down the sides.

Take the netted ball and push it onto the hollow column.

The netting will keep the ball from sliding down the pole. I also recommend that you take either your bind wire or decorative wire and twist it around the neck of the column (right under the ball) take it over the foam and twist again for the other side. This is just an extra precaution that your topiary centerpieces don't fall off the top of the columns during your wedding reception.

Conceal the center stake with the curly willow branches.  Secure into place with twists of the paper covered bind wire.  It will blend right into the curly willow as a natural part of the design.

Flowers should be inserted ONLY ONCE into the flower foam.  Avoid pulling the stems out once inserted (even part way).  This could create an air pocket within the foam that makes it unable for the flower to draw water out of the foam.

Insert the flowers evenly around the foam sphere.  It's best to place your focal flowers (the largest - such as the Asiatic Lilies) first, then the secondary flowers (the roses), and then the accent flowers and greenery (spray roses and hanging amaranthus).  Full flowered spheres take a lot of blooms to cover the ball. 

Work carefully, turning the arrangement in order to create an all around design.  Reserve some flowers for tucking in among the branches in the base.

Squirt in Floralock once flowers are in place to secure.  You will need to deliver the base and topiary stake separately and assemble once delivered to reception hall.  Do not try to transport assembled!

Stop at this point and decorate your base - making sure you leave room to insert the column down when delivery is completed. 

Note:  it is helpful to fill the bottom of the urn with sand, rock or plaster.  The goal is to create a heavy base that will stabilize the arrangement once on the table.  These flowers are HEAVY!

Glue the hollow column into place with Stem Adhesive once in place at the reception hall.

Always finish fresh wedding arrangements with a flower sealant such as Finishing Touch. If you are doing this topiary wedding table centerpiece several days advance, be sure to re-water the Oasis Sphere as needed to keep it completely wet.

Hold the sphere over a sink or bathtub and gently drip flower food treated water into the arrangement - resoaking the Oasis foam. (You'll be surprised how much water fresh flowers pull dailyout of the Oasis!)

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