I was browsing the net (and was on one of my favorite sites, Cupcakes and Cashmere) when I came across a great DIY centerpiece tutorial. Really, doing your own flowers, or having a family member do them isn't THAT hard, it's the time component and keeping flowers cool and transporting them that are the issues.
If you're having a small wedding, DIY flowers are definitely doable. The secret? Scotch Tape and ti leaves. The ti leaves take a Dollar Store vase from simple to chic. And the 1 1/2 inch wide tape lets you divide your flowers throughout the vase by making a tape grid to keep them in place. Genius! (at least for those of us who aren't in the florist business).
For greater detail head over to Cupcakes and Cashmere's web site and find on the blow by blow directions. But basically put the larger flowers in first and work your way down in size. The site also tells you exactly what you need for one centerpiece. Just multiply by the number of tables at your wedding. You don't have to use the same flowers shown, practice with a variety of blooms and colors until you're happy they work with your wedding theme and colors. All photos courtesy of Cupcakes and Cashmere.