If you want simple and informal flowers for a wedding reception or rehearsal dinner, consider using assorted glass bottles. Gather a variety of containers. The key is to have some aspect about them constant from one to the next…all clear glass with narrow necks, for example. Bottles such as those pictured will hold fewer flowers than wide-necked jars but this might be a good thing, especially for those inexperienced in flower arranging. Mason jars, for example, will require more stems to fill them and take a bit more design skill and time to create attractive arrangements.

Many bottles that contain olive oil, vinegars and other condiments are attractive once they’re washed and the labels removed. When filled with garden flowers and placed in a line, they make pretty and informal centerpieces. Use five or more on a rectangular table, three or more on a round table. You could even do a small arrangement for each place setting and invite your guests to take them home.

Make the bottles fancier or more personal by tying a thin ribbon or raffia around the neck, or by attaching a string tag (available at craft stores in the scrap booking supplies) printed with the wedding date or the couple’s names.

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