Dedicated August 2009

Centerpieces - Flowers submerged in water?

TiFille, on Feb 20, 2009 at 11:45 PM Posted in Style and Décor

I saw this centerpiece on theknot.com and fell in LOVE with it!


I assume these are real orchids, but I didn't know you could submerge real flowers and have them survive for any extended amount of time. Does anyone plan on doing anything like this for their centerpieces, or know anything about flowers and submerging them? Can you do this with all types of flowers???



  • Kim Turcotte
    Kim Turcotte ·

    Floral Submersion is a clean and elegant look and you can do this with a wide variety of flowers! I love to submerge Calla Lilly's, Roses, and a wide variety of Orchids with floating candles atop. You could go for a beach look and add seashells and sand then incorporate your orchids to complete the look! I can honestly say that my centerpieces have lasted a full week this way. Your flowers will hold up well pass your wedding day! Great way to beat the heat for those hot outdoor weddings! Get a little more creative and add a little color to your water to match your color theme!

  • TiFille
    Dedicated August 2009
    TiFille ·

    Well, I am having a garden wedding so I decided to name each table at my reception after a flower: The Calla Lily Table, The Orchid Table, etc. Following suit, whatever the table is named is what kind of flower I wanted to submerse in water as the centerpiece. I will have some sort of rocks in the bottom of the cylinders, the flower, and a floating candle on top. Since my bridesmaids color is light blue, I will then incorporate that by adding blue floralytes. The table cards will obviously have the name of the table (obviously) instead of a number, and a picture of the flower on it, with a blue border. The place cards will reflect the same, except with the guests names.

    OK, so far I have five different flowers I've been told can be submerged in water: Calla Lily, Rose, Orchid, Tulip, and Gerbera Daisy. I have twelve guest tables, so I need some more flowers that I can do this with! Please?!

  • H
    Just Said Yes March 2009
    Holly ·

    According to this website: http://mocharosedesigns.blogspot.com/2008/10/submerged-centerpiece-101.html

    any flower can be submerged but watch for flowers with really thin petals and ones with lots of pollen unless you want the vase to be filled with the color of the pollen.

  • Lisa Gordon
    Lisa Gordon ·

    I love the look of submerged flowers. One thing to keep in mind is that the larger the vase, the heavier the centerpiece. Water weighs a lot! Just a thought if you are thinking of having large centerpieces or heavy vases.

  • Julija
    Beginner October 2009
    Julija ·

    I'm glad I came across your post. I recently saw something similar on another website. I am having a fall wedding with an evening reception. I liked the idea of using lots of candles instead of tons of flowers. I found a website that sells votives and floating candles for those who are ambitious and want to make their own.


  • Wishfull_Heart
    Devoted April 2011
    Wishfull_Heart ·

    I love this look! So modern but elegant. Maybe I'll steal it...hmm...


  • Scott Darhower
    Scott Darhower ·

    We do this all the time. As an alternative we have been giving the bride an option when they are looking to use the Cymbidium Orchids. Cymbidium Orchids are quite pricey as a fresh stem. I have located exceptional artificial Cymbidium Orchids in artificial that no one can tell if they are real or not. I have even fooled my orchid suppliers with these orchids. At a bridal show we featured submerged Calla Lilies and Orchids in large cylinder vases similar to the one that you are looking for. When speaking to potential brides I mentioned that they were artificial. No one could believe it. We rent these items as a complete centerpiece for 35 dollars. As a silk buyer and a florist for almost 30 years I have made it my mission to fool even some of the best in the industry. Caution - Not all silk flowers look good or holdup under water. Seek a knowledgeable professional who know what will work and what won't or buy single stems and experiment.

  • Suzanne Smith
    Suzanne Smith ·

    This look has been popular for a few years now, My design studio was one of the first to bring this to CA for weddings and Hollywood events about 12 years ago, I am the special events expert on www.ubloom.com and we get questions about this design all the time.

    Not all flowers can be submerged and last. Orchids are the hands down best for a long term design. but we have had succes with tropical Protea, sturdy calla and roses to.

    The trick is weighting the stem and filling at the location.

    The cylinder glass must be sturdy and high quality or it can shatter.

    water should be distilled if the design needs to sit for more than a day.

    We add the surprise element of a submergible LED light in the base with glass pebbles. this illuminates even without candles which may not be allowed by venue.

    The float candles need to be fine quailty and thick 3 inch is standard.

    feel free to go to my design website at www.suzannemsmithdesigns.com for examples and other fun ideas.

  • S
    Just Said Yes April 2010
    stephanie ·

    As a bride to be I have done a lot of research on submerged flowers. I saw these at a wedding and loved them. So of course I wanted them as my centerpieces. They will save you a lot of money because you only use a few flowers. You can you whatever flower you want. The key is using a weight it is called a "Flower Frog". Take it from me most people will not know what this is (including florist). But you can find it at Michael's and they come in all sizes. Basically they are a round weight with needles and you stick the stems of flowers in them and then cover the weight with cystals or glass beads. This is a great way to achieve awesome looking centerpieces. Good Luck

  • Diana  Romero
    Diana Romero ·

    I love the submerged floral centerpieces and yes, it is possible and beautiful!

  • L
    Savvy March 2011
    Lisa F ·

    I agree the vases need to be of the thick glass variety. You don't want a thin glass vase that could crack if lightly tapped while under the pressure being full of water. That's a wedding day mess and disaster. Also... you need a fairly large vase to get the right effect. You want some space around the blooms. See http://www.selectfloralsupply.com.

  • Eliza
    Just Said Yes November 2016
    Eliza ·

    No one mention how far in advance we can start setting up

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