One question our customer service team gets a lot is, How many flowers do I need? Some are interested in how many flowers are in a bouquet, some are trying to find out how many stems will fit into a certain size vase for a centerpiece, some trying to do it all…
Now of course, most of the time, the answer is… It depends. Big help huh?! Well, it does depend on a few things…First, What flowers are you using? Since, for instance, a Hydrangea is a lot bigger than an Anemone. And Second, What is the look you are going for? Are you wanting full, lush arrangements to where you can’t cram another flower in even if you tried, or are you going for a more modern or whimsical, less is more look?
Now for the helpful part… recently, while testing Roses, Standard Calla Lilies, and Peruvian Lilies in our office, we decided to play around with different sized vases and see what we could fit in what. Hopefully, this can be used as a starting point and give you a visual of what a certain amount of stems look like in different vases…
Here we go… please don’t laugh at our “arranging” in some of these, it was after 5 on a Friday and I think we started throwing these together!
Mason Jar – 2 ½” diameter opening – 7″ tall
Mason jars are great for Vintage and Rustic settings and the loose, unstructured wildflower look. For me, the structured round look of the roses or the tall Callas don’t quite fit the mason jar look, but, we are trying to give as many examples as we can, so even if you aren’t using a mason jar but have a vase with a 2 ½ inch diameter opening, this is what could fit…
Top Row (left to right): 20 stems of Roses, 15 stems of Peruvian Lilies, 6 Standard Calla Lilies.
Bottom Row (left to right): These are from our testimonials so I am guessing on exact amounts, but I love these looks, so wanted to share. 4-6 Hydrangeas, 16-20 Craspedia Billy Balls, 6-10 mixed stems (Garden Roses, Snapdragons, Craspedia) for a looser look.
Small Fish Bowl – 2 ½” diameter neck – 3 ½” diameter opening – 5 ¼” tall
The thing about the fish bowl vase is even though they may have a larger opening, they usually have a neck (the indent) that is smaller. So that’s really the opening you need to keep in mind. I think fish bowls work great for small clusters of flowers like Roses, tightly packed Carnations, Hydrangeas, etc.
Left to right: 15 stems of Roses, 10 stems of Roses plus 6 stems Peruvian Lilies.
Standard Column Vase – 3″ diameter opening – 7.5″ tall
These Column Vases are cheap and easy to find (we get em from the dollar store) and are perfect for tall blooms like Standard Callas and Gladiolus. They are also perfect for submerging flowers like Orchids. You can get them in taller heights as well.
Top Row (left to right): 20 stems of Roses (for a full look you could use up to 25 or so), 17 stems of Peruvian Lilies
Bottom Row (left to right): Again from testimonials, so guessing a lil! The first two pics show flowers being submerged. Submerged Carnations topped with a rose and submerged Mokara Orchids. The second two are with Standard Callas. The first may have a larger opening (hard to tell in the pic) since it seems there are about 12-15 Callas, but when you cut callas down, their stems get thinner, meaning you can fit more. The second (last) pic shows 5 Callas with a Leaf, so 6 stems total, but are left longer and there is some space left in the vase.
Medium Vase – 4″ diameter opening – 9″ tall
This medium size vase has a 4 inch opening and then flares out a bit, giving you plenty of room inside the vase. At 9 inches tall, keep in mind the height of your flowers if you are planning to use as a centerpiece, since you don’t want people to have to talk around the display. Taller display could be used as altar arrangements or at sign in tables.
Left to right: 22 stems of Roses, 16 stems of Roses plus 7 stems of Peruvian Lilies, 17 stems of Peruvian Lilies.
Large Vase – 6″ diameter opening – 7¾” tall
This large vase would be good for a welcome table or somewhere you want to make a statement. It will require a lot of flowers to fill it up, so keep that in mind! Hydrangeas, Lilies and other varieties with large blooms would be ideal flowers for large vases.
In this vase, we fit 44 stems of Roses!
Small Square – 2¾” opening – 6″ tall
We sell these cardboard vases in all different colors and sizes! See them here. Great for traveling since they won’t break and they fold flat. The 6 inch vases have an opening of 2¾ inches, so they don’t need much to fill them up. We crammed quite a few flowers in, but you can see it creates a very full look.
Top Row (left to right): 20 stems of Roses, 20 stems of roses plus 6 stems of Peruvian Lilies.
Botton Row: Here are a few examples of how you could decorate these vases!
Small/Medium Rectangle – 4″ x 3″ opening – 6″ tall
This is probably one of my favorite vases, I love the square, or in this case rectangle, look for small table centerpieces. They would also work well for bar areas as a little accent piece. Just a few stems is all you need to fill these up!
Left to right: 6 stems of Roses, 6 stems of Roses plus 3 stems of Peruvian Lilies, 8 stems of Peruvian Lilies.
I hope this helps and gives you an idea of What Fits! To fill your vases with premium wedding flowers head to FiftyFlowers! 🙂