First it was balloons. Then it was flat-laid greenery. But the latest in budget wedding blooms? Bud vases, baby. We’ve been noticing this lovely, diminutive floral hook everywhere recently, with brides opting for mini arrangements sprinkled down tabletops in lieu of laborious (read: expensive) centerpieces. 

While this trend earns major points in the sweetness and whimsy departments, the greatest advantage is indeed the price tag. Why? Because with miniature florals comes miniature floral bills. And for the craftier brides among us, it’s a rather foolproof DIY project. (Put your aunties to work...and put your money toward that amazing band you’ve always wanted, amiright?) Here, a few ideas to inspire.

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Tina Jay Photography

Hurricane lanterns + bud vases

Keep things clean and classic with glass hurricanes, white pillar candles and a smattering of bud vase arrangements with pretty pastel blooms.

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Carley Rehberg Photography

Greenery + bud vases

Hot tip: Build out your bud vase centerpiece with a swag of flat-laid greens, like these voluminous magnolia leaves placed alongside.

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Rob Spring Photography Inc.

Blue Bottle Display

For tables where guests aren’t seated (see: buffets, cocktail tables), have some fun with height and scale. These wallet-happy carnation and daisy vases add so much drama and charm.

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Ashton Kelley Photography

Milk Glass Centerpiece

Rent (or hit the flea markets) for bud vases with a specific aesthetic. We love the kitschy charm of vintage milk glass vases grouped together and paired with vibrant blooms.

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Freas Photography

Mercury Glass Bottles

Psst: With one extra large bloom, some greens and a blingy vessel, you can whip up a very chic “arrangement” in all of 45 seconds.

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Dreamlove Photography

Test Tube Vases

Bring on the quirky charm! How adorable are these mini test tube vases peppered with local wildflowers?

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Sikora Photography

Vintage Bottle ‘Runner’

We’re all about the ease of a single bloom arrangement. We recommend picking a bloom that packs a lot of punch—like frilly, giant dahlias.

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Gideon Photography

Shadow Box Centerpieces

To add an extra layer of intrigue, place your mixed bud vases inside a glass shadow box. Dreamy, no?

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