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Lessons Learned: Narrow Mouthed Vases

To start things off, I thought it might be fun (if a bit embarrassing) to compare some of our first designs to our more recent work. It can be good for a laugh (some of these early pieces are pretty bad or just odd). And you can also see how and why we do things differently now.

This mason arrangement is from the first wedding we ever did, so please be gentle in your judgment! This wedding happened before Three Notch existed, when we were just doing flowers for friends. There are a lot of changes I wish I could make to this arrangement, but the biggest lesson I have since learned is how I prefer to design in narrow mouthed vases. With the mason jar, I tried to place the stems in one by one and make a high-low shape. (Also I put the greenery in last! *smh*) But it's very hard to get the stems to rest away from the mouth of the vase using this technique, and so most the flowers ended up clustered right at the bottom.

After some trial and error, my strategy now is to make a hand tied bouquet with the shape and level of drape I want, and then place the completed bouquet in the vase. This is what I did below with the muted yellow fall bouquet to the right and the green and white centerpiece below. I've tried using a tape grid on the mouth of the vase instead for help in holding the stems where I want them to rest, but I often find tape grids keep the arrangement a bit more vertical than I prefer.

If you have a different strategy for designing in a narrow mouthed vase, I would love to hear about it! Or if you have a go-to flower or foliage that helps create shape and drape in a narrow vase, please share that as well!