You may or may not appreciate gladiolas but you can't deny one fact about them: they're perfect for making simple and dramatic floral arrangements where height is required. You know, like in a modern venue like this one, (where I enjoyed a lovely family wedding recently) or even outdoors. I love the trend in crafty DIY wedding centerpieces, but honestly most of them would just get swallowed up in a space like this one. So there you have it. Grab a very tall cylindrical vase, some gladiolas, some plastic bags filled with water to fill the lower half of the vase (see photo below) and you can make beautiful centerpieces on a budget.....gladiolas are not pricey flowers, as far as I know, and are widely available.
And if you like, add some lilies and eucalyptus to the bunch for a fuller look. And keep this idea somewhere in the back of you mind, you just never know when you're gonna need a dramatic touch, and this one is certainly do-able even for those of us who are more comfortable with cardboard and glue guns!