At an event that celebrates a new beginning, flower bulbs are fitting decorations. They're also an inexpensive option, since bulbs generally cost less than cut flowers. We chose hyacinth bulbs because they're hardy and relatively short (the flowers shouldn't tower above the vase) and used forced bulbs, which are ones that have already opened and begun to grow. To make a centerpiece, pour a thin layer of small white stones into a clear glass cylindrical vessel. Rinse dirt off bulbs, then insert them into the gravel, adding more stones until the stems stand upright. Assemble the centerpieces a couple of days beforehand so you can have perfectly blooming flowers at the wedding by adding warm water (only enough to cover roots, not bulb) to get the petals to open, or cold water to keep them from opening too fast.
Martha Stewart Weddings, March/April Spring 2004