You can’t think about your reception or ceremony décor without thinking about flowers. We’ve rounded up 26 jaw-dropping floral displays, from lush ceremony arches to delicate flower crowns, cascading bouquets and inverted centrepieces (yes, really!) to get you dreaming up the perfect florals for your own day.
How can a ceiling covered in flowers not wow you? Crystal chandeliers complete the glamorous effect of this abundant indoor inverted garden. Use the same concept over a dance floor, head table or ceremony site. A similar idea is a floral wall – ideal for photo ops or as a cake backdrop.
Go wild with an arrangement of freshly picked blooms. Pretty vessels will add polish to an unruly centerpiece. Opt for seasonal blooms for an extra “green” touch.
Mini Floral Crown
Floral wreaths are big for brides, and fun for little attendants too. Let a wreath of blooms stand in for a basket of petals. Or opt for a floral crown and a banner or sign announcing your arrival.
Trellis Wedding Arches
The arch or huppah is a focal point of any ceremony, so make it something to stare at. And there’s nothing quite like a flower-covered trellis to do just that. Hanging crystals and cascading vines create a pretty backdrop for photos. Play with color and floral varieties to make it work for any season or setting.
Encourage conversation among your guests with low and lush arrangements. Big-headed blooms, like hydrangeas, roses and peonies, pack a nice punch, while cascading vines give the centerpiece a natural, undone feel.
There’s something so timeless about a clean and crisp all-white reception. Use height, texture and lighting in your centerpieces to create depth. This will make your flowers stand out – even against a monochromatic background.
Swap out the more traditional crystal chandelier for a hanging arrangement of flowers that mimics the look and feel of a light fixture. Try hanging long strings of flowers, like these pink hyacinths, and cover the top in greenery and berries for a garden-fresh feel.
The Cascade Bouquet
It’s a classic reimagined (remember Princess Diana’s 1981 bouquet?). The cascade of today is a loosely gathered arrangement. Flowing ribbon, greens and vines add to the less-structured look and give the bouquet its “cascade.”
The ombre look isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s made its mark on almost every wedding element, from invitations to cakes and even dresses. This look works best on long tables, so you can really see the slight variation between each shade. Stick to one flower type, like roses or hydrangeas, to really make the colors pop.
Whether you want to distinguish your own chairs or your bridal party and parents at the reception, flowers are an obvious way to go. Opt for leafy garlands (we love magnolia leaves) or add in a few pretty blooms for extra-special guests.
Flower Accented Napkins
Welcome each guest to their place at the table with a flower head on their napkin ring. Use a neutral napkin and charger and then pick a bright flower with a large head (we like chrysanthemums, zinnias, dahlias or roses) for the ultimate pop. You don’t have to use fresh flowers: DIY paper or fabric flowers are just as pretty.
Flower And Petal Lined Aisles
Don’t wait for a flower girl to sprinkle the petals – create a plush floral aisle runner. Add larger arrangements next to the chairs to create a defined, super-romantic pathway to the altar.
Hanging Glass Globes
Draw attention to a cake table with this creative hanging centerpiece. These delicate glass globes are filled with bright flowers for a cheery-yet-modern look.
Dress up an outdoor ceremony entrance, like a gate or door, with a cleanly constructed, all-floral wreath, or use the circular arrangement to mark the spot where you’ll exchange vows. Mini wreaths are a great alternative to pomanders for little attendants.
Share the flower love with your guests by offering a make-your-own boutonniere bar. It’s a fun and easy activity that will keep your male guests busy before the ceremony and looking dapper all night long.
High Branch Centerpieces
Bring the forest indoors with arrangements of branches that almost reach the ceiling, creating the effect of trees. These stunning skyscrapers will make a big impact and encourage conversation among guests.
Dance Floor Flower Boxes
The genius behind this idea is twofold: Not only do the flowers add a pretty garden effect to the dance floor, they also pull double duty covering cords and equipment for a band or DJ. How great is that?
Hanging Single-Stem Bottles
This unexpected idea makes for a pretty ceremony backdrop (and an easy DIY project). Glass milk bottles and a few stems in monochromatic shades tied securely to your arch or a ceiling beam create a wow-worthy hanging installation.
Fresh Cake Flowers
Cakes with cascading fresh flowers are something we can always get behind. Make this idea your own by adding blooms and greenery in your wedding color palette. Quick tip: Loop in your florist, so they can source flowers that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides.
Potted Fruit Tree Aisle Markers
Arrangements of cut flowers are classic ceremony aisle décor, but consider using a fruit tree for a fresh (and aromatic) twist.
Floral pomanders are the new tissue pomanders. Hang them from trees at an outdoor affair, or from ceiling beams in a banquet hall for a colorful touch to your décor. Just be careful to use extra care (and support) when hanging them – pomanders made with real flowers are much heavier than the paper variety.
Floral Table Runners
If you’re looking to make a big, bold statement on long feasting tables, look no further than floral table runners. These beautiful cascading arrangements replace the traditional fabric table runner, and they’re low enough that the flowers don’t get in the way of guest conversation. For maximum impact, choose one flower type and a monochromatic color scheme.
Let guests “pick” their seat. Single-stem flowers make for a stunning escort card display. Opt for handcrafted paper or fabric blooms that won’t wilt and can double as favors.
Try this unexpected take on the centerpiece: Have your florist place a planter filled with lush blooms above the table, with the stems hanging upside down. Fill the table with monochromatic pillar candles to draw guests’ eyes upward.
Get personal and ask your florist to turn your monogram (or just your new last initial) into a floral sign to decorate the door to your ceremony entrance or the mantle at your reception venue. Cover it in monochromatic flowers or go more rustic with moss and wildflowers.
Flower-covered walls are the next big thing in wedding flower décor. And why not? This idea pulls double-duty as both a ceremony and photo booth backdrop. It’s also a great way to bring the outdoors in if you’re saying “I do” in a ballroom setting.
originally posted on theknot.com by Lauren Kay