Florals are a key component to your wedding, and with all of the unique ways to incorporate them into your design, making a selection that matches your personal style can be easier than you might think. Whether you’re looking for a backdrop of lush greenery, florals cascading from chandeliers and doorways, or arrangements created from unique varieties, read on to discover creative options for putting together a distinct look sure to wow your guests!
Whether you're looking for a naturally-beautiful focal point behind the head table of your indoor reception, or you're dining al fresco and desire a lush photo wall or escort card pinboard, living backdrops are creative ways to add greenery to your space. A backdrop covered in live moss, sculpted from boxwood or fern, dripping in ivy, or created from many individual plants are all unique ways to add life to your wedding design. Elevate the look by weaving in mini lights, or by punctuating with bursts of floral.
Organic Floral Accents
More and more couples have been selecting loose, undone floral arrangements for their wedding, rather than traditional perfectly-arranged creations. The just-picked, unstructured look can be created for reception table centerpieces by adding greenery and floral to multiple containers and accessories, such as lanterns, vases, and mason jars.
Alternatively, achieve a garden-inspired, yet sophisticated look by asking your Florist to pull together similar loose arrangements for each table, but displayed at varying heights - and don't forget the matching oversized bouquet for you to carry. Ceremony details such as mixed greenery pew markers tied to the chairs, wild grasses lining the aisle or altar, and a pergola dripping in ivy, wisteria or silver lace feels extremely organic and creative.
Suspended Florals & Floral Chandeliers
Hanging flower arrangements not only add texture and interest, but they also fill negative space and draw the eye upwards, creating a dramatic effect throughout your wedding space. These inverted gardens create a floral focal point that’s eye-catching as soon as your guests walk into the room, and because of their raised profile, they also encourage more interaction between guests at dinner (rather than guests trying to see each other over a table centerpiece). Whether you desire a perfect flower ball or an object covered in loose greenery, anything goes with this floral trend.
Greenery-dripped chandeliers create an ethereal glow when mixed with natural candlelight, providing a refined and romantic feel to your decor, as well as a creative way to bring the outdoors in. These types of striking floral installations can incorporate your wedding colours with a variety of blooms or be kept simple with cascading forest greens, moss or ivy.
(Below): Greenery-dripped installations and chandeliers add visual interest to wedding receptions in the Hideaway (left) or the Ballroom (right), and naturally bring the outdoors in. Floral Design: Lyric Flowers.
Greenery garland draped doorways, arches and pergolas bring together creative focal points for the ceremony and reception alike. By having your Florist focus attention on dressing the entryway to your wedding space, you will wow your guests by setting the romantic tone of the day from the minute they arrive. Of course, dressing your ceremony altar with similar arrangements will carry your vision through, and by using soft drapery and bursts of floral to elevate the look in both spaces, you will achieve a look all your own. Your photos, and those of your guests, will prove how much these beautiful details stand out.
Floral Table Details
Carrying the floral story through in your table details will resonate with your guests and bring added charm and personality to the decor. A sprig of herbs or greenery at each place setting is not only a beautiful and romantic addition to your tablescape, but it will also make your guests feel special. For added interest, have your Florist place floral garlands down the center of long rectangular tables, or loose bunches of greenery around candlescapes on traditional rounds.
You can also get creative with your wedding favours by extending your floral theme through to these details. Make your money go the extra mile, and have guest favours double as decor elements and also gifts that your guests will later enjoy. Succulents in glass jars, seedlings or mini trees in burlap sacks, and eco-friendly plantable coasters have all been popping up as go-to wedding favours. As well, consider incorporating fresh elements into your table numbers and accents for an extra natural feel. Moss-covered wood blocks displaying the table number, eucalyptus and moss filled glass ring or card boxes, and florals exploding from the drawers of your antique cake table are not only beautiful, but can easily elevate your earthy theme.
Adding unexpected fresh elements to your wedding centerpieces and accessories is a creative way to enhance your floral theme. Go for unlikely pairings such as floral arrangements accented with fresh berries or grapes, soft varieties like dahlias mixed with thick botanicals like succulents and king protea, and wild elements like pampas grass, fall leaves and feathers mixed with romantic roses. Not only will your photographer want to capture every last detail of your unique floral arrangements, but so will your guests!
Indoor venues can be transformed to provide the feeling of a natural outdoor landscape. Recent trends have included bringing potted trees and plants into the event space to create an enchanted forest setting. Place trees freely throughout the space, lining the dance floor, placed on reception tables, or in a row behind the head table and photo lounge as a lush backdrop. To elevate the woodland effect, get extra creative by having live greenery cascading loosely from the ceiling, add branches to candlescapes, wrap chair backs with greenery garlands, and place floral centerpieces in wood logs rather than vases.
Which creative floral trends have caught your eye? Let us know in the comments!