Your floral arrangements are undoubtedly the cornerstone of your wedding décor. Therefore, the flowers you choose—and how you decide to display them—are one of the most important aspects of the overall planning for your big day.
But how can you make your wedding flora stand out from what you’ve seen at other weddings (and on Pinterest)? Here are ten suggestions for using flowers in new ways—hopefully they’ll inspire your own ideas to bloom!
1. For the bride: Instead of wearing a traditional veil and bejeweled headpiece, consider choosing a festive flower wreath that adds a touch of romance to your bridal look instead. While a floral headdress might seem too “hippie,” having fresh flowers in your hair can actually be both sweet and elegant. Either match the flowers to the rest of your floral décor or don all white blossoms.
2. For the bridesmaids: Mix things up for your maids by having them wear wrist corsages rather than carry bouquets. Not only is this idea a more budget-conscious choice, but it also allows your maids to show off their pretty floral accessories while leaving their hands free to dance and eat throughout the night.
3. At the ceremony: Rather than a canopy or arch, create a wall of flowers that will go directly behind the celebrant as a backdrop to your ceremony. A wall of red roses or a burst of sunflowers will provide a gorgeous pop of color and serve as an unexpected focal point for your ceremony space. Another idea for changing up the typical ceremony flowers is to using garlands at the altar instead of vases or large arrangements on pillars. Garlands can be more whimsical and rustic, while larger arrangements have a more formal feel.
4. On the aisle: Rather than a runner or flower petals, lay moss up the aisle. Doing so will add to the lushness of your setting, plus give you something soft underfoot as you make your way to your groom. This is an ideal choice for venues that don’t allow flower petals or for couples who don’t want to worry (or pay for) the often time-consuming cleanup that they require.
5. In the ballroom: Instead of doing a pipe and drape in the ballroom, create a step and repeat wall of ivy lit with ambient lighting. The casting shadows will set the mood, while the greenery of the ivy will provide an earthy, ethereal feel to the space. This is great way to dress up even the most simple of venues.
6. On the reception tables: For a more rustic-themed wedding, I love using faux grass on tables as tablecloths. However, this idea is especially useful if you’re holding your reception indoors and want to bring the outside in. This décor element eliminates the need for very ornate flower arrangements by providing both color and texture.
7. On the cake table: Rather than simply sprinkling petals on the cake table, laden the table with petals and then place an acrylic topper over them. Use four short acrylic pedestals to keep the topper from crushing the petals and—voila!—a petal blanket is created. You could also try this on the sweetheart table to make where the bride and groom sit stand out more from the other tables.
8. At the bar: In addition to small bunches of flowers adorning the bar, use edible flowers as garnishes for your cocktails. Adding just a simple detail like this one has very high impact, but it certainty won’t break the bank.
9. For added décor: If umbrellas are called for as part of your decor (or as a practicality due to a very sunny ceremony venue), have your florist enhance them with bursts of blossoms. Dressing up the umbrellas is an unexpected touch that will add another layer to your overall look. After the ceremony, you could even coordinate with your planner to use the umbrellas as part of the centerpieces, or somehow incorporate then into your general décor at the reception.
10. In the bathroom: It’s always a nice touch to dress up the restrooms slightly, but this gesture is all too often overlooked. Put arrangements in both the ladies’ and the men’s rooms will brighten up the space and allow for décor continuity at your reception.