rThe Reception is when it's time to really celebrate your marriage with family and friends and flowers can help make that space more enjoyable.
Centerpieces are probably the first thing Brides think of when they plan their reception flowers. Centerpieces can be as simple as a few stems in bud vases to lush overflowing arrangements. Taller centerpieces create drama and height while arrangements in shorter vases provide a more cozy and intimate space. Some couples decide to sit alone at a sweetheart table while others choose to have the bridal party sit together at one larger table. I usually recommend something extra special for either of these tables to elevate them from the guest tables.
Welcome/Gift/Guest Book Table- Your guests will be looking for the guest book to sign and the gift table when they arrive to the reception area. Why not draw their eye with a nice floral arrangement on this table.
Food/ Buffet Tables - These are other tables that might benefit from a floral boost. I love using greenery on these tables, especially herbs.
Cake / Dessert Table - You can choose to dress up the cake with fresh flowers if you would like or only add flowers to the cake table.
Floral Photo Booth/ Flower Wall - If you have money in the budget, Photo booths and Flower Walls are an over-the-top option for reception flowers. Floral Photo booths can be arches or arbors with floral installations attached , see the one I did below that featured a super cool neon sign. Just think about how many great pictures were taken with such a rocking back drop. A flower wall is just what it sounds like, a wall created with either fresh or dried flowers and greenery. It would provide a dramatic backdrop for all sorts of pictures to remember and share.
Greenery and Garlands- Foliage and greenery is a wonderful option for reception flowers. Garlands work great on long tables (think Bridal Party Table) to act like greenery table runners. If your reception is indoors foliages can be placed around candles on tables for elegant centerpieces. We grow 5 different varieties of eucalyptus here on our farm and it's one of my favorite things.... So don't forget about greenery.
Toss Bouquet- Do you like the tradition of tossing the bridal bouquet to single friends and family but can't stand the idea of throwing your bridal bouquet?! Don't worry it makes me cringe too. That is were the toss bouquet comes in, it's a smaller less elaborate bouquet that you won't feel bad about tossing! Get double duty from the toss bouquet by using in a vase at your reception for decoration until it's tossing time.
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The ceremony is in a way, what it's all about. This is the time where the big moment comes to say "I do". Adding flowers to your ceremony is a great way to make your wedding even more special. Here are some common ceremony florals that can take your wedding to the next level.
Aisle or Pew Flowers - These include placing flowers/greenery down the aisle, either on or close to the chairs or pews. These can be as simple as mason jars with fresh flowers or more elaborate arrangements.
Entrance/ Welcome Table Flowers - Give your guest a grand entrance by adding florals to the entrance to your ceremony space. Decorate the church door with garland, use wine barrels topped with flowers at the entrance way, or add a vase arrangement to a welcome table along with family pictures.
Alter Arrangements - Many brides choose to add flowers in some way to the alter. Oversized floral arrangements on either side of the alter is a classic look that never goes out of style.
Arch/ Arbor Installations - These are my absolute favorites of the ceremony florals! They are dramatic pieces that provide an exceptional backdrop for your vows and can really help convey the theme of your wedding. A fancy arch gives your guests something beautiful to look at while they wait for the ceremony to begin and provides a perfect spot for pictures.
Next week we will look closer at Reception Flowers.
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