We can’t imagine a wedding ceremony or a reception without any flowers. They have always been an important part of any event, celebrations and historical moments. They help distinguish and commemorate an occasion, making it special. Throughout the years, flower arrangements and flower accessories have become more varied and stylised especially in wedding ceremonies. There are many options to choose for a wedding celebration. To make the decision process simpler, we have compiled a short list of the most popular wedding flower arrangements and created your guide to wedding flowers.
As a bride, the very first flower arrangement that you will think of is your wedding bouquet. The colours, texture and choice of flowers will have to well discussed and consciously planned out as this will be an accessory that will accompany you throughout the whole wedding celebration. Often, your bridal bouquet will holds all the elements found in other floral arrangements and will provide guidelines for the design of bridesmaids’ bouquets, buttonholes, corsages as well as the reception and ceremony flowers, making it the central piece of your special day.
A bridesmaid’s bouquet will usually be a smaller and simpler version of your wedding bouquet. It is important that the styles of the bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets do match, but equally important to design them with a contrast in mind. Here, we are looking at continuity, with slight variations. Harmony in style is essential for the flow, but a subtle difference is recommended in order not to make the arrangement too tedious and repetitive.
A very small bouquet can be designed for the flower girls. Usually, the bouquet will be made of one central flower. We will be aiming at creating lighter and more delicate floral arrangements for the girls, usually smaller than the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Other accessories for flower girls can include floral crowns or even a basket of petals they can brighten the aisle with before the bride’s entrance.
They come in many shapes and types. Some of the more popular ones these days include the three-quarters ones, tied with satin ribbons, or the full floral crowns. Whatever the choice, crowns are a great addition to bridesmaids or bridal bouquets. Please remember, however, that not all flowers are suitable for a floral crown. Some of the ones, which love water, such as hydrangeas, early spring helleborus, or generally soft-stemmed flowers will look their best only for a few moments when taken out of water. There are different techniques we use in order to preserve their turgor, such as taping or wiring, which we suggest you highlight to your florist while making the crowns.
Think of it as a smaller and a more delicate version of the crown, usually worn by the brides who opt for a subtle decoration. As above, several techniques are used in order to make your flower comb look fresh for longer. Also, not only cut flowers but also small foliage or pot plants clippings will be suitable for the design. In our practice, we are seeking the more delicate, smaller and individual blooms. Details, details, details. That’s what we are obsessed with and known for.
Corsages are usually worn by the closest family members, i.e. mothers, grandmothers, sisters or close members or friends. We can distinguish between two types of corsages, a pin corsage and a wrist corsage.
The pin versions are quite popular in the UK. We tend to make these more decorative than the traditional buttonholes, so they feature more ribbons, more detail and more craftsmanship.
Flowers are delicately adorned around a bracelet structure and add a beautiful touch and distinction. We have a weakness for brass bracelets and their luxurious look. It’s a meticulous job but the efforts pay off!
A buttonhole is perfect to create a link within all the designs. We choose up to 3 focal flowers generally selected as the main piece of the buttonhole. We like to ornament buttonholes with some unusual buds, often wired to prove our skills. We then choose unusual foliage and complimentary flowers to enhance the look. Usually, boutonnieres are made for the groom, best man, groomsmen, fathers, grandfathers and ring bearers.
Centrepieces, flower arches, flower candelabras, floral runners, custom structures. All these are flower arrangements that will add the ‘wow’ factor to a venue and will distinguish the ceremony.
Centrepieces will add the important symbolic touch and link to the venue’s look for the guests to enjoy. They need to be carefully thought of! Before we decide on the concept of centrepieces, we like to get to know the venue. The context and the surroundings where the arrangements will be placed is extremely important. The placement of the arrangements will be featured, is equally paramount to us. After all, different styles are deemed suitable for different occasions and venues; they ask for different flowers, sizes of the arrangements, as well as budgets.
Low centrepieces can be arranged in different types of containers, for examples in vases, bowls, urns and sometimes with no container, to be more modern. We generally recommend the height of up to 40cm for the low centrepieces. That said, there’s always an exception to the rule and when the they are placed closer to a wall and viewed from one side. In this case, they can be built higher than 40cm.
When you are going for the impact, look no further. High centrepieces are perfect for the luxury weddings. They make any event grand and add a breath-taking feel to the celebration. We recommend a row of high centrepieces to strengthen the look. Pinterest can be a great inspiration so do have a look at our page by clicking here.
Individual arrangements placed around the table in an organised manner are currently having their heyday. This is a very contemporary look and a good choice for the more modern couples. Bud vases always look better in mass and so we recommend a good quantity of these, if we’re heading this route. They allow us to also highlight the containers and so a thoughtful choice of the product is necessary. It is not all about glass. We can choose from different materials, including ceramics, porcelain, terracotta, clay, and so on. Be creative in your choices and ask your florist to dust their stock.
Perfect for a rustic wedding, in a countryside, ideally a barn. Also ideal for the more industrial look. These tend to be smaller arrangements - a kind of a small low centrepiece. Jam jar bouquets or arrangements are best fit for lower budgets.
Table runners are normally recommended for rectangular-shaped tables and beautify tables that can be quite often repetitive and lacking of creativity. They are usually composed of the base or the ‘runner’, which can be complemented with candelabras, candles or other taller pieces as you go along the runner.
Floral arches are the ultimate statement. Often used for the ceremony, the elliptical shape of the arch beautifully frames the couple and provides an anchor point. Similarly to other arrangements, there are endless modifications: the natural, decorative or vegetative style, the symmetry or lack of it, the shape, the size, the proportion, the type materials used and so on.
A younger sister of the floral arch. Particularly popular in the USA and slowly being welcomed in the UK, the moongate arch is a modification of the shape of the traditional floral arch. It’s modern, fresh and for the brave, less traditional brides and grooms.
I will tell you a design secret. The more optical weight we position higher, the more the design will appeal. That’s why hanging installations are so appealing! They require a lot of work and great mechanics. The room where these are hung must also be able to accommodate for extra weight. Otherwise, a production company can help with creating custom structures to suspend the arrangements from above.
Some wedding venues hide beautiful mantlepieces. Beautiful mantlepieces need beautiful flowers. They obviously go together. Asymmetrical and unstructured creations are generally most suitable for these spaces. Organic and meadow-like styles take our breaths away!
Chairs or pews at the ceremony venues are often adorned with small flowers and/or foliage arrangements. A minimal look is often achieved depending on the venue’s style.
We are almost done! The type of arrangements we have listed are only the tip of the iceberg. We do not have to conform to any rules. Once we know them, we can break them!
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Be mindful, though, that breaking the rules requires more artistry and experience. Speak with your florist for all custom arrangements and make sure they have the necessary skills backed by solid education, logic and experience to come up with the more unusual and imaginative creations.
The world of floristry is ever evolving and the trends we see today merge and develop into new ideas as we speak. Today’s fashion creates movements that we follow, are conscious of and modify ourselves. When making your choice on the type of the arrangements you wish to have at your wedding, do not forget about current trends to create a contemporary look but also take a peek into the future. You want your today’s wedding to be valid tomorrow. Expertise of an established floral studio will help you achieve this and make your wedding unforgettable. Let’s create together awe-inspiring, Pinterest-ready and sharable grand designs.