Beyond the bouquet: Unique Wedding Floral Decor Ideas
As you plan the floral decorations for the big day, you’re bound to starting thinking about the wedding staples: your bouquets, and your centrepieces. However, flowers, leaves, fruits, and branches can be fashioned in many unique ways that go far beyond a classic bouquet or centrepiece. When you open a dialogue with your florist or event designer, you may want to go beyond the bouquet designs they offer, exploring a new and unique floral look that your florist can help create.
In this post, Weddingful brings brides-to-be a collection of inspiration for unique floral designs that brighten and beautify, even in the most unexpected of ways.
A Flower-Filled Aisle
If you’re looking to start with something time-tested, explore the possibility of a creating a trail of flower petals for your wedding aisle. It’s traditional for a flower girl to scatter petals down the aisle, but even if your wedding ceremony doesn’t include a flower girl, you can still have the flowers! If you’re opting for a simple backyard, family farm, or park wedding, you can enhance the atmosphere with a special, romantic tone instilled by a colourful sprinkling of rose petals, like in this bright pastel wedding aisle. If you’re hosting a ceremony or reception with seating on large blankets spread across the ground, a scattering of rose petals is a great way to glam up your casual, picnic setting.
Flowers floating in water-filled vases have become very popular in recent years – you can take this one step further by taking advantage of a nearby pool or pond in order to float a raft of flowers upon the glassy surface of the water (this is a great solution for a backyard, poolside wedding!). This clever solution takes extra planning in advance, but the result will add beauty and positive energy in an unexpected place that otherwise might go untouched.
Many couples opt to rent chair covers for their weddings in order to create a more luxurious, decorative atmosphere. You can also create this decorative look by adding a flower sash to your chairs! In this example, the bride’s chair has been adorned with a colourful sash full of peonies, roses, succulents, and more. Order a special sash for the bride and groom, or decorate all of the bridal party’s chairs – either way, you’re sure to set a colourful and energetic scene for a friendly meal!
If your venue allows for it, creating a hanging chandelier like this one can add a rustic, bohemian, and earthy tone to your wedding. While suspending flower spheres can be a time-consuming and expensive task, simple chandeliers like this one are much more budget-friendly, but just as beautiful! If your venue is feeling a little sparse overhead, you can infuse your celebration with life by filling the ceiling with unique floral chandeliers.
Not every wedding is held in a green, grassy setting – if you’re looking to match your decor to your local landscape, decorate with plants that naturally grow in your area. This cactus – framed backdrop is an excellent example highlighting the beauty and vibrancy of a desert landscape. This sweet, punchy pink display just goes to show that you don’t need a bouquet of roses in order to create a romantic wedding scene.
Flowers are always beautiful, but branches and leaves can add to your wedding landscape, too! This outdoor wedding benefits from the pop of green in the branch-filled chandelier overhead, instilling a natural, rustic vibe that sets the tone for the whole room. If you’re on a budget, branches may be the way to go – there are plenty of ways to use branches in DIY designs, and if you go with a professional, designs made with leaves and branches tend to be much more economical.
Painted or Dried Flowers
Once a flower has been dried, it can be painted in any colour to match your wedding colour scheme. This example shows a large dried flower painted in a metallic gold, adding a sense of sparkling magic to the scene. You can incorporated dried flowers into boutonnieres, corsages, bouquets, garlands, etc., and you won’t have to worry about the blooms wilting in hot temperatures. Dried flower displays can also be given as gifts or used as home decor once the celebration is over – just one of the many benefits of opting for dried flower displays.
Flower curtains and flower walls don’t come cheap, but the bright, decadent atmosphere that they create can’t be beat. In this example, instead of a solid wall of blossoms, this florist has designed a light curtain of red carnations that give the illusion of being suspended in thin air – a romantic and uplifting backdrop for a wedding ceremony.
Add Fruits to your Florals
Flowers are added to celebrations in order to create a bright, festive, colourful feeling – there’s no reason why the rich colours and textures of fruits can’t also feature in your wedding displays. This tropical wedding places pineapples among the centrepieces, providing one for each guests. The rich purple tones of grapes and plums also make for luxurious centrepieces at a winter wedding, while a soft peach looks fabulously fresh in the summertime.
Now that you’ve ventured beyond the bouquet, your next step is to find a florist, decorator, or event designer! If you’re stuck when it comes to planning the logistics, Weddingful can help. Our online planner is free, and it’s designed to match you with vendors – from florists to planners to cake artists – who fit your location, specific needs, and style.