The Best Flowers for Wedding Decorations

May 12, 2015 / Blooms Today
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Among the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, choosing flower arrangements may seem low on the priority list. Coordinating flowers for the cake, centerpieces, and dining room seating may seem like an arduous task, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it can be a downright pleasant experience with a little advice and creativity. If you’re planning a wedding, or just simply getting ideas for the future, we have a few creative arrangements that are sure to wow your guests.

 

The Centerpiece

The centerpiece is one of the most important decorative aspects of a wedding. It’s meant to represent your style and personality while creating a visually stunning focal point at the table. Many brides host games and give away their centerpieces at the end of the ceremony, so be sure to design one you’re proud of!

Flower-CascadeCascading flowers – Use cascading or trailing flowers like orchids or petunias and a tall vase to create length and dimension within the centerpiece. Flowers will spill out from the vase and exude opulence and beauty. Flowers that have more spiky stalks or branches can be draped with jewels or other ornamentation.

Staggered flowers – Choose a vase that has multiple tiers of potting areas and stagger flowers for an interesting variety of heights. Bushier flowers, like hydrangea or dahlias, can be placed on the lowest level with slender flowers like cala lilies at the higher levels.

Consider a Table Runner

Table runners are becoming increasingly popular. Their low height allows guests to see and talk to each other, while their length infuses the entire table with beauty. Opt for an upright runner with short cut miniature roses, or go for a draped runner with anemones and creeping greenery.Table-Runner

Keep it Classic

You can’t go wrong if you keep it classic and timeless. Hydrangeas, roses, orchids, and peonies are all classic choices that represent love, beauty, and new beginnings. These flowers come in a variety of colors and can be coordinated with wedding attire and other elements of design.

The Seating

If you are decorating the seating, there are a few great ways to incorporate flowers here, too.

Daisy Chain

Don your guest seating with a modern day take on a daisy chain. Use flowers with long, thick stems and a singular bloom, like daisies, tulips, or poppies. To make a chain, simply cut a small slit just under the bloom and slide the stem of the next flower through it so the flower will hold the stem in place. This style is best for a simple wedding with a rustic feel.

Garlands

Garlands can be full and billowy or subtle, depending on the bride’s preferences. Attach short garlands to the backs of guest seating so they will drape down the length of the chair. For a daintier garland, use lisianthus and gladiolas and some greenery attached to a waxed string. These flowers have hardy blooms that will last throughout the ceremony. For a fuller look, use larger blooms like campanulas, which have over 300 varieties and almost 12 flowers per stalk. Their bell shaped flowers are easy to string while being unobtrusive.

Church-PewsHanging Blooms

Hang flowers from or above guest seating for a more intimate experience. Hang roses upside-down from a ribbon, or fill a repurposed mason jar with lavish dahlias or hydrangeas. For an all out floral scene, an elaborate floral chandelier with blushing bride protea and viburnum is sure to keep guests talking.

 

The Cake

Wedding-CakeThe cake can be used as an important symbol in the wedding, representing the official union of two souls and their promise to forever take care of each other. Wedding cakes can be anything from a simple, white, three-tier cake to an outrageous display of colors and gravity defying heights. Wherever your cake is on that spectrum, you can add a few fresh flowers to liven it up.

Keep in mind the scale of your flowers in comparison to the cake. If your cake is more modest, using large flowers or too many flowers will easily overwhelm it. On the other hand, if you have the space, you can use bigger flowers and more greenery if you desire. Some flowers popular (and safe) for a wedding cake are: roses, gardenia, pansies, and violets. If you’re trying to accent a smaller cake, think miniature roses. Or, if you want to go big, consider the luscious gardenia.Flowers-On-Wedding-Cake

These options are a great way to unify the look of your ceremony. Coordinating flowers for the cake, centerpieces, and dining room seating can make an enormous difference in your wedding decorating.

Photo Credit:

Photographer marybettiniblank offered the photograph of Cascading Flowers under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

Photographer Hans Braxmeier offered the photograph of Rose Petals under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

Photographer HRachel F offered the photograph of Flower Cascade under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

Photographer PublicDomainPictures offered the photograph of Wedding Cake under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

Photographer Ulrika Mai offered the photograph of Table Runner under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

Photographer Hans Braxmeier offered the photograph of Church Pews under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

Photographer condesign offered the photograph of Flowers On a Wedding Cake under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

 

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