Wedding Flower Bouquets and Arrangements
Wedding flowers are a large part of the decorations for many weddings. Even couples who don't find blooms especially endearing will still need to order the essentials for their wedding. Viewing pictures of wedding flowers helps couples remember exactly what arrangements to order and shows plenty of ideas for those flowers and photographs with them.
Many brides-to-be start their flower planning by choosing their bridal bouquet. Traditional brides may want to go with roses in white, cream or pale peach colors, while those who want their bouquets to pop may choose exotic or seasonal blooms in their wedding colors.
The shape and size of the bouquet also needs to be chosen. Popular choices include round, cascading or nosegay bouquets.
Once the bride has decided on her bouquet, she typically plans the bridesmaids' bouquets. Often, the bridesmaids carry blooms that are varying shades of their dresses and the wedding colors. Other color options include a mixed bouquet of bright, pastel or jewel tones. If the bride chooses to carry a colorful bouquet, she may have the bridesmaids carry white or neutral blooms in their bouquets.
The men in the bridal party also need flowers. The groom, groomsmen and ushers usually wear boutonnieres with a small flower or two that matches the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets. It is pinned onto their tuxedo lapels. Don't forget to order one for the ring bearer, too.
Remember to order the children appropriate flowers. The flower girl may carry a small flower ball, basket of petals, arrangement in a basket or even a miniature bouquet. At an outdoor, garden or summer wedding, a small wreath of flowers will look adorable atop her head. If you are having a floral-themed wedding, you may also want to include a few blooms on top of the ring bearer pillow, too.
As guests enter the wedding ceremony, it is nice to have floral arrangements at the end of each row. In a church, large cascading arrangements covered in tulle add an air of elegance. Brides who prefer simpler pew arrangements can add just a few small flowers to the center of a bow or hang a small wreath from the side of the pew.
Flower balls are a popular alternative to traditional pew decorations if your ceremony is being held outdoors. Hang the balls from the end of the chairs or from shepherd's hooks at the end of each row.
Wedding Column Arrangements
Wedding columns are the perfect place to perch wedding flowers. Choose arrangements that complement the bouquets. Once the ceremony is over, it is easy to transport columns and arrangements to the reception.
Once the bride and groom reach the end of their aisle, they traditionally like to have floral arrangements at the altar or front of the ceremony location. All eyes will be on this area for the duration of the ceremony, so it is important to decorate it appropriately. Add arrangements to railings, columns and altars. Check to see if flowers can be added to candelabras and other lighting elements, too.
Head Table Flowers
At the reception, the head table is a focal point of the evening. Use flower arrangements that match the bridal bouquets to create a unified look at the reception. In fact, many brides simply place the bridesmaid bouquets into clear glass vases for a cost effective decoration. Flowers can also be draped across the backdrop behind the couple or used in a swagged garland on the front of the table itself.
Guest Table Flowers
Guest tables need to have centerpieces, and for many brides, this usually involves flowers. Instead of the typical candles surrounded by petals or floral arrangements in vases, consider using a floral runner as the centerpiece. Greenery surrounding stunning flowers is the perfect way to decorate a long rectangular wedding table.
Wedding Cake Flowers
Modern wedding cake designs can be virtually anything a couple desires. However, even a contemporary design can incorporate flowers. Purchase a cake topper from your florist or have blooms cascade down the side of the cake. Most skilled decorators can make any bloom you desire using fondant or gum paste. Remember to add petals and other floral arrangements to the cake table to complete the look.
If the location has possibilities for unique flower arrangements, take advantage of it. Use petals to make a heart shape in the sand where the bride and groom will exchange vows at a beach wedding ceremony. When there is a pool or fountain of water, add some floating arrangements. Whatever the location is, there are plenty of ways to customize the space with wedding flowers. Take photos of the spot to the florist for help choosing unique floral pieces for the area.
Getaway Car Flowers
Finally, don't forget to add a little floral decoration to the getaway car. Brides and grooms who rent a classic car or limousine often have their photos taken with this special vehicle. Decorate it for the occasion using bouquets and other blooms.
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