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Beyond the Bouquet


September 13, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Traditionally, when we think of wedding florals, our first thoughts are often about the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. However, more and more couples are hiring floral designers to not only create these customary pieces but also transform their wedding venues with stunning one-of-a-kind arrangements and installments. We’ve compiled a few of the most popular floral trimmings and creations we are seeing couples add to their floral budgets to really take their celebrations to the next level.

Floral Arches

While those Blue Ridge Mountains already provide a stunning natural backdrop, having a custom floral arch under which to say “I do” can really help create a magical ceremony site. Choose bright blooms that match your accent colors or simple white florals with lush greenery for a more classic look. Some couples have even opted to incorporate this trend into their reception areas, allowing their guests to enjoy the grand creation all evening.

Top Left: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography & Florals by Southern Blooms; Top Right: Photo by M. Harris Studios, Florals by Holly Heider Chapple Gathered & Styled & Planning by Bella Giornata Events & Design; Bottom Left: Photo by Rachel May Photography, Florals by Mallory Joyce Design & Coordination by Liz Brittle; Bottom Right: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography, Florals by Southern Blooms & Planning by Donovan-Groves Events

Cake Decoration

Adding flowers to your wedding cake is another popular way to decorate or add color to a more simple yet elegant cake design, and it can make the confection feel more in harmony with a vineyard setting. Choose big blossoms for a romantic look, or add a texture with unique trimmings, such as lavender.

Left: Photo by Luna de Mare Photography, Cake by Sweethaus, Florals by Amy Osaba Design & Planning by Amore Events Planning & Design; Right: Photo by Rachel May Photography

Sweetheart Chairs

Another trend couples at every venue type are embracing is the concept of “sweetheart chairs.” Make your reception chairs feel more special by adding garland or special arrangements on their backs. Whether you choose simple wooden chairs or a bench, or a cushy loveseat for your first meal as a married couple, the right floral addition can leave your seats feeling like thrones.

Top Left: Photo by Annamarie Akins Photography, Florals by The Proper Petal & Planning by Alyson Taylor Events; Top Right: Photo by Rachel May Photography & Florals by Southern Blooms; Bottom: Photo by Anagram Photo, Florals by Tourterelle Floral Design & Planning by Kennon Ibbeken

Hanging Installations

The sky is the limit when it comes to this new must-have wedding detail. Perfect for both a tented or indoor reception, these knock-out arrangements are sure to wow guests throughout the entire evening, and your options are limitless. Elevate your head table by adding a gorgeous installment above, or transform your entire reception area by bringing the outdoors in with hanging and draped vines, greenery and florals.

Top Left: Photo by Rachel May Photography & Florals by Southern Blooms; Top Right: Photo by Rachel May Photography & Florals by Mallory Joyce Design; Bottom Left: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography, Florals by Blue Ridge Floral Design & Planning by Donovan-Groves Events; Bottom Right: Photo by Luna de Mare Photography, Florals by Amy Osaba Design & Planning by Amore Events Planning & Design

Lead Image by Annamarie Akins Photography, Florals by The Proper Petal & Planning by Alyson Taylor Events

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