Time was your wedding reception flowers would be a couple of large arrangements and some centrepieces placed on tables. These days however brides are becoming more creative with their use of flowers within reception venues and their ideas go a long way towards making a wedding more unique and personal.
If you are stuck for inspiration then here are seven ideas to help you make the most of your wedding flowers:
1. Be Focal: try to create a focal point with your flowers and avoid lots of small arrangements. Instead order larger displays, particularly as they will look amazing in your photographs. Have some ‘statement’ flowers on your cake and guestbook tables or ask your bridesmaids to place their bouquets on these tables when you arrive.
2. Petal Power: lots of flowers may create an amazing look but can be overkill on the floral front as well as being prohibitively expensive. A cheaper alternative is to go for petals instead and use these to ‘dress up’ a more simple centrepiece. If your budget is really tight then use pillar candles in the center of your tables and scatter some rose petals around them, the cost is minimal but the look is beautiful.
3. Stay Simple: sometimes features within a room or decorative objects you want to use can be dressed with simple floral flourishes. Wreath’s have become a popular decorative addition to reception and ceremony venues but can cost a fortune when adorned with flowers, a cheaper alternative is to use flowers sparingly but in small clusters for more impact. Tiny pomanders look amazing hanging from candelabra’s or arranged on decorative plates with candles or wedding favors.
4. Vintage Chic: for a budget friendly reception theme choose vintage everytime. Not only does this give you lots of scope for the look of your day, but vintage objects can include everything from crystal plates to rusty buckets! Collecting things like cake stands, teapots and pretty cups is a cost effective way of providing interesting vessels for your flowers especially as vintage vessels like these allow for the use of fewer flowers. And you can always sell them on to another vintage loving bride afterwards!
5. Height Awareness: the taller the arrangement the more it will cost so either opt for low table centrepieces or mix two different heights across your tables to vary the look and to add a bit of drama.
6. Style Mix: consider mixing up the styles of your flower arrangements, for instance, choose a large arrangement to create a focal point for the reception room, then have some tall arrangements to add wow-factor as centrepieces on half the tables and then use low arrangements on your remaining tables which your guests can take home with them.
7. Floating Flowers: flower heads floating in glass bowls creates a wonderfully enchanting look and is probably the cheapest option when it comes to wedding flowers. Carnations are a cheap choice, whilst larger blooms like peonies or tea roses create a romantic scene. If your venue has a water feature outdoors ask if you can float some flowers on it as well particularly if you will have photographs taken beside it.