Floral embellishments for your wedding

Jami, the bride, used these copper and glass lanterns with the names of their guests and table assignment etched into the glass. We added Ivory Spray Rose and a mix of greens and voila - flowers everywhere. Photography by Hay Alexandra. Table at Shadow Creek in Purcelleville, Virginia.

Greenery blends to flowers in this mantle spray at Stone Tower Winery. The cake was surrounded by bridal bouquets in cylinders. Photography by Candice Adele.

Greenery blends to flowers in this mantle spray at Stone Tower Winery. The cake was surrounded by bridal bouquets in cylinders. Photography by Candice Adele.

We worked with a wonderful planner for a wedding a few weeks ago who summed up her vision for the event’s décor very succinctly, flowers everywhere. That didn’t mean lavish or over the top, she simply wanted to make sure there were flowers wherever a guest might roam, ceremony, reception and even auxiliary and outdoor spaces. We started by creating the impact arrangements, but once those had been designed, we really focused on simple designs for every table, lounge area surface, bar and bathroom sink. Each of these small, floral embellishment supported the larger theme. The tall and low centerpieces created the visual landscape for the evening and served as the anchor for the décor. The smaller florals added a more personal touch as guests were able to lean in to the flowers while sipping a cocktail. For this day, we used an assortment of clear glass bottles, small gold cubes and geo-terrariums with just a few flowers and greens. This planner even had miniature geo-cubes that we incorporated into the larger floral designs.

You’re probably already seeing that trends in wedding décor make it easy to add personalized embellishments to your own wedding. Welcome signs etched in glass with metal frames are begging for a hint of natural greens or flowers. The couple in our lead photo used geo lanterns etched with the names and table assignments for their guests. We added Spray Roses and greenery and set-up the lanterns during installation. Try adding loose greenery in the shape of a picture frame around table assignment cards. You can put a few flowers or greens in simple designs just about anywhere and really see an impact in your space.

So how do you accomplish everywhere in your wedding flower decor?

1. Identify a few corners of the space that could use some brightening and note their location for your floral designer.

As you walk the space, look for flat surfaces that might beg for brightness, There may be, for example, smaller tables in a lounge area or against an empty wall, a great place to add flowers in a vase that matches your centerpiece. You may find that you can spend just $15 to $45 (depending on the fullness you want), an affordable proposition for items that complete your décor.

2. Focus on the entrance.

Greet your guests with greenery/flowers on the newal post and cap of a staircase or with a welcome table design featuring flowers that you’ve chosen for you wedding party.

A welcome table honors loved ones who have passed or cannot attend with pink and white flowers, thistle and greenery. Photography by Nicole Adele.

A welcome table honors loved ones who have passed or cannot attend with pink and white flowers, thistle and greenery. Photography by Nicole Adele.

A copper and glass welcome sign with greenery at Shadow Creek. Photography by Hay Alexandra.

A copper and glass welcome sign with greenery at Shadow Creek. Photography by Hay Alexandra.

 3. Add florals to the specialty items you are ordering.

Most couples we speak to have chosen personal items like a welcome sign, guest favors, card box or guest book that could handle a touch of flowers or greens. Talk to your floral designer about adding an affordable but festive spray, a votive vase of flowers or even something more creative that expresses your individuality.  

4. Make cocktail hour festive.

Cocktail hour is a natural place to infuse a few more flowers but remember to consider the space your guests will need if they are placing drinks and phones on high-top table. Smaller votives of flowers or candles are fine for these table. A sprig of greenery and a candle will work, as well. If your venue has a mantle, add more candles, greenery and/or florals without interfering with much needed space on your high tops.

5. Dress up the restrooms.

A bottle or bud vase with a single flower of the day will get noticed and be appreciated. Check with your venue first, they may have a permanent fixture. If you’d like, suggest that it be removed for your event so that your specific color palette can be introduced even here.

 6. Add sprigs of greenery to a photo table and more.

Stone Tower Winery, like so many venues, provides a great table for couples to use in the entrance to the reception space. We’ve seen it used for desserts, cakes, table assignments, guest favors, photos or just flowers on their own. The arrangement in the photo below isn’t towering, but it has a nice fullness that fills the space.

Candice Adele Photography at Stone Tower Winery.

Candice Adele Photography at Stone Tower Winery.

7. Accomplish two things at once, or more, if you can.

Couples are opting to honor loved ones who have passed with an arrangement of flowers and a special note to friends and family. Place this on an existing table in your venue that needs a little something. Combine this sweet gesture with your welcome to all guests.

These added decor items allow you to be really expressive and we are here to help. Lanterns on steps with greenery, flowers for your dogs collar, petals on a table of favors, there are endless combinations of things that can be done to add flowers to your day.