Wedding floral arrangements – particularly bridal bouquets – are one of the oldest wedding traditions. While many couples are kicking wedding traditions to the curb, flowers are one thing we can almost never picture a wedding without.
With so many floral arrangements to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start when meeting with your florist. Below is a list of ideas to get you started – we’ve provided suggestions to spark inspiration for unique bouquets, décor and hair accessories.
But first, consider your budget: We get it – thinking about your budget is not the fun part of wedding planning. But, as wedding planners it’s important for us to help couples stay on track with their budget – and, flowers can quickly eat up a big part of your wedding budget. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, don’t be afraid to rent fake flowers. Fake flowers have come such a long way, guests won’t even realize they aren’t real.
Now on to the fun part…
Bouquet floral arrangements
Metal ring or hoop bouquet
If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional bouquet, we love the practicality a ring or hoop bouquet offers. Large bouquets are trending right now. But, sometimes they can steal the show. A hoop bouquet means more eyes will be on you and your dress without sacrificing the elegance of a bouquet. We also love this idea for flowers girls, especially if they’re young. Children can be unpredictable and it can be challenging to get them to handle a bouquet properly. A hoop offers a much more simplistic option in this scenario.
Bonus: After the wedding, leave your hoop bouquet to sit out for several days so the flowers can dry out. This way it will double as a sentimental keepsake from your wedding. Hang it on a wall, in a future nursery or something else altogether!
An (almost) edible arrangement
As much as we love edible arrangements, you can’t actually eat this one. Our most simple tip for taking bridal bouquets to the next level is to ask your florist to add in fruit accents – things like berries, herbs or even kale leaves add interest to your bouquet that we promise most guests have never seen before. Not to mention, fruit and herbs can make your bouquet smell amazing and can compliment your perfume.
Who said weeds aren’t beautiful? More and more brides are handpicking bouquets from their favorite wildflower fields or gardens (and we’re swooning over it). Weddings are all about sentimental touches, so consider picking flowers from a location like your mother’s or grandmother’s garden. Or, maybe even from a park you visited often as a child. There is something so incredibly romantic about a bride plucking her own bouquet from the ground.
Tip: The above ideas can also add some flair to your corsages and boutonnières.
Décor floral arrangements
Weddings these days might be getting a bit monogram crazy – it feels like almost anything can be monogramed. But hear us out on this one – getting your monogram done in florals really sets the romantic vibe at your wedding. You can place it at the entrance of your wedding to greet guests, place it near the guest book, have it as a centerpiece at the head table or even set it up behind the photo booth for a great aesthetic.
If your wedding mentality is “go big or go home” you can’t pass up the opportunity to do a floral ceiling. A floral ceiling transforms the atmosphere at any wedding and really differentiates your reception from other events. Whether you opt to have floral chandeliers, have flowers drape from the ceiling, go with greenery only or something else altogether, the enchanted vibe a floral ceiling offers won’t go unnoticed.
A floral wall is another way to really add that ‘wow’ factor to your wedding, and there are so many ways to create one:
- Use all the same type and color of flower for a simple, yet elegant vibe
- Make it ombré to add a bit of interest
- Hang strands of flowers against of a white background for a less polished, more boho look
- Opt for a background made of greenery and frame the wall with flowers that match your wedding colors
Not only does a floral wall look great, but it’s versatile. Use it behind the head table or for the background of a photo booth.
Idea: Have a floral wall made out of fake flowers and use it for all the events leading up the wedding like engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette, rehearsal dinner etc.
Hair floral arrangements
Add accessories to your flower crown
Whether you are doing a full flower crown, or having a few flowers pinned in your hair, consider incorporating additional accessories to differentiate your style:
- Twigs and branches elicit an earthy vibe
- Feathers for the boho bride
- Try jewels, pearls or gemstones for some added flair
Stuck between a flower crown or a veil? Here’s an idea that combines both – a flower veil. We can’t think of anything more romantic than having flowers cascading down the back of a bride’s head on her wedding day. You’ll be sure to surprise guests and your fiancé(e) with this unique twist on a veil.
Mismatched floral hair accessories
Brides mismatch bridesmaid dresses all the time, so why not do the same for hair accessories? Ask your florist to make hair accessories out of the same flower for you and your bridesmaids, but let bridesmaids choose what type of accessory they want – whether it’s a pin, flower crown or woven in with a braid.
Wedding floral arrangements aren’t cheap, but we can hardly imagine a wedding without them. To make the best use of your money, don’t let your florals go to waste by having them thrown out at the end of the night. Consider allowing your guests to take arrangements home to enjoy or donate arrangements to a local retirement home to bring a smile to someone’s face.
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