Flower centrepieces are nothing new, but more and more brides are coming up with fresh new takes on a floral focal point. We love the trend for fresh flowers in decorated jam jars and bottles – it’s perfect for DIY weddings and won’t break the bank! You can use coloured ribbon or lace to create a pretty vase out of an old jar, or just use colourful empty food containers if you’re a little DIY-impaired. We love the metallic tins used for golden syrup, as they also have a vintage vibe. Just be sure to mismatch for a quirky, eclectic look!
For English country garden theme weddings, why not try putting a mixture of fresh countryside wildflowers in cream jugs? Use tulips, daffodils and gypsophila for a cheerful spring look. We’re also loving the trend of putting your centrepiece flowers in mismatched china – it looks amazing at vintage-inspired weddings and you’ll have great fun collecting the pieces during the wedding planning.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, then a tall centrepiece with candles looks beautiful accessorised with flowers – just make sure that your guests will be able to see each other across the table! We also love a few stems of statement flowers such as bright orchids for a simple look with impact – you can always buy potted orchids for a reusable tablecentre that you can give away as gifts.
Pew ends and aisles
Pew ends might conjure up images of old-fashioned arrangements in churches, but using flowers to decorate your ceremony space can be a modern way to ensure that every part of your wedding is personalised to you as a couple. Tying small bunches of your chosen wedding flowers to the aisle chairs with ribbons is a subtle way to introduce your wedding theme and will make your ceremony even more beautiful. Why not put single blooms in small tealight holders and hang them from the chairs?
A more dramatic botanic decoration is lining your aisle with potted trees to bring a touch of the outdoors inside. This is a more versatile decoration than you think, and you can even customise the trees – try fairylights for winter, or butterflies for summer. Once your big day is over, you can take the trees home and plant them in your garden as a reminder of your day.
We’re seeing a lot of real brides using fresh flowers to decorate their cakes, and with good reason – it looks more up to date than traditional sugarpaste decorations and just as beautiful. A few blooms on top can be enough to bring a simple cake to life, or you can decorate each tier for the full effect. Just make sure you discuss your options with your florist!
You can also use flowers to decorate your cake table – just make a few extra centrepieces and surround your cake with them to make it more of a focal point. You can put your bouquet here too, to save it getting abandoned or lost. Finally, why not sprinkle the cake table with petals for a truly pretty look?
When it comes to decorating your reception space, the sky is the limit! We love to see dramatic floral pieces in plainer venues – a marquee, for example, is the perfect blank canvas to decorate with flowers and natural touches. Try hanging a large hanging arrangement from the ceiling, like a floral chandelier – just make sure to use a lot of greenery to add bulk without your flower budget going through the roof!
Branches and twigs are another great way to add the finishing touches to your venue – spray silver or white and hang with tealights for an icy winter wedding, or hang them with pom poms or floral pomanders for sunnier seasons. We also love the look of hops (yes, the stuff they use to make beer) and corn to create a summery, rustic feel for your day.