Flowers are perfect natural decoration that can add colour and life to rooms, tables and the outdoors. Because of their durability and the wide range available, they are perhaps the most versatile decoartive item around, and as such, wedding reception flowers are an essential item for your big day.
Let's take a look at how they can be used all around the venue to add vibrancy and create that wow factor - for advice on particlar types to use, be sure to check out our Wedding Flowers section or speak to your florist.
In the rooms...
In much the same way as balloons, indoor wedding reception flowers can really help to emphasis the colour scheme of the day.
A skilled florist will be able to design the arrangements in such a way that they complement the bouquets of the Bride and her Bridesmaids, as well as nestling seemlessly alongside any flower displays that were used in the Service venue.
The arrangements can be made to appear very traditional or highly contemporary, and essentially will be able to compliment any theme for the of day.
The most popular options are to place arrangements on plinths in corners of the rooms, or at intervals along bland walls. Flowers can also be used to highlight key area of the room such as the cake table and, of course, the bar! Flower heads strung on invisible thread and hung over windows, walls or even over doorways are a modern conception and such novelties will fit in perfectly with any eco-friendly wedding taking place.
On the tables....
Of all the decorative items used on tables, floral arrnagements are probably the single most striking element. They will typically reflect the style chosen for both the buttonholes and bouquets, and are meant to be seen and remembered.
When determining and designing the table arrangements, there are a number of things that should be considered.
Firstly, try to avoid particularly tall and dense arrangements. Whilst they may look pretty in practice, in reality they will impede the flow of discussion amongst your guests and often prove a real irtritant. Though two or three tall orchids wonít be a conversation stopper, but fauna-ridden beauties will ultimatley keep cross-table conversation to a minimum. Remember, the guests will want to chat with ease to everyone on the table, not constantly peer round the greenery to see who said what!
Secondly, even if you are keeping the arrangements below the average eye line, donít make them too wide. Typically, try to keep the width of the to the size of a large dinner plate. This way, there will be sufficient room available for the plates, glasses, bottles of water and wine and everything else that needs to be on the table to allow your guests to enjoy their meal.
Next, keep an extra special arrangement for the top table. Due to the fact that the top table is normally rectangular, it is often necessary to have a totally different floral arrangement anyway, but even if it isn't, still take this opportunity to elaborate somewhat. Swags of greenery, interwoven with flowers, that are pinned to the front of the top table are particularly striking. Alternatively, for a more contemporary look, short-stemmed flowers in small vases, alternated with tealights or votive candles, really make a super impression. A larger display in front of the Bride and Groom, is always a nice touch.
Finally, remember that you don't just have to plump for a traditional floral display. Instead, why not
decorate table tops using only the heads of the flowers. Such items can be placed on the napkins of the guests to tie the look together, but also work exceptionally
well scattered around the top table and cake table - perhaps even tied to the knife which the cake will be cut with.
The great outdoors is naturally packed with flora and fauna galore, so it not always essential that you spend a small fortune on this part of the venue. That said, there will always be the odd nook, cranny or barron area that could benefit from some floral dressing.
Either side of doorways, window-ledges, garden tables and courtyards are prime candidates to decorate, and there's nothing more complementary to the surroundings than nature's finest. Small pots of heather, fresh herbs, potted Bay trees and scattered flower heads are just some suitable options, but in all cases it is best to worth with what exists already.
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