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Wedding Flowers Part III-Ceremony Flowers, Reception Flowers And Décor
"Flowers........are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world."~Ralph Waldo Emerson
CEREMONY FLOWERS, RECEPTION FLOWERS AND DÉCOR
When choosing the flowers and décor for your wedding, the possibilities are endless. Whether you're having a small or large affair, or whether it is informal or formal your floral and décor selections will definitely help to enhance the ambiance of the occasion in so many ways. As always, staying within your budget is key. You don't have to spend a lot of money to achieve your desired goals.
Floral décor for a ceremony can be simple or elaborate and depends on several factors such as budget, theme and whether it is indoor or outdoor. If you are marrying in a place of worship, you will have to inquire about where and how you can decorate. Unfortunately, certain places of worship are very strict about where and how their church or synagogue is decorated.
Traditionally the ceremony or church entrance, aisles, pew ends, main altar, bimah, chuppah, lectern, window sills and signing table are decorated with flowers, greenery and bows. In order to save money, it is ideal to choose flowers for the ceremony that can be used at the reception. Ask the florist if they will transport arrangements from the ceremony to the reception, or enlist the help of a friend or family member.
There are some wonderful ideas for decorating your ceremony site. For example, If the church is large you can make a bold statement by placing one or more large pedestal arrangements where they will be noticed, such as the entrance to the church, or at the front close to the altar. The use of pedestals and tall and short wicker baskets helps to enhance the atmosphere. You can make use of window ledges by placing flower arrangements there. Dressing the pew ends with bows or tulle, greenery, flowers, even candles will add a lot of drama. Be careful as it can be expensive to decorate every pew so opt for every other pew or just the front and end pews. Floral and greenery garlands over entry ways to greet guests, looks spectacular. Placing ornamental plants and trees instead of flowers throughout the space is also quite beautiful. Floral arches especially for an outdoor wedding is elegant and romantic. Colourful topiary trees add a sense of flare as well. Decorated candelabras or unity candles are another wonderful idea.
Since you and your guests will be spending more time at the reception than the ceremony, as mentioned previously, it would be a good idea to transition your ceremony floral arrangements to the reception venue. Hand tied bridal bouquets look awesome tossed in clear or unique vases on the head table or as beautiful guest table centerpieces, (if there aren't a lot of tables). Also, nosegays placed in special bouquet clip holders that attach to the head table are impressive as well, (ask your florist).
Make sure that your floral choices fit your style and colour schemes. Many reception flowers are arranged in candelabras, in pots, baskets, vases and ceramic or plastic containers. They are placed on various tables throughout the venue or placed inside wicker stands or on pedestals. The arrangements should always complement the table or space size as well as table linens. If you are not certain which tables need decorating, here are a few tips:
-Head Table-The wedding party sits at the head table during the reception. Nowadays, head table configurations can vary from the traditional long table. It could be a shorter table with an elevated one for just the bride and groom or a series of smaller round tables. Regardless of your choice, the head table or tables are decorated with larger more elaborate centerpieces than the guest tables or other tables on site. These arrangements may contain different types of flowers and colours than the rest.
-Guest Table-When considering centerpieces for your guest tables, it is important to keep a few things in mind. The arrangements should be low on the table to avoid obstructing the views of the guests. They should not be too large because reception tables are usually full with china, cutlery, glasses and so on. Some couples are opting for arrangements that are placed on very tall, thin stands. They are beautiful and very dramatic without hindering one's view. These arrangements can be larger because they are elevated. Once again, be mindful of your budget because those types of arrangements can get very costly. If you plan on using centerpieces with candles, be sure to find out if your venue will allow you to light the candles. Many venues will not allow it owing to fire prevention rules and regulations.
-Buffet Table-Depending on your table size, you may want to consider placing a floral arrangement on either side of the table. You could also pin a garland with artificial fruit or vegetables for interest, along the front of the table. You can even place smaller decorative vases filled with berries and bunches of herbs throughout the buffet table.
-Cake Table-The cake table looks lovely with a couple of small floral arrangements or you can choose to decorate your cake with flowers. You should ensure that your choice of flowers for the cake are not toxic or sprayed with pesticides. it is important that you discuss this with your florist.
Wedding reception décor can bring your dreams and visions for your big day to life. Whether you are traditional, edgy or contemporary your décor will be a reflection of who you are. The key to decorating for wedding receptions is picking a colour and/or theme and sticking to it. By tying in all the wedding elements, such as centerpieces, flowers, favors, and overall reception appearance, you will simplify the process for yourself, make decisions easier, impress your guests, and save money. When you take your unique ideas and project them throughout the entire venue, it displays style, class and a unity of purpose.
Here are a few décor ideas and tips you may want to consider:
-Lighting-Lighting can make a beautiful addition to any wedding reception venue! Tiny white lights can be placed around the tables, around the cake, or in potted plants and trees. If you don’t want to use lights you could use lanterns instead.
-Seat Covers-There is nothing quite like the elegance that is created when using seat covers. They come in a variety of colours so they will fit in with whatever colour scheme you are using. If seat covers are out of your budget, you can use beautiful wide ribbon to tie on the backs of the chairs. They will add just as much elegance at a fraction of the cost. Friends and family can help to cut and tie the ribbons on the big day. Check with your venue regarding seat covers. They may actually supply them for the wedding day.
-Feathers-Feathers are a very popular part of today's wedding décor. They can be used throughout the venue and in arrangements. If you shop around you may be able to buy them in bulk.
-Engagement Portraits-Displaying your engagement portraits at your reception is a great idea. Guests enjoy the opportunity to see them. Some engagement photo shoots offered by many wedding photographers produce some incredible work so take the opportunity to showcase them at your reception.
-Candles-There is nothing more romantic than the warmth and glow of candles. Also, it is an inexpensive aspect of the décor element. Once again, check with the venue to see if they will allow it.
-Ice Sculptures-If it is within your budget, Ice sculptures can be made into just about anything you like and add a certain amount of flair to the occasion. They can be used at buffet tables, dessert tables and some ice sculptures are used during the cocktail hour of your reception.
These are but a few décor ideas available. With a little imagination the sky is the limit. Don't be afraid to show your personality through your décor. Remember it's your day so roll with it.
Selecting flowers and décor for your ceremony and reception doesn't need to be a difficult task. By following the helpful tips in this segment, you will achieve the theme you have always wanted for your perfect wedding.
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