Beyond the Bouquet: Getting the Most out of Floral Decorations



While earlier this season we took a look at the major fall flower trends that would be prominent this September and October, as we reach the end of the year, the number of flowers in bloom is considerably less than it was a couple months ago. This makes it a perfect time to explore some of the more unorthodox floral options as well as different decorative ideas you can enact with flowers at the end of the year.

First off, what are the available flowers? While you can import basically any flower from any part of the world, it’s good to use flowers and nature from your local area. But remember, fruit also bears flowers and berries can add a dynamic edge to the most staid of bouquets. Whether it’s curly willow, eucalyptus, or pepperberries—all berries that are easily found within nature—integrating these different elements will add a unique dimension to your bouquet.

But beyond unorthodox floral choices, there are also numerous ways to utilize flowers in your decorations. For instance, if you have left over berries and twigs from your bouquet, consider adding them as toppers to your wedding cake to give it a rustic and natural feel.

Another floral decoration that isn’t often seen at weddings but is as functional as it is fancy, garlands, which can be made from greenery like ivy, maidenhair fern, or boxwood and hung from the ceiling to hide any unsightly exposed beams. To add even more intrigue to your garlands, consider incorporating amaranthus flower spray, clear glass terrariums and bundles of bare branches.

When you’re exchanging vows, you want that moment to be as special and unforgettable as possible. One way flowers can help to achieve this is through the erection of a flower backdrop, which involves a floor-to-ceiling arrangement of greens with flowers for color accents.

In addition, while lining the aisle with flower petals is a classic move, what about small trees adorned with flowers and cut to match one another? And while you’re walking down that tree-lined aisle, consider mixing up your bouquet to include non-floral foliage like kale, which has a deeper and more noticeable shade of green than almost any other plant.

And if the venue you’re having your wedding in has a grand staircase, well, just imagine how grand it will look draped in flowers! Ultimately, the only limit to experimenting with floral decorations is your imagination, so start playing around and see what works for you!