Wedding Flowers and Decor

Elegant and Ambient Choices for Wedding Décor

If you're looking for timeless wedding décor, look no further than flowers. For centuries, flowers and plants have been central to the marriage ritual, and although preferences may have changed, an assortment of flowers is still the gold standard for a wedding-worthy church, reception and bridal ensemble.

Your color scheme is sure to narrow down your choices when you're browsing for your wedding flowers and décor. But you may also like to reflect on the symbolism of particular blooms, ideas for creative arrangements and other decorative items to compliment your floral ambiance. Start with traditional choices, and add your personal touch for romantic and memorable bouquets and centerpieces.

Tips for Classic Bouquet Arrangements

Color is a fundamental decorative element, so it's a natural place to begin with your bouquet. First, you'll need to decide whether a collection of colors or a uniform bunch of blooms will suit you best. Remember that there's no right answer: your personal style, wedding colors and taste in accessories will play a role in your decision, so it's a good idea to find a florist that understands your style. If you don't know what sort of flowers will suit you best, spend a good amount of time browsing through flower shops with a picture of your dress to find some good candidates.

Reliably Romantic Roses

Roses radiate classic elegance, so they're an easy choice for a traditional wedding bouquet. The challenge is to find the right roses for your look, which will depend on the size, color and symbolism they bring to your bouquet. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're browsing through the countless options:

  • Color conveys so much, and each hue of rose carries a message. Pink is romantic and graceful, red is for love, yellow symbolizes friendship and joy, purple is enchanting, orange is for passion and white is for honor. Your wedding colors will help you put together your bouquet, but consider adding a rose in a complimentary color for a symbolic accent.
  • Large roses will draw focus, and small roses are nice accents. If you can't decide on one particular flower, you might want to add some smaller roses to a mixed bouquet of larger calla lilies, peonies and hydrangeas. Really big flowers can compete with other ornaments, but if your bouquet is your key accessory, a few handfuls of full, lush roses can stand alone very well.
  • A seasonal mix can bring the best of both worlds. Begin with a small bunch of roses, and round out your bouquet with some fresh sprays of greenery, berries or wildflowers. The roses lend a classic vibe, and the supporting cast will tailor your bouquet to your wider theme, seasonal setting or personal style.

Traditions Fit for the Table

A perfect mix of flowers and greenery in a simple yet elegant vase is the pinnacle of classic wedding centerpieces. Whether you choose to evoke the scents of an English garden, the whimsy of a country meadow, or the manicured splendor of a palace plot, you can achieve your effect with careful attention to simple detail.

The centerpiece can be the principal source of ambience, if done well. Venture beyond a simple bouquet with some gentle accessories that add a touch of interest to the traditional arrangement without leaving custom behind. For instance, you can surround a tight but tall vase of matching blooms with some votive candles for light and depth, or tuck in a few exotic blossoms among roses or peonies of the same hue for a bit of textural interest.

While ivories, pinks and yellows have been popular color choices for past generations, any soft shades can impart the simple elegance you're after. If pastels aren't your favorite, there is room for a louder color statement, but be careful: deep red is the color of passion and romance, but it's also a pretty bold focus in any room. If you opt for any strong and vibrant hue, you'll want to use a light touch.

Final Touches for a Heartfelt Gesture

Traditional wedding décor has some universal elements, but every tradition is a little bit different. Talk to your parents and grandparents about their weddings and any cultural rituals that might have a place in your big day. Including a specific hymn, altar decoration, or reception ritual that has meaning for the previous generation can be a beautiful way to honor and maintain the traditions specific to your family.