Flowers at your Ceremony
Once you have decided on your bouquets and your overall theme for your floral decorations, you need to decide how to decorate your ceremony. Whether you are in a church or having a civil ceremony you still want it to look absolutely stunning. Although if I could offer a small bit of advice, if you are working on a tight budget, remember that your ceremony is only a maximum of an hour long and during it everyone should hopefully be concentrating on the two of you, so if you decide to cut your budget anywhere, I would always recommend here, rather than at the reception, where you will spend the majority of your time. The following information and images have kindly been supplied by The Balloon Lady
Churches are often cavernous spaces and can swallow enormous flower arrangements, so its easy to get carried away, decorating everywhere. So before you get start, sit back in the church and look at the areas that will be seen on the day.
Its nice (depending on the size of the church) to have one or two pedestals at the front, not only will these show in pictures with you standing at the front, but also when you have readings etc. These can then move to your reception and go in the entrance, or either side of the top table. It can be lovely to have some decoration coming down the aisle, but you don’t need to allow for every pew end – most people find that every other pew is more than enough. There are lots of choices for ways to decorate the pews, from floral arrangements, to single flowers, to bows. Perhaps consider your budget when deciding this as floral arrangements are normally expensive, by comparison to bows, and normally there isn’t anywhere at your reception that they can be re used. The extra decorations in the church that are most popular are flowers on the font, in the entrance and on windowsills. These are all terribly pretty and if budget permits can look fantastic, however equally lovely are scattered t-light candles and lanterns. If you are having a civil ceremony then your decorations can always be used twice, the most popular thing that we make is a long and low arrangement of flowers that sits on the registrars table. After your ceremony this can be moved to sit in front of you both on the top table. Like a church, a pair of pedestals at the front of any room always looks really pretty and again these can move to your entrance or top table. Formal floral arrangements that work in churches don’t really work for civil ceremonies, but small hand tied bouquets and bows look stunning decorating the aisle. As a finishing touch many brides will choose to have chair covers or some balloons in the ceremony and between all of this decoration what can often be a simple understated room turns in to some thing unique and stunning. The final option for a ceremony and one that is becoming very popular is to have it outside. Many venues now have temples and pergolas that you can be married under and then your guests can sit out in the sunshine. You can then chose not to decorate the garden you are in, or lots of people will have flowers and foliages running around the pillars of their arbours, as these make fantastic locations for your photos after the ceremony. If you do go for an outdoor ceremony, remember to plan for a ‘worst case scenario’ and decide what you will do IF you have to move indoors! Most importantly remember the ceremony is about the two of you joining and becoming Husband and Wife and celebrating your love for each other.