Why? For one thing, because bringing flowers to your ceremony allows you to decorate the space with colour and fragrance without having to add a lot of design elements. Carefully planned and placed arrangements can easily add your personality and taste to the ceremony location.
Keep in mind, whether you are decorating a church, a temple or a civil ceremony, that you must first check with the officiant to verify that you are allowed to place flowers and other décor on the doors, altars, pews etc.
The ceremony is done. Now, you have to worry about the reception décor. Flowers are an excellent choice for adorning your tables at the reception. Aside from your guest tables, you should also consider adorning the cake table and head table.
A large, long and low arrangement at the centre of the table in front of the bride and groom is the traditional rule here. However, if you have an exceedingly large wedding party where everyone is seated at a very long table, you may want to consider having three separate arrangements along its length. Garland can also be used to adorn the head table in either a straight line on top or arranged in swags along the front.
(Of course, there are a multitude of design options for the head table that may or may not include flowers. Discuss options with both your florist and decorator to decide what look you want to go with.)
Using flowers for you centerpieces is an excellent way to dress the table according to season, colour theme, and personality. When deciding on floral centerpieces, make sure they do not impede guests from seeing and talking to each other. Choose arrangements that are low so that guests can see over top of them or choose a tall thin arrangement where the flowers rest at the top, above the guests' direct view.
The cake itself will usually be adorned by the cake meister; however, the cake table does require a little decoration itself. For example, some light swags of fabric with flowers at their gathers are both elegant and understated.
A simple and cost effective way to add more flowers to your reception is to bring the pedestal arrangements from the ceremony to the venue and have them placed at very focal locations, like the entrance or on either side of the head table.
The "do-it-yourself" craze has surely taken off in all aspects of wedding planning including wedding flowers. Arranging your own wedding flowers, however, can be a little tricky. If you have a very specific idea in mind that you don't want to comprise, hire a professional. This will take the added stress off your day. If, however, budget is the priority, here are a few tips to keep in mind for DIY wedding floral arrangements: