Flowers really make a wedding and it’s great that these days you brides are doing more than a single vase on each dinner table. Joanne (of Joanne Truby Floral Design) is one of those really creative florists that I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a few occasions. Today Joanne’s kindly sharing lots of unusual wedding flower ideas to help inspire your big day designs.
Are you wondering how you could add an element of the unusual into your wedding floral displays? A good starting point to conjure up some inspiration is to firstly consider the style of your wedding venue. This will often guide you towards the style of décor that would best suit the surroundings – Industrial? Glamourous? Rustic? Once you have decided on this you can then start to put together your wedding floral scheme.
This year’s biggest floral trend is all about hanging your stems and blooms because flowers don’t necessarily have to live in vases! Take our floral frame, which consists of a wooden frame that we painted white & attached chicken wire to the back, single stem flowers in test tubes were then wired to the back of the frame. The frame can be stood upright or hung and I think it would be great to use as an alternative table plan display, hanging luggage labels with your table names on. Or you could even use it as piece of venue décor, perfect if you’re having an outdoorsy reception in the countryside.
Hanging flowers are great for creating a dramatic back drop with a ‘wow’ factor for either your ceremony or reception, an alternative to the floral arch. The hanging design below was created as a backdrop. We hung lots of single headed flowers that were alternated with crystals to tie in with the crystal candelabra’s used for the centre pieces. The display went across the whole length of the grand mantel piece and created the perfect back drop for the top table which was positioned just in front of the display.
Consider what’s going to hold your chosen blooms. If you’re having a rustic theme, cover them in birch wood and twigs. Another good example for you was a secret garden meets glam themed client wedding last year. We created a mixture of two different designs for the long bench style tables situated in their tipi. One was a long and low wild like arrangement made up of lots of greenery and the second was an eclectic mix of bottles of and jars. Some of the jars we covered in silver glitter and some of the jars we covered with moss to reflect the Secret Garden meets glam theme.
The unusual can also be incorporated by using different materials within your designs, such as fruits and vegetables or other natural materials that certain seasons of the year bring. For the below centre pieces, the couple’s brief was Autumn meets Winter as the time they were getting married was right at the change in the season. To capture this we put pine cones inside the tall vases and scattered oodles of Autumn leaves around the venue.
How about sprayed foliage to incorporate elements of your colour scheme? I must admit this is something that I do love to do more so for bringing in metallic tones such as gold, silver and copper. You don’t need to go over kill with this less is more as they say, I find just a few stems of sprayed foliage can really finish off an arrangement perfectly. Tying in your floral arrangements with other elements of your wedding scheme, such as the stationery and dresses. The hints of gold foliage in the table arrangement below are so subtle that they blend in perfectly with the colours of the flowers & compliment the gold glasses, plates and cutlery.
You could even include metallic into other elements of your wedding flowers such as your bouquets and floral crowns….
I hope this has given you lots of inspiration to get creative with your wedding day blooms. It’s important to work with your florist to create a scheme that is unique to you and your day. Make sure you tell your florist everything about your day, even if it might not seem completely relevant as there may be elements that they can then pick out and work into your arrangements. When I have a consultation I ask the couple to bring as much information with them as possible; pictures, swatches, stationery samples etc. so I can build a full picture of their whole day and how the flowers could tie in.
I’m off to get creative with gold spray paint and invisible thread, biggest thanks to Joanne for sharing these fab ideas. You can see more from Joanne Truby Floral Design and find out if she’s free to help with your wedding floral planning at – www.joannetruby.co.uk