How to Re-Use Your Wedding Ceremony Flowers

When you want to maximize your floral budget, opt to re-use your ceremony décor so that it pulls double duty at your reception. Below are just a few examples of how this can be done beautifully! When you work with your florist, discuss this in advance so he/she can plan out your centerpieces and decor with this in mind.

Here, the tall centerpieces were used to flank the aisle and create some extra drama to the ceremony decor.

fleur.kenny kim photography Photos by Kenny Kim Photography | Florals by Fleur

Or use your bridesmaids bouquets to elegantly line the front your sweetheart or head table.

bouquets re-used on sweetheart table wedding Photos by Kenny Kim Photography|| Florals by Fleur
See the rest of Leslie & James wedding at the Rookery here, here and here!

Even low centerpieces can be used to line your ceremony aisle! Using these tall, stemmed candle holders offer height along the aisle… but aren’t so intrusive that they’ll get in the way of dinner conversation. TIP: Just be sure to have your florist ribbon off the center aisle and also along the rows of chairs so that guests don’t accidentally step into the aisle and knock the delicate stemmed candle holders over!!

tallcandleholdersreused Photos by Brian Kinyon; Florals by Vale of Enna

A more modern look is created by placing your centerpieces on clear acrylic pedestals to line the aisle. The centerpieces almost look as if they are floating!

Flower Firm. Fragola Productions Photos by Fragola Productions | Floral by Flower Firm
See the rest of Boris & Karen’s wedding at the River East Arts Center here, here and here!

Here, purple hydrangeas are moved from petite vases on the ceremony chairs and to the soon-to-be sweets table at the reception. Remember that flowers can also be transplanted from one type of container to another container for a different look.

purplehydrangeaaisledecorandsweetstableaccents Photos by Yazyjo | Florals by Scarlet Petal
See the rest of Chin & Stephen’s wedding at Cafe Brauer herehere and here!

Of course, you’ll need to work out the logistics with your wedding coordinator and florist! There needs to be a clear plan so that the switch from ceremony to reception is seamless. Have fun repurposing your beautiful ceremony florals!

Meet the Flowers: Anemones

Happy Rainy Friday! This dreary weather is a nice reminder that it is in fact, Spring! And not some bizarre hybrid Spring/Summer.

Today I’m featuring one of my favorite flowers: the Anemone! (Yes, spelled and pronounced just like the sea creature). They come in a beautiful rainbow of pastel and jewel tones, but what I love most is their black centers. So striking and dramatic, yet ruffly and feminine.

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Pink-Anemones Via Exquisite Designs

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They are gorgeous en masse by themselves, or nestled as accents in a lush bouquet of spring bloom like peonies and ranuculous:

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Branching Out Floral Design via Crooked Stove Top

Have a wonderful weekend!

Meet the Flowers: Orchids

For someone who is not a florist, I sure do talk about flowers a lot!! Only because I lurve, lurve, LURVE flowers!

One of my June brides and I had a meeting with her florist Fleur yesterday. We had a conversation about orchids… which made me realize that with so many varieties, brides are having a hard time determining what’s what! So here are the top 4 orchid varieties I see most frequently used in weddings. Keep in mind that there are thousands of varieties of orchids, and they are available in almost every color – and color combination – imaginable!

Dendrobium Orchids: Probably amongst the most cost effective and economical variety, but delicate and dainty with many blossoms to each stem

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Mokara Orchids: In my opinion, the mokaras look more tropical and exotic than the dendrobiums, with smaller petals and often with “speckles” all over

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Cymbidium Orchids: Available in a “mini” size as well as a larger size. Cymbidiums are super hearty with thicker petals and a deep colored speckled “throat” area

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Phaelenopsis Orchids: So many brides LOVE phaelenopsis orchids, and with good reason! But they come with a hefty price tag!!

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Are you an orchid fan and do you have a favorite?