How to use fresh flowers to decorate your wedding day

25 Jul 2017

From the bouquet to the centrepieces, flowers play an important part on your wedding day

Images: Kevin Greenfield

Whether you’re having a church wedding, getting married in a stately home or having your entire day in a beautifully styled marquee, use fresh flowers to decorate your day. Lindsey Hunter, wedding and venue stylist, shares how she used an abundance of flowers to decorate a wedding at The Hirsel, Scotland recently.

The ceremony

The ceremony was held in a beautiful country church, which gave us plenty of space to get creative with flowers. We decorated the altar area with two large pedestals in which we used natural foliage and white flowers including lilies, roses, blossom, delphiniums and hydrangea. The pew ends were decorated in a rambling effect using trailing foliage, white lilies, agapanthus and roses to complement the pedestals.

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The church had a stunning entrance to which we created an arch of flowers for guests and more importantly, the bride to walk under. The arch was made using trailing foliage, lilies, roses, larkspur and ammi. We completed the look by adding fresh bay trees and box plants in pretty baskets to the steps leading into the church. When having your ceremony in a church, the key is to choose flowers that will complement existing features or colours used.

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The reception

The reception was held at the couples’ family home, a beautiful private house. The staircase was adorned with a thick garland of flowers, including scented stocks, lilies, ammi, hydrangea, asparagus fern and ivy, which all pooled at the base of the staircase. We added glass vases of differing heights and shapes and inserted pillar candles inside for some subtle romantic lighting. Further glassware and candles were added to various pieces of furniture in the hall, which looked beautiful as guests arrived for the drinks reception on the first floor, leading them outside to the marquee for dinner and dancing.

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The marquee

Round tables were used, as the couple wanted a candelabra centrepiece on each. We designed three different floral creations for the tables: wreaths, spirals and balls of flowers. We added a hint of blue to the ivory and white colour scheme, which stood out perfectly. The two large pedestals from the church were reused in the marquee by placing them opposite the main entrance as a focal point as guests arrived. Marquees are a blank canvas; we hung large balls of flowers from the roof over the dance floor and decorated the remaining ceiling space with pretty fairy lights.

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Additional details

To lead guests from the house to the marquee, stakes with lanterns were laid out to create a pathway. We decorated alternate stakes with foliage and blossom, with a lantern stake in between. A unique mirrored table plan was provided by the couple, to which we added a delicate posy of flowers and trails of ivy to complete the look. The bride’s bouquet was made using white peonies and lily of the valley, the bridesmaids' bouquets had ivory roses and white freesia and the buttonholes were simple white roses with a blue thistle for the groom.

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Lindsey’s top tips when using lots of flowers on your wedding day: 

1. Make sure flowers are kept cool until you are just about to use them if you are getting married on a hot day to save them from wilting.
2. Ensure the whole scheme is planned with your stylist well in advance.
3. Don’t leave things too late, as suppliers get really busy during the summer months.

Styling a venue with flowers is fun, as you can really get creative with how you present them. However, it requires a lot of hard work, materials and manpower. If styling isn’t your forte, Lindsey is a professional wedding stylist. For more information about Lindsey and for some more inspiration, visit http://get-knotted.net/.