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#FridayFlorals: Floral Aisle Decor

 

The Alley-oop

 

Garlands

The Woodland

The Woodland

Petals

High Floral Border

Floral Runners

Floral Runners

Pew Decor

The Floral Border

Pattern of  Petals

Pattern of  Petals

In this week's #fridayflorals post, we look at floral aisle decor and the various options you have for decorating that special walk.

The Floral Border

Vases or plinths of flowers at either regular intervals or one continuous border down the aisle. These can either be a low arrangement placed on the ground or elevated to a height that suits best - depending on your venue, a very high arrangement may increase intimacy in an exmansive space while low-mid-height arrangements make a small space feel slightly larger.

Alleyoop

We phrase this one, the "Alleyoop", a floral effect that runs the length of the aisle either on the floor or ceiling and is mirrored from the altar in an open loop. Not remotely cheap, the Alleyoop is incredibly effective and ideal for those who desire an incredibly over-the-top ceremony but it will be very cost prohibitive.

Petals

Whether scattered down the sides of the aisle, fluttered across the aisle like a carpet of deconstructed roses or artisticly swept together into a pattern or monogram, petals can be an incredbily inexpensive yet wildly effective decor addition. Even the majestic sweep of your gown's train dispersing the petals is a magical enough effect for post nuptial recession. We do advise that for the obvious reason of the wind factor, that petal decor is limited to indoor weddings, only attempting outdoors if there is zero chance of wind and utilising one of the more relaxed petal examples ie a scatter to ensure laboured efforts to create petal monograms and such don't go to waste.

Garlands

Garlands- whether you choose fragrant blooms or lush greenery, can be swagged decoratively pew to pew, chair to chair to create both a barrier to the aisle and an effective, seamless and easy-to achieve decorative effect.

Floral Runner

A floral runner is effectively a garland that runs the length of the aisle on the floor. It's effective at ensurnig guests don't walk down the white aisle before the bride does and provides a lavish effect for both bride and photographer.

Pew Decor

Small floral swags are easily attached to pews, chairs or shepherd's crooks for outdoor weddings and can add a simple yet elegant spray of florals to the aisle without grand expense. Pomanders are a similar example to this yet are usually tightly formed and pressed into spherical foam balls to hold their formal shape.

Woodland

If your sights are set on a wedding more akin to a Twilight, over-the-top, woodland themed aisle then flowers, twigs and large potted trees are your go-to. Manzanita trees can be hired or purchased and can be placed at regular intervals down the aisle for a wintery feel. Boughs of Maize will evoke more of a country feel and can be purchased exceptionally cheaply and will stand on their own without the need to hire additional props. Twigs and the like can be infused with autumnal hued florals for that warmer country feel while potted trees can evoke a more tunnel like quality and can lend an expansive indoor space an element of intimacy.

#Fridayflorals: Floral Walls

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The Floral Wall is a stunning work of art and decor and has a wide range of applications at your wedding, especially for a non-traditional wedding where there's no sit-down dinner and therefore, no need for centrepieces. It allows the flower-loving bride, the sense of being surrounded by flowers without needing to construct cookie-cutter arrangements to uniformly dress the tables.

While these images are mostly of photo setups, the floral wall, can proudly feature in many locations at your wedding venue. 

Ceremony:  Centre the floral wall at the 'I Dos' end of the aisle and you have a striking altar backdrop, allowing you to eschew aisle decor and even bouquets. 

Photo Booth: The perfect photo booth backdrop, the floral wall provides a stunning background for all those formal and candid shots taken throughout the day and night. 

Sweetheart Table: A table set up solely for the bride and groom instead of the usual bridal party table, the sweetheart table is usually on with an elegant focal point behind it, what better feature than a gorgeous, lush floral wall? 

Bridal Table feature: If you'd prefer to sit with the bridal party, the floral wall makes for an incredible feature, highlighting you as the bridal couple among the bridal party.

Food / Drink Tables: whether it's the buffet, the candy/dessert bar or the champagne bar, the floral wall makes for a beautiful feature background and serves as a guide for guests as to where to go for drinks or dessert.

Information or Signage Frames: Use a floral wall (or floral border wall) to highlight the Seating Plan, the Ceremony Programme or the Menu for guests to easily find and enjoy. 

There are so many applications for a floral wall and they don't need to be simply a standard wall shape or framed masterpiece, floral walls can travel horizontally over many metres or follow the aisle from floor to ceiling and parallel across the roof all the way back to the entrance - you're only limited by your imagination (and ours). 

While the majority of these floral walls are very flower heavy, the cost and style is really up to you to design. We love roses but sometimes they just aren't cost-effective given the size. A Hydrangea is almost double the price per head but covers an area almost four times that of a standard rose, actually reducing the cost. Why not try a greenery wall with feature flowers in strategic positions, drastically reducing the cost of blooms yet still delivering the feeling of being 'surrounded by flowers' that so many brides crave. 

Another alternative is to sporadically place single blooms for a more bohemian feel  or mix it up and create a succulents wall featuring gorgeous succulents and greenery in all manner of size, shape and texture. 

For a really budget-friendly option, there's the Paper Flower Wall - large flower heads are created using anything from crepe paper to metallic foil card allowing you to truly customise the look and feel of your floral wall at a minute fraction of the cost! This is the ultimate DIY and you can keep the flower heads as keepsakes long after - perhaps even featuring them in your new home together as a memory of your special day. 

The good news is that if you're creatively challenged or don't fancy doing the hard yards yourself, Harlow Garland can create any kind of floral wall with the greatest of ease and efficiency. - be it using your choice of paper or card or the freshest seasonal blooms and greenery. Our inhouse florists and stylists are completely in love with creating floral masterpieces, regardless of medium, made to order specifically for you and at a fraction of the price of other florists.

#FridayFlorals: Out of the Ordinary Floral Altars

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When considering your altar, your options are truly limitless. Don't feel confined to the usual floral arch or mandap or hanging draping adorned with greenery garlands - while they look amazing, they aren't the only floral options for your altar. 

In today's #Fridayflorals post, we discuss some of the other floral options for your altar. 

Tree Garland

A stunning tree can bring history and fortitude to your ceremony. A stunning tree which has aged for decades to stand tall and proud before you both, anchoring your nuptials in its inherent strength and solidity. Occasionally though, unless your tree is a Willow, your photos will show only a bare trunk behind you, missing the beauty entirely. 

This is where a floral garland fits in perfectly. It can be styled to follow the lines of the tree perfectly, framing the parts you wish to enhance while not overpowering the altar space. We love the example in our hero image above showing a Fall inspired wedding, combining Fall leaves and autumnal hued blooms for a truly striking floral garland. 

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Floral Gate

Often for outdoor weddings, your venue will have limited options as to where you can be wed. Sometimes, when confronted with a plain wrought iron gate, it's easy to fall into the overly-pinned images of latte toned draping and greenery garlands trailing to lanterns or floral arrangements in vases of differing heights but while that option is certainly beautiful - hence all the coverage on Pinterest, why not take advantage of the structure the gate gives you, to really embellish the iron with a selection of glorious florals? 

We love this example - simple, elegant, carries the eyeline but not enough to take the focus off the Bride and Groom - the perfect background for your ceremony photos.

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Hanging Altar

The Hanging Altar works best in spaces where there is no real defined altar nor any ability to bring something in. Industrial spaces where you've opted to eschew draping can benefit from the hanging altar due to the high steel beams making it a cinch for hanging decor.

This example has just taken one corner off the traditional wedding arch which nicely complements the formation of your bridal party, yourselves and your celebrant as a treat for the eye while not crowding the altar.

 

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Hanging Hoop Altar 

A similar idea to the Hanging Altar, the Hanging Hoop Altar  marks the ceremony position like a halo above the both of you. The Hoop Altar can either be solid and lavish or simple and trailing depending on the look you're after. It mimics the feel of a gazebo encircling you proudly at the forefront of the reception space while offering you the freedom to create whichever formation best suits your wedding party.

 

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Floral Fireplace Altar

There's a fine line when it comes to decorating an altar with garlands between 'Wedding' and 'Christmas'. Too much greenery can speak solely to the latter while a spray of flowers at the centre of the mantle and some candelabras at the base can make it look more matrimonial than 'merry'.  We love the idea of taking an existing fireplace or opting for a salvaged fireplace surround and decorating it with a lavish floral garland. 

 

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Individual Hanging Blooms

Another alternative, is to hang individual blooms by their stems - either at a singular height or differing ones depending on the desired look. For this, choose sturdy stemmed blooms and opt for a flower that won't wilt too immediately in the heat.  If your saying "I Do" under the hot summer sun, we'd avoid white flowers at all costs unless they're sheltered as the heat will swiftly turn those stunning avalanche white blooms a dull shade of bruisy brown. White tulips or roses however would look incredible hung by their stems indoors where it's cooler and accented perhaps by some hanging tealight globes.

Carnations, Hydrangeas and Roses are the perfect choice for individual stems while something bushier like Wisteria provides a romantic and truly striking, trailing hanging arrangement.

 

Remember, we love to help you plan your wedding, whether you're a client or not. Our aim is to take the stress away from your wedding so please send through any questions, qualms or worries and we'll help you to soothe those wedding dramas. 

 

Real Wedding: Lauren & Bart - Video

We love Victoria and Alex from Victoriaalexander.com - our favourite videographers. They did our 'Soirees' video and this one for our clients, Lauren & Bart. 
We did the planning and styling for this wedding at Mantells on the Water back in May and loved it so much!

Altar Backdrop Calligraphy

We love this aisle runner turned altar backdrop. The perfect opportunity to incorporate prose of special meaning, your vows or a note to your beloved. Absolutely perfect! By@lhcalligraphy photo by@thismodernromance and regram from@snippetandink .

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