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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.