Decorating a Ceremony Venue With Dried Flowers
Here at Atlas Flowers, we have an extensive range of dried and preserved flowers for weddings. If you’re tasked with organising wedding venue decor and need a little creative inspiration, we have some handy tips to enable you to create perfect dried flower arrangements and displays for the big day. There are lots of ways to incorporate dried flowers into the decoration of a ceremony venue. Scatter flowers down the aisle, use them for stunning backdrops, or incorporate them into pew ends just as you might a fresh bouquet.
Wedding Flower Arches & Backdrops
Floral arches and backdrops can create a magnificent impact. A ceremony backdrop or visual focal point using dried florals can transform the entire space, as well as provide great photo opportunities for the wedding party, and guests alike. Just imagine fronds of autumn foliage or bushy pampas grass behind the bride and groom as they exchange their vows.
Blend Fresh With Dried & Preserved
You may wish to add fresh flower elements to your designs, and many varieties do blend in very well with dried and preserved arrangements, but by using just baked blooms and preserved stems, you don’t have to worry about them deteriorating as the day goes on. Be confident that flower arches and floral wall displays will look perfect for the duration of the event, and that the hours spent carefully crafting these decorative pieces were well spent. After the wedding, posies and hand ties make fantastic keepsakes for the bride and bridesmaids, and flowers used as table decorations could also be gifted to your guests.
Pampas, Typha, & Ruscus
Whether you have a single stem or a small bunch, bottles are a great way to show off dried blooms. Pampas plumes look fabulous in coloured glass bottles, either alone or with some complementary, coloured typha stems or ruscus branches.
Floral Aisle Markers & Subtle Scattering
Like fresh flowers, dried flowers may also be used to embellish pew ends and create aisle markers. Whatever your chosen colours or style, there will likely be a dried or preserved product that will fit the design brief. For a beach venue, you might wish to experiment with statement tall pampas grass mixed with palms to capture the breeze, while a rustic barn will look sublime when decorated with blue and pink delphiniums and velvet-soft pink gomphrena.
Harmony Within Colour & Texture
Blending the colours, tones, and textures of your florals to create complementary or contrasting looks will alter the feel of the design, and ultimately that of the venue. Working with your space, treating it as a canvas, will help you achieve the aesthetic you desire.
Why not incorporate dried roses and peonies or preserved hydrangeas into vases and place them at the end of rows? Large bunches of dried wheat and barley stacked in sheaves are great for referencing summer. Garlands of preserved eucalyptus, looped along the backs of pews or chairs, or even along the floor the length of the aisle can make a beautiful statement.
Dried Flower Decor at the Reception Venue
Whether you intend to keep your reception light and minimalist or want to ramp up the colour and kitsch, there is a wealth of dried and preserved floral products that can help you achieve your design goals.
Did Somebody Say Faux?
It may be that you add a few faux blooms, plants, and foliage to enrich the overall aesthetic. Don’t let the thought of faux flowers make you recoil in horror, there are some very high-quality products on the market that look and feel realistic - even close up! It's not cheating if it looks amazing!
Venue Signage & Decorative Wreaths
Delicate flowers can be affixed to notices and signage, providing information such as ceremony times, seating arrangements, and where to find essentials like the powder room or sun terrace. These little details can be used to beautify and lift the more mundane aspects of the big day, and ensure all elements of the decor are on theme.
Stationery & Place Settings
There’s nothing quite like handmaking your own wedding stationery for a personal touch and using it to introduce your guests to your wonderful wedding theme early on. Dried flowers are the perfect ingredient for this, as they can be affixed to cards using a little glue or even some luxurious sealing wax - you could even create your own seal!
Wreaths have moved from being a seasonal front door adornment to a must-have piece of wedding decor. They work well on interior doors with suspended labels for toilets and reception rooms, or as statement wall decor, pew ends or table features. Dried gypsophila or preserved gypsophila make wonderful wreaths on their own, but you can embellish them with other florals such as dried roses and preserved eucalyptus for some extra detailing.
Alternative Wreath Shapes
When making your own wreaths, don’t feel compelled to complete the circle, using a metal or natural wreath ring (or alternative-shaped base), you can opt for covering part of the base to create an interesting, asymmetric look.
Whether the flower selection is based on personal choice, colour, texture, or the seasons, the possibilities with dried or preserved flowers and foliage are seemingly endless. From limonium and lagurus, protea and pampas, to helichrysum and hydrangea, setaria and statice become inspired by baked blooms and create something stunning for your big day!
Hanging Wedding Centrepieces or Ceiling Decorations
With venues that have suitable ceiling space, there’s no need to restrict your floral decor to floors, tables, and chairs. Bold, voluminous flower clouds are a spectacular way to fill a potentially uninteresting part of a room, providing a focal point and design cohesion. Our friend gypsophila is once more a favourite ingredient, but equally effective are broom bloom, pampas and reed grasses, hydrangeas, Amaranthus caudatus, Ammi majus, Icelandic moss, Lepidium, Limonium and Lunaria - to name just a few!
Glasshouse venues can be enhanced particularly well with the addition of a hanging centrepiece, and although fresh flowers or plants may be the first thought for this environment, dried and preserved florals look just as good, and will cope with the extreme heat of a sunny day where fresh-cut blooms will likely struggle.
If your venue's lighting is sufficient in other areas, why not replace central light fittings with a dried flower chandelier for a touch of romantic decadence.
Rustic & Cottage Core
If you’re looking to create a more rustic, cottage-core aesthetic, hand-tied, dried flower bouquets are a fantastic option. Not only are they easy to make (even easier if you buy ready-made!) but they can be used in a variety of ways, from traditional table decor to suspending them from dried branchlets or twigs.
Separating the stems, and suspending them from a branch using natural twine is a quick and easy way to create gorgeous hangings too.
Incorporating Dried Flowers into Popular Wedding Decor Themes
For every wedding, there could be a different theme. Whether your party is following a trend, a colour theme or fitting into a season, the decor and clothing will be enhanced by beautiful florals. Let's take a look at some popular wedding themes, and see what dried flowers can make them look even more fabulous!
This style has been around since the 1960s and symbolises many things from free-spirited femininity, hippy chic, and romantic whimsy, to rustic, earthy, and organic aesthetics. So if you are going to have a Bohemian-themed wedding, what better than dried flower decor? Muted, natural tones, offset with some warm colour can come in the form of Achillea, bearded wheat, wild fennel, flax, dried poppy heads, Ixodia, and dried lavender. Flower crowns and hair adornments make a wonderful addition to the wedding party’s costume and unite the Boho floral decor. For even more contemporary Boho inspiration, check out Boho Weddings.
Countryside Outdoor Weddings
With an outdoor wedding, creative freedom can abound. Open spaces, beautiful views, and nature are your design canvas. By opting to contrast or complement these surroundings with your floral decor, it’s possible to create a stunning floral spectacle to wow your guests and provide a unique backdrop for wedding photographs.
Drape, Dress & Embellish
Whether you keep decor minimalist with a few draped garlands of dried blooms such as Helichrysum bracteatum, Acrolinium or Rodanthe, or feature grand displays of dried grasses such as Cortaderia selloana (pampas), wild reed plumes, Miscanthus, Arundo, or broom grass, there are many ways you can create wonderful floral decor for your venue.
Should you decide to take the party indoors, your dried florals will enhance the space and knit your theme together beautifully. If you are lucky enough to be using an historical barn for your reception, the aged brickwork and gnarled beams look gorgeous dressed up with bunches of baked blooms or preserved foliage. The terracotta-coloured walls suit the contrasting greens of eucalyptus stems, aralia leaves, ivy, or olive branches. Complementing these with flowers such as the ubiquitous white Gypsophila, Delphiniums, Ixodia, or preserved roses finishes the look: A magnificent tricolour of green, terracotta and white - understated, yet beautiful.
A wedding on the beach brings to mind fluffy pampas, tall, grassy plumes and large palm leaves. Windswept seascapes and golden sands are the perfect matches for these muted hues, which contrast well with bright tropical blooms if you’re looking to notch up the colour. Here is where some carefully placed faux stems can work very well - think bird of paradise or Heliconia.
Seating is often more informal at a beach ceremony, so it’s nice to embellish the chairs and aisle with on–theme florals. If you’re using large grasses like pampas as a basis for your main design features, incorporate smaller grasses like Lagurus (bunny tails) to echo this. To add structure, tall king spears work well as a backdrop to the pampas, whereas petite palm spears complement the lagurus.
Structure & Flow
With arches and pergolas, using Amaranthus (love lies bleeding) to cascade over the structure gives the design fluidity and interest, and mirrors the movement of fabric drapery. Ruched fan palms flutter in the breeze and can frame and protect smaller, delicate design elements such as preserved hydrangeas or rose heads.
Small Is Beautiful
Bouquets also look wonderful with lagurus and mini pampas plumes, blended with ruscus fronds, bracken fern, Setaria and Lunaria.
How Long Do Dried Wedding Flowers Last?
Dried wedding flowers typically retain their good looks for up to three years, if cared for correctly. Should you opt to frame them behind glass, and keep them away from direct sunlight, dampness, and humidity, they can remain perfect for many years.
When Should I Order Dried Flowers For a Wedding?
While we can deliver your order the next working day from dispatch, it’s always worth planning well ahead to ensure you have everything you need and plenty of time to prepare. Will appropriate storage, your products can be bought months in advance of the big day. Find out more about our delivery options here, and see more Atlas Flowers FAQs here.
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