You want your guests to take a look at your wedding floral design and wonder: How did they get it so right? Despite the less than perfect light conditions in most event spaces, you can manage to find ways to add color and texture with your floral design. The premise of this article and our business is beautifying event spaces all over Austria with our signature brand of eclectic yet lush wedding themes. Here are some of our top wedding floral tips:
Considering the setting
- Style & location of venue
- Size of room(s)
- Indoor vs. Outdoor
- Existing colors & textures
- Existing lighting
Composing with flowers
If you, like us, have a thing for music, it will be easy to relate why we use the term ‘composing’ when referring to creating a floral design. Let’s go a step further and Imagine each individual flower, its particular color, shape and scent, as a note. Following that idea, spiky thistles may have a high, screechy sound, roses a clear soprano and green filler plants may resonate a mumbling base.
Are you up for a quick game? What sound do you feel any of the below floral arrangements make? Think about it and write your answer in the comments below or join our FB group to join others that are on the same journey and see what they thought about!
This idea of looking at flowers from a musical point of view, while maybe a little ‘out there’, is by no means new. And vice versa flowers inspired plenty of musical works. One of the all-time favourite flower-inspired classical pieces, is the beautiful Flower duet from Delibes‘ opera Lakmé.
Building a floral design
Now just like you would build a chord from the bottom up, you should start with the “greens” as the base when creating your floral wedding design. Spend time on deciding the type of color range and shape you want to introduce here. It’s creating that incredible green base layer, that will set your design apart. When you are happy with how this part looks, it’s time to apply the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” concept to your design.
To add excitement and a ‘wow-factor’ to the design use a tall – loud – specimen. Some of my favorite plants for that part are Sunflowers and Delphiniums. Tall grasses also work really well to add some height and are very much on trend.
Optically, Filler plants occupy the middle region of your design – between the tall “thrillers” and the green base. They are also the flowers that reflect the main color in your overall color-scheme. Small, strong shaped blooms like roses work so well for this layer and have the added benefit of coming in virtually every shade and size. Another favorite of mine for that all-important “Filler” level are Hydrangeas for their sheer size and elegant colors.
Having covered height and color concepts it is now time to add some depth to your overall floral design. My personal favorite bloom to help my designs literally “spill over” and create that lush feel, is the peony rose.
She adds the most subtle shades to an overall design and are similar in shape to English roses, another great option to use.
Flowers suitable as “Spillers” are
all plants who have a slight,, bowing”
tendency, because of the weight of
the blossom vs. the strength of the
stem, such as peonies and gerbera.
Like anything to do with creativity it is very important to remember: Enjoy the process. Take the time, if you can, and wallow in colors, textures, smells & tastes, until you are satisfied with the end result.