Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

  1. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    fabric covered chairs
    Carmine Lidestri

    Why we love it: These fashion-inspired chair covers (complete with glitzy adornments) pair perfectly with elegant pink floral pomanders.

  2. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    Carmine Lidestri

    Why we love it: A few cascading flowers give this otherwise simple bridal bouquet a more formal touch.

  3. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    purple wedding reception
    Carmine Lidestri

    Why we love it: Dramatic lavender uplighting takes this all-white reception space from monochromatic to dramatic in one simple step.

  4. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas

    blue monogram lighting
    Carmine Lidestri

    Why we love it: A swanky monogram projected on the dance floor instantly personalizes a reception space, and royal-blue mood lighting creates a modern, formal atmosphere.

  5. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    wedding reception with green lighting
    Carmine Lidestri

    Why we love it: While all-over lighting can be used to transform an entire reception space, white spotlights can be used to play up specific details, like bold centerpieces or a stunning formal wedding cake.

  6. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    tall white wedding cake
    Carmine Lidestri

    Why we love it: Your wedding cake should make a statement! And what better way to do that than with a 7-layer confection and fabulous 3-D embellishments?

  7. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    ice bar
    Carmine Lidestri

    Why we love it: Punch up your cocktail hour with a dramatic ice luge bar area! This unforgettable detail will get everyone in the party spirit.

  8. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    bright pink orchid centerpieces
    Carmine Lidestri

    Why we love it: Instead of one centerpiece, cover your table with blooms in a variety of centerpiece styles for a more formal flair. Keep the look uniform by sticking to the same color family.

  9. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    traditional church reception with white flowers
    Bob and Dawn Davis

    Why we love it: Tall, monochromatic flower arrangements give even the most traditional ceremony space a romantic twist.

  10. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    white wedding ceremony flowers
    Bob and Dawn Davis

    Why we love it: Vary the heights of wedding flower arrangements (from tall calla lily clusters to scattered petals along the aisle runner) to create an eye-catching display fitting a formal wedding.

  11. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    red roses lining a ceremony aisle
    Bob and Dawn Davis

    Why we love it: Lining the aisle with hundreds of bright-red roses creates a gorgeous visual effect that will leave your guests gaping -- in a good way!

  12. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    Gilles Trillard

    Why we love it: Exposing the curve of the calla lily stems creates an unexpected visual effect on each table.

  13. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    bright pink orchid centerpieces
    Courtesy of Jeff Leatham

    Why we love it: Mixing displays of exotic orchids and boldly colored calla lilies creates a vivid tablescape for a formal reception.

  14. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    red rose wedding centerpiece
    Bob and Dawn Davis

    Why we love it: Pairing bunches of scarlet roses with tall crystal candelabras creates a formal-yet-traditional look that will appeal to both your 20-something bridesmaids and your grandmother.

  15. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    pink pomander centerpieces
    Courtesy of Jeff Leatham

    Why we love it: Instead of hanging floral pomanders, bunch them together for an unexpected centerpiece. And swap out traditional place settings for glass boxes full of rose petals for a romantic effect.

  16. Our Favorite Formal Wedding Ideas Ever

    mirror pedestals with candles
    Courtesy of Jeff Leatham

    Why we love it: Strategically placed mirrors more than double the look of candle decor, and oversized bunches of baby's breath create gorgeous yet affordable arrangements.

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