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18 Unexpected Wedding Flower Ideas

Read on for our favorite floral details you haven't already seen at every other wedding.
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by Andrea Fowler
andrea fowler the knot wedding planning expert
Andrea Fowler
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Andrea Fowler is an Editorial Content Manager at Sony Music Entertainment.
  • Andrea is a New York-based content strategist and creative producer.
  • Andrea worked as an Assistant Editor for The Knot from 2015 to 2017.
Updated Feb 12, 2021

1. Garland-Draped Ceiling

Outdoor tented wedding with green garlands
Judy Pak Photography

If your vision of a romantic outdoor tent is stifled by the tent's exposed support beams—cover them up! For a lush, full-looking garland, consider greenery like ivy, maidenhair fern or boxwood. Add even more intrigue by hanging amaranthus flower spray, clear glass terrariums and bundles of bare branches.

From A Romantic Garden-Inspired Wedding at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida

2. Floral Fountain

Fountain filled with white hydrangea and greenery
Peacock Photo + Video

Cascading greenery and lush hydrangea imitate a romantic overflowing fountain, but with much more whimsy. Take this look to a whole new level of romance by adding floating candles and lily pads to the pool.

From An Elegant, Coastal Wedding at Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Georgia

3. Flower Backdrop

Floor to ceiling flower wall instillation
Brandon Werth Photography

A floor-to-ceiling arrangement of greenery and color-coordinated blooms set the scene for some pretty amazing ceremony photos. We love the urban contrast between the exposed industrial-looking walls, the garden-chic blooms and crystal chandeliers.

From A Flower-Filled Loft Wedding at Aria in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4. Topiary Instillations

Jess + Nate Studios

A petal-lined aisle is one thing—a topiary-lined aisle with trees that look like they're straight out of Wonderland is something entirely different. If you're going for an all-white or neutral color scheme, that means you can play around more with the color of your florals. Don't be afraid to mix and match!

From A Whimsical and Romantic Wedding at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida

5. Unlikely Pairings

Bridesmaid bouquet with kale
Bend The Light Photography

Yes, kale. The superfood of superfoods is also a standout choice for a unique bouquet. It outshines many other greens in the full foliage category, and the deep purple hue of its center leaves act as its own accent color, which can be pulled into the bouquet with similarly-colored blooms.

From A Vintage Elegance Wedding at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio

6. Hanging Pomanders

Hanging flower pomanders
Archetype Photography

Varying sizes and colors of pomanders dress up a bare tree for an outdoor ceremony. Just be careful to use extra supports when you hang them—you don't want one falling down in the middle of "I do."

From A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Kendalia, TX

7. Fruit Accents

Gold reception urns with bright flowers and green grapes
Jodee Debes Photography

Thanks to their soft green hue, grapes are an easy-to-incorporate non-floral accent that add a surprising shape to your floral arrangements. Full bushels create a cascading effect, while small bundles are just enough to get noticed, but won't take away from your beautiful blooms.

8. King Protea and Air Plants

Green bridesmaid bouquet with king protea, air plants and seed eucalyptus
Kendra Elise Photography

For a never-before-seen bouquet arrangement, this one takes the cake. King protea is the main attraction here, supplemented by an impressive air plant and full cluster of seeded eucalyptus.

9. Woodland Runner

Outdoor wedding reception with moss table runner
Jen Fariello Photography

With a stretch of moss and some wild-looking floral arrangements, you can create a striking woodland-esque tabletop. Arrange dark jewel-toned blooms in footed urns, and to complete the look, add in unique fillers like fiddlehead ferns and burgundy hypericum berries.

10. Lampshade Centerpieces

Succulent centerpieces with moss lamp topper
Steven Michael Photography

Put a twist on your succulent centerpiece and have your florist top off a tall column vase with a lampshade—made of moss! If you don't want to sacrifice floral centerpieces, you could also fill the vase with blooms or scatter small bud vases with single stems (like roses, tulips or dahlias) for a floral touch that won't look too eclectic.

From A Classic Modern Wedding at The Terrace On Grand in Kansas City, Missouri

11. Floral Chandeliers

Intimate wedding reception with floral chandeliers
Paula Andrea Photography

Arranging some upside down stems can transform your light fixtures into striking chandeliers. Most flower-adorned chandeliers are equipped with wreaths for extra structure (and labor costs), but this elegantly simple display of white and yellow blossoms are just as impressive.

12. Floating Florals

Outdoor wedding with floating floral monogram
Sherry Hammonds Photography

We've seen floral monograms before, but rarely floating on a bed of moss in a luxurious water landscape, surrounded by islands of candles and flower arrangements. If your venue has a pool or pond, get creative with the décor! It's an opportunity to craft a jaw-dropping aesthetic.

From An Elegant Garden Getaway at a Private Residence in Houston, Texas

13. Hanging Potted Plants

Orchid and plant wall display
Judy Pak Photography

If your venue has a diving wall of lattice, use it to your advantage. (You can add suspended details without any extra instillation fees!) Potted orchids contribute some height to the structure, while exotic leafy plants, like crotons, have deep green leaves and red veins that add intense color. Bonus: Unlike cut florals in your centerpieces (that can only be preserved for a limited amount of time), these can be used as home décor long after the wedding.

From A Romantic Garden-Inspired Wedding at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida

14. Ombre Table Runner

Ombre rose table runner
Cristina Navarro Photography

With a chic ombre floral runner, you can have a whole slew of colors without the arrangement looking chaotic. Accessorize the tabletop with a neutral tablecloth so there's not too much going on; a matte sequin material or beige linens both have fun textures, but aren't distracting.

From A Rustic Chic Wedding at the EPIC Railyard Event Center in El Paso, Texas

15. Reverse Flower Crown

Red ranunculus flower crown
Dana Cubbage Photography

Switch up the traditional flower crown design and embellish the back of the headpiece rather than the front or sides. It's a little surprise element that will guests will "ooh" and "ahh" over as you walk down the aisle.

From A Bold, Fourth of July Wedding at Creek Club at I'On in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

16. Indoor Trees

Indoor wedding reception with hanging terrariums and potted trees
Lacie Hansen Photography

We love the idea of bringing the outdoors in—with more than just flowers. Tall green trees make a ballroom feel like an intimate garden party, and you can use the branches to hang a few more pieces of décor, like miniature crystal chandeliers or string lights.

From An Eclectic Wedding at Miller Nurseries in Canandaigua, New York

17. Tropical Centerpieces

Topical themed wedding centerpiece
Tennison Photography

Fiddlehead ferns, tropical orchids and red pincushion proteas come together for an island-inspired arrangement, perfect for a destination wedding or waterside celebration.

From An Island Chic Wedding at Dillingham Ranch in Waialua, Hawaii

18. Taped Flowers

Hot pink cake display with taped flower decor
Delbarr Moradi Photography

Small, individually-taped stems create one amazing backdrop. Whether it's for the ceremony, cake display or a photo background, the buds stand out beautifully against a vivid color, and the vertically-aligned stems add aesthetic appeal.

From A Vibrant, Colorful Wedding at Brix in Yountville, California

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