26 Prettiest Flower Ideas Ever (No, Really)

You can't think about your reception or ceremony décor without thinking about flowers. Here are some of our favorite ideas to get you started.
  1. Upside-Down Garden

    Hanging flowers at wedding ceremony
    Photo by Hazelnut Photography

    How can a ceiling covered in flowers not wow you? Crystal chandeliers complete the glamorous effect of this lush indoor inverted garden. Use the same concept over a dance floor, head table or ceremony site. A similar idea is a floral wall -- perfect for photo ops or a backdrop for your cake.

  2. Organic Touch

    Organic fall reception centerpiece
    Photo by Jen Fariello

    Go wild with an arrangement of freshly picked blooms. Pretty vessels will add polish to an unruly centerpiece. Opt for seasonal blooms for an extra "green" touch.

  3. Mini Floral Crown

    Pink flower crown for flower girl
    Photo by Clary Photo

    Floral wreaths are big for brides, and fun for little attendants too. Let a wreath of blooms stand in for a basket of petals. Or opt for a floral crown and a banner or sign announcing your arrival.

  4. Trellis Wedding Arches

    Floral ceremony arch
    Photo by Marisa Holmes Photographer

    The arch or huppah is a focal point of any ceremony, so make it something to stare at. And there's nothing quite like a flower-covered trellis to do just that. Hanging crystals and cascading vines create a pretty backdrop for photos. Play with color and floral varieties to make it work for any season or setting.

  5. Low Centerpieces

    Blush rose and white hydrangea low reception centerpiece
    Photo by Joey Kennedy Photography

    Encourage conversation among your guests with low and lush arrangements. Big-headed blooms, like hydrangeas, roses and peonies, pack a nice punch, while cascading vines give the centerpiece a natural, undone feel.

  6. All White

    White rose reception entrance
    Photo by Carla Ten Eyck

    There's something so timeless about a clean and crisp all-white reception. Use height, texture and lighting in your centerpieces to create depth. This will make your flowers stand out -- even against a monochromatic background.

  7. Flower Chandeliers

    Flower and garland wedding chandelier
    Photo by Kina Wicks Photography

    Swap out the more traditional crystal chandelier for a hanging arrangement of flowers that mimics the look and feel of a light fixture. Try hanging long strings of flowers, like these pink hyacinths, and cover the top in greenery and berries for a garden-fresh feel.

  8. The Cascade Bouquet

    Radiant orchid cascading bridal bouquet
    Photo by Brian Dorsey Studios

    It's a classic reimagined (remember Princess Diana's 1981 bouquet?); the cascade of today is a loosely gathered arrangement. Flowing ribbon, greens and vines add to the less-structured look and give the bouquet its "cascade."

  9. Ombre Centerpieces

    Pink ombre rose centerpiece
    Photo by Red Ribbon Studio

    The ombre trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It's made its mark on almost every wedding element, from invitations to cakes and even dresses. This look works best on long tables, so you can really see the slight variation between each shade. Stick to one flower type, like roses or hydrangeas, to really make the colors pop.

  10. Chair Garlands

    Leafy chair garland
    Photo by Kristy Dickerson

    Whether you want to distinguish your own chairs or your bridal party and parents at the reception, flowers are an obvious way to go. Opt for leafy garlands (we love magnolia leaves) or add in a few pretty blooms for extra-special guests.

  11. Flower-Accented Napkins

    Flower place setting
    Photo by Julie Mikos

    Welcome each guest to their place at the table with a flower head on their napkin ring. Use a neutral napkin and charger and then pick a bright flower with a large head (we like chrysanthemums, zinnias, dahlias or roses) for the ultimate pop. You don't have to use fresh flowers: DIY paper or fabric flowers are just as pretty.

  12. Flower- and Petal-lined Aisles

    Lush petal aisle runner
    Photo by Allan Zepeda

    Don't wait for a flower girl to sprinkle the petals -- create a lush floral aisle runner. Add larger arrangements next to the chairs to create a defined (uber-romantic) pathway to the altar.

  13. Hanging Glass Globes

    Hanging glass globe vases at wedding ceremony
    Photo by Kate McElwee Photography

    Draw attention to a cake table with this creative hanging centerpiece. These delicate glass globes are filled with bright flowers for a cheery-yet-modern look.

  14. Floral Wreaths

    Wedding wreath at ceremony entrance
    Photo by Sylvie Gil Photography

    Dress up an outdoor ceremony entrance, like a gate or door, with a cleanly constructed, all-floral wreath, or use the circular arrangement to mark the spot where you'll exchange vows. Mini-wreaths are a great alternative to pomanders for little attendants.

  15. Boutonniere Bar

    DIY boutonniere station for wedding guests
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Share the flower love with your guests by offering a make-your-own boutonniere bar. It's a fun and easy activity that will keep your male guests busy before the ceremony and looking dapper all night long.

  16. High Branch Centerpieces

    Tree branch wedding reception decor
    Photo by Roey Yohai

    Bring the forest indoors with arrangements of branches that almost reach the ceiling, creating the effect of trees. These stunning skyscrapers will make a big impact and encourage conversation among guests.

  17. Dance Floor Flower Boxes

    Flower box reception dance floor idea
    Photo by Amy & Stuart

    The genius behind this idea is twofold: Not only do the flowers add a pretty garden effect to the dance floor, they also pull double-duty covering cords and equipment for a band or DJ. How great is that?

  18. Hanging Single-Stem Bottles

    Hanging vase wedding ceremony backdrop
    Photo by Edyta Szyszlo

    This unexpected idea makes for a pretty ceremony backdrop (and an easy DIY project). Glass milk bottles and a few stems in monochromatic shades tied securely to your arch or a ceiling beam create a wow-worthy hanging installation.

  19. Fresh Cake Flowers

    All-white fresh flower wedding cake
    Photo by KT Merry

    Cakes with cascading fresh flowers are something we can always get behind. Make this idea your own by adding blooms and greenery in your wedding color palette. Quick tip: Loop in your florist, so they can source flowers that haven't been sprayed with pesticides!

  20. Potted-Fruit-Tree Aisle Markers

    Potted orange tree aisle marker
    Photo by Gabriel Ryan Photographers

    Arrangements of cut flowers are classic ceremony aisle décor, but consider using a fruit tree for a fresh (and aromatic) twist.

  21. Hanging Pomanders

    Hanging floral pomander ceremony decor
    Photo by Archetype Studio Inc.

    Floral pomanders are the new tissue pomanders. Hang them from trees at an outdoor affair, or from ceiling beams in a banquet hall for a colorful touch to your décor. Just be careful to use extra-care (and support) when hanging them; pomanders made with real flowers are much heavier than the paper variety.

  22. Floral Table Runners

    White hydrangea reception table runner
    Photo by Tory Williams

    If you're looking to make a big, bold statement on long feasting tables, look no further than floral table runners. These beautiful cascading arrangements replace the traditional fabric table runner, and they're low enough that the flowers don't get in the way of guest conversation. For maximum impact, choose one flower type and a monochromatic color scheme.

  23. Escort Flowers

    White rose escort card display
    Photo by Dennis Drenner

    Let guests "pick" their seat. Single-stem flowers make for a stunning escort card display. Opt for handcrafted paper or fabric blooms that won't wilt and can double as favors.

  24. Inverted Centerpieces

    Photo by Genevieve Leiper Photography

    Try this unexpected take on the centerpiece: Have your florist place a planter filled with lush blooms above the table, with the stems hanging upside down. Fill the table with monochromatic pillar candles to draw guests' eyes upward.

  25. Lush Monograms

    Hanging floral monogram at wedding reception
    Photo by Orange Turtle Photography

    Get personal and ask your florist to turn your monogram (or just your new last initial) into a floral sign to decorate the door to your ceremony entrance or the mantle at your reception venue. Cover it in monochromatic flowers or go more rustic with moss and wildflowers.

  26. Flower Walls

    White paper flower wall
    Photo by Devon Jarvis

    Flower-covered walls are the next big thing in wedding flower décor. And why not? This idea pulls double-duty as both a ceremony and photo booth backdrop. It's also a great way to bring the outdoors in if you're saying "I do" in a ballroom setting.

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