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How to Successfully Repurpose your Wedding Flowers from your Wedding Ceremony to Wedding Reception

When it comes to wedding florals there is one thing that I hate more than anything and that is wastage. When a beautiful design has been created for a part of the day and that is seen for the grand total of 40 minutes during the ceremony I am left feeling sad. It isn’t great on your pocket or the environment. With that in mind this blog is all about ideas to move your florals from your ceremony to your reception.

Now don’t get me wrong before we start there are some things that just can not and probably should not be moved. For example if you are having a church wedding and you want a beautiful arch at the entrance of the church or at the gates then these will have to be fixed and there is no option to move them. I love an elaborate entrance and if this is something you are wanting for your day then absolutely go for it! Equally, if you are having your ceremony and reception in the same venue and your guests will use the same entrance to get in and out of the building to access outside space later in there day than any entrance flowers should stay in situ so as to be consistent throughout the day.

However, there are times when it simply makes sense to move flowers. The most obvious example is a ceremony table or alter arrangement. Traditionally these tend to be long and low arrangements that sit on the table. The way they are designed make them an easy choice to move and later use as a top table arrangement.

If you are wanting something a little less traditional then meadows are fast becoming a huge feature in wedding aisle decor. If you are having long reception tables then these will look beautiful sat down the centre of the tables. Equally they could sit on the floor around the cake table, at the foot of order of the day signs or to be used to welcome guests into a new reception space. They also look wonderful when lined up in front of a long top table. Sat on the floor they give the illusion of the arrangement growing up the table.

Church pew ends make a lovely statement to dress a church however can be tricky and time consuming to move if you are opting for lots of small arrangements. However, by choosing a few larger arrangements these have the potential to be moved and used as a decorative feature on chairs for the wedding reception.

Lots of couples choose to frame their wedding ceremony with large displays. Some of my favourites include moon gates, arches and arbours. These structures are made in situ to sit in a set position throughout the day making it difficult to move them. However, when your ceremony and reception are in the same space these can make a great ceremony and later top table back drop. If you are not having your ceremony and reception in the same space a great alternative to something fixed is free standing arrangements such as large lustrous milk churn arrangements and giant urns. These can be made to add height, shape and texture with the added benefit of them being easily moveable.

Floral mini urns are a popular choice for wedding reception tables. However, prior to your reception do make beautiful aisle markers. Equally if you are having smaller arrangements such as bud vases these can look pretty set on mantels or in windows for there ceremony.

Bridesmaids bouquets are often overlook and cast aside once the wedding ceremony has finished however, if you opt for a beautiful design with plenty of shape and interest they make wonderful table centres set in simple vases. These can sit alone or look stunning finished with candles and bud vases.

There are so many other options to allow you to really utilise your wedding flowers and these are just a few of my favourites. When making plans for your flowers it is worth baring in mind that there will be a cost for your florists or stylists time to transfer items particularly if they are going from church to reception. You will also need to speak with your church prior to making arrangements to move things. Some churches do ask that flowers are kept in situ for the Sunday service. Your wedding florist can advise you on what is achievable and the best way to do this through the consultation process.

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