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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Fab wedding flowers for ceremonies and receptions!
From table centrepieces to chair back decorations, flowers are a crucial part of your reception venue decoration. Your reception venue is the place where you’ll be spending the most time. It’s the setting for your wedding breakfast, speeches and the cutting of your cake, and probably for your evening entertainment, so it’s wise to spend the most money on decoration here. Depending on your venue, you might consider:
Pedestal arrangements can look wonderful if you have a large entrance area. They can be expensive though, so an alternative might be to hire topiary trees. Also, if you’re having pedestal arrangements in your ceremony venue, consider having them moved to your reception venue so you get full use out of them!
Adorning your chair backs with floral decorations can look stunning. Keep costs down by opting for simple arrangements, decorating every other chair or just decorating the chairs on the top table. The key is not to have the top table chairs against the wall so this works best with a round top table in the centre of the room.
Some kind of table arrangement is a must for your reception tables ‐‐ even if you decide to have a bowl of sweets or disposable cameras instead of a floral arrangement. If you opt for flowers, speak to your florist to see what they can suggest to fit in with your budget and reception style. The most successful arrangements are either tall enough to allow your guests to see each other underneath, or short enough to allow them to see each other over the top! Save money by opting for plants instead of flowers and sticking to seasonal flowers and simple arrangements.
Scent is also crucial when it comes to table arrangements. Bear in mind that your guests will be eating at the table so the scent from the flowers shouldn’t be too strong. The smell of flowers combined with food can become rather sickly!
Another way to incorporate fresh flowers into your reception is to sprinkle fresh rose petals over the tables. It’s always worth considering, however, that these petals will gradually grow dull, so freeze‐dried rose petals are a good, long‐lasting alternative.