Beyond the bouquet: 4 unique flower wedding decor ideas

bed of flowers

Elena Koshkina and Maria Munitsyna

When you imagine yourself walking down the aisle, what is it that you see?  For may the picture wouldn’t seem complete without a beautiful bouquet, but the focus on florals shouldn’t stop there. Flowers are a beautiful addition to any space, and with so many unique flower wedding decor ideas for your big day, there’s no reason to stick to your bouquet when thinking about wedding flowers. Here are a few of my favorite ideas!

Flower WallsFlower Wall

Landon Jacob Photography via Bajan Weddings

A strategically placed flower wall can function as more than just a background for special moments of the night the like the first dance, cake cutting, or exchange of vows. Repurpose the wall as a beautiful backdrop for photos your guests will love. Or, create a chic lounge outside the main reception room for guests to enjoy.

While the price of traditional flower walls is rather high, you can cover the majority of the wall with less expensive greenery and accent with flowers to achieve a similar effect, or opt out of a solid wall and instead hang flowers loosely for a more ethereal look that won’t break the bank.

be217a75df05801469a6581035cb3185onelove photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Flower Wall Lounge

Bridal Expo Chicago

Sheer flower Wall

Perez Photography via Style Me Pretty

Floral Structures

flower arch

5ive15ifteen Photo Company via Wedluxe 

To wow your guests before you begin your walk down the aisle, consider investing in a floral structure placed either at the head of the altar or somewhere else visible to guests as they make their way in. A fully covered arch will act as a dramatic focal point, directing attention to your beaming groom.

On the other hand, a combination of light fabrics and greenery can create a whimsical feel that’s subtly striking. If you’re working with a venue that won’t allow outside structures, but you still want to incorporate flower wedding decor, look out for existing structures you can work around, you may even save money by doing so!

Planted Flower Structure

Janae Shields Photography via Brides

Minimalistic Structure

The Nichols via Brides

Flower Covered Columns

Catherine Mead Photography via Style Me Pretty

Hanging Florals

Floral  Streamers

Lindsey Orton Photography via Ruffled

Hanging flowers are a huge trend this season, and it’s no surprise. There really is something breathtaking about a falling bloom, and luckily, achieving the look won’t break the bank. While the assembly costs may be higher, florists will ultimately use far fewer flowers, which, for you equals money saved. For those replacing traditional centerpieces with hanging arrangements

Hanging Florals

Glass Jar Photography via Adorn Magazine

Hanging Florals

Becca Heuer Photography via Style Me Pretty

Aisle Decor

Flower Petals

Jana Williams Photography

Despite the aisle being a iconic aspect of a wedding, its decor is often overlooked. Flower petals are an easy and affordable way to accentuate the aisle before your grand entrance. Whether you choose to form a monogram or pattern, play with colors using an ombre design, or let the petals fall where they may, a floral aisle runner can do wonders to dress up your ceremony space.

Floral Floor

Elyse Hall Photography, Justin and Keary Weddings, The Youngrens, Only Brides AU, Studio Impressions Photography, KLK Photography, A Beautiful Mess, Erika Gerdemark Photography, Koman Photography via Praise Weddings

Bonus Idea, Forgo Fresh Flowers and Use Paper Flowers Instead

Harwell Photography via Hey Wedding Lady

Here’s a secret, your guests will be wowed by what they see, not what material it’s made of. Not only will opting to use paper flowers save you money, it means you’ll never face any seasonal or geographic challenges to make your vision for your wedding a reality. It really is a win-win!

Paper Flower Arch

Amanda K Photography via Ruffled

Paper Blooms

Elisheva Golani via 100 Layer Cake

With these ideas you can incorporate flowers into your wedding for maximum impact, even if your budget is less than blossoming. And for even more ways to save, check out our tips on DIY floral arrangements.