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5 Floral Wedding Decorations That Aren't Centerpieces

May 18, 2023

Do you want to incorporate more flowers into your wedding decor? If you're having difficulty thinking beyond centerpieces, we have good news:  Anything from napkin rings to drinks can be adorned with a type of flower! Here are five creative ideas for adding live plants and flowers to your wedding.

5 Ways to Decorate with Flowers for a Wedding

Live plants and flowers are eco-friendly decor options that are becoming more popular at weddings and other celebrations. 

1. Create a signature drink

It’s not uncommon for couples to create a signature cocktail for their reception — something that embodies their relationship with a cute name to boot.

There are a variety of herbs that can be mixed into drinks, such as lavender, rosemary and mint. Or you could dress it up with edible varieties of fresh pansies, violets or roses.

It's easy to make delicious cocktails without alcohol, an added bonus! Alternatively, you can also infuse water with fresh flowers and really wow your guests. 


2. Craft archways or backdrops

Wedding arches are a popular way to decorate a traditional altar space. Decorate it with tight bunches of flowers like roses, or consider a waterfall effect with an elegant grouping of cascading orchids.

Stick in a few twigs, pieces of eucalyptus or grasses, and you’ll have a picture-perfect backdrop for your special day. You could even add a light piece of fabric or curtain for a whimsical look.

Keep the floral theme going by sprinkling petals up and down the aisle!


3. Dress up place settings

Rather than blowing your wedding budget on loads of floral centerpieces for your tables, consider using singular pieces of your bouquets and boutonnieres at place settings.

For example, if your bouquet is made up of roses, consider putting small blooms on each plate. If you have grass elements in your boutonnieres, consider using grass as a natural napkin ring. Stick a piece of baby’s breath in a little glass vase that also holds a table number. The possibilities are endless!


4. Make DIY flower crowns or hairpieces

Adorn your wedding party gals with elegant hairpieces or flower crowns. They can be as simple as a thin ring of baby’s breath or as full-bodied as a mix of sunflowers, daisies or mums. If you’d rather go for more subtle floral decor, opt for a simple hair clip with a single orchid or smaller bloom attached.


5. Add edible embellishments

There are several ways you can add edible embellishments to your entrees and dessert. Choose violet macarons as a wedding favor, arrange candied orchids on dessert plates or pieces of cake, or top your entree with basil leaves or crushed lavender blooms.orchid-adorned-wedding-cupcake


Discreet Floral Arrangements

There are many ways to add beautiful blooms to your wedding venue and reception area without breaking the bank and without them having to be centerpieces. These are a few of our favorites. We'd love to hear how you worked florals into your big day in the comments.

Need more inspiration? Check out our wedding guide!