Whether you are getting married at a countryside vineyard, art museum, contemporary loft space, or historic estate, there is a good chance that your wedding venue has a stairway somewhere in its layout plan. While trimming a staircase may not be the first item on your ‘To Do List’ for floral decor, it’s still an area that should be given thought and attention. As wedding florists, we can say that in our experience, it’s these extra details of embellishment that not only enhance a weddingscape, but are also what stands out most to guests. Imagine being welcomed to a church ceremony with entrance stairs lined with greenery and candles, or turning the corner in a centuries-old mansion to discover a twisting staircase adorned with a mélange of fresh flowers. Read on to see more beautiful ideas for decorating the stairway at your wedding.
Are you planning to get married at a castle venue with a grand concrete staircase on the grounds? Soften the stately structure with natural, subtle hued arrangements of cream and blush roses and hydrangeas complemented by sprigs of eucalyptus. Not only beautiful, this setup doubles as a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos.
Garden Whimsy & Romance
Like a spring garden in full bloom, this staircase radiates whimsy and romance. Focusing on texture and dimension expressed in an assortment of bright, fresh florals and greenery, the arrangements give off the ‘living’ decor look that is so popular right now. Lanterns holding pillar candles add to the design’s alluring charm.
Voluminous Arrangements + Taper Candles
If you’ve been following along on our blog, you’re well aware that we are obsessed with colored taper candles. Thinking beyond the tabletop, this breathtaking design uses light pink taper candles in gold holders to mark the entrance of a stone stairway lined with gardenesque arrangements of blush, white, and ivory blossoms with textured greenery. The delicate decor elements are unexpected, and in turn, complement the voluminous florals wonderfully.
Modern Romance With Chic White Florals
Madalyn and Jonathan’s winter wedding at Guastavino’s encapsulated modern romance right down to the very last detail. Here, the Real BB Weddings couple share an intimate moment on Guastavino’s curving stairway, which has been decorated with chic arrangements of white hydrangeas illuminated by floating candles.
Organic Blooms + Industrial Details
Are you looking for ways to dress up a staircase composed of natural wood and a black iron banister? Consider decorating the railing with a garland composed of exuberant florals in punchy hues of pink and peach with rich greenery – the combination of hard industrial elements with organic, vibrant blooms creates a striking contrast that delights the eye.
Old-World Grandeur With A Contemporary Twist
Old-World grandeur meets contemporary elegance in this jaw-dropping stairway that appears to transcend time and place. Lush, graceful blooms in a palette of tangerine, apricot, lemon, and white and flourishing greenery are paired with sleek white pillar candles, creating a picture-perfect backdrop to the modern fairytale wedding we all dream about.
A Flourishing Banister Garland
Many facades of churches and venues are preceded by a standard cement stairway with iron banister. Take this entrance from ordinary to extraordinary by wrapping the railing in a bountiful garland of mixed greenery and ivory roses that begins at the top, trails down, and cascades onto the ground. White pillar candles of varying height add dramatic sophistication to the presentation.
Trust us when we say that wildflower wedding décor is guaranteed to elevate every nook of a rustic venue including a corner staircase. The key here is styling your flowers so they appear wild yet tailored. You can achieve this look by choosing a medley of blossoms and greenery and styling their buds, leaves, and stems to emphasize texture, dimension, and movement. Sticking to a cohesive palette creates a sense of unity and finish throughout the design.
A Greenery Stair Railing Treatment
For their Amalfi Coast inspired wedding at The Liberty Warehouse, Caroline and Ben saw every architectural element as an opportunity to transform the venue and bring Southern Italy’s Old-World charm to Brooklyn. A dense, intertwining layer of lemon and olive branches, myrtle, and Italian ruscus adorned the entrance stair railing, conjuring the natural beauty distinctive to the Mediterranean landscape.
Dramatic Romance By Candlelight
Where a candlelit stairway can be found, dramatic romance is sure to follow. For high-impact, line the steps with a greenery and floral garland trimmed by assorted candles of various styles and heights ranging from tea lights and votives to robust pillar candles set in glass hurricanes. We really can’t imagine a more magical start to married life than walking up this illuminated pathway together.
As you can see, flowers, greenery, and candles will bring warmth to concrete entrance steps, liven up a black iron banister, and add intimacy to an austere stairway. From modern chic to lavish maximalism, there’s a design here that complements every style and type of venue. We hope these ideas inspire you to be creative, using arrangements and treatments to highlight your wedding day stairs.