Planning & Inspiration
Decorative Ideas For Repurposing Bridal Bouquets After The Ceremony
The wedding ceremony was all you dreamed of and more. With the most anticipated parts of your wedding – the walk down the aisle, exchange of vows, and first kiss – your nerves are starting to settle and you are looking forward to an unforgettable night with friends and family. Simply put, everyone is ready for a party. But what to do about the gorgeous bridal bouquets? They are absolutely beautiful and the last thing you want is to see them on the floor behind a chair – no shade to bridesmaids here, it understandably happens! At the same time, keeping track of the flowers will be extra work that nobody needs after an extremely busy day that started in the early morning hours.
Many of our clients have expressed concern over the post-ceremony life of their bridal blooms and ask “Is there anything we can do to ensure the flowers don’t go to waste?” Absolutely! One way to guarantee their safekeeping is incorporating them into reception decor. From the head table centerpieces to wedding cake display, here are creative ways to get the most out of your bridal bouquets.
Guest Sign-In Book & Gift Gard Table Displays
As everyone meanders in from cocktail hour to the reception area, the sign-in book and gift card box have potential of being overlooked. Not knowing what to as the evening goes on, guests may give cards directly to the bride and groom or bridesmaids who are in the midst of celebrating and attending to other matters. Simply laying a couple of bouquets on the table draws attention to the area, avoids confusion, ensures that the gift cards don’t get misplaced or ever worse, lost.
Guest Card Table
Take your guest card table to the next level by arranging the bouquets at the base of a tall centerpiece. This show-stopping presentation pairs sleek, towering arrangements of calla lilies with luscious bouquets of roses and Phalaenopsis orchids.
Head Table Decor
Right after you and your wedding party make the grand entrance into the reception, the first stop is the head table. Most likely, your bouquets will be in hand, which makes the head table an ideal spot to put them on display. A tablescape featuring arrangements set in cylinder vases alongside long-stem candle votives of varying height creates a sense of lyrical elegance. Greenery garland accented with pops of red and white florals creates a captivating point of interest that draws the eye in.
The sweetheart is another great spot that gives bouquets more opportunity to be admired. Loosely laying the arrangements with glowing candle votives creates an ambiance of intimate romance. To produce a classic and sophisticated look, place the bride’s bouquet at the center facing directly outward from the table with the bridesmaids’ fanning away at each side.
Wedding Cake Table
We now turn our attention to the wedding cake table. After deciding to place a few bouquets at the guest sign-in table, you can designate the rest as lovely decorative accents to your towering dessert.
You put so much time and care into choosing the flowers that you and your bridesmaids carry down the aisle. So of course you want their moment to shine to last as long as possible. Furthermore, repurposing these bridal bouquets into reception decor not only extends their time in the spotlight, but is also smart strategy for staying on budget.