When it comes to weddings, nothing elevates the ambiance, literally and figuratively, like dramatic ceiling decor. Hanging flowers and fixtures can completely transform a space, turning it into a dreamscape perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime event. Suspended designs can be used to create a focal point over the archway or dance floor, or to cast an immersive atmosphere all around.
Meeting with clients, we get a sense that hanging florals are thought to fall under the categories of ‘whimsical’ and ‘fairy-tale’ in terms of aesthetic. “I want my wedding to look sophisticated and timeless, and we are getting married at a classic venue. How can hanging decor possibly work in a setting like ours?” We’re here to tell you that hanging decor aligns with every type of wedding style from polished elegance to secret garden romance. We’ve dressed the ceilings of historic castle estates and luxury ballrooms as well as chic downtown lofts. Read on for high-impact ceiling decor ideas that will impress guests while creating a spectacular scene for your special day.
It’s no secret that baby’s breath is having a moment right now. Stepping out from the shadow of more robust blooms, the flower filler is being featured on its own in bouquets, archways and centerpieces. And because of its light and delicate character, baby’s breath is an ideal choice for hanging decor. How dreamy is this aisle way accentuated with ethereal Gypsophila clouds overhead?
Starting with their ceremony arrangements, Jessica and Ivan’s ‘living’ decor extended up to the ceiling with a stunning floral installation. The Real BB Weddings couple shared their first kiss under a canopy of purple and white carnations and stock mixed with jungle ivy and Italian ruscus.
For Christine and Matt’s wedding at Tribeca Rooftop, the venue’s skylight atrium was decorated with an installation of hanging glass bubbles filled with LED tea lights, and white stock and snapdragons mixed with Italian ruscus and jungle ivy. The couple celebrated exchanging vows (see the first image of this post) by taking center stage for their made-for-the-movies first dance.
For this reception at Catch restaurant, the dining room was transformed into a lush tropical oasis. Radiating beauty and drama, hanging ceiling decor featured vibrant pink, purple, lavender, and white blooms complemented by rich greenery.
Imagine dining under what can be best described as an upside down tulip garden? A unique choice for hanging florals, tulips are sure to bring the ‘wow factor’ to your weddingscape. For a more elegant look, stick to an all-white or monochromatic scheme while a colorful palette expresses the rapturous beauty of spring.
Are you looking for unique ways to liven up your tent reception? The tent’s white covering doubles as a blank canvas to showcase a blooming, garden inspired chandelier. We suggest hanging the florals over the head table – this will designate the VIP seating area while keeping a casual vibe throughout the rest of the dining space.
Celebrate under the stars by transforming tent draping into a dazzling celestial sky. Lighting will be key for a ‘twinkling’ effect once the sun goes down – be sure to talk with your planner and/or lighting designer about which options are best for your setup.
Not just for kids’ birthday parties anymore, balloons add whimsy and playfulness to the weddingscape and can be used in any type of setting. Proving our point, this balloon and hanging floral installation was part of the decor for a reception at Oheka Castle, one of the most refined and stately venues on Long Island.
No one will be able to resist taking a twirl under a charming chandelier of pastel florals and greenery. To create a delightfully alluring atmosphere over the dance floor, arrange the blooms at varying lengths so they have a cascading, ‘found in nature’ impression.
Thinking beyond festive soirées, a floral chandelier can also be used to create the focal point at a black-tie reception. To underscore the formal, high-style ambiance, focus on a tailored design that uses one to three colors complemented by gold and clear decorative elements.
We always get excited when a bride asks us to incorporate hanging florals and making BB Featured Lauren’s dance floor installation was an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. Bride & Blossom’s Rachel Trimarco remarks, “It was such a pleasure working with Lauren to create her unique and dramatic vision. Seeing her ceiling covered with suspended flowers, crystals, and ribbon was magical, and completely transformed the venue.” Lauren finishes, “It was the focal point of the room and really brought all the elements together.”
We’d be remiss to talk about dance floor decor without the mention of disco balls. For Chen and Max’s reception at Second Floor, the glittering and fun accents were mixed with hanging greenery to create a dance-til-you-drop atmosphere that had guests on their feet all night long.
Seeing ‘dramatic ceilings’ top the list of wedding decor trends for 2023, we couldn’t have been more excited. Looking back through the Real BB Weddings archives, we quickly noticed that some of the most memorable celebrations were punctuated with hanging florals and ornamentation whether over the aisle way, dinner table, or dance floor. We hope these ceiling decor ideas inspire you to take your wedding theme to bold new heights.